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Grow Your Own 
Small Space Container Garden - grow herbs 
like thyme, rosemary, basil, mint, and garlic 
chives, salad & asian greens ( rocket, lettuce ) 
and strawberries.  
If you have a bit more room go for pots of 
dwarf tomatoes, and chilli bushes. But good 
sun, not too hot, and water often. 
No Dig Garden - on a base of wet 
newspapers (weed barrier) build a “lasagne” 
of alternating brown (carbon-based - straw, 
leaves, wood chips, newspapers) and green 
(nitrogen-rich - manure, compost, worm 
castings.) layers. Water each as you build. 
Perfect for potatoes, beans, pumpkins, & in 
second year for deeper rooted vegetables - 
carrots, onions, beetroot. 
Let’s Be The Change
Sustainable Living 
 in Moonee Valley 
Reducing Food Waste
Suburban Bush Tucker - edible Australian 
native plants like muntries, finger lime, 
warrigal greens, apple-berry, native pig-face, 
midgen berry, and sea-celery, can add spice to 
small gardens. In larger spaces, trees like 
riberry, and macadamia. Resource 3-19. 
Food Swaps 
Community Gardens 
Swapping your surplus food or buying direct 
from the grower helps you plan your meals 
around fresh, in-season fruit, vegetables and 
herbs. It also reduced “Food Miles” and saves 
“not quite perfect for supermarkets” food from 
Moonee Valley Garden Group - Swap 
60 Maribyrnong Rd Ascot Vale 3032 
Pascoe Vale Food Swap 
Gavin Park Pascoe Vale 3044 
The Big Picnic / Regents Produce - Swap 
Edwardes Lake, Reservoir 3073 
CERES Urban Orchard - Swap 
Stewart St Brunswick East 3057 
Ascot Vale Community Garden 
Walter Street Ascot Vale 3032 
Avondale Heights Community Garden 
22 River Dr, Avondale Heights 3034 
Essendon Community Garden 
56 Brisbane St, Ascot Vale 3032 
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Active Compost - use a Bokashi type 
fermentation system, which can process 
prepared foods, meat, dairy, egg, coffee & tissues 
into compost  Resource 3-12 
Compost Farming - start a worm farm and let 
them turn your fruit and vegetable scraps in 
liquid fertilizer and rich composted soil. 
Active Farming - build a chicken run and nesting 
box ( or find a neighbour with one ) and feed 
them with your food scraps. They will eat what 
they like and crush what they don’t like, creating 
a composted soil, while laying fresh eggs. 
Activating Sustainable Living  
in Moonee Valley
Store potatoes and onions in the dark and cool, 
and away from each other, because like bananas, 
they give off a gas that quick-ripens and spoils 
other vegetables. 
Eat Everything - thoughtful planning means no 
wasted food, just enough for the one meal, or a 
cascade of left-overs into other meals. Resource 
Be Wise With Water - hygiene and meal 
preparation comes first, but develop a plan for 
the separation and collection of this water, and 
use it to grow more food.  
Buy Imperfect Produce - such as single bananas, 
‘the odd bunch’ and unusual shapes. 
Basic Compost - collecting your fruit and 
vegetable peelings and cuttings for an outside, 
garden compost bin - In-ground, or On-ground 
to let in the worms & bugs. 
Household food waste averages 400 kgs per 
person per year. And half that is food bought, 
never eaten, and sent straight to landfill. 
Resource 6-1 & 6-2 
Another issue is the huge amount of water 
used to grow food. In Melbourne, our average 
household use is 260 litres, but the food 
grown and processed for that household uses 
an extra 475 lt per day. Resource 3-20 
What Can You Do? 
Start a simple food waste diary and get an 
idea of what you do throw out. 
Sort your pantry, bring older items to the front. 
Plan meals around what you have. 
Donate your surplus to a charity or the Little 
Food Pantry 
Organise your fridge and cloth wrap 
cucumber, herbs, capsicum, celery, beans and 
eggplant, don’t pack the shelves - let the fridge 
breathe on the inside. 
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