The Dirty Beanstalk – the Co-op’s Gardening & Greening Crew

The Dirty Beanstalk is the Food Co-op’s gardening action and educational group. The group began with the move into the new building at the base of the Lena Karmel Unilodge at the beginning of 2012, and the introduction of a rooftop garden on top of that building. The Unilodge offered the Food Co-op one bed from the rooftop garden to grow our own produce, we gratefully accepted and The Dirty Beanstalk was born.

Since then, The Beanstalk has begun to expand into other areas apart from the rooftop – with limited space and lots of keen beans, it seemed necessary to look at other options. We have begun to grow seedlings and display other plants in the Food Co-op itself, and have also begun regularly helping out with other gardening projects and in the backyards of Canberra residents. We have also begun doing a little bit of guerrilla gardening (gardens planted where gardens weren’t planned!), and have other big plans in the works, including regular excursions to interesting gardening-related sites in Canberra and surrounds, workshops and skillshares, fruit tree mapping and working with other sites around Canberra to learn, educate and promote a more self-sufficient lifestyle, as well as sharing the joy of growing your own produce and connecting with others through food.

If you want to hear what we’re up to,  join our email list:

Watch this space.

The Dirty Beanstalk Crew

PS … check us out in the Kitchen Garden column of the Canberra Times


  1. Hi
    I’d love to hear more about what you guys get up to, and maybe come along and help.

    1. Hi Helen,

      Sorry for belated reply, great to hear you’re interested! Did you sign up using the form? Can’t actually get your email address from this post 🙂


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