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Apr
24
Wed
Beginners compost, worm farm and bokashi @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Book by phone (9703 5288).

Facilitated by the Maroondah Council Waste Education Team. By starting one of these organic recycling systems at home, you could reduce the amount of waste in your household garbage bin by 50%. This workshop will provide you with all the information you need to set up and maintain each of these systems at home.

All participants will receive a free home kitchen caddy to help with collecting kitchen food waste.

Apr
29
Mon
Beekeeping basics @ Ivanhoe Library
Apr 29 @ 19:00 – 20:15

Interested in bees and beekeeping but don’t know where to start? Learn about this intriguing hobby from an experienced beekeeper.

Apr
30
Tue
Cooking for healthy minds (8 sessions) @ Span Community House
Apr 30 @ 13:30 – 15:30

On Tuesdays from 30th April to 18th June (8 weeks), 1.30-3.30pm.

Facilitator: Catherine Donnelley. Experience and enjoy demonstration and hands-on cooking, sharing recipes and using seasonal produce. This class is for participants living with or recovering from a mental health illness, have a mild disability or a long term condition. Family carers looking for a social connection are also encouraged to attend.

HACC-PYP and CHSP supported.

Book by phone (9480 1364).

Creating retrosuburbia in your garden @ Ivanhoe Library
Apr 30 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Participants will be invited to consider their current garden space and household setup, and start planning for increases in sustainability, productivity and resilience. You will use the ideas in David Holmgren’s book RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future to examine the potential for household-scale food production and the introduction of permaculture food growing strategies. By the end of the workshop, you will have a starting point for designing your garden – and lifestyle – to become bountiful and sustainable.

Tomato troubleshooting – grow better tomatoes @ Coburg Library
Apr 30 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Karen Sutherland, co-author of Tomato – know, sow, grow, feast, will discuss ways to improve next year’s tomato harvest by learning from this year. She will talk about common pest and disease problems and solutions, as well as some simple preserving ideas.

Registration essential.

May
1
Wed
Pruning fruit trees with Karen from Edible Eden part two @ Whitehorse Horticultural Centre
May 1 @ 18:30 – 21:00

Karen Sutherland, from Edible Eden Design, will focus on maximising yield through disease management, pruning techniques and cultivar selection to get the most out of apples, pears, grapes, fig, mulberry, persimmon, kiwi and berries.

May
2
Thu
Food preserving – Urban Pear @ Whittlesea Library
May 2 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Urban Pear will show you various types of food preserving, including jams, chutneys, relishes and fermented products.

May
4
Sat
Recycling your food waste at home @ Kew Library
May 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Nearly half of the waste in our bins consists of food and organics that could easily be composted and turned into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden. In this workshop, Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will talk you through how to set up your own low cost worm farm using recycled materials. Learn about outdoor composting, benchtop (Bokashi) composting and worm farming, as well as how to safely compost pet poo.

Growing food in small spaces @ Smith Reserve
May 4 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Want to grow some fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs for your kitchen but feel like you don’t have the space? Poppy Turbiak will cover the tips and tricks to make your space more productive – even if all you have is a small courtyard or balcony. She will talk about growing food in containers, plants that thrive in different light conditions, and the best plant choices to get you going now.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
May 4 @ 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.

May
7
Tue
Lakeside Good Earth Group – seed library launch and beeswax wraps @ Lilydale Library
May 7 @ 14:00 – 15:30

They will launch the Eastern Regional Libraries Seed Library – a place to share free seeds among gardeners at their local library. Sharon will then show you how to make eco-friendly beeswax and soy wax wraps. These cotton wraps are re-usable, functional, economical and easy to make at home.

May
8
Wed
How is chocolate made? @ Coburg Library
May 8 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Debbie Makin, from Ratio Cocoa Roasters, will teach you about the 10-step, month-long process that goes into making their chocolate bars.

Registration essential.

May
9
Thu
Home composting and worm farming @ Thomastown Library
May 9 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Learn how to set up a worm farm and its environmental benefits.

Bookings essential.

Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
May 9 @ 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.

