Central Coast Council has partnered with Grow It Local to get Coasties excited about growing and sourcing produce locally to reduce food waste.
Grow It Local is a grassroots initiative that started in Bondi in 2012 as a crowd-farming project to build local food systems, build community and reduce food waste going to landfill.
Coasties looking to get involved can register a veggie patch and see what is growing locally or connect with local growers and learn the tips and tricks for growing their own produce.
As an added treat for those looking to improve their food sustainability practices, Grow It Local has announced its third annual Grow It Local Festival, a celebration of backyard, balcony, community garden and window-sill farmers, which will run until November 30.
The festival programming features free, live digital workshops with gardening personalities including Costa Georgiadis, Sabrina Hahn and Paul West, plus monthly Ask an Expert sessions where aspiring grower can ask a question and get an answer.
First cab off the rank was Georgiadis who hosted an online session on how to build a verge garden on September 11.
Hahn will be hosting a workshop on October 16 called From novice veggie grower to habitat warrior, food for yourself and others.
West will be hosting his workshop, Homegrown on November 13.
Grow It Local is one of several Council initiatives, providing access to the program free of charge to encourage the community to live sustainably, facilitate community building and support waste education.
Those looking to get involved can register at www.growitlocal.com.
Media release, Aug 30
Central Coast Council