Home Harvest

Connect, Grow, Eat, Enjoy

Home Harvest events have always been about community and the celebration and sharing of home grown produce and local food and aim to focus on helping you to start or expand a vegetable patch.

Home Harvest sets out to celebrate the local food community in Nillumbik year round with seed libraries, community gardening workshops, food swaps and much more.  

Do you have a sustainable food event or group you'd like to tell us about? Email environment@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

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Food swaps

What Where When
Diamond Valley Library
Garden of Plenty
Diamond Valley Library,
Civic Drive,
3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-11am
Edible Hub 50 Graysharps Rd,
2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10-11am
Thrive Community Garden 31 Watkins Street,
Diamond Creek
3rd Saturday of the month, 2pm-3pm
Eltham Farmers Market 10-18 Arthur St,
4th Sunday of the month, 9.30am-10.30am
 St Andrews Primary School 25 Caledonia St,
St Andrews 
3rd Sunday of the month 

Seed libraries

The Home Harvest Seed Libraries are located at:


  • Eltham Library
  • Diamond Valley Library
  • Edendale Community Farm
  • Hurstbridge Hub


  • Rosanna Library
  • Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub
  • Watsonia Library
  • Shop48, Heidelberg West

How the Seed Libraries work

Using the seed libraries is easy and follows the simple philosophy of:

  • Take – Visit any of the libraries and take the seeds you would like to grow
  • Grow – Grow the seeds at home and hopefully enjoy a bountiful harvest
  • Save  – Save some seeds for next year from the healthiest plants and fruits
  • Share – Return some of the saved seeds to a Home Harvest Seed Library for the next person to grow

The seed libraries form a network. You can get seeds from any seed library and, when you have some to share, you can give back to any of the locations.

Community gardens in Nillumbik

Community garden Where When Contact 

Eltham Station - Eltham (Incredible Edible Eltham)

Pryor St / Main Rd

Open access


healthAbility (Incredible Edible Eltham)

917 Main Rd,

Open access


Chute Street

Seven planter boxes in Chute Street (five on the north side of the road and two on the south side) plus a further two around the corner in Inglis Street.

Open access


Edible Hub

50 Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge

Open access
Drop in session every Thursday 9.30am


Diamond Valley Library - Garden of Plenty

Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough.

Open access
Working bee every Thursday 10-11am.


Eltham Childcare CoOp (Incredible Edible Eltham)

One planter box, 16 Panther Place Eltham

Open access


Eltham Living & Learning

Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre, 739 Main Road, Eltham.

By appointment; membership-based (membership free)
volunteers meet weekly on Thursdays 9.30-11am



31 Watkins Street,
Diamond Creek

Open access on Saturday afternoon 1pm-3pm


Panton Hill Living and Learning

18 Bishops Rd,
Panton Hill

Open access


How to make your own seed envelopes

We encourage the use of recycled materials for envelopes. For example you can use repurposed books to make origami envelopes for seed storage. 

Please write the following information on your envelopes/packets

  • Plant name
  • Suburb grown
  • Date harvested
  • Any growing notes/tips you have

Here is a simple template to make your own seed envelopes using an A4 piece of paper:

A hand-drawn instruction of how to make an envelope by folding a single piece of paper

Source: https://gardensnorth.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/folding-seed-packets/

If it helps, check with your Home Harvest Seed Library location as some might be happy to take bulk seeds and to package them up for the seed library – but all will prefer it if you can do this yourself.

Donate your extra produce

Local food sharing organisations that accept fresh food donations include (subject to change):

  • Greenhills Neighbourhood House, Community Drive Greensborough -  Open for donations Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9am - 1pm
  • Secondbite, Diamond Creek Uniting Church, Cnr Wensley St and Main Hurstbridge Road - Open for donations Friday 11am - 12pm and Saturday 8.30am - 9am
  • BANSIC @ the Hub, 153 Oriel Road, Heidelberg West - Open for donations Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12pm - 3pm 

Eltham Farmers Market

Eltham Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday, from 8.00am to 12.30pm. 

 On the 4th Sunday of each month, there is a Food Swap from 9.30am to 10.30am. On selected Sundays, there is also a Community Market Stall.

The market is located on the car park at Eltham Town Mall, which is in the centre of Eltham at 10-18 Arthur Street. Entry is free.

The market offers a large range of stalls, from veggies and fruit to condiments and sweet treats. All the stallholders are from within Victoria, with around half from within North East Melbourne (around 15 from Nillumbik and a further 30 from the surrounding municipalities). This is a much higher number of truly local stallholders than at any other farmers’ market in Melbourne. All are selling their own produce. For more information visit Local Food Connect - Eltham Farmers Market