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Oct
20
Sun
Getting a harvest – Summer vegetables @ Camcare
Oct 20 @ 09:00 – 11:00

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

Learn all you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer. What you will learn: planning your Summer veggie garden – what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest; mulching; introducing sustainable ways to improve productivity – crop rotation and companion planting; starting with seeds and seedlings; tips for sustainably avoiding and managing pests and diseases; and harvesting.

La Gran Fiesta, including tomato seedling sale @ Westgarth Primary School
Oct 20 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Stalls, auctions and live music.

One of their stalls will be selling tomato seedlings. They will have 48 varieties on offer including 10 dwarf ones (e.g. Tasmanian Chocolate and Kangaroo Paw Yellow) and many unusual ones (e.g. Blue Beauty and Orange Banana). Even though they have grown around 600 seedlings, they usually sell out by lunchtime so if people want to get some of the more unusual varieties it is best to go early.

Vegan day out in Melbourne @ The Cruelty Free Shop
Oct 20 @ 10:00 – 17:00

This event will take place on Saturday, 19th October, 10am-6pm and Sunday, 20th October, 10am-5pm.

Local cafes and businesses in Fitzroy will be reducing prices, giving away samples and putting special vegan products on the menu. Here is how it will works: a map of all the participating businesses will be created. Collect your map and vouchers from the Cruelty Free Shop. Then enjoy spending the weekend walking around redeeming the vouchers.

Getting a harvest – Summer vegetables @ Camcare
Oct 20 @ 12:00 – 14:00

This event is also happening at 9am (with different booking details).

Learn all you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer. What you will learn: planning your Summer veggie garden – what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest; mulching; introducing sustainable ways to improve productivity – crop rotation and companion planting; starting with seeds and seedlings; tips for sustainably avoiding and managing pests and diseases; and harvesting.

Oct
21
Mon
Backyard beekeeping @ Coburg Library
Oct 21 @ 18:00 – 19:00

Morgan from 3000 acres will discuss keeping honey bees in urban Melbourne and how to help bees even if you don’t keep them. This session is for bee beginners.

Registration essential.

Oct
22
Tue
Worm farms and composting systems @ Manningham Civic Centre
Oct 22 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Learn how to recycle your organic waste at home with a compost bin or worm farm. Recycling organic materials has environmental and gardening benefits including: improved soil quality; reduced waste going to landfill; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; improved water savings; and cost savings. You will also learn how you can get 60% off the retail price of a compost bin, worm farm, or bokashi bin plus free delivery.

Oct
23
Wed
Knowing and growing great tomatoes @ Montrose Town Centre
Oct 23 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Penny Woodward will share her knowledge on the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes available to gardeners, and tips on how to ensure you get a bumper tomato crop this summer.

Oct
26
Sat
Children’s day at Macleod Organic Community Garden @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Oct 26 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Children and their families are invited for a morning of gardening, healthy food and learning about sustainable living.

Click here to read about the garden.

Oct
29
Tue
Great tomato giveaway @ Watsonia Library
Oct 29 @ 10:00 – 13:00

The Watsonia Community Garden is continuing their tradition of giving away tomato seedlings for you to take home and grow, compliments of the garden volunteers.

Oct
31
Thu
Vegan cooking demonstration @ Brunswick Library
Oct 31 @ 19:45 – 20:45

Are you vegan or thinking of transitioning to a vegan lifestyle? Learn how to cook some Italian vegan and gluten-free dishes with Head Chef Edoardo from Shop 225.

Registration essential.

Nov
1
Fri
Behind the bar – Hargreaves Hill beer @ Nillumbik Cellars
Nov 1 @ 17:30 – 19:30

Hargreaves Hill are a brewery in Lilydale. Taste their beers at Nillumbik Cellars – free to attend, free to taste, and no bookings required.

Nov
7
Thu
Zero-waste skills and sustainable food systems (6 sessions) @ Ecological Justice Hub
Nov 7 @ 09:30 – 13:30

On six consecutive Thursdays, starting 7th November.

This is a new ecological literacy pilot program where you will develop skills on how to manage your household waste and better understand our food and energy system. Topics will include: understanding food systems & climate change; zero-waste kitchen skills; how to be a sustainable food shopper; being wise with water; and understanding energy & climate change.

Nov
9
Sat
Farming-for-change: an introduction with Meg Yates @ Lilydale Library
Nov 9 @ 13:30 – 15:00

Farming-for-Change is a small farm in the Dandenong Ranges that grows heirloom produce using organic and permaculture principles. Along with their partners Trek Learning Centre, it offers a program for young people who have become disengaged with education or employment and are facing a range of barriers that have impacted their lives. Go along and hear how the project allows vulnerable youth a chance to immerse themselves in a range of farming, building and various life skills in a safe, holistic space where they can experience a sense of belonging.

Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Nov 9 @ 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 to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard-working of creatures.

This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting. It will be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants.

Discounted worm farms will be available for sale on the day.

Nov
10
Sun
World Vegan Day Melbourne @ Royal Melbourne Show Grounds
Nov 10 @ 10:00 – 18:00

This event offers a broad and exciting range of examples of what it means to live vegan. Whether you are passionate about health and wellbeing, fitness, cooking, beauty and body care, fashion, kids and family activities, politics, business, animal rights, sustainability, self-sufficiency, music, creativity, or just love devouring delicious food and drinks – this event is for you.

Regardless of whether you are already vegan or simply curious to find out more about the lifestyle, this event is an opportunity to explore what is on offer in this ever-more accessible lifestyle. The main attractions include:

  • Hundreds of exhibitor stalls.
  • Local, interstate and international speakers.
  • Food and drink vendors.
  • Cooking demo stage.

