Other Programs and Resources

Connecting the community with resources.

Growing,  sharing,  learning and creating a more resilient local food system.

A directory of information, resources, and programs that cover a range of topics and areas regarding the food system. Please let us know if there is a link not working or you have a resource to add by filling out the form below, so we can share the information within the Yarra Ranges Food Connections community.

Do you have a kitchen, some land, a garden or space to share with a community group?  Please let us know so we can add it to our available list of resources.

Other Programs and Resources

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Other programs and Resources

Browse and click on the categories below to search programs, research, support and links not specific to the Yarra Ranges.

Community Gardens

Richmond based, cultivating Community work with diverse and low income communities to increase access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. Support the establishment of community gardens.

audience: Community Not Local

Community Initiative

Local Harvest

Map drops for a variety of restaurants, organic farmers, food swaps, communtiy gardens, farm gates. Includes resources for growing at home, composting. Good 2 min video on food system.

audience: Community

Local Food Connect

Free with low cost membership available.  Covers North East Melbourne, maps of swaps, community gardens,, events , growing guides, recipes and other information

audience: Community

Vermont Farm to Plate

Farm to Plate is Vermont’s food system plan being implemented statewide to increase economic development and jobs in the farm and food sector and improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters.

audience: Community Not Local


Food environment dashboard

Dashboard brings together the best-available, most up-to-date data to provide an overall picture of the healthiness of Australia’s food environments.

audience: Services

Education & Lesson Plans


Free with at cost activities available.
An environmental education centre and urban farm located in Brunswick East. Education and training programs demonstrating how a local food economy can make a community healthier and more resilient.

audience: Community

From Paddock to Plate

Online resource for schools costs $450 per year.

audience: Schools

Phenomenom is a free digital toolkit for teachers, jam-packed with springboard episodes and lesson plans, designed to tickle students’ tastebuds for learning.

Teachers guidebook link here

audience: Schools

Food Hub


Connected to the Lime Box Café Youth employment, skills , meals cooking , social connection.

audience: Community not local

Melbourne Food Hub

Private Enterprise connecting growers to eaters, shop for local and Victorian produce.

audience: Community

Moving Feast

Social enterprice growing , cooking, delivering meals and produce.

audience: Community not local

The Lime Box

Café and food Hub in Pakkenham connected with Hopeworks.

audience: Community not local

Food Relief

Outer East Food Share

Delivery of food to other food relief. We provide a link between Foodbank Victoria, OzHarvest, local food businesses and food relief agencies in the Yarra Ranges.

audience: Services

Yarra Ranges Food Relief

List of Food Relief and Free Meals.

audience: Community

Food Swaps & Food Share

Food Swaps Local Food Connect

Food Swaps in North East suburbs of Melbourne.

audience: Community

Food Waste

Love Food Hate Waste

Extensive range of resources and information for reducing food waste.  

audience: Community

Healthy eating with no money and no time.  This is a website by the University of Newcastle that has great healthy recipes with a search function to enter what you have in the fridge; a great way to use left overs

audience: Community


Connecting people who wish to give or receive food scraps or other organics with their neighbours for composting, worm farms or farm animals. It is simple to register and your neighbours contacts you or you contact them via your email to organise drop offs. 

audience: community

War on Waste

ABC documentary series can be watched via ABC iview.  There are episodes suitable for different organisations from commercial food waste to schools.

audience: community


Reducing food waste for businesses. Connects suppliers of quality surplus products to buyers on one digital platform at discounted prices. Free.

audience: Retail or Wholesale

Growing & Workshops


Free with at cost activities available.
An environmental education centre and urban farm located in Brunswick East. Education and training programs demonstrating how a local food economy can make a community healthier and more resilient.

audience: Community

Edible Forest

Private business with café and gardens, classes, tours and information. 

audience: all

Gardens for Harvest

Facebook page and free or low cost workshops, resources, webinars and information run by Knox and Yarra Ranges. Includes a newsletter with tips and hints throughout the year

audience: Community

Peace Farm

Private business with café and gardens, classes, tours and informaiton.

audience: community

Sustainable Gardening Australia

Some free resources and information with Membership Available. 
Includes a mix of free and at cost workshops and information on sustainable gardening.

audience: community

Information / Research

Eat Lancet

EAT is a global, non-profit startup dedicated to transforming our global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships.

audience: all

Fair Food Futures

Research, articles and workshops around food networks.  Localising Sustainable development goals through food justice.   

audience: all

Food Print Report

Foodprint Melbourne is a research project that investigates ways of strengthening the resilience of Melbourne’s food system to increase equitable access to fresh, healthy foods and promote sustainable production and consumption for current and future generations.

audience: all


Politcal Platform against the UN Food Systems Summit.

audience: all

Indigenous food planning tool to improve food security

The Murradambirra dhangaang tool is a series of posters for Aboriginal community organisations, local health service and local councils in urban and regional areas to help address food security in their communities.

audience: all

Right to Food Coalition

Works to improve public policy in regard to food systems.

audience: all

Sustainable Table

Sustainable Table is an environmental not-for-profit working to heal Australia’s food system from the inside out.

audience: all

Sustainability Victoria

Resources, information and data for sustainability including waste and food waste.

audience: Community


SUSTAIN design and deliver innovative solutions and approaches to food systems challenges, a major project of SUSTAIN is Cardinia Food Circles in conjunction with Cardinia Shire Council.

audience: all

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans- Various
  • HORT Innovations –         Includes Teachers guidebook, podcasts, short videos and lesson plans
  • EASL as part of the free Resource Smart Schools Sustainability Program
  • Twinkl – free plans and membership options
  • ABC digibooks – Videos, discussion points, lesson plans and resources demonstrating how our environment can make ‘choosing health’ challenging
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and here is an example lesson plan Happy Food for levels 3-4
  • Taste and Learn is aimed at early years but some of the plans activities are suitable for Foundation -2
  • Agriculture and Food – WA government

audience: Schools


Food from Home

We create and curate simple resources, events, and opportunities to make growing food at home simple, fun, affordable, and sustainable.
We are utilising the power of social media to facilitate the sharing of food stories and knowledge from within our local communities

Our campaign promotes and preserves connection to food cultures, food origins, family and community, food systems, and climate.

