Nov 302013
 

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Apr 192018
 

Alphington Food Hub

Sustain and Melbourne Farmers’ Markets are jointly establishing a community food hub at Alphington (at the Melbourne Innovation Centre, 2 Wingrove Street). Each has made announcements in the last week or so.

Sustain has announced four new jobs:

  • Food Hub Manager: to create a successful and viable multi-functional and multi-stakeholder community food hub over the medium- to long-term; also, to establish the food hub’s activities, partner and customer relationships and to manage the day-to-day operations of the food hub’s activities. This is a part-time position (0.6 FTE, equivalent to three days). Funded at $42K per annum over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 20th April.
  • Business Development Manager: to establish the foundations for a successful and viable multi-functional and multi-stakeholder community food hub over the medium- to long-term. Funded at $30,000 over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 24th April.
  • A Communications Coordinator: to develop and implement a communications strategy. Funded at $25K over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 24th April.
  • An Urban Agriculture Facilitator: to develop and implement an urban agriculture strategy for the site. Funded at $16.5K over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 24th April.

Melbourne Farmers’ Markets has invited individuals, organisations and businesses to submit their expressions of interest in renting commercial office space at the site, with the types of organisation mentioned by them including primary food producers, local food businesses and local community groups. Tenancies are scheduled to start in June 2018. If you would like to see the space, or express interest, please email Prue.

Corrections and clarifications

Last week, we discussed a job opportunity at Span Community House (Thornbury). The hours are actually 12 hours per fortnight rather than per week as stated. As this might affect who is interested in the job, the discussion is repeated below with the correction added.

Span Community House (Thornbury) are looking for a Garden Coordinator to lead, supervise and support people within a community garden setting. The role will be to develop Span’s community garden, develop a long term plan, engage a diverse range of community members and volunteers, and create learning opportunities. 12 hours per fortnight. $25 per hour. Read the position description (pdf). Apply by email. Contact Colleen Duggan by phone (9480 1364) or email for further information. Closing date Friday, 27th April.

Another new community garden, this time in Ringwood

Transition Towns Maroondah and Central Ringwood Community Centre are working together to build a community garden and sustainability hub in Ringwood. The community garden is called Bedford Park Community Garden. After years of work, the Council has signed off and they are breaking ground on 21st April with the planting of an orchard. They will be making a bit of a day of it with stalls and a BBQ. The Council wants to see the demand for the garden to reassure them of its validity moving forward, so they are hoping for a good turn out. See the event details below. Also, see their Facebook page.

Later down the track, they hope to have food swaps, seed swaps and classes. They already have a pruning class and a grafting class planned. Again, see the event details below.

If you want to know more, contact Jess by phone (0413 846227) or email.

The Basin Food is Free project and community garden

A small group has just started this project in The Basin (foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, just past Boronia). It will be both an open food forest garden (where local people, including homeless people, who need fresh fruit and veggies can come and pick them for free) and a locked section of garden plots for lease to local community members. Currently the group is trying to raise funds to set up the gardens (wicking beds, fruit trees, a tool shed, etc). Any small or larger donations to help get this project off the ground would be gratefully appreciated – www.gofundme.com/the-basin-food-is-free-project. Also, join their Facebook group.

Incredible Edible Eltham news

Despite the continuing lack of rain, we decided to go ahead with our autumn plantings at the edible gardens at both Eltham Railway Station and healthAbility. Following a vote on our Facebook group page, we planted coriander, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, oregano, rocket, silverbeet and spinach.

News about local food producers

My Little Country Kitchen, from Kinglake West, will be showcasing their mini meals and finger food at the Valley Loves Wedding Fair on 22nd April at Yarra Glen Racecourse.

Want some worm wee?

Tamara Koelmeyer currently has an excess of worm wee. If you want some, contact Tamara by phone (0458 148231) or email.

‘Death to Nuggets’

Dana Thomson, Health Promotion at healthAbility, has written in: “while the name ‘death to nuggets’ may sound a bit extreme, their push for better kids’ menus is much needed, and it’s great to see this being supported by those within the restaurant industry. I like how they say ‘Food is a system. If everyone does a little more — whether at home, eating out or in Government — we can improve what kids think is normal’.” See their website and their Facebook page. They are also asking you: to encourage significant numbers of parents to ask eateries for the food they would like to see; and/or to encourage eateries to participate so that they play a positive role.

