The Grow It Local Festival is happening 4-10 November and the City of Cockburn is calling on growers, crowdfarmers and local food lovers to get involved and curate a contribution at growitlocal.com

Crowdfarming is great way to get freshly cultivated produce straight from a local farmer to your plate whether at home or your favourite restaurant and Grow It Local is the perfect event to promote this wholesome activity.

Community members and groups, restaurants and local businesses are invited to host an event, activity or experience. This might involve hosting an ‘introduction to growing’ class in your backyard, pickling 101 in your restaurant, a tour and taste from your patch, a composting workshop at a local community garden, jam or passata making, or a crowd-farmed dinner using produce sourced from Grow It Local’s network of local growers. Celebrate your love for growing local, fresh produce and showcase your sustainability and community ideals. Events and experiences can be ticketed or free.

‘At its heart Grow It Local is an idea to inspire more people to grow, share and eat locally grown food,’ said cofounder, Darryl Nichols.

‘We believe that if everyone grew their own food we’d be happier and healthier. We’d have dirtier nails and bigger smiles. We’d compost more and waste less. Life would be juicer and more delicious!’

Here are some of the events happening during the festival:

2-10 November

Host a community picnic with your neighbours and the City of Cockburn will provide you with either a veggie box, fruit box or salad box

9 November

Cooby Swap and Share at Coolbellup Hub. You can swap or share home-grown or made foods, seedlings and more, from 10am.

City of Cockburn is the first WA council to jump on board and is a proud Grow It Local partner. We hope you dig it! Get involved at growitlocal.com