February 24, 2016

Events

Our events are pretty informal affairs, they generally run for 1.5 hours and people come and go.  When you arrive, simply lay out your goods on the table and start chatting to people about what they have to offer.  If you’re worried that you don’t have anything to bring, homemade biscuits or similar always go down a treat 😉

If it’s a hot day, it’s a good idea to bring a jar of water to keep your harvest alive, and labelling your swaps is also advised.  If you have pre-arranged a swap via the facebook group we provide name tags to help you identify one another.

We guarantee that you’ll leave with lots of enthusiasm, some growing tips and probably a few recipes too. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions, otherwise we hope to see you at one of our events soon.

Upcoming events


May Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 20th May 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swap. This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping.

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


Crop Swap Sydney & Transitions Town Talks at Permaculture Northern Beaches

PSN-eventWhen: Monday 25th May 2017, 7:15-9pm
Where: Nelson Heather Community Centre, 5 Jacksons Rd, North Narrabeen
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.
Join Laurie Green, founder of Crop Swap Sydney, as she discusses the Crop Swap idea, its evolution, some of the weird and wonderful items that have been exchanged and its involvement with permaculture. Then join in on a special evening swap.

Lance Leiber will also be talking about the growing movement of Transition Towns all over the globe, who are actively planning and striving to become sustainable and resilient, to be better prepared for the challenges ahead. This can include growing local plants and seeds, keeping traditional crafts alive, building sustainable buildings, sometimes with older building techniques and new technologies,  and using clean energy sources.  Some towns set up trade and swap initiatives on a regular basis.  Our guest speaker is Lance Lieber who is President of Transition Towns Sydney and Transition Town Bondi. He is a permaculture landscaper and teacher and has been involved in setting up Responsible Runners and Bondi Bike Club.

All welcome, entry by donation. doors open 7:15pm for a 7:30 start.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

More information about Permaculture Northern Beaches


June Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 17th June 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swap. This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping.

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


July Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 15th July 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swap. This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping.

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


August Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 12th August 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swap. This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping.

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


Crop Swap at Food Faith Community Garden

FoodFaithWhen: Saturday 30th September 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Hughes Park, 314 Burns Bay Rd Neighbourhood Park, Lane Cove
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

We’re excited to be a part of this years Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE NSW) conference and will be swapping at Lane Cove’s iconic Food Faith community garden on the final morning. This garden aims to encourage dialogue on positive interfaith values and strategies, and food sustainability issues. It also brings to the table the specific traditions of the major faiths that nurture our world.  It is situated in the new Hughes Park precinct which also features an amazing kids park on site. Please note that parking is limited so we recommend parking nearby and walking into the complex.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

More information about Australian Association of Environmental Education, Lane Cove Council Sustainability, Food Faith


Past events
*SOLD OUT* Wild Mushroom Foraging Tour & Preserving Workshop

websiteWhen: Saturday 29th April 2017, 9:30-2:30pm
Where:
Meet at Hampton Halfway Hotel Motel, Jenolan Caves Road, Hampton
Note: This is a paid event and bookings are essential. See here to secure your place.

Join Crop Swap Sydney and renowned sustainable practitioner Margaret Mossakowska for a very special wild mushroom foraging tour.

Margaret has guided many people through the pine forests of Hampton and has agreed to share her knowledge with Crop Swap Sydney members at a reduced rate, to our knowledge the lowest in Sydney. Children under 12 attend free.

The most popular edible mushroom species growing near Sydney were introduced from the Northern Hemisphere, and colonised pine plantation forests in cooler areas, such as the highlands beyond the Blue Mountains. There are two varieties that we hope to find on the day, both of which are highly prized by chefs and are hard to buy. These are known as Red Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps) and Slippery Jack. As this has been the wettest March in 33 years we hope to come home with a bumper harvest!

Participants will meet at 9:30am at Hampton, 150km West of Sydney and travel as a group to the mushroom forests to begin our tour. During the morning you will learn how to recognise and pick wild edible mushrooms as well as run a safety check on the contents of your forage basket. Lunch will then be prepared using the fresh ingredients from our harvest.

In the early afternoon Margaret will run a mushroom preserving mini-workshop which is a great opportunity to learn about drying, pickling and fermenting.

At the end of the day you will come back not only with what you have found, but also with confidence to safely recognise two varieties of edible mushrooms, and knowledge about how to preserve them.

A fact sheet and further instructions about what to bring on the day will be provided once your booking has been confirmed.

More information about Moss House


Moss House Swap & Foraging Tour with Diego Bonetto – International Permaculture Daymoss-house-carrots
When
: Sunday 7th May 2017, 9:30-11am

Where: 14 Burmah Rd, Denistone
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.14 Burmah Road, Denistone.

