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Mar
10
Wed
Autumn seasonal gardening @ Nunawading Library
Mar 10 @ 18:30 – 19:30

Seasonal garden maintenance helps your plants get the right care when they need it. Discover how to best prepare your beds and plants for the winter and spring months with composting, pruning and organic pest control for this time of year. Presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer from Blue Bee Garden Design.

Mar
13
Sat
Hurstbridge launch of a seed library and food is free table @ Edible Hub Hurstbridge
Mar 13 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Hear about two new initiatives being hosted at the Hurstbridge Community Hub, namely a ‘home harvest’ seed library and a ‘food is free’ table for sharing homegrown produce.

They will be talking about how these two sharing programs will work, and how all members of the community can contribute and play their part. Both initiatives are new resources to encourage people to grow and share homegrown food. You don’t need any special gardening skills to be involved, just enthusiasm and a willingness to share your bounty with others.

Read more about the home harvest seed libraries.

Read more about the food is free movement.

Queensland Fruit Fly @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 13 @ 10:00 – 10:30

A talk by Angelo Eliades.

No need to book – just turn up.

Food photography @ Eltham Living and Learning Centre
Mar 13 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This class is for food bloggers, bakers or restaurant/cafe owners. It will focus on taking great images of food using your own, or easily obtainable, equipment. It will cover such aspects as: the right equipment; the best camera settings to make your food look good; choosing the right backgrounds; lighting; basic food styling; being creative; the perils of incorrect white balance; and using software to enhance colour and presentation.

Mar
14
Sun
Bees knees with Sam Harrison @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 14 @ 10:00 – 14:00

View bees, their behaviour, wax comb, larvae, pollen and honey stores up close. The bees will be afely sealed in an observation frame. You can turn up any time to view the display and ask questions.

No need to book – just turn up.

Mar
18
Thu
Bee a pollinator @ Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
Mar 18 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Join Katrina from ‘Buzz and Dig’ to learn all about native bees and build your own bee hotel.

Registration by phone (9716 3361) or email.

Mar
20
Sat
Diet, exercise and nutrition for emotional well-being @ Ganbu Gulinj Community Centre
Mar 20 @ 11:15 – 14:00

MANAS is about creating a healthy and positive environment amongst members of the Indian community.

What you eat and how much you exercise directly affects the structure and functioning of your brain and, ultimately, your mood and emotional well being.

Mar
21
Sun
Autumn veggie gardening for beginners @ Nillumbik Nursery
Mar 21 @ 10:00 – 10:30

What’s can you plant now in Melbourne? Tips to set you up for success. Seeds or seedlings?

Mar
27
Sat
Beginners composting, worm farming and bokashi workshop @ Glen Park Community Centre
Mar 27 @ 10:30 – 11:30

They will demonstrate how to use each system as well as ongoing maintenance and troubleshooting tips.

Participants will also be given a tour of the adjacent community garden

Mar
28
Sun
Local Sustainability Fair (Ringwood) @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Mar 28 @ 10:00 – 14:00

This fair is all about showcasing local businesses and community groups that support the residents to live more sustainable lives. There will be market stalls, plants for sale, live music, kids activities, food vans, guest speakers and a free Wayapa Wuurrk community mindfulness movement session.

Mar
31
Wed
Community gardens: more than just growing food @ Balwyn Library
Mar 31 @ 19:00 – 20:00

The social and recreational benefits that community gardening provides participants are of more importance than the food produced. Join Oscar Danvers from Community Gardens Australia, who will share his research, and learn how you can become involved in a community garden near you.

Apr
10
Sat
Keeping the soil healthy and productive @ Warr Park Food Forest, Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Apr 10 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Learn neat tips for conditioning your soil, explore closed loop agricultural practices and why worm farming is one of the best ways to turn food waste into fuel for your plants.

This workshop will include a bit of theory, to help you make sure your worm farm is working at peak efficiency and your worms are happy in their worm farm home. It will also include a practical demonstration of an easy way to make your very own worm farm using a bucket and some simple materials. Please bring a hat, mask and drink bottle.

Led by Diana Cotter.

Apr
17
Sat
Food production in small vegetable gardens @ Warr Park Food Forest, Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Apr 17 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Small spaces can be challenging, but they can also be productive too. Learn how to perfect the art of the small vegetable garden and maximise your yields. The workshop will focus on growing food in two distinct types of spaces: small garden beds and balconies. Vertical growing systems, and container gardening can really assist you to grow more effectively and efficiently. Learn how you can utilise different types of containers, move them to maximise light for your plants, what works best in hanging baskets and how to make the most of your resources.

As part of the workshop, you will plant out a small garden bed with vegetables, learning how you can plant closely and effectively to maximise yields. Please bring a hat, mask and drink bottle.

Led by Carol Cummings.

Apr
21
Wed
In praise of veg @ Richmond Theatrette
Apr 21 @ 18:30 – 20:15

Join Alice Zaslavsky in conversation about her new book In Praise of Veg, which comprises plant-based recipes. Alice will talk about the joy of cooking and eating veggies, share some plant-based cooking tips and tricks, reveal some of her favourite plant-based restaurants and cafes, and importantly, talk about why eating more plants is one way we can take action on the climate emergency.

Apr
24
Sat
Autumn plant sale @ Eltham Community & Reception Centre
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Organised by Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra, there will be sales of native and indigenous plants plus books.

The plant sellers will include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape Nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery; and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

May
4
Tue
Food forests for balcony gardens @ Coburg Library
May 4 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Kaye Roberts-Palmer will talk about making the most of your balcony space. Learn about clever planting, choosing the right pots and micro-climates.

Registrations essential.

May
5
Wed
Beginners composting, worm farming and bokashi workshop @ Maroondah Federation Estate
May 5 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Discover what composting, worm farming and bokashi are all about.

May
8
Sat
Food photography @ Eltham Living and Learning Centre
May 8 @ 09:30 – 12:30

This class is for food bloggers, bakers or restaurant/cafe owners. It will focus on taking great images of food using your own, or easily obtainable, equipment. It will cover such aspects as: the right equipment; the best camera settings to make your food look good; choosing the right backgrounds; lighting; basic food styling; being creative; the perils of incorrect white balance; and using software to enhance colour and presentation.

Advanced composting workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
May 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Led by Ellen Regos from Cultivating Communities, this workshop is for those who are passionate composters and who want to take their composting to the next level.

Participants will also be given a tour of the adjacent community garden.

May
18
Tue
Ageing and wellness information session @ Balwyn Community Centre
May 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Hear from registered dietician, Alain, on the best ways to eat to promote healthy ageing, and to improve your wellbeing. He will cover a range of topics to include weight loss, healthy cooking, stress reduction and reading food labels. Suitable for all ages, including parents and seniors.

May
24
Mon
Cupcake decorating workshop @ Pines Learning
May 24 @ 12:30 – 14:30

Jessica Brown, from Norma Rose Cakes, will teach you how to colour buttercream, pipe a buttercream swirl, and fondant cutting shaping and placement to make the cutest jungle animal cupcakes in town!

May
27
Thu
Winter survival guide with nutritionist Lindy Cook @ Doncaster Library
May 27 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Prepare yourself to get through another Melbourne winter with this talk from nutritionist Lindy Cook. Say goodbye to the winter blues with tips on how to stay healthy, active and positive while the temperature drops.