Coincidentally, nuggets have recently made news in Epping.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

Angelo Eliades’ article: seed-raising mix: does it work?.

Joke of the week

Patient: Doctor, I think I need glasses! Waiter: You certainly do, this is a restaurant!

Read all the jokes.

New events

Orchard planting festival

What: Transition Towns Maroondah and Central Ringwood Community Centre are working together to build a community garden and sustainability hub in Ringwood. They will be breaking ground in the community garden with the planting of an orchard. They will also be making a bit of a day of it with stalls, a BBQ and live music. The Council wants to see the demand for the garden to reassure them of its validity moving forward, so they are hoping for a good turn out.
When: Saturday, 21st April, 10am-12.30pm.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Compost bay building workshop

What: This hands-on workshop will be led by Paul Gale-Baker from Urban Shepherd. The theory behind compost development and the bay will be explored as well as the construction of a compost bay. Lunch is included. You are welcome to pop along for part of it if you are unable to stay for the whole time.
When: Sunday, 22nd April, 11.30am-2.30pm.
Where: St Johns Community Garden, Heidelberg.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fruit tree pruning workshop

What: Join Troy Dawes of Jeltro Cottage Permaculture to learn all about fruit tree pruning for the home orchardist. The subjects to be covered will include: pruning techniques, summer vs winter pruning, preventing disease transfer and tool selection.
When: Wednesday, 25th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9870 2602).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Autumn fermentation workshop

What: Are you wanting to deepen your connection to your health, food and the environment around you? If so, join a community of fermenters and learn how to ferment vegetables for yourself. This classes will give you an opportunity to connect with others while learning some basic skills in fermentation and build your confidence to ferment at home. Throughout the class, you will have the opportunity to use what is growing in the garden and discover ways to ferment these vegetables and herbs as a traditional food practice. You will learn how to use fermenting techniques and go into depth about the fermentation process and principles.
When: Friday, 27th April, 2-4pm and again on Friday, 11th May, 2-4pm.
Where: PepperTree Place, Coburg.
Cost: $27.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Native plant sale

What: Organised by Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra, there will be sales of native and indigenous plants plus books. The plant sellers will include: APS Yarra Yarra growers (see plant list); La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape Nursery (see plant list); Sunvalley Plants Nursery (see plant list); and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.
When: Saturday, 28th April, 10am-4pm.
Where: Eltham Senior Citizens.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fresh food ideas exchange – nutrition workshop

What: Join local nutritionist Melanie Lionello as she dishes out tips and tricks for healthy eating and answers the age old question “what healthy meals can I feed the family that they will still enjoy?”. Workshop topics include: nut-free lunch box snack; cooking for fussy eaters; healthy meals to suit the family budget; benefits of eating the rainbow; and a cooking demo or two.
When: Saturday, 5th May, at 11am and again at 1pm.
Where: Greensborough Plaza.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Dry climate edible gardening

What: Links Community Group are building a new community garden in Lalor and want to develop their site further using dry climate gardening techniques. Attend this workshop, led by Paul Gale-Baker from Urban Shepherd, to learn about: site and soil preparation; bmicroclimate assessment and creation; in-ground strategies (swales, mulching, in-ground wicking, etc); above-ground strategies (wicking beds, etc); and plant choice.
When: Saturday, 12th May, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Links Community Garden, Lalor.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (0431 896347) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

David Holmgren: RetroSuburbia

What: David Holmgren will present his multi-media talk ‘Aussie Street’, a speculative eco-narrative seen through the microcosm of four adjacent houses. The event coincides with his recently launched book, RetroSurburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future.
When: Saturday, 12th May, 1-2pm.
Where: North Fitzroy Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking master class

What: Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included. Menu: caramelised onion & sweet potato tart; caramelised garlic & red wine beef; and baby fig & apple compote.
When: Friday, 18th May, 7-9pm.
Where: Gourmet Living, Templestowe.
Cost: $42.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fruit tree grafting workshop

What: Join Troy Dawes of Jeltro Cottage Permaculture to learn all about heritage fruit tree grafting. The subjects to be covered will include: starting a home orchard on a budget, grafting multiple varieties to one tree, grafting techniques, tools and choosing the right rootstock.
When: Saturday, 19th May, 10am-midday.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9870 2602).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Thermomix – use it beyond the kitchen

