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May
21
Tue
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 21 @ 16:00 – 17:30

For children aged 5-13.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, transplanting, herbal remedies, paint making, puppet making, finding grubs, climbing trees, making shelters, tying knots, spotlighting, bird watching, sensory play, singing and fire-side story telling. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

May
23
Thu
Native herbs for the kitchen and garden @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 23 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • Which native produce-plants are suitable for growing in the Melbourne area.
  • What to harvest and when.
  • How to use them to flavour your dishes and enliven your garden.

Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Explore edible native Australian plants that are easy to grow, attractive and add flavour and interest to your home-cooked dishes. Lemon myrtle, bush pepper and native salt are just a few of the flavours we can smell and taste, and they and many others will be discussed in terms of how best to use and grow them in your garden. All plants covered are suitable for a Melbourne climate, and many are suitable for pot cultivation.

May
24
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 24 @ 14:30 – 15:30

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

How to raise healthy eaters with the biting truth @ Only About Children Hawthorn
May 24 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Dietitians Alex Parker and Anna Debenham, from The Biting Truth, will be providing practical tips and tricks for parents wanting to raise healthy eaters and give their child the best start in life through proper nutrition. Their discussion will cover: achieving the perfect balance of macronutrients in each meal; foods for optimal brain development; how to read a nutrition label; choosing healthy snacks; where do treats and dessert fit in; and fussy eating tips and tricks.

May
25
Sat
Introduction to natural beekeeping (two-day) @ Precise address to be given upon booking
May 25 @ 10:00 – May 26 @ 17:00

Suitable for beginners, and ideal for the backyarder, this two-day event is designed to provide participants with the information they need to start natural beekeeping with confidence. It will cover such subjects as: legislation, diseases, hive management, hive siting, equipment, honey extraction, and how to use of a smoker. Your tutor will be Andrew, an experienced beekeeper.

If interested, email them.

The event is being run by the Natural Beekeeping Group of Permaculture Victoria.

Olives to oil harvesting party @ St James Park
May 25 @ 14:00 – 16:30

People will be coming together to harvest unwanted olives from Melbourne backyards and street trees to be pressed into local olive oil to take home for free. Go along to this event either to drop off some olives you’ve already picked or to join their ‘harvesting party’. They will send you out with a map and harvesting equipment to go and pick local olive trees. The olives that you pick will then be pressed into olive oil which is free for you to collect the following weekend.

May
26
Sun
Permablitz 217 (Croydon) @ Precise address to be given upon booking
May 26 @ 10:00 – 16:00

On the day, they will be:

  • Clearing a privet forest, and using the timber for the hugelkultur.
  • Levelling the ground for 2 veggie bed locations.
  • Adding 3 raised veggie beds, hugelkultur style.
  • Weeding.
  • Planting natives.
  • Irrigating the new garden beds.
  • Adding a trellis for vines.
  • Adding a raspberry trellis.
  • Making a pond.

There will also be two workshops:

  • Applying hugelkultur methods to a raised garden bed.
  • Irrigating your garden beds.
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 26 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Learn to DIY – ditch the toxins! @ Private address
May 26 @ 13:00 – 14:30

If you have been looking for ways to reduce your exposure to chemicals and toxins in your environment, this is the workshop for you. Sharda Sethi will demonstrate 10 easy-to-make, cleaning and personal care products using essential oils and a few basic ingredients. You will learn how easy and cost effective it is to make these products and how to stop using chemicals based products from shops.

You will take home: all the recipes (e.g. perfumes, spray cleaners, room freshener, reed diffuser, hand sanitiser, and hand & body wash); information on where you can buy the ingredients; one roll on perfume of your choice; and vegan treats.

Kitchen medicine – the garden farmacy @ CERES
May 26 @ 14:00 – 16:30

What you will learn:

  • An introduction to herbal medicine making.
  • Plant identification.
  • Guidelines for foraging and wild-crafting.
  • Medicinal uses for plants.
  • How to introduce medicinal herbs into the kitchen for medicine.

What you will get:

  • A remedy and a seedling.

Presenter: Lisa Hodge. Take a walk through the CERES garden beds and bring the wisdom of traditional herbal medicines into a modern context. During this workshop, you will explore traditional and modern uses of the plants and how to introduce these plants into the kitchen as medicine. You will make an item to take home as well as a seedling.

