Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community is a not for profit organisation working towards an equitable food system that sustains the health and diversity of both our communities and our environment. Our passion for creating a better food future involves activities spanning food systems advocacy and support, urban agriculture, community food centres, school food gardens, food waste management and environmental education. Our mission is to work with diverse and low-income communities to create fair, secure and resilient food systems


Feedback is a gift. We want to feed and bake more culturally appropriate food with our community and prepare fit for purpose food system for the future.

Securing sustainable food supply for public housing residents and vulnerable members of our community at this difficult time.

As the wide reaching impact of COVID-19 unfold, our food system and urban food spaces are being put to the test. For Cultivating Community this includes our ability to support public housing tenants through providing fresh meals and safe spaces to grow food.

Our community meals and gardens programs support over 2,000 people living on public housing estates to access fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate food. Due to COVID-19, these essential spaces of community connection have been put on hold.

Cultivating Community now plan to bounce back through three stages: RELIEF, RECOVERY and RESET.

Our team will look to support food resilience programs that are culturally appropriate, find ways to bake more bread from our High Rise Bakery and Garden and develop meaningful ways to keep us socially connected while safely distanced.

Your donation will support us to restock fresh food, increase the number of urban food gardens ready for the next seasonal harvest and provide alternative to cooking programs during this time.

Our approach will aim to provide both immediate relief, as well as long term recovery in ways that reconnect people to each other and nature, and reset the ways we as a community rely on food networks.

We will continue to manage the public housing gardens that so many residents see as a taste of home and a place of connection. We will find ways to measure what we do, build more enterprise out of what we learn and make sure for future generations we provide the best practical learning and education resources to reach a tipping point of understanding around food systems and climate change.

We know this is a difficult time for all, any donation is greatly appreciated.


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AUD $20

Seasonal Seedlings For A Public Housing ...

Your $20 gift will assist a low-income community gardener to buy seasonal seedlings for their garden plot.   Cultivating Community manage 22 C... Read More

AUD $25

Fresh Food Relief Packs

Help us support Melbourne's public housing tenants and other members of the community experiencing food insecurity through our immediate fresh ... Read More

AUD $50

Kids Cooking Packs

$50 provides ingredients for 14 children living on Public Housing Estates to gain ingredients for our remote Kids Cooking Program. This culturally ... Read More

AUD $70

Wood And Flour To Feed The Community

Your $60 gift will fire up our community oven!  Our wood-fired oven at The Fitzroy Community Food Centre is used for regular community ba... Read More