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Feb
4
Sat
Reynard Street Community Garden (Coburg) working bee @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Feb 4 @ 09:00 – 12:00

One of the volunteers, John, runs this monthly working bee.

Click here to read about the garden.

Digital food storytelling workshop @ Creeds Farm Living & Learning Centre
Feb 4 @ 10:00 – 14:00

This workshop is primarily for Whittlesea community and school gardeners but is also open to others who are interested in documenting food stories and cultural practices. It will entail using your smartphone to create a short video. You will learn how to: plan your story; film and gather sound; and edit the film and share it. Facilitated by Digital Storytellers.

Youth world food garden – food for everyone @ Oakhill Food Justice Farm
Feb 4 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This workshop is for those aged 14 to 25 years old who interested to learn more about gardening, cooking, food justice and sustainability. It will explore the challenges with sourcing food that is culturally relevant to us and the food insecurity that results from those challenges. It is the third of six workshops being organised in partnership between the Just Food Collective and Sustain: the Australian Food Network.

Feb
11
Sat
Keeping backyard chickens @ Ganbu Gulinj Community Centre
Feb 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will tell you all you need to know to start keeping backyard chickens, including: what is needed to keep chooks; how to keep them safe from pests and foxes; which varieties are suitable for different purposes; and council requirements.

Feb
16
Thu
Prepare for autumn planting @ Diamond Valley Library
Feb 16 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Find out what to plant and how to prepare your garden for your autumn vegetables.

Feb
18
Sat
Reynard Street Community Garden (Coburg) working bee @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Feb 18 @ 09:00 – 12:00

One of the volunteers, John, runs this monthly working bee.

Click here to read about the garden.

Beeswax wrap workshop @ Maroondah Federation Estate
Feb 18 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Ben from Ben’s Bees will show you how to make your own beeswax wrap and have a large beeswax wrap to take home. You will also receive a small block of beeswax to take home to make your own wraps.

Feb
23
Thu
Bio Gro tour @ Manningham Civic Centre
Feb 23 @ 09:00 – 12:00

Bio Gro is the facility which will recycle Manningham’s food and garden waste (FOGO) into compost. See first-hand how your food and garden waste will be processed and ask any questions along the way. The tour will include bus transport to and from the Bio Gro organics facility in Dandenong South.

Presenting the Merri-bek community food hub @ Merlynston Progress Hall
Feb 23 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Hear from Food Leadership Action Group (FLAG) members who are leading a collective impact approach to addressing food security in Merri-bek through a Community Food Hub model.

You will also meet the project teams who have been funded to test ideas for a shared Community Food Hub model that delivers socially inclusive food security across Merri-bek’s diverse communities.

Feb
25
Sat
Kombucha workshop @ Box Hill Library
Feb 25 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Learn how to brew your own kombucha with advice from the skilled brewing team at The Good Brew Company.

Prevent and manage cancer with food @ Saint Margaret's Anglican Church
Feb 25 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Dr Despina Handolias will discuss the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of cancer.

This is one of a series of monthly talks by health professionals about using food as medicine. Future talks will cover such subjects as asthma, depression & anxiety, obesity and reproductive health.

Wicking beds workshop
Feb 25 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Learn the techniques to build a garden bed that wicks the water up into the soil from below, saving water from above and increasing drought tolerance.

Feb
26
Sun
Introduction to permaculture @ Pentridge Community Garden
Feb 26 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn the basics of permaculture with Karen Sutherland, from Edible Eden Design.

Feb
27
Mon
Growing native edibles workshop @ Richmond Library
Feb 27 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Cultivating Community will guide you through identifying, growing and tasting native bush foods and bush teas.

Mar
4
Sat
Reynard Street Community Garden (Coburg) working bee @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Mar 4 @ 09:00 – 12:00

One of the volunteers, John, runs this monthly working bee.

Click here to read about the garden.

Food preservation techniques @ Kirrip Community Centre
Mar 4 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will cover the theory of home food preservation before the group breaks to do some cooking in the kitchen. You will take home a jar of preserves.

Mar
5
Sun
Prevent and manage cancer with food @ Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
Mar 5 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Dr Despina Handolias will discuss the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of cancer.

Weight management – a calorie density approach @ Saint Margaret's Anglican Church
Mar 5 @ 12:00 – 13:30

Jenny Cameron will talk about using a calorie density approach to losing weight and strategies to avoid falling into the ‘pleasure trap’ of our modern food supply.

