Home Harvest Feast 2016 – Connect, Grow, Eat and Enjoy!

Council are looking for volunteers to grow and supply the produce for the Home Harvest Feast 2016 on Sunday 28 February 2016 to be held at Edendale Farm Eltham.

In its fifth year the Home Harvest Feast is a celebration of home grown produce and local food. All growers are invited to celebrate in the harvest and the joys of local food by sharing a delicious community meal created by trained cooks using your home or community-grown product.

What does it involve?

Register to grow and supply the produce for the Home Harvest Feast. Registrations open October 2015.

Spend the summer growing produce and in the week leading up to the Feast donate some produce in return for your tickets.

Attend the Feast in February 2016 and enjoy a delicious meal and a great day!

Become a grower

To sign up as a Grower for the Home Harvest Feast complete the registration form and get growing!

No matter your level of experience or how green your fingers are, everyone is invited to take part and get growing.

What to grow and how much

All types of produce are welcome. If you are growing something different or exotic please let us know when registering. If you’re a little stuck, here are some suggestions of what you could grow – zucchini, eggplant, tomato, capsicum, silverbeet, carrot, pumpkin, cucumber, beets, lettuce greens and herbs.

Produce drop-off will take place in the week leading up to the Feast. You will receive your ticket for the Feast when you drop off your produce off. A good way to work out how much produce to donate is to think of a quantity that would feed you and your guests.

Getting started

If you are new to growing there are some great resources available to help you:

Download the Home Harvest Booklet to find out how to grow your own delicious fresh food. If you would like a hard copy call 9490 4222 or email environment@banyule.vic.gov.au

Edendale workshops including Home Harvest Grow Your Own Veggies. If this is your first time growing for the Home Harvest Feast you can attend this workshop for half price. Just let them know you’re a Grower when you register.

Sustainable Gardening Australia fact sheets

Bulleen Art & Garden fact sheets and workshops

As a Grower you will receive regular newsletters including advice and guidance and will be invited to take part in community events and workshops such as food swaps where you can get to know other growers.

And finally – don’t panic!

Don’t let the fear of having a bad season in your garden put you off registering as a Grower. If, come Feast time, you are unable to donate the amount of produce you planned it will be ok and this will be balanced out by the generous donations of Growers who have had a great season. And if you end up with no produce there are always other ways you can contribute to the Feast such as with your time to help us set up and tidy away.

Harvest Month

The Home Harvest Feast sits within a calendar of Harvest Month events. As a Grower you will also receive exclusive details on workshops, food swaps and special events taking place. The full program is being coordinated by Local Food Connect will be available on the Local Food Connect website early 2016.

Home Harvest Partners

The Home Harvest Feast is brought to you by Banyule City Council, Nillumbik Shire Council, Local Food Connect, Real Food Catering, Edendale, Bulleen Art & Garden and Nillumbik Health.