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.

Click here to contact site Administrator Andy

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 commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Winter guavas

"The fruit"
4 hours ago
Doug Hanning posted photos
4 hours ago
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum
"Have you tasted these Christa? My fav is Syzygium jambos (rose apple) yellow fruit with a…"
4 hours ago
Dianne Caswell commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Progress on renewing the front garden

"Music to my ears, I am sure the special lady in your life will be happy to see a few flowers for…"
7 hours ago
Dianne Caswell commented on Dave Riley's blog post Using plastic weedmat as mulch
"The Cottage Garden Flowers will bring Bees and Beneficial Insects to the garden to Pollinate your…"
7 hours ago
Dianne Caswell left a comment for Tessa Finney-Brown
"Good Evening Tessa, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). Here at the top of the page, you will…"
7 hours ago
Sophie commented on Travis's status
"it's the season for fresh raw peanuts!"
14 hours ago
Joe Wang commented on Travis's status
"A few years ago I brought some raw peanuts at Caboolture Sunday market. The gentleman sold them to…"
15 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Using plastic weedmat as mulch
"Planted some sweet potato today into and through cardboard...and laid out a mix of cottage garden…"
Andrew Cumberland posted a video

Progress on renewing the front garden

The transformation of the building site garden continues. We realised that we are beginning to introduce elements of a cottage garden out there.
Andrew Cumberland left a comment for Tessa Finney-Brown
"Welcome to the site Tessa.  You'll find plenty of seeds and plants at our garden…"
Tessa Finney-Brown is now a member of Brisbane Local Food

Blog Posts

Juicers, anyone?

Posted by Barbara Tealby on June 16, 2021 at 7:47 6 Comments

I'm looking at buying a juicer - for apples, pineapples, etc. Does anyone have one they can recommend (or specifically NOT recommend)? Mid price range is good.

Buy Australian?

Posted by Barbara Tealby on June 14, 2021 at 7:20 14 Comments

The contents of the new you-beaut ring-pull cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk seemed to me to be a bit runnier than in the old types, so I had a look on the side of the can. to see if they'd changed the concentration. Well, no indication as to…


Using plastic weedmat as mulch

Posted by Dave Riley on June 9, 2021 at 20:00 8 Comments

Last time we blog-interacted I was talking up the pleasures of cardboard as a garden mulch.  As of today it looks…


Using Cardboard as Garden Mulch.

Posted by Dave Riley on May 23, 2021 at 19:30 6 Comments

I may be a registered member of the Mulch Supporters Club but I never understood the Permaculture fetish for wet paper.

More trouble than it's worth.

Laying out the beds at the Vetiver plantation sure enamoured me to cardboard as a…


Flour experiment 2: mixed flour Turkish bread

Posted by Andrew Cumberland on May 12, 2021 at 23:17 0 Comments

I thought I had at least 2 cups of bean flour.  So, I bravely started the next experiment.  For some reason, I went onto Turkish bread.  I love the stuff and I was too lazy to do mashed potato first.  After getting the yeast ready, I discovered I…


Flour experiment 1: pancakes

Posted by Andrew Cumberland on May 11, 2021 at 22:00 5 Comments

So, using the flour to make pancakes worked perfectly well.  It is slightly nutty but a very nice flavour indeed.  I added just a touch of mashed potato, pinch of baking powder and some salt and sugar.  I think I could increase the salt slightly,…


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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.

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