Nov 252015

macleodThe big veggie swap at Macleod was a great success

More than 100 people turned up and they clearly all had a good time. The auction and raffle raised around $3,600 for Macleod Organic Community Garden. Macleod veggie swap is an example of what other swaps can potentially aspire to.

We (and Panton Hill Winery) are international news!

panton hillLFC member Richard Holdsworth has written an article about LFC and Panton Hill Winery which appeared in Hastings Town Magazine, United Kingdom, in October. Click on the picture to read the article. Thanks, Richard!

Your local food swaps are national news!

See the ABC website. Here is a good quote from the article by Mark Sanders, of Moreland Food Gardens Network: “How more local can you get than going down to your local park and finding people who have grown their food three blocks away?“. And here is one of my profound contributions: “People who grow lemons typically have a surplus of lemons, and people growing mint generally have a surplus of mint.

The RipeNearMe website

Have you ever used the RipeNearMe website? If so, could you email us with your experiences?

The Joyfull Pantry

the joyfull pantryThe Warrandyte Diary is a fabulous local newspaper – around one million times better than The Leader. Click on the picture to read their latest food-related article about a gift hamper mother and daughter duo called The Joyfull Pantry. They have even published a video to accompany the article.

New events

Book launch: The Australian Beekeeping Manual by Robert Owen

What: Prepaid bookings are essential. Eltham Book Shop and Exisle Publishing warmly welcome you to a book launch. Eltham resident Robert Owen’s practical, commonsensical, and definitive The Australian Beekeeping Manual will be launched by Professor David Vaux, deputy director at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Melbourne. Robert was introduced to the world of beekeeping in 2002 and hasn’t looked back. At first beekeeping was a hobby but it has now evolved into a family business, Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies, that offers beekeeping equipment and education. This book is the culmination of his own years of expertise and experience and also draws on the individual tales he has heard of the challenges and successes of managing honey bees in various environments. With over 350 photographs and drawings, the book covers the beekeeping equipment needed, how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden and the basics of colony management. There are also detailed chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens.
When: Sunday, 29th November, 4.30-5.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $55. Includes a signed copy of the book (or a $45 gift voucher).
Enquiries/Bookings: Eltham Book Shop by phone (9439 8700) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Warrandyte business Christmas party

What: Bringing together local businesses and staff for a well-earned festive celebration. Intended for anyone from local, small businesses who would not ordinarily have a Christmas break up (e.g. tradies, beauticians, boutique shops, cafe owners and staff). Finger food provided, drinks at bar prices. Dress festive.
When: Thursday, 3rd December, 7pm-late.
Where: Warrandyte.
Cost: $30.
Enquiries: Deb Graham by phone (0415 170733) or email.
Bookings: Eventarc website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Little Feet Farm open day

What: This invite is for anyone who is interested in learning more
about their farm, or who is considering being part of their veggie box scheme but would like meet them first and see where and how their veggies are grown. See their open day their flyer and their veggie box flyer.
When: Sunday, 6th December, 2-5pm.
Where: Gladysdale.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Stuart Ryder by phone (5966 6515) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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