Once again we will be swapping at Moss House, an award-winning food garden in Denistone. This one of a kind permaculture property will open its gardens on International Permaculture Day from 10-4pm (Our swap will take place from 10-11am). Renowned cultural practitioner, educator and speaker Diego Bonetto will also be running two wild foraging walks on the day (bookings essential).

Join Moss House brainchild and Crop Swap Sydney member Margaret Mossakowska as she guides visitors through the garden, teaches mini workshops and shares her expansive knowledge. Her large suburban food garden features eleven raised vegetable beds (seven of which are self-watering), large composting bays and worm farms, a chicken forest, native stingless bees, insectary gardens and a habitat pond.

You will also see a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs, annual vegetables grown using crop rotation systems, 30 fruit trees planted along water-holding swales together with perennial vegetables; a banana circle and native plant habitats. The produce is either eaten fresh or preserved in various ways for storage and pickles, chutneys, dried herbs and fermented foods fill the pantry.

This is a truly inspirational venue for all home gardeners.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping.

More information about Moss House or watch their feature on ABC Gardening Australia last year.

Program:
The day will be packed with interesting activities, including mini-workshops and talks (see below), a permaculture information stall, product displays made from the produce grown in the garden and plant sale. Guided and self-guided tours throughout the garden will answer any technical questions you may have about urban food growing and permaculture.

  • 10:00 – GARDEN OPENS
  • 9:30-11:00 – Crop Swap Sydney Swap
  • 10:40 – Guided garden tour
  • 11:00-12:30 – “The Wonderful World of Weeds” – a wild food foraging walk with Diego Bonetto (bookings essential)
  • 11:30 – “Wild Fermenting” – a talk & demo about natural food fermenting methods
  • 12:30 – Guided garden tour
  • 1:00-2:30 – “The Wonderful World of Weeds” – a wild food foraging walk with Diego Bonetto (bookings essential)
  • 2:30 – Guided garden tour
  • 3:30- Guided garden tour
  • 4:00 – GARDEN CLOSES

Crop Swap @Permapatch Community Garden – International Permaculture Day

tomatoWhen: Sunday 7th May 2017, 11:30-12:30pm
Where: Permapatch Community Garden behind the Chatswood South Uniting Church, Corner Pacific Highway and Mowbray Road Chatswood (opposite the Great Northern Hotel)
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Join us at the famed Permapatch community garden this International Permaculture Day, open from 10:30-4! We will be swapping from 11:30-12:30pm but drop by before or after to explore this inspiring permaculture garden that has been operating for more than 10 years and now grows more than 100 varieties of edibles. This inspirational garden is run on Permacultural lines, with both general and individual growing beds available. It also features chickens, an aquaponics setup, a herb spiral, no dig beds, rain tanks, worm farms and various composting techniques.

The Repair Cafe will also be running on the day which, to date, has completed over 700 fixes and helped to reduce landfill, pass on repair skills and build community. If you have something that needs fixing, bring it along! Items eligible for free repair include small gadgets, toys, jewellery, ceramics, shoes, sewing of all descriptions including clothes, backpacks and umbrellas, plus sharpening of knives and garden tools.

Other activities on the day include:
10:30 – Permapatch opens its door to welcome all visitors with tours and talks
11:15 – Short talk and demonstration on how to make raw green jelly from the leaves of the green grass jelly plant.
11:30-12:30 – Crop Swap
12:30 – 4pm wood fire pizza/ wine and guided tour through the garden continues
1-4pm – Stone throw away, the Repair Cafe opens its door to do free repairs on range of items such as jewellery, ceramics, shoes, clothing, backpacks, umbrellas and battery operated gadgets plus there is a swap table. Repair Cafe serves free cappuccino and range of home made snacks made with ingredients from an organic garden.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

More information about Permapatch


April Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 8th April 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swap. This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping.

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


Crop Swap Sydney Talk @ Permaculture Sydney North Monthly Meeting

PSN-eventWhen: Monday 6th March 2017, 7-9:30pm
Where: Lindfield Community Hall, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Join Laurie Green, founder of Crop Swap Sydney, as she discusses the Crop Swap idea, its evolution, some of the weird and wonderful items that have been exchanged and its involvement with permaculture. Then join in on a special evening swap.
Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

More information about Permaculture Sydney North


*POSTPONED* Manly Vale Crop Swap & Compost Workshop

compostWhen: Sunday 19th March 2017 9:30-11am
Where: Manly Vale Community Garden. 4 – 8 Innes Rd Manly Vale.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Come and swap with us in an inspiring community garden on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  This is a family friendly venue with a covered meeting space, children’s playground and on street parking. We are also very lucky to have Manly Vale Community Garden’s Compost Master talk, and give a practical demonstration on how to turn organic waste into Garden Growing Gold.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping
More information about Manly Vale Community Garden


March Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms with FREE Soil Testing

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 18th March 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.
Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swap. This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

