Calendar of once-off events other than cooking classes

 

Given the current coronavirus crisis, it is unlikely that many, if any, of these events will actually be happening.

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Jul
11
Sat
Beeswax wraps @ CERES
Jul 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps.
  • Learn skills that are transferable to the home environment.
  • Bundling techniques.

What you will get:

  • Take home your beeswax wraps.

Presenter: Emma Grace. You will learn how to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps for keeping food fresh and hygienic without the use of single-use plastics such as cling-wrap. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will make their own washable and re-usable ready-to-use beeswax wraps.

Jul
12
Sun
Pruning and care of fruit trees @ CERES
Jul 12 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to grow a variety of fruit and nut trees in your backyard.
  • Pruning techniques.
  • Pest and disease management.

Presenter: Justin Calverley.

Jul
15
Wed
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Jul 15 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Each course is 14 sessions over a period of a few months.

Presenters: Justin Calverley and Donna Livermore. The topics to be covered will include: permaculture, chook care, bee keeping, propagating, seed saving and community gardens.

Permaculture Design Course (100 hours) @ CERES
Jul 15 @ 18:30 – 21:30

There will be around 15 weekday evening sessions, 6.30-9.30pm, plus 2 full weekends away plus around 19 weekend days.

This is a classroom-based, theoretical course, not a hands-on, practical or gardening course. Topics to be covered will include:

  • What is permaculture: ethics, principles & history.
  • The ecological basis of permaculture: global climate, weather & ecology.
  • Patterns in the landscape: major patterns of geology, flora, water & land use.
  • Permaculture design methodology.
  • Land use and nature stewardship: Soil, cropping, water use and animals in permaculture systems.
  • Social applications: permaculture design in the broader contexts of communities.
  • Finance & economics, land tenure & economic reform.
  • Permaculture in built environments and technologies.
  • Implementing permaculture: business strategies, personal strategies and practicing permaculture beyond the PDC.

Trainers: Graeme George, Joel Meadows, Kat Lavers, Monique Miller, Donna Livermore, Ian Lillington, Peta Christensen and Ben Habib.

Jul
18
Sat
Organic propagation of vegetables and herbs @ CERES
Jul 18 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Improve your gardening skills.
  • How to produce new plants from seeds, cuttings and division.
  • Seasonal timing for growth.

Presenter: Justin Calverley. Learn the basics of how to produce new plants from seed, cuttings and division in organic growing conditions in this hands-on workshop. Learns about seasonal timing for growth, heirloom and hybrid seeds, and propagation media using practical examples inside the CERES hothouses.

Jul
24
Fri
Introduction to therapeutic horticulture workshop @ Kevin Heinze GROW
Jul 24 @ 09:30 – 13:00

This workshop will cover the history and rationale of therapeutic horticulture, the importance of nature for our well-being, some practical tips and how to design a program using therapeutic horticulture principles. The workshop will be presented by horticultural therapists, Dr Chris Reed, Mel Holmes and Kate Eekhof.

Jul
25
Sat
DIY Mushrooms @ CERES
Jul 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Presenter: Brendan Morse. you will be shown the secrets to successfully growing mushrooms at home. You will learn the growing methods for oyster and shitake mushrooms, including inoculation and sterilisation, and be introduced to basic mycology. You will undertake practical sessions and learn how to start master cultures and how to make liquid mycelium.

Aug
5
Wed
Smarter living – beginners home composting and worm farming @ Manningham Civic Centre
Aug 5 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This workshop will cover all the basics of food waste recycling at home, from setting up a compost bin to caring for your first worm farm. Go prepared to smell some compost and, if you are brave, to hold a composting worm.

Aug
15
Sat
Kitchen gardens for schools and the community @ CERES
Aug 15 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to create kitchen gardens.
  • More about sustainability.
  • How to design your own edible garden.

Presenter: Carol. Learn where to start, challenges, rewards, educational benefits and financial sustainability. This workshop would benefit those schools and other groups looking to create edible kitchen gardens for multi use.