May
28
Tue
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 28 @ 16:00 – 17:30

For children aged 5-13.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, transplanting, herbal remedies, paint making, puppet making, finding grubs, climbing trees, making shelters, tying knots, spotlighting, bird watching, sensory play, singing and fire-side story telling. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

May
29
Wed
Heidi garden club @ Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide I kitchen garden)
May 29 @ 10:00 – 12:00

A monthly (last Wednesday of the month) gathering of like-minded people who enjoy chatting about all things garden, in particular productive gardening. Set in the Heide I kitchen garden, join them for a chat and a light morning tea, including a Heide produce tasting. Facilitated by Heide gardener, Katie Grace.

Smarter living – urban agriculture, cultivating a community discussion panel @ Box Hill Town Hall
May 29 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Urban agriculture is the practice of growing, harvesting and cooking food in an urban setting. At the heart of urban agriculture are communities that are come together to develop relationships, share knowledge and build creative partnerships. In this seminar, an expert panel will share their stories and discuss how neighbourhoods can work together to grow food and share harvests. The panelists will include:

May
31
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 31 @ 14:30 – 15:30

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Behind the bar – Four Pillars Gin @ Nillumbik Cellars
May 31 @ 17:30 – 19:30

Go along and meet Four Pillars Gin Head Distiller, Cameron Mackenzie. There will be drink specials on the night and tasting of the 2019 vintage release. Free to attend, free to taste, and no bookings required.

Jun
1
Sat
Winter fruit tree maintenance @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Jun 1 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Pruning – formative and maintenance of new and established fruit trees. Also, selection and planting of new fruit trees.
  • Winter fruit tree maintenance practices for pest and disease prevention, control and treatment.
  • Pruning tool maintenance.

Presented by Angelo Eliades. The aim of this demonstration class is that you will leave it feeling confident to maintain your fruit trees. The preparation that is done in the colder months pays mighty dividends in the growing and harvesting seasons to come.

Learn all of the pruning techniques and needs of individual fruit trees from apples and plums to persimmons and pomegranates. And hear about what not to do. Discover how to reduce and prevent pest and diseases that compromise your fruit production. Learn how to treat problems with different methods – organic/permaculture and conventional.

They will also cover buying new fruit trees and will demonstrate how to clean and sharpen your pruning tools and other edged garden tools (spades etc). You have the option to bring one of your own pruning tools along and learn how to sharpen it.

Preserving fruit with Kat Lavers @ Private address
Jun 1 @ 10:00 – 11:30

View Kat Lavers’ permaculture garden and explore her walk-in pantry used to store preserves throughout the year. Kat will discuss tips and tricks for preserving with a focus on fruit.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Jun 1 @ 11:00 – 13:00

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 11am and at 2pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Ratatouille (film) @ Reservoir Community & Learning Centre (Function Room)
Jun 1 @ 12:00 – 14:00

This Disney Pixar animation follows a rat named Remy whose dream of becoming a great chef sets into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. For all the junior chefs out there! Dir. Brad Bird, USA, 2007 (PG). Mild animated violence.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Jun 1 @ 14:00 – 16:00

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 11am and at 2pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Our Blood is Wine (film) @ Reservoir Community & Learning Centre (Function Room)
Jun 1 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Filmmaker Emily Railsback and sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia as they explore the rebirth of 8,000-year-old winemaking traditions almost lost during the period of Soviet rule. Dir. Emily Railsback, USA, 2018 (CTC). Not rated, recommended for mature audiences.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Jun 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.

The Lunchbox (film) @ Reservoir Community & Learning Centre (Function Room)
Jun 1 @ 17:30 – 19:30

In Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system, a meal made by an unhappy young housewife mistakenly lands in the hands of irritable widower. After realising the mix up, the strangers begin to communicate through a series of letters, revealing a little more of themselves each time. Dir. Ritesh Batra, India, 2013 (PG). Mild themes.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Jun
2
Sun
Melbourne Food Hub open day @ Melbourne Innovation Centre
Jun 2 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Experience the diverse food enterprises at Alphington Farmers Market and explore how community organisations and social enterprises based at Melbourne Food Hub are working together to grow, share, buy, make and recycle healthy, fair food.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 2 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Gardening master class with Melissa King @ Box Hill Town Hall
Jun 2 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Melissa King will inspire you to grow a whole range of heirloom vegetables. Then, at 3.20pm, AB Bishop will talk about her book Habitat: A practical guide to creating a wildlife-friendly Australian garden. Then, at 4pm, Duncan Cocking, from Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services will show you how to develop a low maintenance backyard orchard.

