By Ella Bradford
Grow it Local is bringing people growing backyard produce together online and face-to-face.
The Grow it Local program launched in Moreton Bay in July 2021 and has attracted almost 1400 members, making it the largest membership of any local government area in Australia.
Deputy Mayor Jodie Shipway says the popularity of Grow it Local inspired Council to extend the partnership for another two years.
“Grow it Local has proven to be the root of gardening things fun and interactive, providing a fertile ground where green thumbs and home-grown food fans can connect, share valuable tips, and learn from experienced professionals,” she says.
“This partnership is another way Council is living up to our mantra of ‘Going Green as We Grow’, by hosting hands-on events that bring the community together to share their passion for gardening and local food.
"I really hope that like a local sporting club or community group, the Grow it Local concept will not only nurture local gardens but also help cultivate stronger social bonds and a sense of belonging among our residents,” she says.
Who is it for?
Grow it Local is not just for individuals but also groups – community organisations, schools, clubs, and businesses can also grow green.
Cr Shipway says people can showcase their flourishing gardens and connect with other local growers to share produce, knowledge, space, or skills.
"Fear not, this is an active and welcoming community of local green thumbs that’s open to gardeners of all levels, whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting your gardening journey,” she says.
“There are also plenty of videos and ideas to kickstart your gardening adventures, available through their platform online,” she explains.
Grow it Local hosts webinars and Q&A sessions with renowned gardeners and chefs to provide a range of digital resources to support the community on their gardening journey.
How to get involved
Visit the website to celebrate the joy of gardening and find out more about Grow it Local events and activities across City of Moreton Bay.
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