Calendar of local events

 

Given the current coronavirus crisis, it is unlikely that many, if any, of these events will actually be happening.

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View calendars for specific types of event (and the key to the colour coding):
All events    All once-off events (Cooking, Everything else, Free)      Community gardens      Food swaps      Free meals      Markets      Farmers’ markets      Garden clubs

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Advanced composting 13:00
Advanced composting @ Alphington Food Hub
Mar 1 @ 13:00 – 16:00
Have you got a compost system that is established at home? Is it working as efficiently as possible? This workshop is for people who have tried and failed, or are having problems with, an existing [...]
Home Harvest Picnic 2020 15:30
Home Harvest Picnic 2020 @ Edendale
Mar 1 @ 15:30 – 19:00
This will be the ninth annual home harvest picnic, where trained cooks produce a shared meal from homegrown produce. As well as the meal itself, there will be community stalls, music and family activities. You [...]
Double Delicious 17:30
Double Delicious @ Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent
Mar 1 @ 17:30 – 19:15
Six occurrences – Thursday 27th February (7-8.45pm), Friday 28th Feburary (5.30-7.15pm and 8.30-10.15pm), Saturday 29th February (5.30-7.15pm and 8.30-10.15pm), and Sunday 1st March (5.30-7.15pm); This sumptuous storytelling and culinary experience sees storyteller cooks share the [...]
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Compost for beginners 18:30
Compost for beginners @ The Compost Depot
Mar 2 @ 18:30 – 19:30
Want to compost but not sure how? Confused about what can and can’t be composted? Put off by concerns about the smell of food waste? Not sure there is a solution for you because you [...]
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Green at Kathleen: preparing your Winter veggie patch 17:30
Green at Kathleen: preparing your Winter veggie patch @ Kathleen Syme Library
Mar 3 @ 17:30 – 19:00
They will talk through the tips and tricks to plant your patch and keep it thriving through the cooler months, including advice about individual crops. The veggies to be discussed will include broccoli, broad beans, [...]
Community growing spaces workshop (City of Yarra) 18:30
Community growing spaces workshop (City of Yarra) @ Richmond Town Hall (Meeting Room 1)
Mar 3 @ 18:30 – 20:00
This workshop is for anyone wishing to establish a planter box, laneway garden, nature strip garden or productive tree in the streets of Yarra. You will learn how the process works and receive advice to [...]
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The herbal apprentice (7 sessions) 10:00
The herbal apprentice (7 sessions) @ CERES
Mar 5 @ 10:00 – 15:30
On 7 consecutive Thursdays from 5th March to 16th April, each 10am-3.30pm. Presenters: The Perma Pixie and Willow Herb-nerd. You will learn essential gardening practices, techniques of germination and cultivation, harvesting, drying and storing plant [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 6 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
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Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) 09:00
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Mar 7 @ 09:00 – 15:00
Each course is 14 sessions over a period of a few months. Presenters: Justin Calverley and Donna Livermore. The topics to be covered will include: permaculture, chook care, bee keeping, propagating, seed saving and community [...]
Mushroom growing workshop 10:00
Mushroom growing workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Mar 7 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Led by Sena. The workshop will include topics such as: what mushrooms eat; cultivating; substrates; pasteurising; and propagation. You will also receive a home mushroom growing kit. Book by phone (9870 2602).
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Wild food and medicine walk 10:00
Wild food and medicine walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Mar 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00
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 [...]
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Heritage apple tasting 17:00
Heritage apple tasting @ Petty's Orchard
Mar 9 @ 17:00 – 19:00
Sample the seasonal flavours of the heritage apple collection. Around 15 varieties will be available for tasting. An orchard tour is included. All funds received go toward the maintenance and expansion of the collection.
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Span Community House – Autumn harvest feast 12:30
Span Community House – Autumn harvest feast @ Span Community House
Mar 11 @ 12:30 – 14:30
Join them for a meal with produce picked fresh from their community garden. Enjoy a tour of the garden and a food swap table where growers can swap produce. All funds raised will go towards [...]
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Produce in pots 18:30
Produce in pots @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 12 @ 18:30 – 21:00
What you will learn: Why edibles fail and what how to improve their chances of success. How to choose the right pots, potting mix, additives and mulches. The best fruit and vegetables options for pots, [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 13 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
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Bee a pollinator! Native bee hotel workshop for families. 10:00
Bee a pollinator! Native bee hotel workshop for families. @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00
This session will aim to bring joy and wonder to children in as they discover insect biodiversity and urban sustainability on a micro level in the garden. Families will be introduced to native bees, pollination [...]
Protecting your crops 10:00
Protecting your crops @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 14 @ 10:00 – 10:30
Angelo Eliades will explain how you can protect your fruit trees, edible vines and berries from birds, bats, possums and other creatures.
Planting cool season vegetables 10:30
Planting cool season vegetables @ Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
Mar 14 @ 10:30 – 12:00
