Jul 252014

Local food-related events

Transition Thrive Training, Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27

A two-day interactive workshop, 9.15am for a 9.30 start to 5.30pm, Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Road, Heidelberg West. Bookings are essential, call Margot on 9432 4200.

Sustainable Macleod

The idea of the evening is to get together for some food and fun and chat about what to do in the next year apart from the veggie swap. Bring along some food to share at a pot luck dinner, 6:30pm, Monday July 28, 5 Fairlea Avenue, Macleod.

Thrive Community Garden, Diamond Creek

This Sunday, 27th of July, at 12 noon, please come along to the first working bee and picnic bbq on site at 31 Watkins Street. They are planning to build a few compost bins and spend some time mapping out where earthworks need to happen. There will also be a celebration of a $2000 grant received from Nillumbik Shire Council.

All Nations food forest planting day

Celebrate National Tree Day by attending and helping to plant trees at All Nations Park in Separation Street, Northcote, opposite Santa Maria College, this Sunday July 27, 1-4pm. Learn about different varieties of medicinal plants and fruit trees and how to plant them. For more information, contact Jules Martin on (03) 8470 8435 or jules.martin@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Edible workshops at BAAG
  • Saturday, 26 July – Grafting fruit trees.
  • Sunday, 27 July – Winter fruit tree maintenance.
  • Tuesday, 29 July – Gardening in schools professional development.
  • Saturday, 2 August – Successfully growing edibles by seed.
  • Sunday, 3 August – Backyard berries and vines.
  • Thursday, 21 August – Log-grown shiitake mushrooms.
  • Sunday, 24 August – Build a small water garden.
  • Saturday, 30 August – Preserving with citrus.
  • Saturday, 30 August – Veggie gardening for absolute beginners.
  • Sunday, 31 August – Bush foods: grow and cook.

For more information see their website.

Other food activities/information


Here is a comment from a participant of a recent workshop showing how to make kimchi.

“Kimchi takes a lot of chopping of different ingredients- much more complex than sauerkraut (and pre-soaking in salty water overnight) and it is much less salty than sauerkraut so am hoping it pickles in the right way and doesn’t go off.”

One for October section of your diary

The popular On the Hill festival is being held on Sunday 26 October 2014 with Made on the Hill celebrating all things created and produced locally! The theme for 2014 is ‘characters and imaginary creatures’. The following categories may appeal to Local Food Connect folk:

  • Fresh produce – edible fruit, eggs and vegetables.
  • Baking to the ‘characters and imaginary creatures’ theme – decorated cakes, sponges or biscuits etc.
  • Baking general – cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts and pies.
  • Preserves – jams, sauces, fruit, pickles, relish, liqueurs etc.
Open Food Network

Don’t forget to support this great enterprise supporting farmers of Victoria and elsewhere. See more at http://startsomegood.com/openfoodnetwork.

Jul 182014

Local food-related events

Local Food Connect AGM

Come along and celebrate the past year’s projects and meet some fellow locavores!

We will meet on August 23, at 2pm, at a venue still to be confirmed. You may wish to volunteer for the committee of management and we would welcome that. You need to be a member of Local Food Connect to vote and I recommend that you do this via the website by July 23. Continue reading »

Jul 112014

Local food-related events

Local SGA POD activity

Montsalvat, Eltham and fruit tree maintenance, Sunday July 13. Head gardener Jo Douglas will share some of her gardening knowledge and some of the Montsalvat gardens’ stories with members of the group. Come prepared to move some mulch and prune some fruit trees. RSVP meredith@baag.com.au or phone 9439 8750.

Bellfield Community Garden

In it’s recent budget, Banyule City Council has formally approved $40,000 of funding to establish the Bellfield Community Garden on Oriel Road (opposite Ford Park, near the corner of Banksia Street). Some fencing and watertanks might appear soon. If you want to be involved, hold a plot, or just hear what’s going on, send an e-mail to bellfieldcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Bulleen Art & Garden food gardening classes

Check out the many classes for July and August here.

