The Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap (formerly Croydon Food Swap) is a local community group for anyone and everyone to swap their home and garden produce with others.  This helps to promote fresh local food that has a low carbon footprint while being able to swap excess harvests for something different.  The swap provides a time and place for like-minded people to share ideas and tips, and to encourage one another in their quest to be sustainable.  Through food (and food related processes), we become a part of a connected, flourishing community.

So come along and bring your ‘stuff’ to swap.  If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough to swap.  If you’re unsure about what the ‘stuff’ should be, please read the FAQs or contact us.  And yes, BYO bags/baskets to bring lots more ‘stuff’ home!  Everyone is welcome to come to the scheduled swap meets.  Please check the Dates page for up-to-date information.  Free entry!

Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap is a Transition Towns Maroondah Inc. initiative and our events and activities are run under the auspice of Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group which is a local group of Permaculture Melbourne (now Permaculture Victoria).  For more info on what this means, please read “Part of a Bigger Picture”.  And you might like to read what Kirsty has written about us on Weekend Notes too.


  1. Does anyone know what a brown patch on the bottom of my tomatoes might be? The tomatoes are still green, but some have a round patch of brown on the bottom. Almost looks like they have been burnt – except you wouldn’t expect them to burn on the bottom! Perhaps a virus?


    • Karen Cheah

      I’ve just read that that could be blossom end rot but I’m not sure what the cause is and how to remedy it. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can comment?


    • It could be a couple of things for next year… Blossom rot is the most common, which is often related to calcium deficiency in the soil. You need to add lime to your soil try and aim for ph of 6.5. Also add organic matter and plant them in a different bed next season. Alternatively it could have been a water deficiency which is also easy to fix. Keep water up and make sure you add mulch around the base to maintain water retention.


  2. Looks like a great initiative! I’ve promoted it on my page, Maroondah Yarra Ranges Kids, http://www.facebook.com/maroondahyarrarangeskids We promote things to do and see for families and visitors.


  3. Michelle

    Blosson end rot is caused by a lack,of calcium in the soil and the remedy is to add gardener’s lime to the soil


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