Calendar of free once-off events

 

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Jan
23
Thu
Summer bounty – what you can prepare? @ Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
Jan 23 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Registration by phone (9716 3361) or email.

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.

Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Feb 1 @ 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.

Feb
6
Thu
Nutrition and gut health @ Mill Park Library
Feb 6 @ 19:00 – 20:00

In recognition of World Cancer Day, find out about the importance of nutrition and your gut health. Are you what you eat?

Feb
8
Sat
Learn how to monitor for pests in your garden @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Feb 8 @ 10:00 – 16:00

This workshop will help you identify different insects in your veggie patch, undertake surveillance for these insects, and identify insect pests that pose a threat to your produce. There will be presentations from AUSVEG and Agriculture Victoria, and a garden walkthrough (if weather permits). The workshop will be followed by light refreshments.

Brought to you by Local Food Connect (LFC) and North East Ranges Permaculture (NERP).

Feb
9
Sun
Local Sustainability Fair (Ringwood) @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Feb 9 @ 10:00 – 14:00

This fair is all about showcasing local businesses and community groups that support the residents to live more sustainable lives. Shopping local is both good for the environment, as you reduce the energy required to transport and often package a product, but it also bolsters our economy and supports local families.

There will be market stalls, plants for sale, live music, kids activities, food vans and guest speakers. The stalls will include local community and environment groups, plus sales of handmade wares, second hand clothes, upcycled items and re-usable items. The speakers will speak on tiny homes, green homes, solar and wayapa wuurrk.

Creative Chinese vegetarian cooking @ Watsonia Library
Feb 9 @ 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.

Feb
13
Thu
Passata making demonstration @ Brunswick Library
Feb 13 @ 19:45 – 20:30

Cade will teach you how to prepare, mince and cook tomatoes as well as safely bottle and pasteurise so that the sauce will be safely kept under vacuum for up to a year.

Registrations essential.

Feb
17
Mon
Food waste avoidance workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Feb 17 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Learn some tips on reducing food waste at home, meal planning, food storage, and making food last.
See examples of meals using common foods that are wasted, learn smart cooking tips and be shown the best kitchen tools for easy cooking.

Feb
20
Thu
Worm farm workshop @ Diamond Valley Library
Feb 20 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Join Naomi and learn how to reinvigorate your worm farm or start from scratch in this hands-on presentation.

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

Presenter: Dianne Gordon. 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.

Feb
27
Thu
Asian cooking workshop @ Mill Park Library
Feb 27 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Jean will demonstrate some Asian recipes for Chinese New Year.

Feb
29
Sat
Fruit tree pruning @ Watsonia Library
Feb 29 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Learn the art of pruning selected fruit trees in summer.

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.

Mar
14
Sat
Planting cool season vegetables @ Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
Mar 14 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Registration by phone (9716 3361) or email.

Mar
19
Thu
Cooking for one @ Coburg Library
Mar 19 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Paris Jay will show you basic skills on reading food labels and deciphering confusing marketing messages to make the best choice for you. You will learn simple ideas and tips for cooking for one person and enjoy a demonstration on how to make a nutritious meal for one, with a tasting included.

Registrations essential.

Apr
2
Thu
Seed saving @ Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
Apr 2 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Registration by phone (9716 3361) or email.

May
27
Wed
Cook up a storm with Bec Cassar @ Whittlesea Community House
May 27 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Bec will teach you how to make interesting dinners. Each session includes dinner on the night.

Menu:Thai (on 27th May), soup (on 3rd June) and mid-week menus (on 10th June).

Book by phone (9716 3361) or email.

Jun
3
Wed
Cook up a storm with Bec Cassar @ Whittlesea Community House
Jun 3 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Bec will teach you how to make interesting dinners. Each session includes dinner on the night.

Menu:Thai (on 27th May), soup (on 3rd June) and mid-week menus (on 10th June).

Book by phone (9716 3361) or email.

Jun
10
Wed
Cook up a storm with Bec Cassar @ Whittlesea Community House
Jun 10 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Bec will teach you how to make interesting dinners. Each session includes dinner on the night.

Menu:Thai (on 27th May), soup (on 3rd June) and mid-week menus (on 10th June).

Book by phone (9716 3361) or email.

Jul
2
Thu
Seed sowing for warm season veggies @ Whittlesea Community Garden, Whittlesea Community Activity Centre
Jul 2 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Registration by phone (9716 3361) or email.