Jul 262012

Local food events

Farmers Market . Montmorency  Primary School, this Saturday.

Fruit tree planting workshop 2pm-5pm Saturday 28 July at Buna Reserve Community Garden Heidelberg West. Free,  byo afternoon tea. Participants take home a fruit tree for their garden. Bookings essential, email urbanorchard@transitionbanyule.org.au and provide name, address and phone number of each participant or call Edwin 0407 567 245.

Home Harvest meeting next Tuesday 31 July starting 2.30pm at Edendale – “After the feast, what next?”

Saturday 4 August:  10am – 12 noon fruit tree pruning demonstration at 4 Adamson Street Heidelberg. Gold coin donation, bring secateurs. Limit 10 people. Register by emailing info@transitionbanyule.org.au or phone 9455 2581.

Pain free Gardening. Meet with like-minded gardeners at the Diamond Valley Library sustainable food garden to swap ideas and plants, and chat about all things garden. In this session there will be a presentation by Dr Matthew Holmes on how best to garden with least stress to your body. Tuesday 21st August   11.00am-12.00pm. Bookings required.

Wattle Festival, Hurstbridge, August 26. If you would like to help out at the LFC stall for an hour or two, we would love to hear from you. We will launch our local and seasonal recipe book on that day.

Other food activities/information

Milkwood says “If we want effective local food being grown in quantity, it’s time we start investing in and encouraging market gardeners to make this sort of thing happen, because that’s the only way we’ll actually get community-scale food… ” . Is anyone up for this project?

As it is now time to start sowing seeds for summer,  check out some of the local seed providers online. Phoenix Seeds, Tasmania.  They have a great range of more unusual seeds on offer. The Lost Seed, also Tasmania.  Eden Seeds and Green Harvest, both in Queensland.

Chris Porter is an Honours student from Melbourne University. He is doing a  research project investigating the social processes relating to the installation of ‘vegetable raingardens’ in Melbourne. Vegetable raingardens aim to reduce the impact of stormwater on the environment by collecting rainwater directly from roofs and using it to grow vegetables in self-watering gardens. He will be using an online survey to ask people some questions about their gardening practices, how they manage stormwater on their properties, and also what they think about raingardens in general. If you would like to help Chris by doing his online survey, email him at c.porter2@student.unimelb.edu.au or call on 0414 597 921.