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Feb
22
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Feb 22 @ 18:00 – 19:45

Menu: butter chicken and 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.

Feb
23
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Feb 23 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Introduction to permaculture (two sessions) @ Edendale
Feb 23 @ 10:00 – Feb 24 @ 16:00

A two-session workshop, with the two sessions being on the 23rd and 24th February, each 10am-4pm.

Facilitator: Donna Livermore. Developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a whole system approach to ecological planning and design for sustainable living. This workshop, spread over two weekends, will be beneficial to both those new to the concept of permaculture and for those thinking of undertaking a permaculture design course. You will be introduced to permaculture and gain a basic understanding of the principles and design methods associated with permaculture.

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Feb 23 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Your tour, led by Nathan Stewart, a professional Doreen-based beekeeper from Maya ‘Xala Honey, will include suiting up in protective gear, lighting a bee smoker, and spending two hours as real life beekeeper. Initially, Nathan will give you some tips on what to look for inside a hive including how to spot the Queen and where to look to potentially witness the birth of a new worker bee. Then, together you will lift the lid of a busy hive, watch bees at work creating honey, pull out a frame of honey ready for extraction, and get up close with more than 100,000 bees! After the lid is closed, you will sample some of the honey direct from the hives while enjoying a refreshing honey tonic.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Feb 23 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Feb
24
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Feb 24 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Eltham Food Swap @ Car park, top of the Eltham Town Mall
Feb 24 @ 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.

The Beet Retreat – eating vegan on a budget (4 hour) @ The Beet Retreat
Feb 24 @ 12:00 – 16:00

Learn how to create healthy, practical, everyday vegan dishes that look as good as they taste.

Feb
25
Mon
Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course @ Edendale Community Environment Farm
Feb 25 @ 09:30 – 15:00

Every Monday 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.

Feb
28
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Feb 28 @ 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
Feb 28 @ 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.

Mar
1
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek – vegan special @ Private address
Mar 1 @ 18:00 – 19:45

Menu: aloo gobi and aubergine masala.

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.

Mar
2
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 2 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Lucinda’s permaculture garden
Mar 2 @ 11:00 – 12:00

On a standard 1/4 acre residential block, Lucinda’s garden is an example of the productivity that can achieved in a small ‘urban’ space. You will see densely planted veggie gardens, mainly in above-ground container gardens such as baths (due to gum trees). There are 23 kinds of fruit trees, 14 kind of berries & vines, 11 kinds of perennial vegetables (including some water plants) and 16 types of herb. There is an orchard, compost bays, weed tea, chook shed, recycled car tyre retaining walls, water gardens, a grey water diversion system, solar hot water and solar PV.

Visitors are welcome to take a starter scoby (for kombucha) and/or some sourdough bread starter home with them.

Read more about Lucinda’s garden.

Well behaved young gardeners are welcome and free.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 2 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Mar
3
Sun
Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market @ Hurstbridge Farmers Market
Mar 3 @ 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
Mar 3 @ 09:00 – 13:00
The Beet Retreat – ‘practically raw’ gluten free vegan un-cooking class (4 hour) @ The Beet Retreat
Mar 3 @ 12:00 – 16:00

Learn how to create healthy, practical, everyday vegan dishes that look as good as they taste.

Mar
4
Mon
Nillumbik Garden Club @ Metzner Hall, St Vincent's Care Services
Mar 4 @ 19:00 – 22:00

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

2017 topics
6 Feb 2017: succulent swap.

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

Mar
5
Tue
Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Mar 5 @ 19:15 – 21:15

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

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

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

2016 Speakers and topics
2 Feb 2016: Lydia Heap on frolicking frogs.
1 Mar 2016: Ryan Young on healthy soils.
5 Apr 2016: Sue Evans on healing herbs of the 1st Fleet.
3 May 2016: Ian Culbard on permaculture design and practice.
7 Jun 2016: Cheryl on miniature landscaping with succulents.
5 Jul 2016: speaker from the Clivea Society on clivea clues.
2 Aug 2016: short talks from local speakers; AGM and 11th anniversary.
6 Sep 2016: Bill Aitchison on acacias for the home garden.
4 Oct 2016: Maria Ciavarella on gardening on a shoestring.
1 Nov 2016: pelargonium and geranium show’n’share.
6 Dec 2016: 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 2015: Peter Miller on mounting plants on boards.
3 Mar 2015: Ken Walker on native & exotic bees.
7 Apr 2015: Sue Aldred on native plants: why & how.
5 May 2015: Maurice Kellet on bromeliads.
2 Jun 2015: Loretta Childs on an iconic local garden.
7 Jul 2015: Local speakers on learning From gardening mistakes.
4 Aug 2015: Greg Bolderson on underground treasures / rare bulbs.
1 Sep 2015: Geoff Crowhurst on a search for old roses around Victoria’s cemeteries.
6 Oct 2015: Doris Pozzi on Nature’s supermarket.
3 Nov 2015: Richard Lee on growing & using Asian greens.
1 Dec 2015: Fun night with trivia games, DVDs & Christmas party.

Mar
7
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Mar 7 @ 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
Mar 7 @ 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.

The Beet Retreat – ‘practically raw’ gluten free vegan un-cooking class @ The Beet Retreat
Mar 7 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Learn how to create healthy, practical, everyday vegan dishes that look as good as they taste.

Mar
8
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Mar 8 @ 18:00 – 19:45

Menu: chicken vindaloo.

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.

Mar
9
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 9 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Greensborough Food Swap @ Diamond Valley Library - food garden
Mar 9 @ 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
Mar 9 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Mar
10
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Mar 10 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Mar
14
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Mar 14 @ 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
Mar 14 @ 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.

Mar
15
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek – Holi special @ Private address
Mar 15 @ 18:00 – 19:45

Menu: snacks(bhajji/pakodas).

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.

Mar
16
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 16 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

Organic gardening for beginners @ Edendale
Mar 16 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Want to grow your own healthy vegetables, herbs and fruits but don’t know where to start? Would you like to improve your family’s food security and increase your skills and garden productivity? Part theory and part hands-on, this workshop will help the beginner organic gardener develop the skills and knowledge to start a thriving edible oasis at home. Presenter: Donna Livermore.

You will receive 5 punnets of veggie seedlings to help you get growing!

Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Mar 16 @ 11:00 – 12:00

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.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 16 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Tomato sauce making workshop @ Under the Pickle Tree
Mar 16 @ 13:00 – 17:00

Facilitated by Kerry Meredith from Under The Pickle Tree and Paula Mcleod from Hurstbridge Farmgate. Learn how to prepare your tomatoes and create a range of different tomato sauces by the additional of various spices – possibilities are traditional, Middle Eastern, Spicy or Asian. Learn how to sterilise jars, the basics of food hygiene, and the art of thickening your tomato sauce using cornflour.

Thrive Food Swap @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 16 @ 14:00 – 15:00
Mar
17
Sun
Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market @ Eltham Community Craft & Produce Market
Mar 17 @ 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
Mar 17 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Mar
21
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Mar 21 @ 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
Mar 21 @ 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.

Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Mar 21 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Join Julie French as she shows you how to best use the produce in your garden to reduce food waste, save money and enjoy the tasty food that she prepares in the library’s kitchen garden.