Gardener in community garden

What is Grow It Local?

Grow It Local is a new community initiative to encourage more people to grow, share and eat locally grown foods. The City of Rockingham is one of the first local governments to proudly support the initiative and we are encouraging local growers to "put their patch on the map" on the Grow It Local website.

Register your patch, outline what’s growing and highlight whether you’re interested in connecting with other local growers to share or sell your produce, knowledge, space or skills. Likewise, aspiring growers can log on, see what’s growing locally, connect with experts and get inspired.  

  • When – Year-round with a focus on seasonal activities i.e. Autumn and Spring Festival
  • Where – In and around Rockingham in backyards and courtyards, local community gardens, Council venues etc.
  • How much – Free to sign-up. Members may charge for their services, skill-sharing or homegrown produce and goods.
  • Grow It Local website
  • Social channels –  Facebook  or Instagram

Want to learn more about Grow It Local in Rockingham? Call us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au for more information. If you would like to know more about upcoming workshops please see below or check out the City's What's On page.

Grow It Local Awards

Grow It Local Awards Entries are opening Wednesday 1 February 2023. 

The #growitlocalawards are a community-minded celebration of creativity in homegrown culture.

Supported by the City of Rockingham, award categories include biggest vegetable, wonkiest vegetable, best chicken name, school garden, sustainable gardener, why I love my patch award and many others. To enter simply post your entry to social media with the hashtag #growitlocalawards tag @growitlocal and mention the City of Rockingham. For more information on the award categories, please visit About Us - Grow it Local

Grow It Local Awards entries close Thursday 30 March 2023, with winners announced Friday 14 April 2023. 

Grow It Local - Digital Workshops 

The Hungry Gardener: Preserving the Hungry Gardener way - Saturday 18 February 2023, 12pm (AWST)

  • After all the blood, sweat and tears we pour into our gardens, it’s when harvest time rolls around that we really get to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of our labour.
  • Fabian Capomolla, AKA @the_hungry_gardener is as equally at home in the kitchen as he is in the garden. Not one to be intimidated by a little garden overabundance, Fabian knows how to make the most of the glut when it’s happening by making delicious homemade preserves.
  • Join Fabian as he teaches you how to make the most of the abundance by preserving the Hungry Gardener way. Based in NSW’s Northern Rivers, Fab’s a Defender-driving, long-boarding, content-making garden guru.
  • Register now for this free digital session here.

Super Bloom: Maximum plants - Saturday 11 March 2023, 12pm (AWST)

  • Join Jac Semmler as she teaches you how to get more plants in your life. This workshop will help you to get more beauty in your garden, and with the hectic nature of modern life, we could all do with a little more beauty. Jac believes that there is no right way to garden and that all gardens should be a personal pursuit of pleasure.
  • Register now for this free digital session here.

Take Your Garden To The Next Level! - Saturday 15 April 2023, 12pm (AWST)

  • Join Adam Hancock as he shows you the tips and tricks that anyone can use to get their patch going from ho-hum to holy moley.
  • Adam is a professional gardener and passionate home grower and will share with you how he gets his plants jumping out of the ground. From how to look after your soil and choosing the best plants, to making sure that your patch keeps pumping year-round.
  • Register now for this free digital session here.

Time To Get Your Subtropical Garden Singing! - Saturday 13 May 2023, 12pm (AWST)

  • As the southern states begin their descent into winter, gardeners in the Sunshine state and anywhere with a subtropical climate are gearing up for their most productive time of the year.
  • This workshop will be presented by the wonderful Claire Bickle. She’s a subtropical gardener through and through and knows first-hand the challenges as well as the benefits of growing food closer to the equator.
  • Book your free ticket to this must-watch workshop here.

Regenerative Gardening, making the world a better place one patch at a time - Saturday 10 June 2023, 12pm (AWST)

  • No matter how big your patch is, whether it’s a few pots on a balcony or a full-blown market gardener, as food growers we are powerful agents of change.
  • With a regenerative mindset, and working with nature rather than against it, it’s amazing what a difference a determined gardener can make to a landscape.
  • Join everyone’s favourite desert gardener, Heath Joske as he shares with you his permaculture approach to managing his patch. How he manages water, how he uses plants and how with the power of compost and seaweed, he is breathing life back into a run-down old sheep paddock.
  • Register now for this free digital session here

Frequently asked questions

Who is it for?

Grow It Local is for everyone! The program encourages the whole community to get involved. It’s for green thumbs and food growers, sustainability enthusiasts, new and small-scale gardeners, local businesses, schools, community gardens and local groups to connect, share skills, produce, space and more.

Why get involved?

There are many reasons to get involved in Grow It Local.

  • See who and what’s growing locally.
  • Connect with local growers and food lovers.
  • Host or attend workshops and events.
  • Share produce, seeds and seedlings.
  • List unused space for growing.
  • Help inspire the next generation of growers.
How do I get involved?

Getting involved is easy!

Simply head to the Grow It Local website and "put your patch on the map".

Once you are signed up you can see who and what is growing locally, connect with local growers and food lovers, explore opportunities to join a local community garden or simply get some great tips about growing food locally.

When you are on the website simply click on 'search' then explore the drop down categories to find local produce and foods, experiences and workshops, seeds and seedlings and products and services.

No patch? No worries!

Start by checking out the Grow It Local Facebook page where there are plenty of great ideas and videos to get you inspired. The Grow It Local team has put together a series of videos to inspire and share knowledge so keep an eye out on their Facebook page for upcoming live online events.

If you are a local community group and want to be involved, we would love to hear from you.  Please call us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au for more information.

What does it cost?

Thanks to the support of the City of Rockingham, the program is free for residents to sign up and participate in. We will be running workshops throughout the year which will be free of charge.

Grow It Local members may choose to charge a fee for their skill or knowledge sharing services, produce or homemade products.

Why is the City involved?

Grow It Local is one of a number of City initiatives designed to encourage positive sustainable living behaviours and food systems, facilitate community building, and support waste education and organic waste diversion from landfill. We will be working closely with local community stakeholders to ensure the Grow It Local program is meeting the expectations of the community.

Local community gardens

Baldivis Community Garden

The Baldivis Community Garden (BCG) is located at 4 Amberley Drive, Baldivis. The BCG is a not-for-profit incorporation run by a group of passionate volunteers. It is a communal space for people to garden, volunteer, rent a plot, socialise, slow down, learn new skills and take home fresh, organic produce to feed our families. The BCG is open every Friday 8.30am-10.30am and every second Sunday of the month.

 Baldivis Garden Volunteers

To become a part of this growing initiative, go along during the garden open hours, on a Friday by appointment or attend one of their monthly workshops. Membership enquires and coming events can be found on the BCG website. If you are interested in renting a plot or becoming a member, email baldiviscommunitygarden6171@gmail.com. You can also register your interest and go on a waiting list for a garden bed when the garden extends its land in the near future. Check out the garden's Facebook page for more information or see the Baldivis Community Garden Brochure below.

Naragebup-Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre Community Garden

Naragebup, also known as the Rockingham Environmental Centre, is a non-profit community organisation run by volunteers. Built by the community for the community as an education and resource centre, Naragebup has a community garden on site. Check out Naragebup's Facebook page or the Naragebup website for more information. If you would like to know more please call 9591 3077 or email naragebup@outlook.com

Naragebup Community Garden

Rockingham City Community Garden

The Rockingham City Community Garden is located along Unnaro St, Hillman behind the Hillman Hall. You can contact the garden on 0435 090 282 or email rockinghamcommunitygarden@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page.

Rockingham City Community Garden

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