Sylvester Hive roasted chestnuts and mulled wine get together @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Jun 2 @ 14:30 – 17:30

Go along for a social afternoon gathering with locals and enjoy some freshly roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Take a plate to share, BYO drinks. Roasted chestnuts available to purchase on the day.

Click here to read about the garden.

Jun
4
Tue
Edible weeds walk @ Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre
Jun 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This walk will take place three times on the day, at 10am, 1pm and 3.45pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Edible weeds walk @ Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre
Jun 4 @ 13:00 – 15:00

This walk will take place three times on the day, at 10am, 1pm and 3.45pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Edible weeds walk @ Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre
Jun 4 @ 15:45 – 17:45

This walk will take place three times on the day, at 10am, 1pm and 3.45pm.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jun 4 @ 16:00 – 17:30

For children aged 5-13.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, transplanting, herbal remedies, paint making, puppet making, finding grubs, climbing trees, making shelters, tying knots, spotlighting, bird watching, sensory play, singing and fire-side story telling. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

Jun
5
Wed
Vegan vegout @ Welcome To Thornbury
Jun 5 @ 17:00 – 22:00

The food trucks offering vegan food who sometimes attend include: Bomba Wood Fired Pizza; Curry Up Now; Lady Rawsome; Paper Plains Food Truck; Pierogi Pierogi; Super Taco;Taitas Falafels; The Real Jerk Food Truck; Vegilicious; Von’s Vegan Bake House; Woking Amazing; and YAY foods. See their Facebook page for the specific list of trucks on a particular day.

Jun
6
Thu
Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jun 6 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Are you looking to create a more sustainable life? Thinking about retrofitting your house but not sure where to start? Would you like to grow more food for your family? Go and join like-minded others to share information and ideas. They will base their discussions and learning on: information in the Retrosuburbia book and discussion notes; local people living and doping sustainability; and shared wisdom among the group.

Take a small contribution towards supper – some of your own produce would be great.

Jun
7
Fri
Preston Market tasting tour @ Darebin Intercultural Centre
Jun 7 @ 09:30 – 11:30

Eat your way around Preston Market! Discover the history of the market while chatting to traders who will share their foodie tips.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 7 @ 14:30 – 15:30

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Jun
8
Sat
Preston Market tasting tour @ Darebin Intercultural Centre
Jun 8 @ 09:30 – 11:30

Eat your way around Preston Market! Discover the history of the market while chatting to traders who will share their foodie tips.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Homemade marketplace @ Northcote Town Hall
Jun 8 @ 12:00 – 16:00

This market will showcase craft beer brewers, alongside wine and spirits curated by Thornbury’s Carwyn Cellars. Enjoy coffee and music while you wander around the marketplace, which will feature a carefully selected range of boutique food and produce stalls.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Meet the makers @ Northcote Town Hall
Jun 8 @ 13:00 – 16:00

Chat with Darebin’s local home wine and beer makers, sample the results of years of expertise and vote for your favourite.

This event is part of the Darebin Homemade Food And Wine Festival. View/download the full program.

Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Jun 8 @ 14:00 – 16:30

What you will learn:

  • Bee behaviour.
  • The various major items that make up a bee hive and how to construct them.
  • The major tasks in hive management.

What you will get:

  • A wooden beehive frame that will have beeswax foundation inserted as part of the workshop.
  • A $5 discount on the book Bee AgSkills (normally $27.50, $22.50 with discount).

There will be live bees and honeycomb to look at in a secure exhibition cabinet and a discussion of bee behaviour and hive management. The major items that make up a hive and their construction will be discussed. The equipment a beekeeper needs to work bees will also be reviewed. The major topics discussed will be: establishing a hive; understanding the tasks to be carried out in Spring; how to go about robbing and extracting honey; and swarm control.

Participants will be limited to 8 to maintain an informal interactive format.

Jun
9
Sun
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 9 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Jun
11
Tue
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jun 11 @ 16:00 – 17:30

For children aged 5-13.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, transplanting, herbal remedies, paint making, puppet making, finding grubs, climbing trees, making shelters, tying knots, spotlighting, bird watching, sensory play, singing and fire-side story telling. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

Mediterranean diet @ Hawthorn Community House
Jun 11 @ 19:00 – 20:30

The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the world’s healthiest diet with its abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil, yogurt, goats’ cheese, fish, poultry and small portions of meat. This workshop will provide you with a background on the diet and its health benefits, affordable ways of shopping, and cooking delicious meals that are also easy to prepare.