Brisbane Local Food

Growing local

A network for those who grow, buy, make, sell and share local food. Because these things are improbably, yet reverberatingly important.

Joining Up

Did you know that even if you don't join, you have access to all our information?!  You only need to join if you want to make comments, add pictures or contribute to the action. 

However, everyone is welcome - beginners, dabblers, experts or the plain curious!

New members are approved by the site administrators. 

Please take joining seriously. We will not invade your privacy, but we need to ensure you are not a scammer. 


 You will normally be approved (or not) in 48 hours max.

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Site tips:

1. Join the Garden Visits "group" so you can be inspired by other members' gardens. Check the CALENDAR for dates and suburbs.

2. You can search the whole site for content by using the search window on the far right (near your site name). Don't forget to add "tags" to your photos and blogs to aid searching.

3. How to search for content in photos

4.  Search BLF directly via Google (thanks Dave!)

About this site

Welcome to Brisbane Local Food (BLF)!

This site was created by Scarlett Patrick in 2008 to build capacity in the Brisbane  community for growing, buying, and living sustainably. BLF is now an important hub to promote, discuss, share and learn about local food growing, production, gardens, services and activities happening in our part of the world.

This site exists for you - make the most if it!

BLF is motivated by passion, not profit. We thank all volunteers and members who make this an active and inspiring space to be, as well as those individuals, organisations and groups working to make the future greener.  Feel free to support us by clicking on the Donation tab at the top of the page. 

What is local?
The closer the better - but regional and global activities are important too.
Why local?
To reduce food miles, increase food freshness & security, improve social outcomes and reduce the unused outputs of our living environments - like stormwater and green waste.

Brisbane is a sub-tropical city in Queensland, Australia.



Latest Activity

Doug Hanning posted a photo

I love dinner 28/09/20

We would never eat this amount of veges if we didnt grow them, we can pick this every night and not…
7 hours ago
Christa commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
"Just split our three stingless bee hives today( Tetragonia carbonaria). Two of them were full and…"
10 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Don't worry. We are division specialists.We supply clients  in 50s, 100s, ... and even…"
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Good idea.  I'm happy to return some when I separate mine.  "
Jeff Kiehne commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"The people you have already supplied is there any possibility of getting planting material back as…"
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"We'll have plenty soon enough. Patience is a virtue. We have supplied one site I know of in…"
Susan commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Wow.  I was just thinking the other day about buying some vetiver from you And now it looks…"
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Where it all began... a visit to Sat-chit-ananda

"So did you see a spot you'd like to settle in? You know, and self suffice...? Self Sufficent…"
Andrew Cumberland posted a video

Trouble in the Australian native bee hive

One of the bee hives has been having a problem.
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"That's wonderful news Dave.  Congrats mate.  "
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Well done with the new venture in the nursery,  It should work well and give plenty of stock…"
Christa replied to Roger Clark's discussion Warning on dangers of storing garlic in oil
"We had the same problem with chillies in oil, they went off so we don't do that any more. "

Blog Posts

Managing our Vetiver Ventures

Posted by Dave Riley on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 8 Comments

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.…


Progress at the farm

Posted by Susan on September 24, 2020 at 19:00 4 Comments

Well, my dad and brother came down on Wednesday of last week and started work on my shed.  Well, that’s what it started out as.  Dad being dad, decided that the van needed an awning and also a “proper” toilet.  They worked so hard but still…


Potato harvest: part 1

Posted by Lily on September 13, 2020 at 21:16 2 Comments

September and I'm #cottagecore

Posted by Susan on September 5, 2020 at 18:58 8 Comments

Hi All,

What a glorious start to spring - my garden is producing lots and is very beautiful at the moment.  My daughter had friends over 2 weeks ago and while my children never really appreciate my garden, her friends loved it. …


The Kitchen Garden Comestibles

Posted by Dave Riley on September 5, 2020 at 16:00 7 Comments

Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.…


Grafted Dwarf Avocado trees

Posted by Ross Carter on September 1, 2020 at 16:58 2 Comments

I have 2 grafted avo trees in large pots, there is shoots sprouting below  where they were grafted, do I pull those shoots off or just leave them alone, I vaguely remember the bloke at the nursery saying to pull them off to stop them from growing…


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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

Place your business add here! ($5 per month or $25 for 9 months)

Talk to Andy on 0422 022 961.  You can  Pay on this link

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