Environment

Growing your own food

There's nothing like fruits, herbs and vegetables from your own garden. We have tips and resources to get you started.

There is nothing like fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables grown from your own garden. We have tips and resources to get you started on your own home garden.

Food Harvest Network

The Darebin Food Harvest Network was created to assist and support community groups and individuals in the Darebin community interested in sustainable food initiatives or improving food security.

Visit the Food Harvest Network website to connect and share sustainable food initiatives, tips and events.

Darebin Seed Library - become a Seed Saving Champion

Council is developing a new Seed Library to help gardeners access, grow, save and swap heirloom and locally adapted vegetable and flower seeds. We will install ‘Little Seed Library’ boxes in gardens across Darebin and support you to become Seed Saving Champions!

To get you started we will provide some open-pollinated, heirloom and local seeds and a seed saving workshop every season, where local seed saver legend, Kat Lavers, will teach you the essentials of seed saving. Then it will be up to YOU, our seed saver network, to keep the seeds growing and flowing back through the Little Seed Libraries.

How to get involved:

  • Host a ‘Little Seed Library’ at your community garden or community space. We will provide the box and help you get started. Email us at environment.support@darebin.vic.gov.au
  • If you can’t attend the workshop or are already a seed saving expert, you can register for a pack of heirloom seed to grow, save and donate back to a seed library. Email us at environment.support@darebin.vic.gov.au

Sow What When

Check out Sow What When - our seasonal guide on when to sow vegetable and herb seeds in Darebin.

Seed Saving guide

Check out our Seed Saving Guide on how to successfully select, collect, dry and store seeds from your home garden.