Presenter: Maria from My Green Garden. Get organised for the cool season in your veggie patch. In this workshop, you will: see how to prepare the soil after the summer bounty; look at crop rotation [...]
Grafting and grafting aerial layering propagation 11:15
Grafting and grafting aerial layering propagation @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 14 @ 11:15 – 12:15
Clever grafting methods yield citruses, apples, pomegranates and stone fruits. Harry will show you the tools, equipment and seasonal timing requirements for each grafting/propagation technique as well as how to take care of grafts and [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 13:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 14 @ 13:00 – 14:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Boroondara beekeepers 15:00
Boroondara beekeepers @ Willsmere Station Community Garden
Mar 14 @ 15:00 – 16:30
Jane and Peter Dyer, from Backyard Honey, will be hosting this event featuring live bees and Kew multi-flora honey. meet the beekeepers, discover more about life in the beehive and the critical local and global [...]
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Composting/soil improvement workshop and garden tour 10:00
Composting/soil improvement workshop and garden tour @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 15 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Stuart and Christine Rodda’s one acre garden is the result of 40 years of planting and soil improvement. The land was previously an orchard so the soil had already been worked to some extent, but [...]
Growing fruit and veggies in small spaces 10:00
Growing fruit and veggies in small spaces @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 15 @ 10:00 – 10:30
Join Nicole Griffiths as she discusses growing your own fresh produce in a small garden, or even no garden at all.
Introduction to permaculture (two sessions) 10:00
Introduction to permaculture (two sessions) @ Edendale
Mar 15 @ 10:00 – 16:00
A two-session workshop, with the two sessions being on the 15th and 22nd March, both 10am-4pm. Facilitator: Donna Livermore. Some of the topics covered will include: the ethics and design principles; energy and nutrient cycling; [...]
The emergency veggie patch! 14:00
The emergency veggie patch! @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Mar 15 @ 14:00 – 16:00
Keep your family in fresh veggies during a crisis. Plant 2-3 square metres with a range of quick-growing vegetables and begin harvesting in 4-8 weeks. Find out how to prepare and fertilise your soil, how [...]
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Beeswax wraps 19:00
Beeswax wraps @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 19 @ 19:00 – 21:00
This workshop will show you how easy beeswax wraps are to make for yourself or as gifts. You will need to bring along with you a piece of material 28cm by 28cm. It must be [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 20 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Beeswax wraps 18:00
Beeswax wraps @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Mar 20 @ 18:00 – 20:00
Join Emma Grace for a Christmas-themed beeswax wraps session. Learn how to make and take home two wraps. Includes complimentary bubbles, cheese and all materials.
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Kevin Heinze GROW Autumn Fair and Open Day (Coburg) 09:00
Kevin Heinze GROW Autumn Fair and Open Day (Coburg) @ Peppertree Place
Mar 21 @ 09:00 – 15:00
This event will showcase their nursery, where a wide variety of perennials, succulents, herbs, fruit trees and vegetable seedlings will be available for purchase. The open day is also an opportunity for prospective participants, their [...]
Kevin Heinze GROW Autumn Fair and Open Day (Doncaster) 09:00
Kevin Heinze GROW Autumn Fair and Open Day (Doncaster) @ Kevin Heinze GROW
Mar 21 @ 09:00 – 15:00
This event will showcase their nursery, where a wide variety of perennials, succulents, herbs, fruit trees and vegetable seedlings will be available for purchase. Your can also walk round their large food garden. The open [...]
Beginning beekeeping course 09:30
Beginning beekeeping course @ Edendale
Mar 21 @ 09:30 – 16:00
What you will learn: Getting started with backyard beekeeping. How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check. The wonders of pure raw honey and an understanding [...]
Garlic Bread Festival 12:00
Garlic Bread Festival @ Welcome To Thornbury
Mar 21 @ 12:00 – 22:00
A whole day dedicated to eating and celebrating garlic bread. Expect garlic bread burgers, garlic bread gozleme, fancy garlic bread and good ol’ classic garlic bread.
Open Garden at Sylvester Hive Community Garden 12:30
Open Garden at Sylvester Hive Community Garden @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 21 @ 12:30 – 14:00
This garden has 14 wicking beds and surrounding fruit trees that members of the local community manage and share produce at regular communal meals and events. The garden welcomes new members and is an inclusive [...]
Taco & beer masterclass 12:30
Taco & beer masterclass @ 3 Ravens Brewery
Mar 21 @ 12:30 – 14:30
What you will learn: Taste your way through spring beers from The 3 Ravens under the expert guidance of one of their brewery team. See behind the scenes of a fully functioning craft brewery. Learn [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 13:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 21 @ 13:00 – 14:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Maya’s pruning workshop 14:45
Maya’s pruning workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 21 @ 14:45 – 15:45
Maya’s garden includes 32 apples, persimmons, cherry guavas, feijoas and citrus. Using grafting and pruning techniques, she has created an edible hedge of her fruit trees with a combination of espalier, cordon and other interesting [...]
Set up and maintain a worm farm 15:00
Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Mar 21 @ 15:00 – 16:00
A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and, at the same time, produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how [...]
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Healthy productive compost and worms 09:30
Healthy productive compost and worms @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 22 @ 09:30 – 12:30
