If you like the idea of locally grown markets, our market stalls will have heaps on offer. We want people to know how easy it is to grow your own at home. Plant a seed and watch it grow. Get kids into the veggie patch and learn about growing their own food. Our local markets are an opportunity to support local and keep funds in our community/region purchase produce that has not travelled hundreds of kilometres.

For our inaugural event, we are thrilled to welcome Celebrity Gardener and all-round nice guy Costa Georgiadis. We are so happy to welcome Costa back to our region.

As part of the morning, we are running several events including: Crop Swap; Costa Rocks Competition: Costa Scarecrow Competition; and Costa Beard Parade; Face Painting; Art and Pottery Display; bus trip to a local garden. We will also have fabulous entertainment and fun for kids on the day including Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Drum Workshop and heaps more!

The most exciting part is that we are providing this day for FREE to our local communities. Stallholders are free and as many activities as we can provide are for free. 

Central West Lachlan Landcare are pleased to be working with Parkes Community Arts and Parkes Shire Council to get people back into their gardens.

We are thrilled to be hosting the first Homegrown Parkes event on Saturday, 25 March in Cooke Park (near the Pavilion).

Whether it is Crop Swap, Scarecrows or Art and Pottery, we have it all!

Find out more below and register for competitions, tag us on social media and let us know you are getting involved.

Our Official Opening will be at 9am near the Pavilion.


As part of the Homegrown Parkes event, we are inviting stallholders who are homegrown, local, regional, producing local goods (whether produce or art, craft) to be involved. 

Stallholders must be functional by 8.45am and in place until 2.00pm. Access to the park is available from from 7.00am.

Applications close Thursday, 9 March 2023.

Stallholders must register HERE

CROP SWAP (9am – 10am)

Finally….Crop Swap has hit Parkes! Many of us have been doing this informally for many years.

This is an opportunity to bring along your produce, jams, chutney…anything homemade that you are prepared to swap.

Register for Crop Swap HERE


We all know Costa Rocks!

We would love to see….Costa Rocks!

All kids between the ages of 0 – 12 are invited to decorate a rock for their garden to look like Costa…and bring it along to Homegrown Parkes between 10am and 12.00pm.

Winners will be announced at 12.00pm.


A cool part of any garden is a Scarecrow! We are inviting local businesses, organisations, schools and individuals to create their own unique scarecrow for display at Cooke Park during Homegrown Parkes! Let us know that you are prepping your scarecrow – send us pics, tag us. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Remember….it needs to have a Costa theme.

Please bring down your scarecrow from 7am to be in place by 9am. Scarecrow winners will be announced at 12.30pm

Register HERE


Join us for a bus trip to a fantastic local garden on the outskirts of Parkes to check out their successes…and failures in their garden. Be inspired by the simplicity of gardening and learn how to make the most of your garden space. 

Registrations are essential for this bus trip, so please register HERE


On Friday evening, 24 March, Central West Lachlan Landcare are hosting their Landcare Dinner at Bogan Gate with special guest, Costa Georgiadis.

Join us at Bogan Gate by booking HERE

For further information regarding Homegrown Parkes, please contact Central West Lachlan Landcare Coordinator, Marg Applebee on 0418 611 053 or email homegrownparkes@gmail.com