Strawberries, Fun & Growing Food on Permaculture Day 7 May 2017

WRFF Mulberry tree 2015Dec

the Mulberry tree at 2 years in the ground (2014)

You are invited to celebrate Permaculture Day with

  •  Plant Sales
  •  Growing & Food Forest Information 
  • Nature Games and

Chats over Hot Drinks & Snacks

Winton Road Food Forest in 2014

We will sell little strawberry plants (until we run out) – Alpine strawberries, white strawberries & Siberian Wood Strawberries …

and a lot of herbs and a few trees.


Mini Food Swap: bring your surplus foods from your garden or kitchen that are share-able and swap them or pick something up and leave a small donation.


There will be nature connection games for children by Mel from the Firekeepers.

And there is a playground, trees and lots of grass to play or picnic too.


And we will get together and introduce the food forest and the ideas behind it

over hot drinks with cake or soup for a gold coin donation.


We will have information about the forest, gardening and permaculture and

you are welcome to bring your questions.


The forest is about connecting with nature, food, community and environmental improvement.

Hope to see you there!

Petra, Mel, Moira, Carol and the food foresters!


Food used to grow everywhere and it’s great to bring that back – good for the planet and great for us.
cost: free

where: 38 Winton Road Ashburton VIC 3147 (opposite Pitt street)


phone: 0420 961 695 (Petra.)



11am- 3pm

7 May 2017

there is a map at:
other events on International Permaculture Day:

We would love to have you at our Food Forest Celebration tomorrow 6 November 2016 1-4pm

Dear All, 

the Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group & our Food Forest Ashburton Group
are celebrating the Winton Road Food Forest in Ashburton
that we have been creating since 2011,
planting since 2012,
and extending in 2016.
We are celebrating especially all the hard work this winter
that went into planting 13 trees by hand tools into
rocky clay
13  times we dug sixty by sixty centimetres –
and we shifted a mountain of soil (12 metres) and wood chips –
that took 4 weekends with about 20 people.
Great community effort!
Now we are back to planting little plants and taking out weeds
and enjoying the place and some produce.
After working bees we have lunch together at the new shelter.
1pm lunch followed by
talk & chats about community and the food forest (at 2pm)
walk & talk through the forest
enjoying the place and the people
WHEN 1-4pm
DATE   6 November 2016
WHERE 38 Winton Road Ashburton, in the park opposite Pitt Street
– yourself, family and friends
– ideas about growing community, volunteers, users and more
– a plate of food to share
– spare plants and produce to swap or get donations for
– donation for the forest (if you can and want to support us this way)
mobile 0420 961 695 (Petra)

Would love to celebrate with you
friendly greetings


Will you plant a tree? starting Sat 14 May 2016:

Will you come and plant a tree with us? 

Community food forest planting & shared lunch 14/ 15/ 21/ 22 May

Come for an hour or more, bring the family if you like.

Each tree site will be deeply cultivated and a soak installed.

Stage 1 trees are growing for 3.5 years now, so you can see what it will look like in the future.

To mark the occasion, each tree planter and other supporters will get a map of all the trees – signed by Food Forest Ashburton Group members –

and over lunch we can answer your questions about food forests, permaculture and gardening.

Lunch will be in the new picnic shelter the council is building now AND we will supply you with hot drinks. 


We will start on Saturday 14th of May at 9am,

shared lunch from 12-1pm

and more planting until 4pm.

We will do this also on Sunday the 15th – with the same timetable

and if necessary, also on the next weekend, Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of May


lunch to share or for yourself (if you are coming at lunchtime) – water is available onsite, shovel, wheelbarrow, pick, mattock if you want

Please, let us know when you would like to plant – so we can make sure there is room and tools available for you.

Where: 38 Winton Road, Ashburton (next to 40 Winton Road)

More information about the food forest at

Bookings & Inquiries: email & mobile 0420 961 695 (Petra)



Photo shoot 9am Saturday 2nd of May on the dot

please bring friends, kids, you:
to show the Food Forest in Boroondara Bulletin

if you have any bit of time at all at 9am this Saturday the 2nd of May

and a trace of show-off (you can be in the fore- or background!)

Please come to the food forest to be photographed with us.

I’ll go a few minutes earlier and ask people at the playground to join too.
Also, a pile of tools and a wheelbarrow will be there for props.

Weather should be cool but fine in the morning.

For those who have time afterwards: we will do the usual Saturday working bee after the photo shoot.

Have a good week, hope to see you on Saturday
love, Petra.
(mob 0420961695)

Everything is Thriving now and we are going for stage 2!

In 2015 we are applying for stage 2 of the Winton Road Food Forest, pulling all stops now. Details later.

In the meantime, here is what you can do to help:

If you are on facebook, please like us

if not, you can leave a message here

or write to to support the extension of the food forest


you can come to one or more working bees (Saturdays 9-11am, except summer hols.)

if you have $10 you can become a member for 2015 or donate

if you are really keen, you can do little jobs with us, like looking after this blog, be an admin, or run a working bee.

Friendly Greetings, Petra (co-convener, mobile 0420 961 695)

WRFF Mulberry tree 2015Dec

our Mulberry tree now 2 years in the ground

Cynthia and Carol freeing path off clover

Cynthia and Carol freeing path off clover