What you will learn: The importance of compost for soil health. How to fix common composting problems. Setting up and looking after a worm farm. Presented by Diana Cotter. Learn how to make great compost, [...]
Citrus care workshop 10:00
Citrus care workshop @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer. The workshop will cover citrus botany (i.e. different types of citrus, organic pest control strategies and nutrient deficiencies. It will also include a shape pruning demonstration. Click here to read about [...]
Mushroom cultivation workshop 10:00
Mushroom cultivation workshop @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 22 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Learn how to grow mushrooms at home. Gain an overview of the fungi life cycle, the cultivation process, building a mushroom growing chamber, harvesting and storage. Includes: course materials, an oyster mushroom growing kit per [...]
Open Farm Day 10:00
Open Farm Day @ Various farms around Nillumbik and beyond
Mar 22 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Open Farm Day is your chance to visit working farms and meet local farmers. The activities will include farm tours, live demonstrations, farm animals and product tastings. The participating farms include: Apted’s Orchards: 864 Cottles [...]
Productive gardening with kids workshop at Poppy’s Patch 11:15
Productive gardening with kids workshop at Poppy’s Patch @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 22 @ 11:15 – 12:15
Poppy’s Patch started as a father/daughter project when Poppy was aged three. The family decided to use the space on the front lawn to start an edible garden – to not only grow food but [...]
DIY composting and worm farms 14:00
DIY composting and worm farms @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 22 @ 14:00 – 16:00
This session will aim to bring joy and wonder to children in as they discover insect biodiversity and urban sustainability on a micro level in the garden. Families will be introduced to native bees, pollination [...]
Incredible Edible Eltham – Winter vegetable planting workshop 14:00
Incredible Edible Eltham – Winter vegetable planting workshop @ Old Eltham Courthouse
Mar 22 @ 14:00 – 16:00
It’s time to think about your Winter veggie planting. As a prelude to the early April Winter planting at the Incredible Edible Eltham planter boxes at the railway station and outside healthAbility, presenters Guy Palmer [...]
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Wine appreciation 19:00
Wine appreciation @ Clota Cottage Neighbourhood House
Mar 23 @ 19:00 – 21:00
This event will take place on Monday, 24th February and again on Monday, 23rd March, both 7-9pm. Taste and learn some interesting facts about wine in this convivial group. Pay at the event.
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Mushrooms with Ellen from Simply Sustainability 14:00
Mushrooms with Ellen from Simply Sustainability @ Lilydale Library, Box Hill Institute
Mar 24 @ 14:00 – 15:30
Join Ellen, from Simply Sustainability, to learn how to cultivate and care for your own mushrooms at home.
The Hellenic food odyssey 19:00
The Hellenic food odyssey @ Northcote Library
Mar 24 @ 19:00 – 20:00
Join Kelly from The Hellenic Odyssey for stories about Greek food and culture. Be inspired by Greek flavours and cuisine and learn about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. You will finish off with [...]
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Introduction to therapeutic horticulture workshop 09:30
Introduction to therapeutic horticulture workshop @ PepperTree Place
Mar 27 @ 09:30 – 13:00
This workshop will cover the history and rationale of therapeutic horticulture, the importance of nature for our well-being, some practical tips and how to design a program using therapeutic horticulture principles. The workshop will be [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 27 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
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Compost for beginners 10:00
Compost for beginners @ The Compost Depot
Mar 28 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Want to compost but not sure how? Confused about what can and can’t be composted? Put off by concerns about the smell of food waste? Not sure there is a solution for you because you [...]
Composting with Nina Bishop 13:00
Composting with Nina Bishop @ Rosanna Fire Station Community House
Mar 28 @ 13:00 – 15:00
Nina is passionate about supporting people to send zero organic waste to landfill. In this workshop, learn how to compost all your household organic waste using a variety of methods to suit every situation.
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 13:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 28 @ 13:00 – 14:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
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Small space composting 09:30
Small space composting @ Alphington Food Hub
Mar 29 @ 09:30 – 11:00
They will show you some ideas for managing your food scraps when space is a premium. They even have some low budget options that you can make yourself if cash supply is restricted. Donations welcome.
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Ready set work permaculture (6 sessions) 10:00
Ready set work permaculture (6 sessions)
Mar 31 @ 10:00 – 14:00
On 31st March plus 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th April. To be eligible for this course, you must be Centrelink concession card holder and not enrolled in secondary school. This is a practical, hands-on [...]
Waste, organic recycling and life cycle analysis 10:00
Waste, organic recycling and life cycle analysis @ CERES
Mar 31 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Presenter: Lauren Kaszubski. Topics to be covered will include: how to reduce your waste, 4Rs; e-waste & life cycle analysis; organic recycling & food waste; simple actions, big impacts; litter and plastics; waste campaigns and [...]
Mediterranean diet 19:00
Mediterranean diet @ Hawthorn Community House
Mar 31 @ 19:00 – 20:30
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the world’s healthiest diet with its abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil, yogurt, goats’ cheese, fish, poultry and small portions of meat. This cooking workshop [...]

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