What: Think of all the uses your Thermomix could have outside of the kitchen. In this class, they will show you how to make dog biscuits, laundry detergent, slime, play dough, lip balms and much more.
When: Wednesday, 23rd May, 7.30-9.30pm.
Where: Kilsyth.
Cost: $21.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Hobby beekeeping

What: Christos Tonovich will draw on 20 years’ and 40 hives’ worth of experience to discuss how to set up a courtyard garden hive. A variety of honeys will be available to taste and purchase.
When: Tuesday, 5th June, 10.30-11.30am.
Where: Collingwood Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Food for thought – cake making and decorating

What: Local chef, Mellissa Strachan, will present some ideas for home-baked celebration cakes. She will provide two go-to cake recipes and show you how to prepare your cake for decorating. She will then explain how to make a mirror glaze and chocolate ganache, and how to use fondant. Participants will make these delicious treats and, at the conclusion of the workshop, be able to taste the final products. Apart from sharing some recipes, Mellissa will give some tips and tricks that will help even inexperienced cooks gain confidence in the kitchen.
When: Saturday, 16th June, 10.30am-1pm.
Where: Ringwood Uniting Church.
Cost: $60.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

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View the complete calendar of upcoming events.

Apr 112018
 

Angelo’s tip of the month

Newsletter reader Angelo Eliades (from Preston) runs the Deep Green Permaculture website. His latest blog is about seed raising mix. “Want to sow seeds in pots? What do you need? Seed raising mix? Guess again! Working part-time in the garden nursery industry, I meet many gardeners who have had problems sowing seeds in seed raising mix – they find that their seeds sprout but their seedlings only reach a very small size and then completely stop growing, and the resultant seedlings are very thin and spindly! That’s because seed raising mix has absolutely no nutrients in it, and is totally unsuitable for growing seeds in. It’s actually misnamed, it really should be called ‘seed covering mix’ or ‘seed germination mix’, because that’s what it’s designed for, and does well.Read more

Want a part-time paid job?

Span Community House (Thornbury) are looking for a Garden Coordinator to lead, supervise and support people within a community garden setting. The role will be to develop Span’s community garden, develop a long term plan, engage a diverse range of community members and volunteers, and create learning opportunities. Part time 6 hours per week. $25 per hour. Read the position description (pdf). Apply by email. Contact Colleen Duggan by phone (9480 1364) or email for further information. Closing date Friday, 27th April.

News about local food producers

Carlton Farmers’ Market now takes place twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

The entrance to Coburg Farmers’ Market has moved slightly north: enter via Jersey Street.

Local food producers in the news

Chocolatier Australia (Heidelberg West) featured in a video produced by the Herald Sun.

That’s Amore Cheese (Thomastown) featured on the Discover your own Backyard website.

Arrivederci Maria

Maria Ciavarella (aka My Green Garden) has landed the job of Food Technology assistant at a school and, from end April, will no longer be running workshops from her home in Donvale. For the time being at least, she will continue to run talks and workshops for councils and community groups. Best of luck with the new job, Maria!

Do you have a female carob tree?

If so, you will know that carob trees are mostly dioecious (separate male and female plants). Unusually, they flower in autumn (i.e. now) and, also unusually, the flowers are near the middle of the tree (so you can only see them if you part the branches and peer in).

Anyhow, I have a male carob tree that is currently in flower. If you want a branch to pollinate your female tree with, just email me.

Stuart and Christine Rodda have already taken a branch and, in return, given me some pods from last year. They are surprisingly tasty. Thanks Stuart and Christine!

Permablitz’s hero of the month – onions

Onions are a simple to grow garden crop, and are used in a multitude of dishes worldwide. Some prime ministers have even been known to eat them raw! Read more

Read all Permablitz’s heros of the month.

Every newsletter deserves a good picture

Brazilian artist William Kass creates, and then photographs, miniature scenes using food.


Have a look at our food art page.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

The Warrandyte permaculture property up for sale.

Joke of the week

How do you fix a broken pizza? With tomato paste.

Read all the jokes.

