Food Forest Working Bees Suspended

Dear All,
due to the pandemic we won’t meet during lock-down
– if you live close you’re welcome to weed on your own,
or contact me on mobile (below) and we can have a session of 2 with physical distance.
Harvesting of greens, herbs and tiny strawberries is still allowed.
Stay Safe
Cheers, Petra.
m: zero420 961 695

Meet the Chooks – Free event 27 July

– Hot potatoes and mulled juices included
– Free, but need to book

Felix and the girls

Chooks are rewarding, useful and entertaining pets.

Fleur will bring an enclosure with a couple of hens for you to see and carefully touch. She will show you how to plan and set up chooks in the home garden, covering breed selection, needs and products, coop design, health and nutrition, breeding and hatching.

Learn how to plan for success from the start, for happy chooks!

And bring a little country to the city.

Saturday 27 July 2019

Time: 11am – 2pm

Fleur Baker runs giving you the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’

After lunch:
Grafting and Pruning demonstrations for you to learn (1pm, 1.30pm)

Food: Hot potatoes with amazing toppings and mulled juices will be made and served

Available also: Hot water, teas, tap water, a playground, a shelter with seats and tables, toilets nearby (500m).

Bookings Free but Essential:

The Address: 38 Winton Road, Ashburton Victoria 3147

Parking: in Pitt Street please, not in Winton Rd

Public Transport:
Bus No 612 Stop Pitt Street/ Winton Road, stops right at the food forest
Train Glen Waverley line between Darling & East Malvern stations

Phone: 9885 7789 Leza at the Craig Family Centre
Mobile: 0420 961 695 (Petra)

“This project is supported by grant funding from the City of Boroondara” and the Food Forest Ashburton Group is auspiced by the Craig Family Centre

Water for Food & Fun – get your garden humming – Free Event

 The Food Forest Ashburton Group and Craig Family Centre present: 

 Water For Food & Fun – Workshop, water play, cake

Sunday 28 April 2019                                                                                      11am – 2pm

tree planting November 2012


Growing a humming garden with lots of produce, summer shade and flowers is very satisfying and important for the environment.

Petra will show you how to create or improve a productive garden using minimum water and effort.

Learn how to “drought-proof” your garden as much as possible. You will see what works in our food forest and we will look at little tricks like passive watering (don’t lift a finger once installed!), and getting the most out of your additives like manure, compost, bio-char – natural enhancements, chemical free.

You will go home with a list of possible actions you can easily do at home.

Presenter: Petra Kahle convenes the Food Forest Ashburton Group which looks after the food forest lovingly and thoughtfully. She is the author of the booklet Menu for Good Housekeeping and Planet Care.

For the Kids: Water games and messy mud play, as well as making and serving lemonade.

Also: Coffee, cake and home-grown herbal teas, dips & biscuits will be made and served by the local CWA Ashburton for you.

Bookings : Free but please book so we know you are coming on

Available also:  tap water, a playground, a shelter with seats and tables, toilets nearby (500m).

The Address:     38 Winton Road, Ashburton Victoria 3147

Parking:  in Pitt Street please, not in Winton Rd

Public Transport: 
Bus No 612 Stop Pitt Street/ Winton Road, stops right at the food forest
Train Glen Waverley line between Darling & East Malvern stations



Mobile: 0420 961 695 (Petra)



“This project is supported by grant funding from the City of Boroondara”


Free Event: Permaculture Day – Edible Gardening In Small Spaces

The Food Forest Ashburton Group welcomes you to a workshop, tour of the forest, coffee and nibbles, kids decorate & plant a pot, swap table, plant sales

Sunday 5 May 2019                                                                            11am – 3pm

Hazelnut planters

Having your own home grown produce is convenient, healthy and tasty. But what if you’ve only got a small space to work with? Duncan will share his experiences with growing food in small spaces. Discover how easy it is to grow your own food, even in limited space. Explore novel ways to make the most out of the space that you have including indoors. Understand the limitations of growing in containers and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls of small space gardening. From herbs to fruit trees and everything in between, learn how to select the appropriate plants and containers for your situation. You’ll leave the session with the knowledge to ensure that your small space garden thrives.
Presenter: Duncan Cocking operates Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services. He is passionate about reducing the human impact on the environment and actively promotes a sustainable approach to living and sourcing of food. His blog is full of information and useful tips for anyone who wants to grow food at home.


Tours of the food forest, including swales, compost holes, trees and other plants

Meet the food foresters, local gardeners, permaculturists and environmentalists

Plant sales – herbs, some trees, little strawberries

Swap-Your-Surplus table – any surplus from the garden or kitchen, including coffee grounds, fruit, vegetables, pots, mulch, preserves, tools, egg shells, …

can decorate a second-hand pot and plant it with a seedling to take home.

