Darebin leads the way with a DIY eBook, Harvesting the Urban Orchard’, to guide communities with practical information, tools and tips in establishing their own fruit-harvesting project. 

The advice provided comes from Darebin Information Volunteer Resources Service (DIVRS) and Darebin Fruit Squad's experience in creating more food secure community by re-localising food distribution and production in the City of Darebin.  A service that has harvested and redistributed to vulnerable people more than 6 tons of seasonal fruit. 

Andrew Laidlaw a qualified landscape architect who has been responsible for many high profile landscape design projects around Melbourne, including the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and Guilfoyle’s Volcano says, “Harvesting the Urban Orchard is an inspiring and clever idea that invites people, regardless of age, gender or race to work together with the urban orchard and make a positive contribution to their local community. I truly believe that this project will be a life changing experience for many of the people who choose to get involved.” 

The eBook can be found HERE and has been generously funded by a R E Ross Trust’s grant and supported by the City of Darebin in the ongoing work with the Darebin Fruit Squad.

“With all our expertise, experience and demand from other municipalities to advise on their development of same or similar projects, we determined it was an efficient and supportive way to freely provide templates and guidance,” says DIVRS Executive Officer, Freedom Preston “actively encouraging communities to respond to food security in a practical way.”