Toolkit available

audience: Services

Food in Common

Community cooking, gardening, and technology program geared towards creating positive social and health impacts for marginalised people in Australia. Includes manual to help establish similar programs.

audience: Community Not Local

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Victorian program with support and funding opportunities to help introduce food and garden education to school aged children.

A range of ongoing fees 

audience: Schools and Clubs

Vic Kids Eat Well

Free Victorian State government program aiming to increase the intake of fruit and vegetable at schools and clubs. Once registered there is great support from your local Health Promotion staff.  Simple changes making a big difference

audience: Schools and Clubs


HEAS Health Eating Advisory Service

Free information, training, resources and support for services, schools, businesses, sports clubs wanting to increase healthy choices in food and or drinks within their setting. 

Support is also available from your local Community Health, Health Promotion staff

audience: Services


Ausflora Pacific Wholesale Nursery

Private Enterprise. First established in 1981, Ausflora Pacific’s 32 hectare cut flower plantation and nursery is situated in the Dandenong Ranges, in Melbourne’s outer east. 

audience: Retail or Wholesale

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Farmer led organisation.

audience: growers

Eastern Region Food Coop

Private enterprise selling organic food boxes in Ringwood/Sth Croydon.  Eastern Region Food Co-op (ERFCO) buys bulk supplies of non-perishable food items for five pick-ups during the year.

audience: all

FarmBox Gippsland

Private enterprise. Fresh and local produce delivery

audience: Community Not Local

Food for Change

Community farm project to supply food at low cost for those in need.  The farm provides food to organisations across the Peninsula who are feeding those in need. Food from the site also goes to organisations across the Frankston Region and our big harvests all get distributed by Secondbite across Victoria.

audience: Community not local

Hort Innovation

Aimed at growers. Discover thousands of resources produced on behalf of 37 levy-paying horticulture industries

audience: growers

Open Food Network

Our open source platform enables new, ethical supply chains by making it easy and efficient. Food producers can sell online, wholesalers can manage buying groups and supply through networks of food hubs and shops. Communities can bring together producers to create a virtual farmers’ market, building a resilient local food economy.

audience: Retail or Wholesale

Open Food Network

Lists local Farms / Farm Gates and sellers for online purchasing.

audience: Community

Adelaide based, gives community a location on line to share and sell produce.

audience: community not local

The Community Grocer

The Community Grocer provides dignified access to quality affordable fruit and vegetables through weekly markets that sell produce 60% cheaper than supermarkets. This not for profit has stores in Carlton, Fitzroy, Heidelberg West and Pakenham

audience: Community Not Local

Support for Business

Rocket Seeder

Support and mentoring for early stage startups in food and Agriculture sector aligned to the Untied Nations susatainable development. Applications onlline.

audience: Retail or Wholesale


Eastern Alliance Sustainable Learning

The Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning (EASL) assists member councils in delivering joint sustainable learning initiatives across the Eastern region.

audience: Schools & Community

Urban Farm

Fawkner Food Bowls

Urban farm used for food distibution.

audience: Community not local

Growing Farmers

Growing Farmers Inc. is a community project based in Moreland. Our aim is to develop regenerative farming capacity in urban communities and to support and enable a new generation of aspiring urban farmers.

audience: Community not local

Volunteer Organisations

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Researching food and urban shade.

audience: Community

Yarra Ranges Food Connections Library

Helpful glossary of terms, reports, videos, information brought to you by the Yarra Ranges Food Connections Committee.

Food System Videos

What is a food system?

A 10 minute video showing the breadth of the food system.

After you have seen the video please take one minute to answer 2 multi choice questions

Glossary & helpful terms regarding food systems

Food system

  • The people, activities, resources, and outcomes involved in getting food from “field to plate,” in addition to preparing and eating food.

Healthy diet

  • A healthy diet addresses four main components: adequacy, diversity, moderation and safety.  Emphasize the importance of increasing intake of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains; limiting the intake of energy from free sugars and total fats; consuming unsaturated rather than saturated or trans fats; and limiting intake of salt, while using salt.

Yarra Ranges Food Forum 2022

Yarra Ranges Food Connections Forum 2022

Outline and links to the Inaugural forum


Life and health re-imagined
Good food for all.

A VicHealth Project

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A short clip showing the complex web of supply chains that bring food from farm to fork. 

A one hour forum inspiring thought and action within the food system. Exploring opportunities to strengthen the chain and fix the cracks.

Yarra Valley ECOSS

Yarra Valley ECOSS is a not-for-profit community organisation based on a 7.4 hectare permaculture designed farm at Wesburn. On the property ECOSS demonstrates sustainable living solutions for the community of the Yarra Valley and beyond. Their Vision is to promote local food production, earth education, and multicultural living, while building work skills and developing a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and sustainable community.

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