Coffee and finger foods will be served

Available also:
tap water, a playground, a shelter with seats and tables, toilets nearby (500m).

Time:  Sunday 5 May 2019       11am – 3pm

in Pitt Street please, away from the intersection

Public Transport:
Bus No 612 Stop Pitt Street/ Winton Road,
It stops right at the food forest
Train Glen Waverley line between Darling & East Malvern stations

Location: 38 Winton Road, Ashburton Victoria 3147

  • How to Book:

    Tickets are free, please book through Eventbrite so we know how many are coming:

  • Ticket cost:  Free

  • Email for enquiries:

  • Phone:


  • Facebook:

  • Organiser’s Name:

    Petra Kahle, convener Food Forest Ashburton Group

  • Organiser’s Email:

  • Organiser Mobile:


  • Organiser Address:

    7 Samarinda Av. Ashburton Victoria 3147

  • About Organiser:

    The Food Forest Ashburton Group planted and maintains a food forest  to as many permaculture principles as possible – in the inner suburb of Ashburton VIC with 26 productive trees plus herbs and perennial vegetables. We are part of the local community. Permaculture Day is one of 5 free events this year at our Food Forest.

    We are auspiced by the Craig Family Centre, meaning they help with organising and insurance, and we don’t have to do much of that.

    “This project is supported by grant funding from the City of Boroondara”

Food Forest Gardening Bee, Swap & Morning tea

Saturday 23 March 2019      9am – 12noon

Dear All,
the morning will start with morning tea and surplus swap.
It’s a good chance to meet the people and swap things you don’t want anymore.

Then we will “forest” (the trees are 6 and 2 years old):
some plants have made too many babies –
we will take them out and pot them up to sell at the events we have planned this year.
Some pruning needs doing,
some deep watering.

You will work with others, learn things, harvest some food or plants.

New volunteers will get an induction to start with.

All welcome!
Looking forward to it
cheers, Petra.

This is a monthly event

kid friendly, playground available, toilet across the road.

38 Winton Road Ashburton – Parking in Pitt street just opposite
Public transport: Bus 612 Stop corner Pitt St and Winton Road

Sunday: Family Fun Day @ Chadstone Reserve

We will be there: fun, food and getting connected
Sunday 18 Nov ’18

Come and say “Hi” at the Ashwood College … Garden tent. 3 food forests, one stall.
Chadstone Food Forest is just behind the venue.
Plant sales.

Cheers, Petra.
m zero420 961 695

e foodforestashy    at (replace “at” with @)

Sunday 18 November 2018
Batesford Reserve, Chadstone
(Corner Batesford Road and Power Avenue)

Follow the vibrant and welcoming peace banners (designed by local secondary students last year) to the annual Family Fun Day.

Equinox Celebration Sat 22 Sept 9am

Come on down to our Food Forest to Celebrate Spring Equinox!

Invite anyone who wants to get to know the Food Forest, or wants something fun and meaningful to do on a Saturday morning!

Coffee & Morning Tea for gold-coin donations
with coffee from Habitat cafe and homemade hazelnut biscuits

A talk from a local gardening guru:
“Using Weeds and Tricks to reduce them”

Home harvest swap
bring your left over produce and products or just have a look

Get in touch with nature by planting, weeding and digging together with passionate food-growers

Plus trees/herbs for sale at bargain prices

– Meet other interesting locals

– Gardening: If you feel like lending a hand in the forest:
we are planting greens, weeding, and digging compost holes

In case you’re new to the food forest:
There is a playground next to it for little kids, a climbing tree and lots of grass.
Cold water available, we will bring hot water and cups.
The shelter seats about 20 people.
Toilet available nearby.

9am to 12 noon
22 September 2018
38 Winton Road ASHBURTON 3147
Parking: in Pitt St opposite (not in Winton Road unless you really have to)
Bus: number 612 bus stops right in front of the food forest.
Train stations: Alamein (Alamein line) or Darling or East Malvern (Waverley line).

RSVP Please, let us know if you’re coming at or on zero420 961 695

looking forward to meeting you
cheers, Petra.

Forest Celebration Saturday 25 August 2018

Come and celebrate your Food Forest with us:

  • a Little Talk about
    Towards Plastic Free Living – ideas and products – show us yours too if you have any
    Sustainability is easy, we can do it    🙂
  • Free soup (August) or cake (September) and hot drinks for members (donation for others),
  • Explore the plants
  • bring something to Swap or Share
  • 3 trees want to be replanted (mulberry, feijoa and probably an avocado) and somebody strong is welcome to take off a tree.

You’re welcome!

9am – noon

9.45 Talk

38 Winton Road Ashburton

opposite Pitt Street