This is one of a series of monthly talks by health professionals about using food as medicine. Future talks will cover such subjects as asthma, depression & anxiety and reproductive health.

Mar
15
Wed
Recipes to reduce food waste @ Maroondah Federation Estate
Mar 15 @ 10:00 – 11:30

This workshop will cover: ideas for using random leftovers so nothing in your fridge goes to waste; tips for waste free packed lunches; how to get your portions right to avoid waste; and how to make a quick and easy zero waste meal out of leftovers.

Mar
18
Sat
Reynard Street Community Garden (Coburg) working bee @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Mar 18 @ 09:00 – 12:00

One of the volunteers, John, runs this monthly working bee.

Click here to read about the garden.

Open Farm Day
Mar 18 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Locally based farmers, producers and growers will be on hand to share their wisdom about local farming in the Green Wedge, with demonstrations, workshops and a range of local products to buy. There will also be farm animals, street performers, live music and face painting.

The participating businesses will include Apted’s Orchards, Balloonaversal, Billy Van Creamy, Buttermans Track Winery, Hildebrand Grove, Naturally Goat, Oz Tibet Kitchen, Provenir, Quists Coffee, The Basin Backyard, The Snake Hunter and Valley Rural.

Mar
19
Sun
Tomato passata making workshop @ Watsonia Neighbourhood House
Mar 19 @ 10:00 – 13:00

You will learn how to process tomatoes, sterilise jars/bottles and how to seal them. You will then have a pasta lunch. Take along some glass jars with lids (if you have some).

Mar
21
Tue
Food and mood (age group 50-64) (2 sessions) @ Fawkner Neighbourhood House
Mar 21 @ 10:30 – 13:00

The two sessions are on Tuesday, 21st and 28th March, 10.30am-1pm.

If you have a balcony, a courtyard or a patio, there are ways you can maximise space to create your own little oasis. In this course, you will learn about how to grow food in pots or containers, what plants to grow and when.

Enrol by either phone (9369 1824) or email (programs@nwnhn.org).

Mar
23
Thu
Bio Gro tour @ Manningham Civic Centre
Mar 23 @ 09:00 – 12:00

Bio Gro is the facility which will recycle Manningham’s food and garden waste (FOGO) into compost. See first-hand how your food and garden waste will be processed and ask any questions along the way. The tour will include bus transport to and from the Bio Gro organics facility in Dandenong South.

Mar
25
Sat
Kevin Heinze GROW Autumn Fair (Coburg) @ Peppertree Place
Mar 25 @ 09:00 – 15:00

There will be many plants for sale. Plus site tours, cake and coffee.

Kevin Heinze GROW Autumn Fair (Doncaster) @ Kevin Heinze GROW
Mar 25 @ 09:00 – 15:00

There will be many plants for sale. Plus site tours, cake and coffee.

Mar
30
Thu
Bio Gro tour @ Manningham Civic Centre
Mar 30 @ 09:00 – 12:00

Bio Gro is the facility which will recycle Manningham’s food and garden waste (FOGO) into compost. See first-hand how your food and garden waste will be processed and ask any questions along the way. The tour will include bus transport to and from the Bio Gro organics facility in Dandenong South.

Apr
1
Sat
Reynard Street Community Garden (Coburg) working bee @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Apr 1 @ 09:00 – 12:00

One of the volunteers, John, runs this monthly working bee.

Click here to read about the garden.

Preparing your winter harvest
Apr 1 @ 09:30 – 11:30

Optimise your soil conditions, watering schedule, pest control and learn tips and tricks to ensure a bumper veggie crop.

Apr
29
Sat
Seed saving @ Fountain View Room, City of Whittlesea Council
Apr 29 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will show you how, when and which seeds to save and store.

May
1
Mon
Introduction to composting, worm farms and Bokashi bins @ Realm Library
May 1 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Learn all about composting your food scraps at home. Learn about how to set up and maintain a compost bin, worm farm and Bokashi bin and how to decide which system suits you best.

May
23
Tue
Smart storage to reduce food waste workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
May 23 @ 10:00 – 11:30

This workshop will cover: tips to use your fridge and freezer wisely, to prolong the life of your food; pantry storage to minimise waste; know the difference between ‘use-by’ and ‘best before’ dates; storing and maximising herbs; what you can do with commonly leftover ingredients; how to make vegetable stocks with food scraps; ways to turn stale bread into quick delicious snacks or meals; and tips for making quick, easy meals from leftovers, instead of takeaway.

Presenter: Kirsty from Sustainability Pathways.

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