New events

Wholistic permaculture: a regenerative methodology for social change

What: Join Canadian expert, Jillian Hovey, in exploring the fundamentals of a whole systems design, and how to relate it to you, your studies, your life, and the world. Permaculture isn’t just about agriculture (permanent agriculture), it is about permanent culture. Its ethics give a framework for a responsible, regenerative society. This workshop will contain an overview of permaculture design, and a progression of exercises which will support participants to develop skills in the fundamentals of social permaculture.
When: Friday, 13th April, 11am-2pm.
Where: La Trobe University.
Cost: donation (e.g. $20 for waged non-students, $5 for unwaged).
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Yarra Valley Beer & Cider Festival

What: The festival allows you to sample some of the boutique beer and cider that Victoria has to offer, with many exhibitors being close to home. Food stalls will be in attendance, combined with entertainment.
The festival is an initiative by the Rotary Club of Wandin, in conjunction with some community beer and cider lovers.
When: Saturday, 14th April, 11am-5.30pm.
Where: Lilydale Showgrounds.
Cost: $16 ($32 with tasting tokens).
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Sustainable Greensborough – ‘share the inspiration’ meet-up

What: Go along to Sustainable Greensborough’s meeting to find some sustainable inspiration and meet other people in the area. Take along an excerpt from an inspiring sustainability video, book, website, blog or article, and briefly explain why you found it helpful. If you don’t feel like sharing, that’s ok too – just go along to listen and soak it all up.
When: Sunday, 15th April, 2-4pm.
Where: Watsonia Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Our local MKR stars

What: Join local MKR celebrities Ros and Karen as they cook smokey pork shoulder served with creamy polenta and a pickle on the side.
When: Tuesday, 17th April, 6-8pm.
Where: Diamond Valley Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: Eventbrite
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Thermomix fakeaway class

What: Using your Thermomix to make mouth watering, cost saving and healthy meals you would normally buy as takeaway meals. Their experienced consultants will show you how to make their favourites from the following cuisines: Indian, Thai, Greek, French and Italian. They will also go over our tips for storing meals.
When: Wednesday, 18th April, 7.30-9.30pm.
Where: Kilsyth.
Cost: $21.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fair trade cocktail master class

What: Led by Noble Spirits. Taste 6 Fair Trade liqueurs. Learn the basics of cocktail making. Create your own unique cocktail while nibbling on their pizza!
When: Wednesday, 18th April and again on Thursday, 19th April, both 6.30-9.30pm.
Where: Northcote.
Cost: $59.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wow it’s Italian – traditional pizza making

What: Enjoy a social evening of cooking demonstrations and food tasting. Take away healthy recipes and tips for entertaining, favourite family meals, simple sauces and pasta dishes. Menu: pizza with three toppings.
When: Thursday, 19th April, 7.30-9.30pm.
Where: Chirnside Park.
Cost: $20.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cook healthier. Live better.

What: Learn how to cook a healthy and nutritious meal in 30 minutes.
When: Sunday, 22nd April, 2-4pm.
Where: Box Hill South.
Cost: gold coin donation.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Asian cooking with Shirley

What: Go and attend the class to see how to make Asian food out of your Thermomix. Learn practical tips on how to make the following popular Malaysian/Asian dishes: stir fry noodles, fried rice, curry kapitan chicken, sweet vinegar pork ribs, satay sauce and gado-gado. You will get to taste the food.
When: Sunday, 22nd April, 3-5pm.
Where: Blackburn North.
Cost: $36.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

No Waste Cook Club Carlton

What: This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost. The workshop is one of two free workshops held every month, with the other being on the 1st Saturday of the month at the Fitzroy Community Food Centre. If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.
When: Every 4th Saturday of the month, 10am-midday (so, next on 28th April).
Where: Carlton North.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Better brain food

What: Eating well can help to keep your brain in peak health. Join Ngaire Hobbins, dietitian and author of Better Brain Food to hear about the latest evidence-based information about eating to cheat dementia and cognitive decline. This new book provides the information you need as you or your loved ones grow older, including delicious recipes and lifestyle tips.
When: Tuesday, 1st May, 2-3.30pm.
Where: Lilydale Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9800 6457).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Lakeside Good Earth Group – book a chook

