Past Projects

Food Know How meets Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is a long-term supporter of Cultivating Community and was able to catch up with the Food Know How team as part of his 2013 tour.

Jack Johnson

Composting and Worm Farming Workshop

We had a blast at Sunnyfields Community Garden for our composting, worm farming & Bokashi workshop! It was great to see so many people excited to learn about different ways to recycle their food waste in a sustainable way. We talked about how to get started and the pro’s and con’s of each method to help participants decide which style of food waste recycling system was best suited to their lifestyle. There is a system suitable for everyone, regardless of if you live in an apartment or on a farm. Things got really exciting when Jodi brought in her very own worm farm! She showed everyone what they need to start their own worm farm, and how to keep your worms happy and healthy. Everyone got to witness the worms hard at work turning food scraps into fertile worm castings for the garden. By the end of the day everyone was on their way to becoming composting experts and ready to embark on their own food waste missions!

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Compost Champions

Sustainability Victoria funded our Compost Champions project which saw us improve education and facilities for composting on the Collingwood public housing estate. Cultivating Community ran a number of workshops to educate residents and local gardeners. We also helped install compost tumblers for use by the Hoddle St gardeners. This project was completed in 2012.

Compost Crew

This was a joint project between with the Collingwood Children’s Farm and City of Yarra, which proved to be both a fertile testing ground for Food Know How and a successful project in its own right. In late 2011, Abbotsford residents were asked if they would like to be involved in a home composting pilot program. More than 50 households (comprising more than 100 residents) registered to be part of the program. Participating households participated in free workshops and received subsidised compost systems, kitchen bins and small signs for the front of their property. The project aimed to teach residents about the role they can play in reducing Yarra’s above average contribution of food waste to landfill by creating a sustainable waste system in their home and community.