Aug
19
Wed
Smarter living – advanced home composting and worm farming @ Manningham Civic Centre
Aug 19 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Take along your composting, worm farming and food waste recycling questions.

Aug
26
Wed
Waste, organic recycling and life cycle analysis @ CERES
Aug 26 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Presenter: Lauren Kaszubski. Topics to be covered will include: how to reduce your waste, 4Rs; e-waste & life cycle analysis; organic recycling & food waste; simple actions, big impacts; litter and plastics; waste campaigns and actions; how to teach about waste; and create your own waste education activity.

Sep
5
Sat
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Sep 5 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Each course is 14 sessions over a period of a few months.

Presenters: Justin Calverley and Donna Livermore. The topics to be covered will include: permaculture, chook care, bee keeping, propagating, seed saving and community gardens.

Sep
6
Sun
Organic vegetable gardening (two sessions) @ CERES
Sep 6 @ 10:00 – 15:00

This is a two session hands-on workshop designed for the beginner veggie gardener. The two sessions are on Sunday 6th September and Sunday, 13th September, both 10am-3pm.

What you will learn:

  • How to get the most from your garden and have an abundance of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
  • Insights into seasonal produce growing.
  • The skills and knowledge to create an abundant and productive garden.

Presenter: Donna Livermore.

Sep
9
Wed
Biodiversity and sustainable food systems @ CERES
Sep 9 @ 10:00 – 16:00

What you will learn:

  • What is biodiversity and why preserve it.
  • How to measure habitat quality.
  • Nature connection activities.

Presenters: Lorna Pettifer and Chris Ennis.

Sep
10
Thu
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Sep 10 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Each course is 14 sessions over a period of a few months.

Presenters: Justin Calverley and Donna Livermore. The topics to be covered will include: permaculture, chook care, bee keeping, propagating, seed saving and community gardens.

Sep
12
Sat
Australian plants expo @ Eltham Community & Reception Centre
Sep 12 @ 10:00 – 16:00

A two-day event on 12th and 13th September by the Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra. Sales of native & indigenous plants, books on related subjects, native flower displays, environmental displays, talks, demonstrations, workshops, giftware and refreshments.

The plant sellers are likely to include APS Yarra Yarra growers, Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens nursery, Goldfields Revegetation nursery, La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery, Natural Plantscape nursery, Sunvalley Plants Nursery and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

Sep
19
Sat
Wicking beds (two days) @ CERES
Sep 19 @ 10:00 – 15:00

The two days are Saturday 19th September and Sunday, 20th September, both 10am-3pm.

What you will learn:

  • How to construct a wicking bed.
  • An understanding of capillary action.
  • Plants most suitable for wicking beds.

Presenter: Darren. This is both a practical and a theoretical course.

Sep
20
Sun
Backyard beekeeping basics @ CERES
Sep 20 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Presenter: Benedict Hughes. This workshop will provides you with an insight into the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive. Topics to be discussed will include: protective clothing and occupational health and safety; hive components and assembly; bee biology and seasonal management; legislation; diseases and pests of bees; extracting honey; inspecting hive for disease; purchasing hives; and other products from the hive.

Oct
1
Thu
Intro to permaculture (two sessions) @ CERES
Oct 1 @ 10:00 – 15:00

This course is designed for both those new to permaculture and those thinking of undertaking a Permaculture Design Certificate. The two sessions are on Thursday 1st October and Thursday, 8th October, both 10am-3pm.

What you will learn:

  • The concept of permaculture.
  • The principles of permaculture and associated design methods.

Presenter: Donna Livermore. There will be examples from tiny urban gardens to suburban and rural permaculture properties showing how we can create resilient, sustainable systems that work with nature and the natural limits of our planet.

Oct
3
Sat
Edible weeds @ CERES
Oct 3 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn: how to identify edible weeds; and how do use them in your everyday life.

What you will get: detailed handouts; and samples in class of prepared edible weeds.

