This Weekend: Saturday Working Bee and Water Event on Sunday

Saturday from 9-12 we will start with a swap of surplus produce, then shift A LOT of woodchips to make a better path. Hot drinks available.

Sunday from 11-2 Water for Food & Fun
the talk on water will be from 11.30-12.30
mud and water play set up for the whole event
nibbles and hot drinks available

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

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  • Organiser’s Name:

    Petra Kahle, convener Food Forest Ashburton Group

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  • 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”