Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Sinking Village Masterplan

As many of you would have seen through council updates - the Sinking Village master plan has been released. It does not include a community garden. We are now working with council on an alternative site, details to follow.

To view thw masterplan go to :

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Good Seeds Billboard!

 The Good Seeds have a Swap Meet billboard! See if you can spot it on the way to the Swap Meet this Saturday on between 10-11.30 at Pilgrim St park in Seddon.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Now or Never for Yarraville's First Community Garden!‏

The Good Seeds have almost secured a portion of the Sinking Village site for a community garden - help us get it over the line
Maribyrnong City Council has given us a small window of opportunity to put our views forward on a community garden at the Sinking Village site (High St Yarraville opposite Coles).
We are writing to you because you've met us at a food swap, at one of our stalls or workshops or responded to our survey.
To The Good Seeds community gardens are so much more than rectangular, individual plots. Community gardens are about creating spaces to:
  • grow and share produce
  • educate
  • share food
  • share skills and
  • socialise with likeminded people
Let Maribyrnong City Council know that Yarraville's first community garden needs to reflect the passion and vibrancy of the inner west.

Have a look at the two concepts the Council have proposed for the Sinking Village site. How do you think these concepts compare with the design we've come up with?
The Good Seeds proposed use of the Sinking Village. The public open space could incorporate many of the ideas in both concept A & B
·         The Good Seeds concept design - a reflection of the vibrant community in the Inner West. Please Note: this is a concept design only and elements such as a wind break are currently being incorporated.

Maribyrnong City Council's Concept A for the Sinking Village Site
Maribyrnong City Council's Consept B for the Sinking Village Site
All feedback needs to be forwarded to Council by the 22nd of June 2012.
A big green thumbs up in advance for filling out the survey and posting it to Council as it isn't digitised on the website. Council is also welcoming feed back via their email.

Here's to getting our hands dirty,
The Good Seeds

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Sinking Village Concept Plans

Hi everyone, here is the webpage to submit feedback on the Sinking Village Concept Plans.

Please submit all comments regarding the plans by Friday 22nd June.

Please note: in Concept A the community garden is an indicative layout only and The Good Seeds would like to present a concept design for the space to Council based on good garden design principles and effective use of space.

Please bear in mind that we would like the community garden to be open to the public and for any local residents to apply for an individual plot based on a set of guidelines. We would also like it to be a safe space for children and families to hang out.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Greenhouse Workshop postponed

Due to hideous weather and a shortage of PET bottles the workshops have been postponed until further notice.

We will keep every one posted on when we will be able to run them.

If you are looking for fun indoor activities this weekend the 40 K farm Lets give a dam fundraiser is on this Sunday 6pm at the Yarraville Yoga Center.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Urban Bush Carpenters Workshop

Join The Good Seeds and the Urban Bush Carpenters this Saturday at the Blackwood St Yarraville Community Centre. We will be learning how to construct seating from reclaimed timber pallets.

Sounds like fun to me!

10am – 1pm Saturday the 12th of May 114 Blackwood Street Yarraville

Places are limited so RSVP quickly to

All you need to bring is sturdy shoes and a gold coin donation!

(Note: items constructed on the day will be donated to community initiatives.)

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Launch and Herb Spiral Workshop

Thank you to everyone who made our launch and first workshop so much fun.
We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did and that the sugar crash after all that cake wasn’t too bad!
 In case you missed the fantastic day we unveiled our great logo. Thank you to the Good Seeds friend Lauren for designing. It is based on a linocut of a pumpkin seed and represents the community coming together. We also released our concept design for a community garden at the sinking village - we will share that around in the coming weeks.

 Looking forward to the next workshop - building park benches and stools under the guidance of the Urban Bush Carpenters. Yet another excuse for Andy to fill our shed with pallets he manages to acquire!

 You can now find The Good Seeds on Facebook 

The ceremonial Good Seeds cake!
The Good Seeds
Broni enjoying the sunshine
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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Love Food Hate Waste Launch and more...

The Good Seeds had a table at the Green it - Love Food Hate Waste Launch last Sunday
Helen from the Good Seeds mingling at the launch

It was a great opportunity to meet other green local community groups and mingle with council employees including the Mayor!

The Good Seeds Table @ the launch

The Love Food Hate Waste series runs through to August, with cook it, buy it, save it, grow it, and compost it workshops. If you attend at least three sessions you receive a free 'getting started'pack with compost bin and lots of other goodies!! For more info and to book visit

The Good Seeds were also at the screening of the movie Home at the Yarraville Community Centre over the weekend. It was nice to see lots of familiar faces and meet some new ones too. The film is well worth a watch, view it at

Other local activities :

This Saturday the Seddon Music Festival is on. Find the Good Seeds near the Greens Table.
for more info visit:

The Yarraville Pop up Park.
What an awesome initiative by Maribyrnong Council. We highly recommend taking a picnic lunch down and chilling on the deck chairs. There are a few brollies for shade too..