Presenter: Monique Miller. Learn about seasonal edible weeds that thrive in Melbourne inner north, and gain knowledge about the plants’ culinary, medicinal and ecological uses.

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Oct 3 @ 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.

Oct
11
Sun
Growing nutrient dense food in any space @ CERES
Oct 11 @ 10:00 – 15:00

This workshop will introduce you to growing better quality, nutrient rich produce at home even if you only have a tiny growing space. It will include: selecting your crops; transforming your soil by focusing on the soil food web; an introduction to soil minerals & going beyond NPK; creating nutrient rich composts; fertilising your plants for maximum nutrition; and harvesting and preparing produce to maintain nutrients.

Oct
17
Sat
Growing great tomatoes @ CERES
Oct 17 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Choosing varieties.
  • Garden set-up.
  • Common problems.

Presenter: Carol Henderson. Topics to be covered include: how to choose which tomato varieties to grow; whether to grow from seed or seedling, in pots, raised beds or directly into soil; when and how to plant and tips for success; training growth with stakes, cages or string vs free range; pros and cons of pruning and how to do it; preventing common problems; feeding; and crop rotation.

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Oct 17 @ 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.

Oct
18
Sun
Backyard beekeeping basics @ CERES
Oct 18 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Presenter: Benedict Hughes. This workshop will provides you with an insight into the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive. Topics to be discussed will include: protective clothing and occupational health and safety; hive components and assembly; bee biology and seasonal management; legislation; diseases and pests of bees; extracting honey; inspecting hive for disease; purchasing hives; and other products from the hive.

Oct
24
Sat
Beeswax wraps @ CERES
Oct 24 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps.
  • Learn skills that are transferable to the home environment.
  • Bundling techniques.

What you will get:

  • Take home your beeswax wraps.

Presenter: Emma Grace. You will learn how to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps for keeping food fresh and hygienic without the use of single-use plastics such as cling-wrap. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will make their own washable and re-usable ready-to-use beeswax wraps.

DIY Mushrooms @ CERES
Oct 24 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Presenter: Brendan Morse. you will be shown the secrets to successfully growing mushrooms at home. You will learn the growing methods for oyster and shitake mushrooms, including inoculation and sterilisation, and be introduced to basic mycology. You will undertake practical sessions and learn how to start master cultures and how to make liquid mycelium.

Nov
1
Sun
Herb and companion planting @ CERES
Nov 1 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Improve your gardening skill.
  • Plant associations, annual and perennial herbs.
  • Pests and diseases.

Presenter: Carol Henderson. This workshop will demystify companion planting by looking at the basic principles of how plants interact with each other, with the soil, and with the good and bad insects in your garden. You will discuss the permaculture concept of ‘plant guilds’ and how to diversify your garden to reduce pests and diseases. You will discuss how to propagate, position, plant, and maintain a number of different herb species.

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Nov 1 @ 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.

Nov
14
Sat
Home brewing @ CERES
Nov 14 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Make your own beer.
  • All about full grain brewing.
  • The fermentation process.

What you will get:

  • Samples of different beers.
  • Recipes to take home.

Presenter: Paul Rigby. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of full grain brewing covering ingredients (including malt, hops, yeast and water), equipment, brewing theory, and (most importantly) the brewing process (including mashing, lautering, boiling, sanitation, fermentation and packaging). Samples will be available for tasting.

Kitchen medicine – garden farmacy @ CERES
Nov 14 @ 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.

Nov
15
Sun
Backyard beekeeping basics @ CERES
Nov 15 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Presenter: Benedict Hughes. This workshop will provides you with an insight into the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive. Topics to be discussed will include: protective clothing and occupational health and safety; hive components and assembly; bee biology and seasonal management; legislation; diseases and pests of bees; extracting honey; inspecting hive for disease; purchasing hives; and other products from the hive.

May
2
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
1
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 1 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
7
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 7 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
5
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 5 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
4
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 4 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
3
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 3 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
2
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
7
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 7 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
6
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 6 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

May
5
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 5 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.