Growing Abundance

GAGrowing Abundance is an initiative of the Castlemaine Community House that aims to minimise waste, reduce food miles, support local farmers and strengthen our local community and economy.

The four main activities of Growing Abundance working toward a resilient, localised food system are:

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Click here for the Growing Abundance flyer, which was produced with the support of the Mount Alexander Shire council.


Zucchini flowersCastlemaine Community Kitchen GardenHillary & Sam, growing new connections

Drop in for a cuppa, a chat or a potter about the garden 10am–12.30pm any Wednesday.

  • Meet new people
  • Learn about growing food
  • Share meals
  • Workshops
  • Help out
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • A healthy, happy place


Where: Castlemaine Community Kitchen GardenWatering and staying cool. Back of Continuing Education, Templeton Street, Castlemaine

Contact: Sas at Castlemaine Community House, 5472 4842 or email or just TURN UP!!







Long Table Lunch

“It seems to be evolving nicely”

A Survey of Growing Abundance Participants

Click here to read to read the results of our 2013 survey of Growing Abundance participants, volunteers and organisers: Survey results 2013.


Community Lunch Captured on Film


Help us out in the school canteen …Local produce

Growing Abundance group C.A.K.E. won the tender to run the canteen at Castlemaine Secondary College. While change will be gradual, the transition to healthy and sustainable options for the canteen means both campuses are already enjoying more locally sourced and organic ingredients in their food. C.A.K.E. and the school welcome feedback from students, parents and guardians.

We’re seeking volunteers to help us out. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering 2-3 hours a week in the canteen. Tasks include chopping, serving, assembling food and cleaning up. Contact the Growing Abundance team by phoning the Castlemaine Community House or by email

Read more about C.A.K.E.’s canteen project on the C.A.K.E. page!


The Growing Abundance Project in the media:

    • Project leaders Lucy Young and Sas Allardice were interviewed on ABC Radio’s Bush Telegraph on 22 Feb. 2011.  It was a great introduction to the project and to encourage other communities to take up our ideas!
    • Jane Curtis from ABC Bendigo came harvesting and recorded it  in pics and vimeo
    • The Age  Epicure supplement reported on the Local Produce Guide and the work of the Harvest Group.
    • The Castlemaine Mail and the online Castlemaine Independent report our activities regularly.

If you want to know more about Growing Abundance, contact or watch this web page for updates!

Bernie and his bees

Bernie Kriss has been helping Growing Abundance members to learn about beekeeping for fun and profit. He’s been profiled in a short (3 minute) film for ABC Open, and here it is:

Related projects:

Neighbourhood foraging: see this article about foraging in Melbourne by foragers’ group Sharing Abundance.

Check out the Local Harvest Project.  In the first week of April – take the Local Harvest Challenge!







Please click here to view a selection of photography from our projects

Growing Abundance is a project in partnership with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, Transition Mount Alexander, Mount Alexander Volunteer Network and the Mount Alexander Shire Council. The project seeks to connect people through food. The project draws on the work of the international Transition Towns movement which has successfully developed a range of community partnerships to increase local food production and create local abundance. Growing Abundance is run through the Castlemaine Community House, and was supported by the Victorian Government through Sustainability Victoria.