Food and Farming - Trentham Food Hub

TSG is currently working towards establishing the Trentham Food Hub, building a broad network of local producers, promoting sustainable farming practices and supporting the diversification and growth of food producing businesses in our area. We ran two events in 2012 which promoted discussion around our local produce and attracted a total attendance of 100 locals - a Community Conversation on July 23rd and the Growers, Cookers and Eaters Community Dinner on 29th October.

We seek input from producers and astute consumers into the priorities for the Trentham Food Hub.


10 am

at Trentham Farmers Market

(third Saturday each month)


Do you have a glut of broad beans?  Too much rhubarb or salad greens?  Bring them along and swap your produce for something else!  No $$ are involved!!


You can swap:       fruits and vegetables                home-grown eggs

                             mulch and manure                             seeds and seedlings

                             worms and worm juice              cut flowers and herbs

                             recipes and gardening advice   jams, sauces and chutneys


What better way to meet other keen gardeners, swap your produce, reduce waste and have a yarn.

One gardener’s glut is another gardener’s lunch!  Come along at 10 am to the next Farmers Market.

Green Jobs

TSG has undertaken to explore and support community enterprise “green” employment opportunities – low cost, low environmental impact. Stay tuned for regular updates.

One Million Homes

The One Million Homes program will see one million homes, owned by concession card holders, retrofitted over a five year period to improve their energy efficiency.
Hepburn Shire Council has joined this alliance. TSG will be working with Hepburn Shire Council to ensure as many eligible Trentham homes as possible are included in the upgrade.

String Bags

This project was launched at the local Farmers’ Market held on Saturday, 17 October 2009. The first 100 bags, including “green” goodies, were handed out free. Town traders now have the orange string bags available for a $2 donation.
Trentham District Primary School has also got in on the action. String bags were handed out to all the students along with some educational freebies. Students learnt about the detrimental effects of plastic bags through sessions instigated by the school.

Waste Reduction

Rosemary Angus of Central Highlands Waste Management Group recently gave a presentation on recycling. As a result, TSG is endeavouring to arrange collections points around town for recyclables like fluoro bulbs and single use batteries.  There are many more household items that can be recycled.  Find out more here.

Carbon Rationing Action Group

CRAG (Carbon Rationing Action Group) was formed through a grant from Hepburn Shire to support and encourage one another to reduce our household energy use and promote practical action in the wider community. TSG will be working with CRAG to implement this exciting new program in Trentham. Register here for a free CRAG visit to your home. CRAG will calculate your carbon emissions and offer suggestions on how to reduce them. 

Public Transport

TSG worked successfully with Hepburn Shire Council (Transport Connections) to secure a public bus trial running between Trentham and Kyneton. The trial commenced on 1 July 2010 and will run until 31 December 2010. Public transport will give residents the ability to travel to a larger centre and reduce the number of cars on our roads. This will result in a reduction in carbon emissions generated by the Trentham community and help to reduce the communities’ reliance on oil.