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Jun
17
Mon
Free Turkish cooking demo @ Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Jun 17 @ 11:30 – 13:30

The Moreland Turkish Women’s Group invite you to come along to this free Turkish cooking demonstration and to join them for lunch at the conclusion. You will learn to make lentil soup, kisir salad, borek rolled pastry with cheese, and halva.

Jun
20
Thu
Kombucha tea making @ Diamond Valley Library
Jun 20 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Join Katherine Barling to learn how to make kombucha tea. Enjoy a demonstration of how to prepare, build and harvest the finished kombucha drink and (perhaps) enjoy some samples.

Jun
22
Sat
Wurundjeri bushfood planting bee @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jun 22 @ 11:00 – 13:00

The Wurundjeri Council and Joe’s Market Garden will be planting out 100s of murnong as part of their Wurundjeri Bushfood Growing Project to grow and sell high quality bushfood, help create meaningful employment for Aboriginal people, and grow climate-appropriate crops. The day will include a smoking ceremony.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Jun 22 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil. Facilitator: Dianne Gordon.

Fawkner Food Bowls AGM solstice party @ Fawkner Bowling Club
Jun 22 @ 16:00 – 20:00

Their first AGM falls on the winter solstice. What better way to celebrate than with hearty soups, mulled wine and live music from Fawkner’s very own Pear and the Awkward Orchestra?

Go along and hear about the development of the garden and what they have achieved in their first year. AGM presentations and elections 4-5pm. Free soup and music from 5pm. Drinks at bar prices.

Jun
23
Sun
Winter solstice celebration @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Jun 23 @ 15:00 – 18:00

Family-friendly get together. Go along and socialise the afternoon with neighbours. Toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, and afternoon tea.

Click here to read about the garden.

Jun
25
Tue
Let’s talk olive oil @ Lilydale Library
Jun 25 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Join Peter Jeffery from La Grue Olives for a talk about growing and harvesting olives in the Yarra Valley. Learn about the process involved in creating high quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Tastings and olive oil will be available for purchase on the day.

Fruit tree care @ Fawkner Library
Jun 25 @ 18:30 – 19:30

Fruit trees require seasonal care to keep them healthy and productive. This talk will cover pruning techniques, seasonal fertilising, pests to watch out for, and how to get the most out of your backyard fruit trees.

Jun
29
Sat
Fermenting foods – meet your microbes then eat them @ Collingwood Childrens Farm
Jun 29 @ 10:00 – 12:00

You’ll gain an introduction to fermentation theory and lacto-fermented vegetables, learn simple sauerkraut & kimchi recipes, and sample fermented vegetables & condiments.

Jun
30
Sun
SEEDs Winter Soup Festival @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Jun 30 @ 11:00 – 18:00

Join them in celebrating SEEDs Communal Garden at their annual ‘winter soup’ fundraiser – with live music and performers, food prepared using SEEDs-grown produce, chai, coffee and mulled kombucha, locally brewed craft beer, communal weaving, sewing with boomerang bags, children’s activities and a mini market.

Click here to read about the garden.

Jul
4
Thu
Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jul 4 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Are you looking to create a more sustainable life? Thinking about retrofitting your house but not sure where to start? Would you like to grow more food for your family? Go and join like-minded others to share information and ideas. They will base their discussions and learning on: information in the Retrosuburbia book and discussion notes; local people living and doping sustainability; and shared wisdom among the group.

Take a small contribution towards supper – some of your own produce would be great.

Jul
6
Sat
Renown St Orchard planting bee @ Renown Street Community Orchard
Jul 6 @ 10:00 – 12:00

It’s almost a year since they planted the orchard’s first trees, and most are doing really well. Now it’s time to expand a little further into the space, with another 10 or so fruit trees.

Tea and cake afterwards, so feel free to bring a thermos and some food to share.

Jul
13
Sat
Leftover Lovers – sustainable cooking @ Watsonia Library
Jul 13 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Leftover Lovers take the idea of ‘closed loop’ and make it relevant to our kitchen spaces and our modern day food waste dilemmas. A closed-loop system is one in which every component (be it manufacturing, food, or anything else) is re-circulated within that same system for as long as possible. The ultimate goal is to re-use, re-cycle, or biodegrade all materials involved so as to produce zero waste. When applied to our kitchens by Leftover Lovers, this process results in new found opportunities for gourmet creations, pantry ingredients and food feasts!

Jul
17
Wed
Leftover Lovers – soups @ Rosanna Library
Jul 17 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Jessie, from Leftover Lovers, will demonstrate nutritious winter soups. Use what is available for wonderful meals for one or a family.

Free evening talk with Joel Glanzburg @ Very Edible Gardens
Jul 17 @ 18:00 – 20:30

Joel Glanzberg, a well known permaculturalist, tracker and systems thinker visiting from the States, will give a talk on re-entering nature’s mind, authentic regenerative design, and making permaculture stronger.

Jul
23
Tue
Preserving and fermentation workshop @ Ivanhoe Library
Jul 23 @ 19:00 – 20:15

Join Jessie Alice from Leftover Lovers for a preserving and fermentation workshop.

Jul
31
Wed
Smarter living – the story of Oz Harvest @ Manningham Civic Centre, Function Rooms
Jul 31 @ 19:00 – 21:00

OzHarvest collects excess food from around 3,500 commercial outlets and delivers it to around 1,300 charities supporting people in need across the country. That’s 180 tonnes of food each week.

Aug
1
Thu
Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Aug 1 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Are you looking to create a more sustainable life? Thinking about retrofitting your house but not sure where to start? Would you like to grow more food for your family? Go and join like-minded others to share information and ideas. They will base their discussions and learning on: information in the Retrosuburbia book and discussion notes; local people living and doping sustainability; and shared wisdom among the group.

Take a small contribution towards supper – some of your own produce would be great.

Sep
14
Sat
Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Sep 14 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Join Julie French as she shows you how to best use the produce in your garden to reduce food waste, save money and enjoy the tasty food that she prepares in the library’s kitchen garden.

Sep
26
Thu
Tomato talk, book sales & signing @ Pachamama Wholefoods + Kitchen
Sep 26 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Go along to hear some tomato growing tips from Karen Sutherland. Learn how to prepare your soil properly, when and how to protect your plants, and the pros and cons of various pruning and training techniques. Discover the world of heirloom tomatoes.

Dec
14
Sat
Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Dec 14 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Join Julie French as she shows you how to best use the produce in your garden to reduce food waste, save money and enjoy the tasty food that she prepares in the library’s kitchen garden.