We’re also lucky to have Vegesafe in attendance at this meeting. They’ll be providing FREE soil-metal testing to make sure your veggie patch is safe to grow edibles in. See here for information about how to collect your samples to bring along on the day.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events here for some inspiration. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

 
More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


March Crop Swap @ 107 Rooftop + FREE Workshops

website-imageWhen: Sunday 5th March 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: 107 Rooftop, 107 Redfern St, Redfern
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.
Originally created in partnership with Milkwood Permaculture, the 107 Rooftop Garden is a bountiful space with resident fish, worms and bees. This event includes a free workshop run by the Green Living Centre on poison-free pest control, and a talk by Heather from Milkwood Permaculture on the history of the 107 garden and some of the permaculture practices in place.Bring an old shirt and stick around for a gardening bee – give the garden a much-needed spruce up and pick up some gardening tips along the way. If you’re an urban gardener or small space grower this spot is truly inspirational and worth a visit. Please note that it’s well worth being an early bird at this event as the venue has a strict 55 person capacity on the rooftop.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events. In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps. This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Checkout our past events. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

 
More information about Rooftop 107


Family Crop Swap – Lane Cove

lanbecovefinalWhen: Saturday 25th February 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: The Living and Learning Centre, 180 Longueville Road, Lane Cove.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

We’ve partnered with Lane Cove Council for this very special Family Crop Swap.  In addition to our normal swap schedule this event will include family friendly activities and information including:

  • Seedling giveaway (seasonally appropriate for planting in Sydney)
  • Native bee honey tasting run by Sydney Native Bees
  • Help to make a scarecrow
  • Taste test Eat Me Chutneys made from delicious, wonky produce available for purchase
  • Receive 10% off Vegepods on the day (for cash purchases only)
  • Start seeds to take home and plant in your garden
  • Colouring in activities
  • Learn about stingless native bees, including information about how to make a bee hotel
  • Talk to the creator of The Swag, a reusable, fresh produce storage bag that helps to save money, reduce food waste, is non toxic, environmentally-friendly, sustainable and machine-washable.
  • and more…

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping
More information about Lane Cove Council Sustainability


February Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 11th February 2017, 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Visit us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons for our monthly swapThis one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

It’s hard to believe, but we often end up with surplus produce at the end of our events.  In an effort to reduce food waste even further, and to put the fruits of your labour to good use, we have partnered with The Food Pantry in Marrickville for our Inner-West swaps.  This organisation provides free fruit, vegetables and bread to those in need. There will be a dedicated box on the day that can be added to at any time.

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons

January Crop Swap @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 14th January 9:30-11am
Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Start 2017 off right by swapping with us at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons! This one-of-a kind venue is situated in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping
More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons

Manly Vale Crop Swap & Native Bee Honey Tasting

honey-tastingWhen: Sunday 15th January 2017 9:30-11am
Where: Manly Vale Community Garden. 4 – 8 Innes Rd Manly Vale.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Come and swap with us in an inspiring community garden on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  This is a family friendly venue with a covered meeting space, children’s playground and on street parking. We are also very lucky to have Sydney Native Bees joining us at this event.  They will be running a honey tasting throughout the morning and are a wealth of knowledge, so come along for a sample and a chat

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

Terms and conditions of swapping
More information about Manly Vale Community Garden and Sydney Native Bees


Summer Crop Swap – Carlingford

Event-template-websiteWhen: Saturday 3rd December 2:30-4pm
Where: 4 Way Close, Carlingford.  Parking in Kimberley rd recommended.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

This will be our last swap before Christmas and it’s sure to be a good one.  Set in a permaculture garden, this event will be accompanied by a garden tour at 3:30.  The owner is an active member of Permaculture Sydney North and has agreed to a “controlled raid of her garden’ during the tour.  In addition to items from the traditional swap, take home cuttings and learn about the benefits of each plant direct from its grower.  The venue does have a shaded patio available if the weather is warm or wet.
 
Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.


Crop Swap Sydney @ Pocket City Farms

pocket-city-websiteWhen: Saturday 5th November 10-11:30am

Where: Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett St, Camperdown.  Follow signage and meet in the Pavillion.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

We’re excited to announce that our first Inner West crop swap will be held at Pocket City Farms at Camperdown Commons. Come along and swap in the grounds of the former bowling greens which have now been transformed into a 1200m2 market garden. These are accompanied by 180m2 of community food forest, a chicken coop, a greenhouse and a community composting program. The vegetable and herb crops, grown using organic and ecological methods, regularly make their way onto plates at on site restaurant, Acre, and into the homes of the local community via the farm stall. There really is no better venue or inspiration than this working ecological urban farm.
 
Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime.