May
11
Sat
Green at Kathleen: preparing for winter harvest @ Kathleen Syme Library
May 11 @ 11:30 – 13:00

This workshop is all about growing produce in the colder months, including winter crop suggestions, crop rotation, and soil maintenance. Winter needn’t be an unproductive time for your garden.

Bookings essential.

May
16
Thu
Composting to improve your soil @ Fawkner Library
May 16 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Facilitated by Tash van Velzen. Understand what is really going on in the compost heap and worm farm.

May
18
Sat
Sticky date with the Backyard Honey beekeeper @ Bunnings
May 18 @ 11:00 – 14:00

Facilitated by Peter Dyer, from Backyard Honey. Watch a live honeybee colony at work. Taste raw cold-pressed Victorian honeys and discover what you can do to sustain healthy bees and pollinators in our community.

Edible winter gardening @ Watsonia Library
May 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Robin Gale-Baker will discuss how you can look after your winter vegetables and give tips on how to give your fruit trees a winter prune.

May
19
Sun
Winter vegetable gardening @ Hawthorn Community House
May 19 @ 09:30 – 11:30

This event is also happening at 12.30pm (with different booking details).

Join Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden to receive practical tips and advice on soil preparation, winter plant selection and sustainable pest control for a thriving and healthy vegetable crop. You will also have the opportunity to get your hands dirty in a practical planting activity.

Winter vegetable gardening @ Hawthorn Community House
May 19 @ 12:30 – 14:30

This event is also happening at 9.30am (with different booking details).

Join Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden to receive practical tips and advice on soil preparation, winter plant selection and sustainable pest control for a thriving and healthy vegetable crop. You will also have the opportunity to get your hands dirty in a practical planting activity.

May
25
Sat
No Waste Cook Club Carlton @ Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
May 25 @ 10:00 – 14:00

Learn how to be creative with veggies and more adaptable in the kitchen so you can save money and reduce food waste. Participants will cook and enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch with others. Free and open to all, with lunch and workshop materials provided. Presented by Open Table.

Olives to oil harvesting party @ St James Park
May 25 @ 14:00 – 16:30

People will be coming together to harvest unwanted olives from Melbourne backyards and street trees to be pressed into local olive oil to take home for free. Go along to this event either to drop off some olives you’ve already picked or to join their ‘harvesting party’. They will send you out with a map and harvesting equipment to go and pick local olive trees. The olives that you pick will then be pressed into olive oil which is free for you to collect the following weekend.

May
29
Wed
Smarter living – urban agriculture, cultivating a community discussion panel @ Box Hill Town Hall
May 29 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing, harvesting and cooking food in an urban setting. At the heart of urban agriculture are communities that are come together to develop relationships, share knowledge and build creative partnerships. In this seminar, an expert panel will share their stories and discuss how neighbourhoods can work together to grow food and share harvests. The panelists will include:

Jun
2
Sun
Gardening master class with Melissa King @ Box Hill Town Hall
Jun 2 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Melissa King will inspire you to grow a whole range of heirloom vegetables. Then, at 3.20pm, AB Bishop will talk about her book Habitat: A practical guide to creating a wildlife-friendly Australian garden. Then, at 4pm, Duncan Cocking, from Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services will show you how to develop a low maintenance backyard orchard.

Jun
4
Tue
Edible weeds walk @ Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre
Jun 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This walk will take place three times on the day, at 10am, 1pm and 3.45pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Edible weeds walk @ Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre
Jun 4 @ 13:00 – 15:00

This walk will take place three times on the day, at 10am, 1pm and 3.45pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Edible weeds walk @ Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre
Jun 4 @ 15:45 – 17:45

This walk will take place three times on the day, at 10am, 1pm and 3.45pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Jun
6
Thu
Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jun 6 @ 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.

Jun
8
Sat
Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Jun 8 @ 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.

Jun
13
Thu
Edible native plants for your garden @ Nunawading Library
Jun 13 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Facilitated by Julie Weatherhead. Find inspiration to create your own native food kitchen garden and experience the unique culinary flavours of Australia’s native food plants. Julie will provide practical advice for growing, harvesting and using Australian native plants in the garden and kitchen, whilst exploring Australia’s lost opportunities to appreciate the wealth of traditional knowledge in relation to the uses of its native plants.

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
25
Tue
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
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.

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
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.

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.