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Apr
20
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Apr 20 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Apr 20 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Thrive Food Swap @ Thrive Community Garden
Apr 20 @ 14:00 – 15:00
Apr
21
Sun
Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market @ Eltham Community Craft & Produce Market
Apr 21 @ 08:30 – 12:30

Specialising in stallholders that produce quality homemade, homegrown and handcrafted products, or selling fresh and tantalising produce.

The Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market is, and has been, a place where the local people can come and enjoy a community atmosphere, eat some tasty food, take home a gift, buy some fresh fruit and veg, listen to good music or find special artistic ornaments or craft work.

The market is situated in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful suburbs and is a perfect starting point for a day seeing the sights of the local Nillumbik Shire. With a bushland setting combined with the back drop of the historic trestle bridge, the market has a country atmosphere and only 25 minutes from the city.

There are stalls ranging from food and wine, to sculpture and local artists. You can wander amongst the stalls enjoying the atmosphere and then take a stroll to the park and have a picnic.

Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Apr 21 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Flavorful Health cooking class
Apr 21 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Learn ways to work with varieties of grains, legumes and flours that you might not even know exist. Learn about 10 spices and ways to use them. Discover time saving, easy and quick recipes. You will also learn eco-friendly methods of cooking that will help you to reduce your gas/electricity usage.

Apr
22
Mon
Vegan brunch cooking class @ The Beet Retreat
Apr 22 @ 11:00 – 15:00

Learn how to create healthy, practical, everyday vegan dishes that look as good as they taste. It will include such dishes as plant-based milks, creamy lemon dream porridge, waffles, pancakes, scrambled tofu, chia puddings and smoothie bowls.

Apr
24
Wed
Flavorful Health cooking class
Apr 24 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Learn ways to work with varieties of grains, legumes and flours that you might not even know exist. Learn about 10 spices and ways to use them. Discover time saving, easy and quick recipes. You will also learn eco-friendly methods of cooking that will help you to reduce your gas/electricity usage.

Apr
25
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Apr 25 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Apr 25 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Vegan brunch cooking class @ The Beet Retreat
Apr 25 @ 11:00 – 15:00

Learn how to create healthy, practical, everyday vegan dishes that look as good as they taste. It will include such dishes as plant-based milks, creamy lemon dream porridge, waffles, pancakes, scrambled tofu, chia puddings and smoothie bowls.

Apr
26
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Apr 26 @ 18:00 – 19:45

Menu (vegan savoury): onion bhaji and chick peas pancake + chutney.

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email.

Apr
27
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Apr 27 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Apr 27 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Apr
28
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Apr 28 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Eltham Food Swap @ Car park, top of the Eltham Town Mall
Apr 28 @ 09:30 – 10:30

Look for the large white ‘Local Food Connect’ marquee at the Farmers’ Market. Go along with your homegrown fruit and veggies, favourite seasonal recipes, spare jam jars, homemade labelled preserves, etc, and share and network with other local backyard growers.

Flavorful Health cooking class
Apr 28 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Learn ways to work with varieties of grains, legumes and flours that you might not even know exist. Learn about 10 spices and ways to use them. Discover time saving, easy and quick recipes. You will also learn eco-friendly methods of cooking that will help you to reduce your gas/electricity usage.

Apr
29
Mon
Make sense of food labels @ Customer Service Desk, Woolworths Supermarket
Apr 29 @ 09:30 – 11:30

Tour a supermarket and learn how to accurately read and understand food labels and choose healthy foods that are suitable for the whole family. You will also receive a healthy shopping guide booklet. The tours are led by healthAbility’s qualified dietitian and are open to anyone interested in healthy eating.

Bookings by phone (9430 9100).

May
1
Wed
Flavorful Health cooking class
May 1 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Learn ways to work with varieties of grains, legumes and flours that you might not even know exist. Learn about 10 spices and ways to use them. Discover time saving, easy and quick recipes. You will also learn eco-friendly methods of cooking that will help you to reduce your gas/electricity usage.

May
2
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
May 2 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
May 2 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

May
3
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
May 3 @ 18:00 – 19:30

Menu: malai kofta.

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email.

May
4
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
May 4 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course @ Edendale Community Environment Farm
May 4 @ 09:30 – 15:00

Every Saturday for 9 weeks. Book by phone (9433 3744).

This 9-week hands-on course is ideal for people considering a career in horticulture. No prior experience is necessary.