More information about Pocket City Farms and Camperdown Commons


Swap with us at Club Berowra

Untitled-1 When: Sunday 6th November 11-12:30pm
Where: Club Berowra, on the Skydeck.  997 Pacific Hwy, Berowra
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Join us at Club Berowra as we swap on the newly renovated Sky deck.  Meet locals, exchange recipes and chat about growing tips over tea and coffee. This venue is very family friendly with plenty of space and children’s play areas to keep everyone entertained.  A kids menu is also available should you wish to stay for lunch.

The Club is also convenient for transport, across the road from Berowra Railway Station and local bus services, and has ample parking available at the side and rear of the building.  Please note that those attending are required to sign into the club as per government regulations.

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from a previous swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime

More information about Club Berowra here:


Spring Crop Swap at Turramurra Lookout Community Garden

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When: Saturday 17th September 9:30-11:00am
Where: 1328 Pacific Hwy, Turramurra
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

Turramurra Lookout Community Garden broke soil in 2010, and in just 6 years has evolved into a large and well established, completely organic garden.  It’s design demonstrates various permaculture principles and is made up of both communal areas and 24 individual plots.  As we swap, the garden will be buzzing with activity while members tend to their plots on working bee day.  Come along to get your garden started for Spring, take home some fresh homegrown produce and exchange gardening tips with other members.

Please note that there is no parking or toilets on site.  The garden is a short walk from Turramurra railway station or there is 2 hour parking in the Council car park in Gilroy Lane, located behind the shops facing the highway & Rohini St.  You can then walk through one of the walkways to the highway & cross at the Bendigo Bank lights to the garden.

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from our last swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime

More information about Turramurra Lookout Community Garden here.
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Join us on Sustainable House Day for our first swap of Spring

radishesWhen: Sunday 11th September 10-11:30am
Where: 14 Burmah Road, Denistone.
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, gardening goods or any other edibles treats you have to spare.

This spring the Moss House garden will open to the public for Sustainable House Day and will be the venue for Crop Swap Sydney’s first event of the season.  This property is a fabulous example of a working permaculture garden on a suburban scale, and will be open from 10-4pm (The swap will take place from 10-11:30am). Come along for an opportunity to see elements of sustainable permaculture food garden design in action, and to taste some of the produce grown on the site.

In addition to the Crop Swap there will be talks, several guided tours, plant sale and a permaculture stall. Stroll through the garden, talk to the owner (who is a Crop Swap Sydney member) and permaculture professionals, get some cuttings and seedlings, take photos and relax with a cuppa. It is going to be a great day!

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from our last swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime

More information about the Moss house event here:


*POSTPONED* Join us for our 2nd Crop Swap @Eco Festival on World Environment Day

shutterstock_125738564 copyUnfortunately we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s crop swap due to the extreme weather conditions in Sydney this weekend. Sorry for any inconvenience but we are now planning ahead for multiple Spring events. For all of you who have been saving crops, gardening supplies and seeds for the swap please post them in the group

Please stay tuned for updates and thank you for the support. Fortunately gardens love rain!

When: Sunday 5th June 1-2:30pm
Where: 1 Wilson Ave, Off Powderworks Rd, Ingleside.  There will be lots of signage for Eco Festival
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, garden accessories or any other edibles goods you have to spare.

We’re excited to announce our second swap as a part of Permaculture Northern Beaches’ Eco Festival on World Environment Day. This is a great chance to meet other local growers, share tips, and of course, swap some of your crop.

This is a one of a kind festival operating on a permaculture field on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Enjoy live music, workshops, kids activities, information stands, food and lots of organic fun. The festival will run from 12-4pm, with our swap taking place between 1-2:30pm, though we will be there all day.

Not sure what to bring? Here’s some information from our last swap. Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment come along and we guarantee you’ll leave with plenty of inspiration. If you can’t make it, join the group to swap anytime

More information about the festival here

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Join us for our very first Crop Swap Sydney event!

CropSwapSydneyEvent_small copyWhen: Saturday 19th March 9-10:30am
Where: Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Rd (cnr Fontenoy Road), Macquarie Park
Bring: Homegrown fruit, veggies, herbs, preserves, honey, eggs, seeds, plants, garden accessories or any other edibles goods you have to spare.

Eden Gardens have kindly offered to host what we hope will be the first of many events. This is the perfect chance to meet other local growers, share tips, and as always, swap some of your crop. And if you need any more inspiration to attend, we have a $100 gift voucher to give away to one lucky Swapper.

Find us on the elevated lawn in the garden centre, next to the edibles section. Eden Gardens is a great family friendly venue with an on-site cafe, display gardens, children’s playground and plenty of supplies to restock your garden.

Even if you don’t have anything growing at the moment, we’d love to see you there and guarantee you’ll leave with veggie-patch inspiration. If you can’t make it join the group to swap anytime.

Looking forward to meeting you all and sharing some tips and produce.