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. 


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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

Barbara Tealby posted a blog post

What was that fruit?

Doug, when we were at Dianne's place, you had some small fruits which you said came from a tree…See More
44 minutes ago
Doug Hanning commented on Doug Hanning's photo

First home grown soursop

"I'm not sure Vivienne but mine has flowers as well. Have seen a tree with ripe fruit in May so…"
3 hours ago
Vivienne Hallman commented on Doug Hanning's photo

First home grown soursop

"Doug, my 3 metre high soursop is flowering again, after producing fruit back when yours did. …"
10 hours ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"I will try to grow some cuttings, Dave.  If you have trouble obtaining them just let me…"
12 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"Good that you have folk from Nepal labouring in your garden! The trick with nopales cactus is to…"
12 hours ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"At first look, I would say it is an aibika, which I think is also called Queensland Greens. …"
12 hours ago
Doug Hanning replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"I have a feeling this is it. Was told it was Australian Tree Spinach. Will still have to plant…"
13 hours ago
Andrew Cumberland commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

20 litre pressure canner thread

"Yes indeed.  Luckily it's only a sauce so you can't over cook it. "
18 hours ago
Valerie posted events
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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'BRISBANE GARDEN AND PLANT EXPO 2021 - 13 TO 14 March 2021'
"This event has been cancelled :("
19 hours ago
Sophie commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Fabulous thank you so much for sharing - Sid your new property and Susan the great report. Wow what…"
23 hours ago
Sophie commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

20 litre pressure canner thread

"nice. can you re-process with new lids?"


Blog Posts

What was that fruit?

Posted by Barbara Tealby on March 5, 2021 at 8:03 0 Comments

Doug, when we were at Dianne's place, you had some small fruits which you said came from a tree which was fairly hard to come by. They tasted quite good, and I took a few seeds home. Do you remember what that fruit tree was called? I'm putting in…


Annual Tiny Farm production blog

Posted by Andrew Cumberland on March 1, 2021 at 21:00 6 Comments

I've become a bit more serious about plotting the food that I grow and harvest here on the block.  Mostly, because of the Youtube shedwars contest I am in... it's actually just an excuse to share gardening tips for beginners but it also forces me…


Sid's Garden Visit

Posted by Susan on February 28, 2021 at 18:00 7 Comments

Wow, where do I begin!

Sid's garden is enormous!  5 acres of beautiful land with the backbones to do so much.  It was once a goat milking farm apparently and has a massive red barn in really good repair with two massive water tanks down…


Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest

Posted by Barbara Tealby on February 12, 2021 at 17:09 7 Comments

There was a bit of chat a while ago about drying Dragon Fruit, so I am going to dry some of the 40-odd Dragon Fruit that are ripening all at once on my vine. I plan to just use my oven, since I don't have a dehydrator, and I suspect air drying…


February 2021

Posted by Susan on February 7, 2021 at 19:30 2 Comments

Hi guys,

Well I’ve had a very productive weekend in my garden and feel wonderfully peaceful.…


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