What: Bring a little country to your backyard. Poultry are rewarding, useful and entertaining pets. Fleur, from Book a Chook will tell you everything you need to know to successfully set up chooks in your own backyard, including breed selection, coops, runs, health and nutrition.
When: Saturday, 5th May, 10.30-11.30am.
Where: Lilydale Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9800 6457).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

No Waste Cook Club Fitzroy

What: This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost. The workshop is one of two free workshops held every month, with the other being on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre. If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.
When: Every 1st Saturday of the month, 10am-midday (so, next on 5th May).
Where: Fitzroy.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Reduce your food waste – a budget-friendly recipe demonstration

What: Do you struggle to use all your leftovers before they perish? Do you often end up throwing away wilted veggies at the end of the week? Struggle no more! Gaby and Jen from Plan Buy Cook will show you how to cook some simple, delicious, budget-friendly recipes, minimise food waste and maximise your weekly shop.
When: Thursday, 10th May, 7-8.30pm.
Where: Preston Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking master class

What: Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included. Menu: caramelised onion puff pastry tart; wholemeal penne pasta; and apple spice pancakes.
When: Thursday, 10th May, 7-9pm.
Where: Gourmet Living, Templestowe.
Cost: $42.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Ostro: the pleasure of slowing down and cooking with simple ingredients

What: Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s cooking isn’t terribly fancy. Her approach to food favours intuition over strict rules and is about using your hands, rushing a little less and savouring the details. In conversation with Rachael Cilauro, Julia will discuss her love of uncomplicated food that is comforting and generous in spirit. Copies of Julia’s book, Ostro, will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
When: Wednesday, 16th May, 7.45-8.45pm.
Where: Brunswick Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest

What: Featuring 170 beers and ciders brewed especially for the event.
When: Friday, 18th May 11.30am-4.30pm and 6.30-11.30pm; Saturday, 19th May 11.30am-4.30pm and 6.30-11.30pm; and Sunday, 20th May 11.30am-4.30pm.
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.
Cost: $46.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: their website.

Gardening for the bees

What: Native bees play an important role in your garden. They are superb pollinators and even better many of them don’t sting! Find out how to construct a bee hotel and which plants to grow. Their speaker, Patrick Honan currently works as a horticultural researcher for Gardening Australia on the ABC, and as a director for St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op.
When: Thursday, 24th May, 7-8.30pm.
Where: Mitcham.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Native bee hotel

What: Buzz and Dig will talk about our native bee pollinators and their importance to the environment and will show you how to create a bee-friendly garden. The talk will also cover how to make your own bee hotel for the garden – materials provided.
When: Saturday, 26th May, 2-3pm.
Where: Watsonia Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fun ferments

What: Learn how to make kombucha – the fermented tea – at home and add delicious natural herbs and fruit for flavouring. Tastings will be provided in the class. You will also learn how to use kombucha to create a sourdough starter and discover other easy home fermenting and pickling techniques.
When: Thursday, 31st May, 7-8pm.
Where: Preston Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry. Continue reading »

Apr 042018
 

Community gardening news

A new community garden is going to be developed in Lygon Street, Brunswick East, to be run by 3000acres. Click here to read about the inaugural planning meeting on Saturday, 14th April.

Incidentally, there have recently been some changes of personnel at 3000acres. Pippa French will stay on the Board, but is moving to Tasmania. Morgan Koegel is the new General Manager and Merrin Layden is the new Project Manager.

News about local food producers

Under The Pickle Tree, from Panton Hill, will no longer be a stallholder at Eltham Farmers’ Market. They are, however, becoming a stallholder at Carlton Farmers’ Market and are continuing to be a stallholder at Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market and Kingsbury Drive Community Market.

Murundaka Cohousing Community won first place in the Giant Zucchini competition at the recent CERES Harvest Festival. Pictured is newsletter reader Mikoto Araki accepting the award.

You can now buy Brunswick-based Holy Crumpets’ crumpets at Rose St Pantry, Fitzroy.

A new food group is being established to grow food and beverage manufacturing in Melbourne’s North. Inter alia, it will subsume the operations of the Plenty Food Group. Read NORTH Link’s press release. Click here to read about the inaugural briefing meeting on Tuesday, 10th April.

Local food producers in the news

The Darebin Fruit Squad, which is an initiative of the Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service, featured on Gardening Australia last week.
Just Picked, from Yan Yean, and Eltham Farmers’ Market featured in last week’s Leader newspaper.

