National Tree Day – 21 August

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National Tree Day in Greater Shepparton was postponed due to all the rain we have been having. Sunday saw loads of Greater Shepparton residents getting their hands dirty and planting trees at Tassiker Reserve.

A few of the SWAG members participated in the planting of around 1200 trees!


Photo cred for top and bottom photo: Councils Marketing/Communications team.


Indoor Plant Propagation Lunchtime Session

Lunchtime Sessions


Earth Day (22 April) at Greater Shepparton City Council was celebrated by staff with an indoor plant propagation workshop hosted by the Sustainability Working Group (SWG). A range of plants were propagated and shared including peace lillies, arrowhead plants and a variety  of succulents. The workshop explored the benefits of indoor plants and provided tips and tricks on succesful plant propagation. All participants took multiple plants for their office space and home. #EarthDay

Lunchtime Information Sessions are back!

Plants, Sustainability

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February – How to grow your own Chillies/Tomatoes/Avocadoes

Want to learn more about growing fruit and vegetables? Learn from the master Michael Carrafa as he reveals his secrets on how to grow the tastiest tomatoes and chillies going around! MC will also share how you can cultivate your own avocado plants from seed.

Date: Thursday 18 February
Location: Hunter Room, Welsford Street Office
Time: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
BYO Lunch

Do you have any seeds, cuttings, or plants you’d like to swap?

Gardens, Permaculture, Plants, Sustainability


October – Succulent Swap Day
Date: Friday 30 October
Location: Welsford Street Outdoor Area (near bike storage)
Time: 12.15pm – 1.00pm

The Sustainability Working Group’s lunchtime sessions are back and we’re kicking off the new series with a Succulent & Plant Swap Day.

We encourage you to raid your gardens and bring along any excess succulent, cactus or plant cuttings that you’d like to swap with fellow green thumbs. Plant seeds are also welcomed!

Even if you don’t have any plants to bring, come along and choose a new plant or seed to grow in your garden or at your desk.

What to bring: Your plant, cuttings or seeds, gloves (if you’ve got some prickly catci!)

See you there!

Nikita’s Veggie Patch

Gardens, Plants, Sustainability


Member of our Sustainability Working Group Travis set up a vegetable patch with his family at home. We wanted to share his story to see how easy it is to create a space of your own.

“Last October, my daughter Nikita and I created a small veggie patch using two small raised garden beds over some former lawn area of our yard. Nikita absolutely loved helping to plant carrots, corn, beans, beetroot, tomatoes, strawberries, silverbeet, and potatoes to name a few. You can really pack a lot into a small space!

Any small space in your garden can be utilised. We also created a little herb growing area and planted butternut pumpkins along a narrow garden bed amongst some roses and other random plants.

Nikita and I particularly enjoyed the summer harvest time – yum yum! As the saying goes “growing your own veggies is like printing your own money!” Our butternut pumpkin soup was the most delicious menu item of the summer!

Watering and looking after the plants was a really enjoyable way to spend time with my daughter and it is great that she has a better understanding of where food really comes from, as opposed to just the supermarket shelf! Nikita is already asking me when we are going to be planting our next crop!”

GV Food Gardens

Gardens, Plants


Are you a keen food gardener? Check out the GV Food Gardens page on Facebook. The page was created to bring together the people of the Goulburn Valley who love to grow and eat their own food. Members can help answer any gardening or food questions you have, as well as being an ideal place to trade excess produce you may be growing.
Follow the page here!

Winter Movie Screenings – Edible Landscapes

Lunchtime Sessions, Plants, Sustainability

edible gardens

Wednesday 24 June the Sustainability Working Group hosted a screening of two TED talks that looked at edible gardens and their enormous potential to strengthen communities.


Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

What should a community do with its unused land? Pam Warhurst tells the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA – in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”

Self-reliant living in Violet Town

Permaculture, Sustainability

Olives ready for harvest Organic apples and persimmons Friendly goats.

A group of keen gardeners from Permablitz Goulburn Valley recently visited Murrnong, a permaculture farm in nearby Violet Town, Victoria. David Arnold began developing the farm in 1996, and regularly conducts tours of the property for interested groups.

Attendees learnt how they can interact with their house, buildings, forest, farm and animals to achieve energy efficiencies, increased productivity, and sustainable living.

For more information about Murrnong, visit the website here.

What’s growing in your garden?

Plants, Sustainability

Snow peas

With summer crops nothing but a distant memory now is the time to be planting your winter crops – think cabbage, garlic, snow peas, peas, herbs, onions, radish and kale.

If you were super-organized and planted crops in early March you should start seeing veggies almost ready to harvest – like these snow peas from Aishe’s garden.

What are you growing? Send us your photos and we’ll share them here!