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Sep
29
Thu
Darebin Sustainable Food Leaders Forum @ Darebin City Council
Sep 29 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Local sustainable food advocates and practitioners are invited. You will get an opportunity to provide your ideas, suggestions and feedback to help shape the content and direction of the Climate Emergency Strategy. You will hear from two local food groups (Holly Gallagher from DIVRS Urban Food Program and Nick Rose from Sustain). It will also be an opportunity to network and form connections with other local gardens and food growers.

Heal with food – heart health @ Edendale Farm
Sep 29 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Dr Malcolm Mackay will discuss the role of nutrition in pulmonary heart diseases. A healthy meal box will be provided during the event.

This is one of a series of monthly talks by health professionals about using food as medicine. Future talks will cover such subjects as asthma, bone diseases, cancer, dementia, depression & anxiety, diabetes, obesity and reproductive health.

Oct
1
Sat
Food forest gardening – Spring @ Edendale
Oct 1 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn tips, tricks and the why, when and how of food forest and urban orchard gardening. Find out what’s involved, do some planning and get some handy resources to help with growing some of your food in an efficient way that mimics nature. Suitable for anyone interested in growing food.

Oct
2
Sun
Gardening with kids @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Oct 2 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Children will be able to sow veggie seeds and plant seedlings – and take home their plants. They can also learn about composting and get hands-on with worms! For kids who enjoy getting arty fun, there will be a junior art area with Jodi Wiley.

Read about the community garden.

Gardening tips for adults @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Oct 2 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Be treated to expert advice on raising seedlings and Spring planting, together with the nitty-gritty of producing garden-enhancing compost.

Read about the community garden.

Oct
5
Wed
Worm farm workshop @ Croydon Library
Oct 5 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Learn how to set up, maintain and use a worm farm at home.

Native bee hotels @ East Preston Community Centre
Oct 5 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Learn about native bees and how you can help support biodiversity, as well as make your own bee hotel. Presenter: Katrina Forstner from Buzz & Dig.

Registrations essential. Register with East Preston Community Centre by either phone (8470 8107) or email (epcc@darebin.vic.gov.au).

Composting at home @ Croydon Library
Oct 5 @ 11:15 – 12:15

Learn how to set up, maintain and use a compost bin at home. All types of compost bins will be discussed, including the popular eco tumbler.

Digestion composting workshop @ Croydon Library
Oct 5 @ 12:30 – 13:30

Digesters like bokashi buckets, pet poo composters and green cones are another way of composting. Learn how these systems can help reduce your food waste at home.

Oct
8
Sat
Celebration of trees – planting and tour @ St Johns Riverside Community Garden, St Johns Anglican Church
Oct 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn how to plant a tree properly and then Join Ben Kenyon for a tour of the local trees.

Note that there is a related event in the afternoon.

Rushall Community Garden open day @ Rushall Community Garden
Oct 8 @ 12:00 – 15:00

See community gardening in action and pick up some homegrown goodies. The activities will include: seedling and fresh garden produce for sale; baked good, homemade jams and preserves; a workshop on gardening is small spaces; gardeners working their plots and sharing tips; and a BBQ, homemade lemon cordial, coffee and tea.

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Celebration of trees and gardens @ St Johns Riverside Community Garden, St Johns Anglican Church
Oct 8 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Celebrate the planting of trees and the development of the community garden.

Note that there is a related event in the morning.

Click here to read about the garden.

Willsmere Kitchen Garden party @ Willsmere Kitchen Garden
Oct 8 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Join them for a day of food, music and fun for all the family. Devonshire tea by Ed’s Kitchen, smoothies by Bike n’ Blend, music by Three Legged Dog (and friends), face painting, etc.

Click her to read about the kitchen garden

Oct
9
Sun
Pentridge Community Garden open day @ Pentridge Community Garden
Oct 9 @ 13:30 – 16:30

There will be: garden tours; a produce swap; sales of manure and straw; and flower and veggie seedlings for sale.

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Oct
10
Mon
Smart gardening for Seniors @ Thrive Community Garden
Oct 10 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Learn some tips and tricks for how you can continue enjoying your garden for longer.

Afterward, tour the Thrive Community Garden.

Oct
11
Tue
Edible gardening workshop @ Manningham Function Centre
Oct 11 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This series of workshops will teach you have to grow your own food.

Tuesday, 11th October: Getting started with organic veggie gardening.
Tuesday, 18th October: Healthy soil for produce gardening.
Tuesday, 8th November: Dealing with garden pests without harsh chemicals.
Tuesday, 15th November: Composting and worm farming.
Tuesday, 22nd November: Preparing for summer harvest.

Oct
15
Sat
Kevin Heinze GROW Spring Fair (Coburg) @ Peppertree Place
Oct 15 @ 09:00 – 15:00

There will be: plants; fruit trees; vegetable seedlings; a great variety of heirloom tomatoes; a cafe; site tours; and information for new families.

