Calling all aspiring growers, food lovers, and waste warriors – the Grow it Local Spring Festival will run until 30 November with a line-up of free, live digital workshops with some of Australia’s favourite gardening experts.
Grow It Local, supported by Brisbane City Council, is on a mission to get more residents growing, sharing, and eating locally grown food - no matter how small your backyard, deck, or windowsill is.
The festival is a great way to connect with local growers, learning something new, and get inspired to start growing at home. By growing locally and wasting less food, you'll also be helping to reduce your food carbon footprint and food waste to landfill and also save a little on your hip pocket along the way.
Spring Festival event line-up
Food for yourself and others with Sabrina Hahn
ABC's gardening guru, Sabrina Hahn, will take you on a journey from novice veggie grower to habitat warrior, food for yourself and others. Share a veggie space with a pollinator, encourage a bird to your balcony, treat your verge to a makeover, grow food, and give a frog at home.
When: Saturday 16 October, 2pm
Learn to grow at home with Paul West
Learn how to grow an abundance of delicious, nutrient-dense produce in a small space with Paul West. Paul will talk through techniques for making the most of your space, access to sunlight, how to decide what to plant, and some tips and tricks to maximising your harvest.
He'll also talk about his new book, Homegrown - so get excited!
Paul will be coming to Brisbane in November, so stay tuned for another event soon!
When: Saturday 13 November, 2pm
Ask An Expert with Casey Lister
Interested in learning to grow food at home? Got a question, issue, or problem in your patch? There are a series of 'ask an expert' sessions with Casey Lister with a different topic each week. Ask a question in advance and Casey may answer it in the session.
Register and reserve your spot for one of the following sessions.
- Design your patch 101 - tips for landscaping your edible garden
When: Saturday 25 September 2021, 3pm
- Organic gardening methods
When: Saturday 30 October 2021, 2pm
- Prepping your summer garden
When: Wednesday 30 November 2021, 6pm
Put your patch on the map
Are you a local grower? Connect with like-minded locals by registering your patch with Grow It Local. You can tell fellow growers about your patch and what you're growing and find other growers near you to share knowledge, skills and more.
With over 2800 patches registered nationally and over 802,000 square metres of area under cultivation, backyard growers and composters are saving an estimated 5759 kilograms per week of food waste diversion through the Grow It Local initiative.
By growing food in your backyard and composting at home, you'll be reducing the volume of food waste going to landfill.
To learn more about food waste and how you can make simple changes to create a cleaner, greener city with less waste, check out the following pages.