GROW: get inspired by seeing who’s growing locally & what's under cultivation
SHARE: connect with local growers to learn and share knowledge, expertise, produce, recipes and more
EAT: local food experiences that celebrate local produce, growers, chefs & like-minded eating establishments
Grow It Local is a grass roots, purpose-driven mission to get more people growing, sharing and eating locally grown foods.
In doing so we aim to;
- make growing more accessible
- increase the production & consumption of locally grown foods
- provide a connection to nature
- inspire positive health & wellbeing
- help build stronger and more resilient communities
- increase composting and reduce organic waste to landfill
- do something delicious & have a little fun!
In this first phase Grow It Local is being brought to life via launch of the beta growitlocal.com website and a community-minded event called the Weekend Walkaround.
The Weekend Walkaround is a weekend-long open edible garden event that invites local growers to open their backyard, balcony, community garden or windowsill farm for public viewing.
In doing so we hope to enable conversations about growing food locally, to connect local growers and to inspire more people to grow and eat locally grown foods.
The Grow It Local Weekend Walkaround is happening Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25, 2018.
Yes, absolutely you can put your patch on the map but not participate in the Weekend Walkaround.
Registering your patch is a free and easy process that takes approximately 3-5minutes
Grow It Local is brought to you by the folks behind Garage Sale Trail. The idea is simple. By mobilizing communities across Australia to host garage sales on one big weekend we aim to encourage reuse, reduce waste to landfill, connect local communities, provide a platform for fundraising and inspire a little creativity and fun.
What started as a local idea in Bondi Beach has grown into a truly national movement supported by 400,000 Australian’s and powered by 149 Councils nationally. Each year the annual weekend-long Garage Sale Trail see’s 2+ million items listed for sale at over 15,000 garage sales across the nation.
We never cease to be inspired by the colourful garage sales and unexpected items that get registered each year from the first ever MONA garage sale, a miniature goat sale, the grandpa sale, the almost deceased estate garage sale and the Only Lionel Vinyl Sale.
Grow It Local was conceived in 2012 by Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder (Garage Sale Trail Cofounders) in collaboration with Waverley Council. It was first brought to life as a ‘crowd farming’ initiative which generated lots of interest and was a lot of fun. It was an amazing time and even better team that also included Jess Miller, Ben Peacock, Jordan Sly and the awesome folks at Three Blue Ducks.
Local growers were invited to put their patch on the map and donate some home grown produce in each exchange to a crowd farmed growers feast at Three Blue Ducks in Bronte. The Ducks transformed the locally grown produce into a mind-blowing feast enjoyed by all.
Peep the video here;
The ‘crowd farming’ idea caught on and we were soon approached by Remo Guiffre of TEDx and food extraordinaire Jill Dupliex with an outrageous idea to crowd farm for 2,200 people at the Opera House. The results exceeded all expectations. Peep video here;
Since this time Grow It Local lay dormant as an idea we were so truly passionate yet not resourced to realise until now.
We’re stoked to back and hope you’ll join us in our mission to help get more folks growing, sharing and eating locally grown foods.
Welcome aboard !
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