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Fab day @ YazFest

What a wonderful day - even if Melbourne weather was at its best!!
Thank you to the extremely generous Yarraville traders who donated gifts for our raffle. The beautiful display of prizes attracted lots of people to our stall.

The winners of the Raffle were:
1st prize (Urban Composter) - Luke from Yarraville
2nd prize (Plump Hamper) -Jeremy from Footscray
3rd Prize (Flowers and Fruit Hamper) -R. Varone from Yarraville
4th Prize (Children’s book by Yarraville author) Jason from West Footscray

We meet lots of really interesting people and made lots of contacts that could help us in the future.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in the community garden someday soon.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Yarraville Arts Festival - this Saturday

The Good Seeds are thrilled to have a stall at the Yarraville Arts Festival this Saturday (11/2/12)
Please come on down and say hola! At this stage we think we will be located outside Plump.

There are lots of great reasons to come and say hello (besides seeing our lovely faces!)

- A raffle with fantastic prizes kindly donated by local traders (including an Urban Composting kit - thanks to the Good Store, A lovely kids book by a local author - thanks to the Sun Book shop, and a box of organic goodies - thanks to Plump) (see photos below).

-    Good Seeds Badges and Magnets for sale.
-     Petition to council to sign, and
-     Survey to fill in to help us understand what you want out of a community garden.

Yay! Sounds like fun! See you all there…

Thank you to the generous Yarraville traders who donated their goods to the raffle


Monday, 6 February 2012

Transitions Film Festival

Do you like 'home' movies?   You'll like this one!  Like to join in? 
Hi there,

On Saturday 18th February at 7pm, as part of the State of Sustainability Program, MOLM (Meeting of Like Minds inner west ES online community) will be hosting the screening of the movie 'HOME' as part of Transitions Film Festival, aimed at connecting likeminded non-profit community groups and environmentally conscious organisations across the State.
This event, developed by the Sustainable Living Festival, is being organised as a simultaneous satellite event, in collaboration with local grassroots organisations, to assist them in bringing together their community to spark discussion on the challenges of sustainability.
As the representative of MOLM (& MAWFREG - Maidstone & West Footscray Residents Group) I've instigated this event, getting support, venue organised, etc.  Now, I'd like to invite YOU as the representative of YOUR local environmental sustainability group, to join me as a 'collaborator' and participate in the promotion, running and hosting of this event.  For more information on this unique cinematic masterpiece, please visit the official website here:
You will have the opportunity to chat to attendees, promote your group at the event, encourage 'newbies' to join your distribution networks and get them involved in your a great chance for a membership drive and increase numbers and awareness around 'ES'.   You are welcome to bring along promotional material for distribution.  
Yarraville Community Centre has kindly shown their support by offering their venue along with local Greens MP, Colleen Hartland MLC, who has also offered her support.
How it will work....
Your part as a 'collaborator' is to contribute in promoting the event via your email networks, put up some posters, help set-up/clean-up on the day and be there as your group's representative and talk to attendees, making them feel welcome.  No costs involved, just some 'hard yakka' contributed by you to help run it and hopefully gain the flow-on benefits to your group as part of our ES community in the West.   
The event is to be a free event although donations at the door will be most welcome to cover the basic costs of tea, coffee, cleaning, etc.

  • Event: Saturday 18th February from 7pm until ~9.30pm in the Hall at Yarraville Community Centre, (59 Francis Street, Yarraville as part of the Sustainable Living Festival's (SLF) Transition Film Festival.
  • 'HOME' to be shown at 7pm (90 minutes duration) with coffee/snacks/chat afterwards
  • People required to assist on the day with set-up (from ~5pm) chairs, equipment, etc, and pack-up/clean-up afterwards
  • I suggest we advertise asking attendees to bring a plate of food to share and their own cups to make it a more eco-friendly event - just need people to set this up in readiness for end of film
  • Maybe ask for rsvp's (to or text to 0432 857 266) so we get some idea of seating requirements (as the venue has limits obviously).  If there is a great demand, we can always hold another event at a later date.
  • Once SLF organisers have forwarded the artwork for posters, flyers, as part of the statewide promotional campaign, these will be forwarded to you for distribution amongst your networks, and physical display in various locations around the inner west.
  • I'm happy to liaise with local media for photoshoots, media release, etc, in order to obtain their support and event coverage....or you can have your 5 seconds of fame if you'd like? 
Are you interested in being a 'collaborator'?  Please let me know asap, so I can include your group's name in the promotional material for the media, which will have to happen shortly.   Once we have this info, an official invitation to the public can go out on our networks and via media.
Do you have any questions or any ideas to contribute?  What about a speaker after the film?  Any ideas who?  Take a look at the 'HOME' webpage to check out what it's all about (poster attached). So, let me know....Feel free to pass this info onto anyone you think relevant.   I look forward to hearing from you all soon.  ps. some groups have already indicated their support but no limits to how many, so get in touch!  Apologies for any cross posts.  Once I have interested groups' details, we will be sending out the official public invitation.