Working as a team with fellow participants, you will gain a broad overview and practical, hands-on experience such topics as:

  • Introduction to plant recognition.
  • Propagation.
  • Planting.
  • Soil properties.
  • Environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Career pathways/further study in the horticulture industry.

You will spend a lot of time outdoors (getting your hands dirty!), along with some time in the classroom learning basic theory and exploring study pathways.

The course will be run by Justin Calverley, a horticultural expert with twenty years’ experience. Inter alia, Justin is a lead trainer in adult education at CERES.

Sourdough bread making workshop @ Living & Learning Nillumbik
May 4 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Tutor Jenna Farrington-Sear. This workshop will cover basic theory as well as the tactile pleasure of all the steps of making bread from milled flour. Suitable for both novices and those who want to expand their bread making repertoire.

Topics to be covered:

  • The essential ingredients and tools of the trade.
  • The principal steps of bread making.
  • Baker’s percentage and hydration.
  • Mixing, kneading and folding dough.
  • Shaping loaves, scoring and baking.
  • Maintaining a starter.

You will take home:

  • A piece of dough which can be baked at home.
  • A sourdough starter.

Please bring your own apron, cutting mat, tea towel and storage container/s for any leftovers. Recipes, tips, hints and food leftovers will be taken home by participants. Also, bring a medium sized bowl (eg. Pyrex 2L or 3L) and a small container or jar with a lid to store sourdough starter and take home.

Mexican – delicious everyday meals @ Living & Learning Nillumbik
May 4 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Ana and Gaby are Mexican Aussies with a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in cooking Mexican dishes. Immerse yourself in Mexican cooking techniques and culture. This workshop will cover: red rice; fijoles (traditional Mexican beans); and tortilla soup.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
May 4 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

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
5
Sun
Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market @ Hurstbridge Farmers Market
May 5 @ 08:30 – 13:00

Entry is $2 and all proceeds go to the CFA, the market’s community partner.

Stallholder enquiries: 0414 703186
General enquiries: 9433 3315

Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
May 5 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Flavorful Health cooking class
May 5 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Learn ways to work with varieties of grains, legumes and flours that you might not even know exist. Learn about 10 spices and ways to use them. Discover time saving, easy and quick recipes. You will also learn eco-friendly methods of cooking that will help you to reduce your gas/electricity usage.

‘Everyday vegan’ cafe style cooking class @ The Beet Retreat
May 5 @ 12:00 – 16:00

A selection of dishes will be demonstrated, plus practical staples, including cashew yoghurt, plant-based milk and nut parmesan sprinkle. Everything will be vegan, based around the core staples of fruit, veg, starches, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

May
6
Mon
Nillumbik Garden Club @ Metzner Hall, St Vincent's Care Services
May 6 @ 19:00 – 22:00

First Monday of every month except for January and December. At all meetings, doors open 7pm for a 8pm start. There will be plants for sale, raffles, door prizes and supper.

2018 topics
1 Oct: olives and olive trees by David Strutt.
3 Sep: caring for daffodils by Joy Quinn.
5 Feb: summer vegetables by Alan Richmond.

2017 topics
6 Feb: succulent swap.

2016 topics
7 Nov: the local food community, with Guy Palmer.
3 Oct: how to weather proof your garden.
5 Sep: irises, with a speaker from The Iris Society.
1 Aug: sustainable gardening.
4 Jul: community gardens.
6 Jun: liliums.
7 Mar: geraniums and pelargoniums.

May
7
Tue
Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
May 7 @ 19:15 – 21:15

First Tuesday of every month except for January.

2019 Speakers and topics
5 Feb: John Ferris on edible landscapes.
5 Mar: Kathleen Tants on wees and weed control.
2 Apr: Brendan Curtis on zoo horticulture.
7 May: Paul Gale-Baker on wicking beds.
4 Jun: Caleb Armstrong on pharmaceutical herbs.
2 Jul: Lyndall Shaw on proteas and flower arranging.
6 Aug: Barbara Marshal on colour theory and colour combinations in planting; AGM.
3 Sep: Kevin Ritchie on unusual hanging baskets.
1 Oct: Norm Gerraty on growing begonias.
5 Nov: Sandra Verdam on bee-related hands-on activity.
3 Dec: Garden Club on a succulent Christmas.

