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The Village

What a weekend folks. There was so much going on that I don’t know where to start. In terms of food security and community engagement Marion, Di and Annerliegh held both the Saturday swap at the Northcote Uniting Church and on Sunday we headed on down to the Village Festival at the Edinburgh Gardens. Saturday was the best swap yet with about 12 people swapping but many people stopping past to find out what we were on about. We made some new friends and the kids had a great time running around Urban Orchard/Chalices new garden beds.We had amazing raspberry plants, homemade soaps, chutney and of course veg. Annerliegh found out she had a stash of potatoes quite by chance. I should also mention that it’s all coming together nicely… we also engaged a section of the community that have little access to outdoor event like the swaps and our Northcote Library Food Garden friends came too. I also need to comment on Faye’s amazing sandwiches and coffee and of course hospitality. We are so lucky to have people who volunteer their time for us and that includes Faye and her staff, my friends Marion and Di and others who hung around and spread the word. The festival was a little quieter on the swap front (both the food and clothing swap), but it’s simply a matter of the word getting out to people. Other huge gains included sharing information about TD and food swapping, and meeting up with Fitzroy swap who are just amazing people and who brought the an amazing variety of seeds and herbs. It’s likely that we will collaborate in the near future on ‘National Swap Day’. I send a huge thanks to them for hanging out with us and helping to build the vibe. And of course to Suzanna Kalk who invited us along and who (along with her husband) organises this festival and all of the art, music and drama that goes on. You’re lovely and we’ll see you next year! So what’s on next weekend folks?

7 November, 2011 at 8:01 am 1 comment

SWAP@Northcote Library Food Garden (NLFG)

Photo courtesy of Costa Athanassiou

Let’s face it, the northern suburbs are fast becoming a lush food secure urban paradise, and none more so than Darebin’s Northcote which is now home to a new community garden situated next door to the Northcote Library AND soon to be home to a new urban garden at the Northcote Uniting Church Chalice.

The attached photo is of Marion and Annerliegh from the Transition Darebin Swap group who were kindly invited to host a swap at the NLFG Launch. It was a blooming success. Let’s do it again sometime.

Why not get out this Sunday to the High Noon Festival on High St Northcote. There’s going to be music, crafts, information, art and community. Transition Darebin will be on hand to sign you up to the mailing list should you desire to be in the loop about what goes on in your suburb regarding building a greener cleaner Darebin.

Scared of mailing lists? Why not follow us on Twitter. You can locate us at TT_Darebin.

For those interested in Food Security, the swap team have a FaceBook page which can be found at Darebin Urban Harvesters.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact us via the contacts tab on our webpage.

14 September, 2011 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Northcote Library Food Garden Launch and Food Swap

The NLFG will be launched on Saturday 3rd September 2011. Come along from 10am to hear talks from keen gardeners, chat with locals and hear some great live music.

The Darebin Urban Harvest food swap will also be held at the NLFG Launch as a special occasion, with the swap table opening between 11am-12:30.

Bring your vegies, herbs and chutneys and help Transition Darebin share the love.

See you there!

12 August, 2011 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

Get the Dirt of Food Security

Katie Finlay, Trent McCarthy (TD) and Annerliegh Pappos (TD) will be speaking at a stimulating and no doubt lively discussion about food security to be held at the Wesley Anne (250 High St Northcote) on Wednesday August 10th.

Come for Dinner at 7pm and the the panel kicks off at 8pm.

This event is hosted by the fabulous crew at the Northcote Uniting Church.

Proceeds go to the Wesley Anne Belltower fund.

There will be a raffle, prizes and live music.

Please see the following link for details;

See you there!

28 July, 2011 at 8:30 am 2 comments

Grafting Workshop with Permaculture in the North

Grafting workshop with John Pinniger tomorrow night (27th July 2011) at Loophole Community Centre located at 670 High St, Thornbury.

Be on time for a 6:30 start.

Hope to see you all there!

26 July, 2011 at 10:19 pm Leave a comment

Northcote Library Food Garden FIRST PLANTING DAY

SATURDAY JULY 16th from 10am-3pm

Come down and help out, as we dig, plant and chatter around the new jewel in Northcote’s crown.

You are welcome to donate healthy seeds, cuttings and plants and to be part of the fun watching a dirt pit  transform into the garden of Eden.

Check out the Northcote Library Food Garden Blog for up-to-date info.

Peace friends

10 July, 2011 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

New Northcote Library Food Garden

You may have noticed that Northcote Library has become a demolition site of late, as it prepares to be unveiled as Darebin’s newest community garden.

Local community members, council and supporters have been meeting to fine tune the garden’s design and now members are investigating indigenous edible foods, fruit tree varieties and traditional fruit and veg. It is likely that the garden will showcase a food forest, kitchen garden and possibly a sensory garden experience for children (or the young at heart!)
Do you have any seedlings, plants or seeds  to donate for the garden’s first planting? Or can you suggest a name for the garden?
If you would like to donate some plants, please email with your intentions and a member of the Food Garden will get back to you soon.
The garden is likely to begin planting in early July, with the official opening set for the16th July. You can view progress on the Northcote Library Blog (

Located at 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote VIC 3070

24 June, 2011 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

Darebin Urban Harvest Fruit and Vegie Swap

Saturday 4th June

10am – 12pm

Northcote Uniting Church

(In the courtyard at Cafe Koula)

Everybody is welcome at this urban produce swap! If you have goods to share, we’d love to see your home-grown vegies, your famous plum  jam or fig rolada.

Perhaps swap your lemons for limes… but please… no dollars or dimes.

Everybody is feeling the pinch. If you have nothing to swap, come along anyway. Maybe you have knowledge to share. And you might get a parsnip for your troubles.

The swap is outdoors so dress for the weather but please note the courtyard is perfect for bringing the kids, or if you’re a guerilla granny wanting a cuppa, there’s plenty of chairs to spare.


29 May, 2011 at 1:48 pm 2 comments

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