Brisbane Local Food

Growing local

Food gardens in public and private spaces. Services, products and communities based on locally produced food and food gardening.


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Joining Up

You can browse, post photos, discussions and events, blog, create and join groups, use the search engine - whatever you like.

Please link to us from your website :)

Hello. New members are approved by the site administrators (Farina & Lissa) - just to keep out the spammers.

Apologies for any delays this might cause (usually 48 hours max).

Occasionally a spammer gets through - if you get any spam messages (suspect job offers, click here requests, contact me for a private msg etc) please contact me and I will delete the offender and all their content and ban them from the network.



What's good to do on this site?

* Post your photos, events, info, articles, videos, websites, comments, blogs and discussion topics
* Read and browse
* Create or join a group so you can communicate easily and centrally
* Send messages to your friends, everyone, or members of a group (admin. will email you about upcoming events, but that's usually it)
* Add people to your friends list (makes messaging easier - if you've spoken on the site it's probably quite normal to add someone)
* Tailor your 'My Settings' for if/when you'd like to receive emails about new content/ events etc. You can also choose to 'follow' conversations (bottom of relevant page)
* Invite people you know to join
* Link to your website




Farina Murray created this Ning Network.

Using the Site, Sharing and Getting Involved


We love your garden pics! Just be sure to remove the location information from your picture if you're sharing photos from your IPhone to avoid sending your details out to the world wide web. To find out how to do this, click here.

Note that on the main page only the most recent discussion activity is displayed.

If you want to explore all of the forum, go to or select Forum in the red menu bar which runs across the top of the home page. 

Choose to view by category (e.g. Plant and Seed Varieties, Books and Movies) or by most recent/ popular etc - use view drop down at top right of page.

If you wish to follow a discussion (you'll be notified of replies) select <Follow> at the extreme bottom right of the relevant discussion.

Some good discussions/ answers have been moved over into the FAQ forum topic for ease of reference.


Ning provides a search engine for the entire BLF site (extreme top right in the dark green bar). 

Each part of the website can also be searched separately. Navigate to the particular area (was it a photo, a discussion, a blog?) using the red menu on the top of the home page. Then search within that section, using the search bar at top left in the white part of the page. This will narrow your search results markedly. 



The blog (web-log) section is best for diary-style posts covering multiple topics - like what you've been up to in your own garden. The discussion forum is better for single topics and where other people can build on what you've said.

Please use the discussion forum or message function where you can. People are less likely to find your topic in future when browsing if it's in the blog section.

Please try to post blogs once a week or less (save it up and post all at once!), to maximise the air time on the main page for other blog posters. Love it, but we have to share the space :)

When you start a discussion or a blog, adding some key words in the "add tags" field will help other people to find the content they're looking for later on (using the search engine).

If in doubt just ask or post anyway! :)

Latest Activity

Susanne replied to Lyn Buffett's discussion Dragon fruit plants for sale -pataya
"Hi Lyn, I would like a yellow dragon fruit, I have been looking out for one. I have a red with black seeded white flesh which has fruited the last two years, the fruit is enormous, grapefruit sized, but only two fruit this season. The flavour is…"
19 minutes ago
Susan posted a blog post
1 hour ago
Rob Walter commented on tracey's photo

melon 1

"Yeah, update please! Or has that been provided elsewhere?"
1 hour ago
Tracy Arnold replied to Tracy Arnold's discussion Bees and Thai Basil
"Yes, leafcutter bee it is.  I get lots of native stingless bees on it too, but never when the camera is handy! I've just messaged you btw.. "
10 hours ago
Rob Walter replied to Tracy Arnold's discussion Bees and Thai Basil
"Ooh, yes please. Friend request sent."
11 hours ago
SHEREE ANN HARVEY is attending Lissa's event

Gardening workshop with Annette McFarlane at Grange Library

July 26, 2014 from 9am to 9:30am
WhenSaturday, July 26, 2014, 9 – 9:30amVenueGrange LibraryVenue address79 Evelyn St, Grange 4051BookingsNot required.CostFree.NoteCelebrate the official opening of the refurbished Grange Library by joining ABC Radio gardening presenter, Annette McFarlane for an informative gardening workshop and seed swap. See More
13 hours ago
Lissa commented on Lissa's photo


"I admit I resorted to bought seedlings this time (lack of time to grow my own) and it made life a little easier as I just bought what I needed as I went along."
17 hours ago
Lissa replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
"Obviously a lot more complicated than many of us realise!"
17 hours ago
Roman Spur posted an event

SpurTopia Open Day at New Farm

August 2, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm
The SpurTopia open day comprise of two sessions. Hands on workshop - Make your own self-watering planter box will provide in-depth knowledge how to make and successfully grow any kind of vegetable in a self watering planter box. Come and make your own and take it home with you. Demonstration of sustainable living with plenty of easy, practical and cheap ideas, inventions and tips (eg. home made citrus fabric softener, washing detergent, Solar hot water system for less than $50, Fruit fly trap,…See More
Andrew Cumberland replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
"I had one with the Psycho Chicken tune attached but Farina made me take it off. "
Andrew Cumberland replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
"Still playing with the interface Lissa.  I'm having to use "advanced mode" which requires CSS coding. Plus, I am REALLY fussy with my colour mixes and haven't found a font colour I like on the background yet.  I…"
Andrew Cumberland replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
Andrew Cumberland replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
"That's wonderful!!!!!"
Susan replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
"I love!! Showed the husband and the kids and they were excited to see our garden being so famous :)"
Tom Brinckman is now a member of Brisbane Local Food
Valerie is attending Lissa's event

Garden Visit FREE at Karla Wally's garden

August 16, 2014 from 10am to 12pm
We're off to visit Karla (Wally) at her garden in Whiteside (just outside Petrie on the road to Dayboro).We started work on our three and a half acre property at Whiteside (just past Petrie on the way to Dayboro) 14 years ago.Over the last 5 years, we have been extending our productive gardens and we try to be as sustainable as possible.  We are ¾ of the way through completion of our chook house (it was a little larger than it looked on paper), and we now have ‘Walter the Wonderful’ with his…See More
Vanessa Thompson replied to Farina Murray's discussion A very quick (unexpected!) change to the look of the site... what do you think?
"way to go - awesome! "
Tracy Arnold liked Tracy Arnold's discussion Bees and Thai Basil
Valerie commented on Valerie's photo

The small girls

"Not really.They flap but they are ground birds. Still hard to catch when they escape though."
Florence liked Glen's photo

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About this site

This site was created to build capacity in the Brisbane community for growing, buying, producing, selling and sharing local food, products, services and information, because these things are improbably yet reverberatingly important.


Please use this site to promote, discuss, share and learn about local food growing, production, gardens, services and activities.

Please respect the activities and opinions of others and keep postings relevant to local food.

This site is not being used in any way to generate information by the network creator/ administrator. Your sign-in email, visible to the administrator (Farina), will not be passed on or sold - ever, to anyone (nor will any other info). NB: your profile page is visible to the whole internet. Only you and your correspondents can see the content of your inbox messages .


We'll put local food related ads up on BLF for you (msg enquiries to Farina). Revenue will go to paying the ning site fee, and then to the various Community Gardens/ Local Food enterprises/ Seed Saver's networks in Brisbane. This site is motivated by passion, not profit. 


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.

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