See their website for more details.

BarterJar @ SPAN Community House
Nov 10 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Are you a seasoned or newbie maker of home produce and homewares inspired by sustainability and zero waste and want to share your story with others? If so, then take your creations along and, for each one, you bring you will receive a different one in return. You can bring almost anything. The only requirement is that you have made it yourself, with some of the ingredients being homegrown and/or locally/ethically sourced. Each item should have a perceived value of $5-$10.

Ideas for swaps include but are not limited to: jams, preserves, chutneys, fermented products, bread, honey, beer, cordials, soaps, cosmetics, potions, pastries and cakes, eggs, beeswax wraps, produce bags, beanies, arts & crafts, seedlings and plants.

Karen Sutherland, from Edible Eden Design, will be joining the event to share her experience and stories about home growing, seed saving and getting the most from any garden space.

Nov
11
Mon
Love food hate waste workshop @ Fountain View Room, Whittlesea Civic Centre
Nov 11 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Make the most of the food you buy before it becomes waste or compost. With some know-how, a little planning and a touch of creativity, there are simple ways that you can make the most of food scraps and leftovers to turn them into meals or more. Presenter Kirsty Bishop-Fox, from Sustainable Pathways, will share her simple tricks to make the most of the food you purchase. Go and be surprised at what small changes you can make to reduce food waste, save money and feel good playing your part in the war on waste.

Nov
13
Wed
Green at Kathleen: beekeeping 101 and build your own native bee hotel @ Kathleen Syme Library
Nov 13 @ 17:30 – 19:00

They will cover keeping honey bees in urban Melbourne, how to help the bees even if you don’t keep them, and how to build a native bee hotel. Re keeping bees, they will talk about the time and cost commitment, as well as what you can expect from your hive. Re supporting bees, they will discuss what to plant to attract these essential pollinators. Re bee hotels, there will be some materials and equipment for you to construct your own simple bee hotel for the backyard.

Nov
14
Thu
Moreland Local Food Forum and networking @ Coburg Court House
Nov 14 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Celebrate the achievements of the local food community. Participate in conversations about local food projects. There will also be facilitated networking, providing opportunities to connect with others who are passionate about creating a sustainable, just and vibrant food system.

For those who grow their own food, you are also invited to bring a simple dish to share, made from homegrown or locally grown ingredients.

Nov
17
Sun
Pop-up spring plant sale at Gunyah garden @ Gunyah Garden
Nov 17 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Spring plant sale of unusual and difficult to find herbs and edible plants including: plants from Crete (dittany, mountain tea and perennial sea chicory); native edibles (cinnamon myrtle, old man saltbush, strawberry gum and native elder flower); and other (perennial thai basil and strawberry grape). All of the plants are propagated from Karen Sutherland’s garden.

Nov
18
Mon
Edible native plants for small gardens @ Coburg Library
Nov 18 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Facilitated by Karen Sutherland. Find out what local plants you can grow and how to use them. Select appropriate plants for your space, such as lemon myrtle or desert lime, and create safe habitats for local fauna.

Registrations essential.

Nov
20
Wed
Thrifty gardening @ Manningham Civic Centre
Nov 20 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This session will show you how you can get away with not spending a fortune on your garden by utilising things you may already have and learning some clever techniques to save money. Topics will include: potting mixes; pest control; fertilisers; seed sowing; seasonal plant propagation; and re-purposing household objects for use in the garden.

Nov
23
Sat
Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Nov 23 @ 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.

Nov
24
Sun
Edible Forest open day @ Edible Forest Yarra Valley Estate
Nov 24 @ 11:00 – 16:00

A day to celebrate the new season of the Edible Forest – an acre of permaculture-designed garden filled with edible and medicinal plants. Go along to enjoy a hosted tour, wander through the newly opened Edible Forest nursery, or take part in an express cooking class. Includes live music, wine tasting from their neighbours at Steelsgate Winery, food vans and kids zone.

Nov
25
Mon
Introduction to composting and worm farming @ Lilydale Senior Citizens Centre
Nov 25 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Join Maria Ciavarella to learn how to start or improve an existing compost system in your backyard, and how to use your compost products for a healthy vegetable garden.

Nov
27
Wed
Growing fruit trees @ Manningham Civic Centre
Nov 27 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Many of us plant our trees thinking that all we need to do is water them and wait for the harvest. But fruit trees can experience problems such as poor quality fruit, pests and disease. This session will explore what fruit trees is right for your property and the factors to consider for a successful fruit tree harvest ahead of time.

Nov
28
Thu
Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Nov 28 @ 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.

Dec
8
Sun
Creative Chinese vegetarian cooking @ Watsonia Library
Dec 8 @ 13:30 – 15:00

The EZ Veggie cooking group will show you how to make tasty, healthy, vegetarian dishes and will offer tastings during the session.

Registration essential.

Dec
9
Mon
Christmas gingerbread house demonstration @ Thomastown Library
Dec 9 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Irene Williams will demonstrate how to make a gingerbread house for Christmas.

Registration essential.

Dec
12
Thu
Sustainable gardening @ Fawkner Library
Dec 12 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Local horticulturalist Diana Cotter will present handy hints to minimise waste in the garden. Learn how weeds can become your friends and other composting options. Eliminate plastic waste and reduce water usage.

Registrations essential.

Feb
1
Sat
Green at Kathleen: composting and worm farming for beginners @ Kathleen Syme Library
Feb 1 @ 10:30 – 12:00

They will cover how to select the right system for your home and common problems. To help put your knowledge into practice, you will visit the worm farms on site at Kathleen Syme and do a health check on those systems.

Mar
3
Tue
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, pak choy and carrots.