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Youth World Food Garden Project (Whittlesea & Darebin)

Join us on a food citizenship journey through six hands-on workshops! Deepen your connection with food and develop new skills in growing, cooking and sharing healthy  food.

This program was developed by Sustain: The Australian Food Network in partnership with  Just Food Collective. Funded by VicHealth’s Jumpstart initiative, it will connect two groups of young people to learn more about local food systems, health, and sustainability.

Participants will receive a stipend of $30 for every workshop attended.

Register your interest now by filling in the form below.


To join the program, you will need to:

  • Be between 14 to 25 years old.
  • Have experienced challenges in obtaining employment and/or accessing educational opportunities. 

You commit to

  • Attend six three-hour weekend workshops in either Preston or Epping (depending on which group you join).
  • Participate in gardening, cooking sessions and material creation (zine booklet + film). 
  • Keep in regular contact with the project team and the other group members. 
  • Come with an open mind and a willingness to learn!

You will gain

  • $30 for every workshop attended
  • Valuable skills in gardening, cooking, and communication
  • A community of passionate and diverse young people
  • Awareness of further work/study opportunities
  • A certificate of participation AND end-of-program celebration

Dates / timeline:

November 20th 2022 - 1st workshop: Tour at Rose Creek Estate 

December 10th and 11th - 2nd workshop (TBC)

February to May 2023 - 4 workshops, approx. every 2-4 weeks

June 2023 - Publication and release of project zine (booklet) and film.

Expressions of Interest

We endeavour to have this project be accessible to anyone who is interested in participating. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs (disability and/or illness) and how we can ensure the project is accessible to you.

Further parental consent will be required after the EOI phase

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