South Australia’s new food gardening resource hub is looking for the best chicken name, coolest crops in pots, wonkiest vegetables and more to honour homegrown food. Find out how to enter the comp – plus sign up for the free educational platform today.

Does your chicken have the best name? Enter now. Credit: Alexander Russy

Adelaide’s new, free ‘Grow It Local’ platform was launched last month to help remove people’s barriers to food gardening.

The platform provides online resources about food gardening, as well as access to workshops to help set up your own garden, along with live ask-an-expert online sessions.

To celebrate the platform’s launch in Adelaide, you can now get involved in Australia’s second 'Grow It Local Awards' social media competition.

What are the Grow It Local Awards?

The Grow It Local Awards is a colourful, community-minded celebration of creativity and fun in food gardening.

Here’s some of our favourite award categories that are up for grabs:

The 2021 Grow It Local Award winner of the wonkiest veggie.
Wonkiest vegetable

Are you proud of an oddly shaped veggie that you’ve grown? Maybe it’s a potato in the shape of a love heart, or a carrot with arms. Share a pic of it to socials and enjoy the glory.

Best chicken name

Naming your chook makes them a member of the family rather than just an egg-laying machine. And a creative name brings a bit of fun to the coop. Take a snap of your chick and let us know their creative name. Maybe it’s Eggs Benny or even Hen Solo!

The 2021 Grow It Local Award winner of a homegrown harvest.
Homegrown harvest

What’s better than a basket, towel, bowl or bucket full of homegrown fruits, veggies and herbs picked from your garden? Share a photo of your colourful homegrown harvest to win.

Crops in pots

Food gardens don’t have to be in the ground, instead they can be in a pot on your patio or window sill. Show us what can be done in a pot. We know that some of the most popular foods to grow in pots are tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, herbs and chillies.

Do you have a wild garden?
Wildest garden

Gardens don’t need to be classically tidy. We want to see your wild ones! They might not look organised, but you know where everything is and it tastes great! Plus they provide great habitat for birds and insects.

Find out about the other categories on the Grow It Local website.

Green thumb prizes up for grabs

The winner of each award category will received a prize pack valued at around $150.

Multiple Grow It Local Awards prize packs valued at around $150 are up for grabs.

It includes:

  • Mega-Seasol growers pack
  • A surprise selection of heirloom seeds
  • Grow It Local cap

How to enter the competition

All you need to do to enter is:

  • Post your entry photo/s to Instagram or Facebook (your profile must be set to public for the Grow It Local team to see it).
  • Caption your post with the award category and use the entry hashtag #growitlocalawards.
  • Tag 2 friends in your post.

Entries close at 11:59 pm on Monday, 28 February 2022. Winners will be announced on Monday 21 March 2022.

Sign up to the Grow It Local platform

Grow It Local is all about removing barriers to food gardening.

Whether you have lots of space, or a few pots on your patio or balcony, you can grow delicious and healthy food a few steps from your kitchen.

To help you do just that, the platform has been launched for first time in South Australia. Once you sign up as a member you’ll gain access to:

  • free regular food gardening online workshops
  • free exclusive online ask-an-expert sessions
  • hours of past workshops by Australia’s gardening legends available on demand, and
  • an online marketplace to swap, sell and buy homegrown food with Adelaide’s gardening community.

Sign up to Grow It Local now.

Need some inspiration? Here’s 5 reasons why you should grow food at home.

This initiative is another way Green Adelaide is contributing to the Adelaide National Park City movement.

Green Adelaide is seeding the introduction of the Grow It Local platform for metropolitan Adelaide. This includes working with Adelaide’s 17 metropolitan councils – the cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham, Norwood Payneham & St. Peters, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Prospect, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Unley, Walkerville and West Torrens – to support and promote the platform.

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