2018 Speakers and topics
6 Feb: Lydia Heap on re-creating Indigenous Panton Hill; Julie Temple on growing yam daisies.
6 Mar: Michael Tanner on soils – pH and restoration.
3 Apr: Paul Kirkpatrick on potagers – plus specialised tools.
1 May: Robyn Harris on African violets – care and propagation.
5 Jun: John and Joy Quinn on bulbs.
3 Jul: Titch – Flemings on bare-rooted trees.
7 Aug: Steven Wells on therapeutic gardens; AGM.
4 Sep: Hazel and Al Veevers on birds in the native garden.
2 Oct: Cade on beer – from hop seeds to drink.
6 Nov: Pat Anderson facilitating a tomato veggie herb swap.
4 Dec: Mitre 10 Diamond Creek on new garden products.

2017 Speakers and topics
7 Feb: Rachel Bishop on worm farming; Chloe Thomson on the organic products that OCP have on the market.
7 Mar: Bob Yeoman on growing dahlias from seed.
4 Apr: Ryan Young on habitat gardening.
2 May: Attila Kapitany on succulents.
6 Jun: Vaughn Greenhill on landscape design – working with nature.
4 Jul: Pete the Permie on berry fruits.
1 Aug: Jan Morris on protective garden accessories.
5 Sep: Maria Ciavarella on thrifty gardening.
3 Oct: David Redfern on natives grown at Cranbourne – suited to our local area.
7 Nov: Arja Toivanen on taking cuttings (hands-on propagation workshop).
5 Dec: Mark Ludlow on bonsai; Christmas party.

2017 outings
23 Mar: Magical mystery tour.
6 Apr: Marysville garden tour.
22 May: Attila Kapitany’s garden.
17 Sep: Making garden ornaments day & BBQ
25-27 Oct: exploring the Mansfield/ Yea/ Alexandra area.
Nov: Member’s gardens (Sandra, Sue, Rosie, Arja).

2016 Speakers and topics
2 Feb: Lydia Heap on frolicking frogs.
1 Mar: Ryan Young on healthy soils.
5 Apr: Sue Evans on healing herbs of the 1st Fleet.
3 May: Ian Culbard on permaculture design and practice.
7 Jun: Cheryl on miniature landscaping with succulents.
5 Jul: speaker from the Clivea Society on clivea clues.
2 Aug: short talks from local speakers; AGM and 11th anniversary.
6 Sep: Bill Aitchison on acacias for the home garden.
4 Oct: Maria Ciavarella on gardening on a shoestring.
1 Nov: pelargonium and geranium show’n’share.
6 Dec: Melissa Thomas on garden art; Christmas party.

2016 outings
Apr: city gardens including the RMIT roof garden and Fitzroy Gardens.
12-14 Apr: overnight outing to the Daylesford area.
May: Ceres.
Sep: Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.
Oct: Members’ gardens.

2015 Speakers and topics
3 Feb: Peter Miller on mounting plants on boards.
3 Mar: Ken Walker on native & exotic bees.
7 Apr: Sue Aldred on native plants: why & how.
5 May: Maurice Kellet on bromeliads.
2 Jun: Loretta Childs on an iconic local garden.
7 Jul: Local speakers on learning From gardening mistakes.
4 Aug: Greg Bolderson on underground treasures / rare bulbs.
1 Sep: Geoff Crowhurst on a search for old roses around Victoria’s cemeteries.
6 Oct: Doris Pozzi on Nature’s supermarket.
3 Nov: Richard Lee on growing & using Asian greens.
1 Dec: Fun night with trivia games, DVDs & Christmas party.

May
8
Wed
Flavorful Health cooking class
May 8 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Learn ways to work with varieties of grains, legumes and flours that you might not even know exist. Learn about 10 spices and ways to use them. Discover time saving, easy and quick recipes. You will also learn eco-friendly methods of cooking that will help you to reduce your gas/electricity usage.

May
9
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
May 9 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
May 9 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

May
10
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
May 10 @ 18:00 – 19:30

Menu: chicken saagwala / palak paneer + spiced rice.

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email.

May
11
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
May 11 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Greensborough Food Swap @ Diamond Valley Library - food garden
May 11 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Contact either of the co-organisers: Glenn Mansfield by phone (0488 192198) or email or Margot Meredith by phone (0415 926642) or email.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
May 11 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

May
12
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
May 12 @ 09:00 – 13:00