Grow, Learn, Eat, Cook, Share, Connect
…A Celebration of Local Community Food

“Grow It – Eat it” was a TSB Project run in 2018 very successfully.  Details are provided here for interest.

20th October – 10th November 2018
Transition South Barwon has been successful in obtaining a small amount of funding through the  Community Grants Program (supported by City of Greater Geelong), and we are running a series of workshops and events in Late Oct / Early Nov 2018 to celebrate local food produced and consumed by the community.

Cooking classes, Food growing workshops, Talks and films; to engage, inspire and connect you with local food and community.

Make sure you book for events with limited numbers, and as they are free events, we’d appreciate if you only book for events where you definitely are coming…. If things change, please contact the organisers so your ticket can be passed onto others.

We encourage you to walk, cycle or take public transport to these events.   Bus Routes within easy walking distance of Grovedale Neighbourhood House are 40 and 42.

Cook What You Grow

Join with Anita from Diggers Veggie Kitchen and fellow gardeners to cook and enjoy a three-course plant based meal showcasing fresh garden produce.

What to bring: Participants will need to bring something they have grown to contribute to the cooking, a sharp knife and a chopping board. Everything else will be supplied.

Saturday 20th October 9am – 1pm
Grovedale Neighbourhood House

Limited Free Tickets Available.
Must Book:

RetroSuburbia: A place to grow & thrive
David Holmgren 

Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s exciting new book, RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future is a bold manifesto that challenges many orthodoxies, as well as a manual on how to live this change.

At this event, Holmgren will advance permaculture concepts and practical ideas as a framework for applying retrofits to our homes, gardens and, most fundamentally, our behaviours. Holmgren will highlight the vital importance of household food growing and shared neighbourhood activity in our everyday lives.

Saturday 27th October 10.45am – 12.15pm
Grovedale Neighbourhood House

Limited Free Tickets Available.
Must Book:

Grow it, Swap it – The Big Food Swap

Bring along your homegrown and homemade produce to swap and/or join us for a chat and a cuppa before David Holmgren’s talk.

What to bring: Something home grown, preserved or cooked for swapping (can include produce, food or plants/seeds). Your own mug for tea/coffee.

Saturday 27th October 10am – 11am
Grovedale Neighbourhood House

Free Event No Booking Required

Retrosuburbia: Resilient Food Futures House Tour

Join David Holmgren and community members on a tour of two local households showcasing key elements of localised household and community food systems.

Saturday 27th October 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Leaves from Grovedale Neighbourhood House

Limited Free Tickets Available.
Must Book:

Get Growing

Join members of the Grovedale Community Garden and special guests including Geelong Worms for an afternoon of tours, talks and demonstrations.  There is no booking required; we encourage people to come and go throughout the day.

Saturday 27th October 12.15pm – 5pm
Grovedale Community Garden

  • 12.15pm: Garden Tour
  • 1pm: Food Waste to Fertiliser – worm farming
  • 2pm: Starting from Scratch – your own veggie patch
  • 3pm: Munching Microbes – composting made simple
  • 4pm: In Harmony with Nature – foraging & plant health

Workshops are suitable for all levels of experience.
Bee display and open garden all afternoon

You can see an expanded program of this special day here.

The Great Local Picnic & Transition Streets Launch

Bring along homegrown or homemade picnic food to share with other community members over a leisurely picnic in the park.

Transition Streets Geelong are also having their launch party, celebrating local community and promoting ways for residents to connect for sustainability and resilience.

WHAT TO BRING A reusable plate/ container of vegetarian home grown or homemade picnic food to share. Your own picnic rug,
reusable plate, cutlery and water bottle.  Please do not bring any disposable items, glad wrap, plastic bags or other rubbish.

Saturday 27th October 12.15pm – 1.30pm
John Croft Reserve (Next to Grovedale Neighbourhood House)

Free Event No Booking Required

SEED: The Untold Story – Movie Night

This stunning film follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

What to bring: Own waterbottle and mug, and feel free to bring seeds to swap or share.

Friday 2nd November 6.45pm – 8.45pm
Grovedale Neighbourhood House

Limited Free Tickets Available
Must Book:

Community Powered Orchard – fruit growing workshop

Join local permaculturalist Ernesto Sanchez for a hands on
workshop as we explore growing fruit trees, permaculture
guilds, worms and more at our very own community orchard.

WHAT TO BRING Gardening gloves/hand tools.  Please wear
sturdy shoes.  Bring a water bottle and mug.

Saturday 3rd November, 9am – 12noon
Grovedale Community Orchard (End of Perrett St Grovedale)

Free Event No Booking Required

Growing Food, Growing Community  –  Transition Streets Geelong    

Join with community members from Transition Streets Geelong to hear about how they are bringing food growing and production to their gardens, streets and neighbourhoods. Transition Streets Geelong members also work together to create a community that are reducing their ecological footprint through addressing waste and consumption, water, energy and transport. Anyone can become involved, come along to find out more.

Friday 9th November 7pm -8.30pm
Grovedale Neighbourhood House

Limited Free Tickets Available
Must Book:

You Can Preserve It

Learn how to make a range of preserved goods to extend the life of your homegrown produce in this hands-on workshop run by local preserver and grower Louise Cuttriss.

What to bring:  Participants will need to bring a sharp knife and a chopping board. Everything else will be supplied.

Saturday 10th November

1pm – 3pm

Limited Free Tickets Available.
Must Book:

Grovedale Child and Family Centre Growing and Grooving

Families from Grovedale Children’s Services will participate in Wild Moves dance and drumming workshops focused on the physical actions involved with planting, growing, harvesting and celebrating the earth’s abundance.


Please note this is a closed Event for Grovedale Child and Family Centre

If you are having any issues booking, please call Grovedale Neighbourhood House 52415717 for assistance booking.
For general enquiries, please contact Monica 0414789613

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land the Wadawurrung people.  This project is supported by City of Greater Geelong through its Community Grants Program.