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We are giving half our profits away

From July onwards, we are committing to allocating half of the Food Gardens profits to assisting local food projects in central Victoria, including community gardens, school food gardens, small scale organic growers with a focus on serving local markets, ethical food enterprises, social networks and technologies that serve the local food system.

We don't have huge profits so we aren't expecting to change the world - however we've seen what can be done with small budgets in the hands of focused and energised individuals, and so it will be those folks we'll be seeking to work with.


Runner Up - Best Organic Outlet in Australia

Thank you to everyone that voted for The Food Garden. We came runner up (2nd) in the category for Best Organic Retail Outlet in Australia for 2013 awards.


Vote for The Food Garden!

The Food Garden has been nominated for Best Organic Retail Outlet. After winning this in 2011, we would like to have a go going up against the big boys. Vote for The Food Garden as Best Organic Retail Outlet here!


We've moved !!
Now located at 14-16 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine - still open Thursday and Friday and no change to food box deliveries. Drop in!


From the Garden
Rhubarb is back from its winter rest and ready for some picking... $3.80 a bunch


Christmas hours
We will be closed from December 22 for our annual rest, and will restart food box deliveries on January 17th. Thanks for all your support during the year, and looking forward to seeing next year. x Graham & Caithlin


KIVA for Christmas

Join The Food Garden lending team at Kiva this Christmas.

So far we have made over 90 loans. By adding as little as $5 to your food box order, The Food Garden will make a loan on your behalf.

Or join our team and make a loan directly at


Summer Seedlings for Planting

The frosts are finished (?) and its time for some summer seedling planting. We are starting with a small selection of cucumber, peas, zucchini, chilli, eggplant and strawberries and will be adding more in the next couple of weeks - all certified organic from Daylesford area, just $3.50 each.


Jim's Take Home Meals finished for now.....

The meals prepared for The Food Garden by Jim of Doxa Youth Foundation are temporarily suspended due to Jim's other projects at the Doxa youth camps. We hope to have Jim back at some stage in the future; its unsure exactly when that will be though. Thanks for your all your interest and support.


Organic Take Home Meals now available with Food Box orders

Every week we hope to bring you fresh and delicious seasonal meals to take home for the chilly evenings. The menu will constantly change, and will be determined by the local produce available.

Organic always, and gluten free and dairy free where possible; and the occasional soup and samosa when the available produce allows.

See what is available this week and order online here


Closed for Christmas
The Food Garden is closed for our annual well deserved rest, and will be back on Monday 23rd January for food box deliveries.


New Bakeries for The Food Garden

The Food Garden is now providing local Basilio Sourdough breads for Ballarat and Buninyong customers on Tuesdays.

For food box members on Thursdays we are replacing Red Beard with Crumbs Organic Bakehouse from Ascot Vale, an exciting range of breads, pastries and, wait for it...vegan doughnuts!

And of course, Sprout Bakery is available each day for all food box members.


The Garden in Winter

June 22nd is winter solstice this year and it is the tradition to plant garlic on this the shorteset day of the year (and harvest on the longest).

Read about Planting Garlic on The Food Garden Blog


CHOICE Magazine readers recommend The Food Garden as a preferred food delivery service. See full article here.


Now Available! Shampoo, Conditioner and Soap etc.
Under the new category of PERSONAL, you'll find new items including soap, conditioner, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving gel and even gardeners hand cream! Anything missing? Let us know.


Christmas Hours
Christmas week, Shop open WED 9.30-5.30pm and THURS 9.30-12.30pm. Food Box deliveries will be one day earlier than normal, and then we break until Monday 11th January.


Wicking Bed Photos on Blog
The photos of the wicking beds are now available on the Blog @ Food Garden.


What is Biodynamics?
For an excellent outline on Biodynamics from the editor of Biodynamic Growing magazine, visit our blog at,


Growers and Eaters Forum... on the blog now.
A very interesting day discussing on issues facing our food production and transport systems, and looking at new models operating here and around the world, that address these challenges. My notes from the forum in November are now available to read at


Music @ Food Garden
Gigging 4 Gabe.

Upstairs at the Food Garden, Saturday August 23rd 8pm start.
Tickets $20, concession $15 – includes winter warming soup and Sprout bread, with sweets and drinks available. More below....


Gigging 4 Gabe – Saturday, August 23rd
Tickets are selling well for the “Gigging 4 Gabe” music night. Contact Graham or Bree for details and bookings.

An “almost house concert” featuring local songwriter Caithlin Meave.

A fundraiser to send young Gabe (the tireless washer of your empty food boxes) to Singapore for an international soccer competition.

Upstairs at the Food Garden, Saturday August 23rd 8pm start.
Tickets $20, concession $15 – includes winter warming soup and Sprout bread, with sweets and drinks available.

Limited space, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact Graham on 5472 2605 or

All ages welcome but sitting and listening ability a pre-requisite!

For a taste of Caithlins music visit:


The Future of Food – showing at Food Garden, Tuesday 27th May and 3rd June, 6.45pm
THE FUTURE OF FOOD will be shown upstairs at The Food Garden on Tuesday 27th May and 3rd June, 6.45pm. Soup (vegan and organic) and bread will be served, and a speaker from Gene Ethics will attend.

Entry is by gold coin donation, and any proceeds will be donated to Castlemaine Community House and Gene Ethics.

Enquiries ph. 5410 0564 or email Graham on


Speaking Event - Living Well in a Low Energy World
Sustainability in Cuba with Cuban permaculturist Roberto Perez from award winning documentary, "The Power of Communty", along with David Holmgren. Thurs. 3rd April 7pm. Daylesford Town Hall. Tickets $5 donation on entry.


CHOICE Says Consumers Should Buy Organic
CHOICE Magazine says they tested 31 samples of strawberries from around Australia, apart from Tasmania and South Australia and found pesticide residue on all of them, some at concerning levels. Zinn says if possible consumers should buy organic, even though they are most expensive. Zinn says some researchers believe that long term exposure to pesticides could increase the risk of some cancers in people and impair development in children. Source: Media Monitors 2008


Newstead LIVE!
The folk festival is back for its second year this Oz Day weekend. Great music, nice people, good weather (!), excellent coffee - we'll be open Friday and Saturday, so pop in for a chat. Hope to see you.


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