Eltham Farmers’ Market is on this Sunday July 13, 9am – 1pm

Pablo Naranjo, Columbian musicianThere are lots of activities happening (aside from being able to purchase good fresh food!). Pete the Permie will be giving a grafting demonstration and will have rootstock for sale; chef Bek McMillan from Gourmet Living Fine Foods, Templestowe will be giving a pasta cooking demonstration; and Pablo Naranjo will play classical guitar. For more details, see the Farmers’ Market page. The new Monty Community Group Gardening Almanac will be for sale at the LFC stall for $5. It is beautifully presented with very helpful and local information.

We are looking for more volunteers to help at the LFC stall at future markets. The normal time slots are 9-11am and 11am-1pm, but can be flexible. If interested, please contact Fay at fay.loveland@gmail.com or phone 0405 790150.

Local Food Connect AGM

Details of this event will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, if you would like to be more active in the group, there are several roles on committee that may interest you – president, vice president, secretary, LFC News writer and Food Swap coordinator, as well as event organiser, displays creator, photographer, schools link, small business link, fund raisers, cooks, growers and so on.

There are several projects well and truly happening – food swaps, farmers’ market, planter box establishment, website, facebook page and the local food directory, all of which, of course, need support. Join LFC now to be able to vote or join the committee.

Jul 052014

Local food-related events

Banyule and Manningham food businesses

Do you know of a business in Banyule or Manningham Council areas which sells, uses or makes local produce? If so, can you please let us know so we can ask if they would like to go in the Local Food Directory.

Rocket stove workshop

Rocket stoves are highly efficient wood-fired cooking stoves used in developing countries. Workshop is at Murundaka Cohousing, 42 Bamfield Street, Heidleberg Heights, Sunday August 3, 1-4pm. Bookings required. Try here.

Membership of LFC

Joining LFC is as easy as 1,2,3! Go to the membership page and add to cart to buy a membership!

Diamond Creek Planter boxes

Over the last 6 months, there has been collaboration between the Diamond Creek Traders, members of Thrive Community Garden, Local Food Connect, the NICE Fund and Nillumbik Council to install 9 wooden planter boxes in Chute and Inglis Streets, Diamond Creek. On Monday 24th, there was an official launch of these boxes at Deganis Restaurant and ceremonial planting by an enthusiastic group of children. These boxes are set up as wicking crates, and will be cared for by 9 small groups of students from grades 3/4 from Diamond Creek Primary School; each group has a container with gardening gloves, some hand tools, a watering can, and a laminated sheet with a few instructions. There is a wide variety of winter vegetables, herbs, and flowers already planted, according to the siting of each box. Phil Marendaz, President of the Diamond Creek Traders Association, said a few words of thanks to everyone who had been involved in the planning and setting up of the boxes, and mentioned that he is now keen to have similar boxes in Main Street shopping areas.(Written by Jenny)

Other food activities/information

Get farmed

There are 2 or 3 small companies making nourishing breakfast cereals these days. Get Farmed is a small company near Camperdown in the western district working to support Australian farmers. They have developed a breakfast and muesli bar range using Australian ingredients only. As a member of a food co-op, I was interested to read “… almonds are grown near Robinvale in Northern Victoria and in the Riverina District of New South Wales. These almonds are then sorted and packed in Thomastown, Victoria.” and that “the sunflower kernels in … muesli are grown in the Darling Downs, south of Toowoomba in Queensland and are certified organic&”. Unfortunately, the small Camperdown shop that I saw the Get Farmed products in the window of was closed, It was after 1pm on Saturday!!

tamarindUnusual not-local fruit

Recently I attended a 2-day tree workshop with Dan Palmer of VEG. Great workshop, with fabulous food provided by his wife, Amanda. One afternoon there was a bowl of curious looking, brown, peanut shaped, root-like objects. On cracking open the light but crunchy outer skin, we found the fruit of tamarind, tasting like a fruit leather wrapped around a hard centre. Delicious! I believe they came from China, via Footscray market.


Have you heard of a permablitz? It is where a group of people get together, usually in someone’s backyard, and build a garden, or part thereof, following a permaculture design.

Check out the website for details of many upcoming blitz’s and workshops. There is a Brunswick food forest workshop on July 13, for example.