Kevin Heinze GROW Spring Fair (Doncaster) @ Kevin Heinze GROW
Oct 15 @ 09:00 – 15:00

There will be: plants; fruit trees; vegetable seedlings; a great variety of heirloom tomatoes; homemade cakes & preserves; coffee cart; BBQ; live band; site tours and information for new families.

Home composting for beginners @ Edendale
Oct 15 @ 14:00 – 15:30

What you will learn: how to compost at home; simple to follow composting steps; and common problems and solutions.

Oct
16
Sun
Gardening with kids @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Oct 16 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Children will be able to sow veggie seeds and plant seedlings – and take home their plants. They can also learn about composting and get hands-on with worms! For kids who enjoy getting arty fun, there will be a junior art area with Jodi Wiley.

Read about the community garden.

Gardening tips for adults @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Oct 16 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Be treated to expert advice on raising seedlings and Spring planting, together with the nitty-gritty of producing garden-enhancing compost.

Read about the community garden.

Oct
18
Tue
Smart gardening for Seniors @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Oct 18 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Learn some tips and tricks for how you can continue enjoying your garden for longer.

Edible gardening workshop @ Manningham Function Centre
Oct 18 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This series of workshops will teach you have to grow your own food.

Tuesday, 11th October: Getting started with organic veggie gardening.
Tuesday, 18th October: Healthy soil for produce gardening.
Tuesday, 8th November: Dealing with garden pests without harsh chemicals.
Tuesday, 15th November: Composting and worm farming.
Tuesday, 22nd November: Preparing for summer harvest.

Oct
19
Wed
Indigenous food, fiber and medicine
Oct 19 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Before white settlement, the Australian bush provided our First Nations people with all the food, fiber and medicine needed to thrive in this unique country. This workshop will introduce you to some of the plants used by indigenous Australians and hopefully inspire you to grow them in your garden.

Oct
22
Sat
Edible weed walk with Adam Grubb @ Counihan Gallery, Brunswick Town Hall
Oct 22 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Adam Grubb will teach you how to identify edible and medicinal weeds along the Merri Creek. This talk is presented in association with their current exhibition entitled A plant in the wrong place.

Oct
25
Tue
Watch it grow at Edendale @ Edendale
Oct 25 @ 16:15 – 17:15

What your child will learn: what seeds need to grow; creating healthy soil via worm farms and compost; and the environmental benefits of growing your own food.

Your child will also see why worms are such amazing creatures when it comes to recycling food waste and creating quality soil. Visits to their veggie gardens, worm farms and compost areas will be part of the activity. Children will also get to plant a seed in a biodegradable pot that they can take home with them.

Oct
27
Thu
Cupcake decorating @ Panton Hill Neighbourhood House
Oct 27 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

Oct
31
Mon
Keeping backyard chooks @ Blackburn Library
Oct 31 @ 14:00 – 15:00

This workshop will cover chook health, nutrition, housing, and protection from predators & pests as well as the sustainability and circular economy benefits of keeping chooks. Ella will also talk about Council and local law considerations and guidelines.

Nov
8
Tue
Edible gardening workshop @ Manningham Function Centre
Nov 8 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This series of workshops will teach you have to grow your own food.

Tuesday, 11th October: Getting started with organic veggie gardening.
Tuesday, 18th October: Healthy soil for produce gardening.
Tuesday, 8th November: Dealing with garden pests without harsh chemicals.
Tuesday, 15th November: Composting and worm farming.
Tuesday, 22nd November: Preparing for summer harvest.

Nov
12
Sat
Beeswax wraps with Ben’s Bees @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Nov 12 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Ben, from Ben’s Bees, will help you make your very own beeswax wraps from locally sourced beeswax. You will have a beeswax wrap to take home.

Nov
15
Tue
Edible gardening workshop @ Manningham Function Centre
Nov 15 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This series of workshops will teach you have to grow your own food.

Tuesday, 11th October: Getting started with organic veggie gardening.
Tuesday, 18th October: Healthy soil for produce gardening.
Tuesday, 8th November: Dealing with garden pests without harsh chemicals.
Tuesday, 15th November: Composting and worm farming.
Tuesday, 22nd November: Preparing for summer harvest.

Nov
19
Sat
Setting up a worm farm @ Edendale
Nov 19 @ 14:00 – 15:30

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
22
Tue
Edible gardening workshop @ Manningham Function Centre
Nov 22 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This series of workshops will teach you have to grow your own food.

Tuesday, 11th October: Getting started with organic veggie gardening.
Tuesday, 18th October: Healthy soil for produce gardening.
Tuesday, 8th November: Dealing with garden pests without harsh chemicals.
Tuesday, 15th November: Composting and worm farming.
Tuesday, 22nd November: Preparing for summer harvest.

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