Eltham Farmers’ Market is planning to start a newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

A permaculture property in North Warrandyte up for sale

One acre in North Warrandyte. $750K. Tender closes 1st May, unless sold prior. Here is what the owner Kirk Hall has to say about it: “31 fruit, nut and berry trees; 6 wicking veggie beds; 3 large raised veggie beds; 8 water tanks totalling 71,000 litres; no pesticides used; about 1/3 of the property is a wildlife corridor.Click here for the official blurb.

The history of each vegetable

Another good graphic, with the accompanying words being on two web pages: part 1 and part 2.

The same website also has a history of each fruit, again split into two parts: part 1 and part 2.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

Choosing the best compost method.

Joke of the week

Why did the students eat their homework? Because the teacher said that it was a piece of cake.

Read all the jokes.

New events

Melbourne’s North Food Group briefing

What: Melbourne’s North Food Group is being established to servicing the food and beverage manufacturing sector and supply chain businesses in Melbourne’s North. After a Ministerial announcement made on 15th February, the group will operating under the auspices of NORTH Link and will absorb the operations of the Plenty Food Group. Read NORTH Link’s press release.
When: Tuesday, 10th April, midday-2pm.
Where: Preston.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking for teens – pasta making (12-15 years)

What: Learn how to make your own pasta from scratch. Join tutor Lenna to learn new techniques and understand what is important to make pasta. Create a pasta sauce from fresh ingredients and take it home ready to heat and serve for dinner.
When: Wednesday, 11th April, 1-4pm.
Where: Living & Learning, Diamond Creek.
Cost: $59.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Microscopes in the garden

What: Explore the garden through the lens of a microscope. At this hands-on workshop, children will have the opportunity to use a range of microscopes, magnifying lenses, and be guided through the process of capturing their observations in a botanical illustration. In 40 minute sessions, children will work in small groups rotating through the garden.
When: Thursday, 12th April, 10am-midday.
Where: SEEDs Communal Garden, Brunswick.
Cost: $22.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Kids holiday cooking school

What: Are you looking for a school holiday idea for your child? Send them to Thea and Min, from The Kitchen Whizz (an offshoot of The Natural Nutritionist), for a morning learning how to make healthy, kid friendly main meals, snacks and desserts. The session will be hands on and will allow children to learn how to make snacks for the whole family. Suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
When: Friday, 13th April, 11.30am-1.30pm.
Where: Camberwell.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Help start 119A Lygon Street Community Garden

What: Go along to see the site of this new community garden and help them make decisions about what to plant and where. You can put your name down for a plot, suggest a name for the garden, tell them what events/workshops you want to see run here and what plants we should grow. Drop in anytime between 10am and midday. This space and the garden beds have been donated by Milieu Property and will be available for at least the next year, run by 3000acres. Over that time, there will be 20+ plots available for free food growing.
When: Saturday, 14th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Brunswick East.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Compost workshop

What: Join Richard for a workshop on good composting practices. Learn all about using the facility at West Brunswick Community Garden but also how you can apply great compost practices to achieve good compost at home.
When: Sunday, 22nd April, 11am-midday.
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wild food and medicine walk

What: Join The Perma Pixie on an outdoor adventure that will focus on identifying edible and medicinal weeds and wild food. Discover the properties and actions these plants have to nourish and heal, and discuss recipes and ways to prepare these plants for palatability and practicality.
When: Sunday, 29th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Merri Creek Trail.
Cost: $20.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Native edibles for companion planting

What: What you will learn: a range of edible natives that are easy to grow in Melbourne; basics of companion planting; and which plants to choose in your garden planning, and how to grow and care for them. Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Non-indigenous Australians are waking up to the edible plants around us and wondering why we didn’t use them before. Knowing what will grow and also produce a harvest, as well as how to use it, is difficult as most of us aren’t yet familiar with apple berries or native mint. In this class, you will learn how to incorporate some easily grown edible native plants into your garden so that they work in harmony with your existing plants, as well as a variety of ways to use these plants in your kitchen.
When: Thursday, 10th May, 6.30-9pm.
Where: Bulleen Art and Garden.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Home composting workshop

What: Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil.
When: Saturday, 12th May, 2-4.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: free.
Bookings: TryBooking.
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