Jan 312013

Local food-related events

1. Thrive Community Garden Inc., Diamond Creek, will be having their inaugural Annual General Meeting, Sunday February 17, 2pm, at Piccolo Meccanico. All interested members of the community are invited to view plans for the Watkins Street Community garden, learn about future directions and projects, elect committee members, discuss membership fees, etc. Contact – thrivecommunitygarden@groupspaces.com or 0432 205 360.

2. Saturday 9 February 2013 Banyule Edible Garden Tour 9.30am -2.00pm

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Jan 252013

Local food-related events

Village Food Connections now have a shop featuring Nillumbik Farmers and Producers.  “The Little Organic Shop” opens on 11 February 2013 and is located within “The Brown House” in Hurstbridge.

Highlights of the store: Seasonal, fresh, chemical free fruit and vegetables sourced from farmers within Nillumbik and surrounds;  Light meals made from local, seasonal produce; Value added products from local producers.  Come and support local food; local producers; and a local business.

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Jan 172013

Local food-related events

Blueberry picking. There is a blueberry farm in Research, Stanbach Blue Berry Farm, where you can pick blueberries for $12/kg.  (they are $20/kg if they pick them for you).  They have a short season and Sunday is the last day it will be open. Just check about what time you are coming…  0403 316623.

Indian curry evening, Saturday February 9, Montmorency Primary School. Support this event which is raising money to be taken to Delhi in February to support Navdanya,  an organisation which assists women farmers.

New Food Swap starting at Creeds Farm, North Epping on Sunday 27th January. Subsequent  Food Swaps will be on the last Sunday of the month. Address is Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, corner Snugburg Way and Redding Rise, Epping North. Time 10.30am – 12pm. Contact Brad 0439347488

Honey. Many of you are familiar with the delicious Heidi Honey  from Hurstbridge. You may also be interested in this beehive removal service

More words of wisdom from Incredible Todmorden

“…Yes, we would all benefit hugely if we could just grow more of our food closer to our plates. Energised by the thrill of growing our own vegetables, delighted to wander our markets buying local meat, cheese, and breads, happier to reconnect to others living around through the sharing and caring that producing more local food can bring. But hey, that’s the beginning, not the end.
… Why don’t the institutions that spend public money have rules that force them to support local businesses, help local farmers and producers supply locally? New York, San Francisco and Toronto all do it. They have seen the benefits of having food policies in place that help local people help themselves.
…Yes, I know we would have to re-educate ourselves about how to cook on a budget, but bring it on, I say.
Local food, local energy, local jobs. Why not try to bend budgets in support of this.”