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Oct
2
Sun
Growing nutrient dense food @ CERES
Oct 2 @ 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. Presenter: Donna Livermore.

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.

Gardening for all abilities (6 sessions) @ Bridge Darebin
Oct 5 @ 13:30 – 16:30

6 sessions on Wednesdays, starting 5th October, 1.30-4.30pm.

You will learn the basics of gardening, urban agriculture, soil health and how to grow food in small spaces.

Kids gardening classes (4 sessions) @ Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct
Oct 5 @ 16:00 – 17:30

This is a four session workshop on Wednesdays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October, each 4-5.30pm. It is for children aged 5-10.

Week 1: Planting seeds to pot up in week four. Seeds will be leafy greens, tomatoes and summer herbs. Learn about companion planting and healthy soil.

Week 2: Propagating from fruit and vegetable scraps.

Week 3: Observing birds and bird friendly gardens.

Week 4: Making bee hotels and re-potting seedlings from seeds grown in week one.

Oct
6
Thu
Veggie gardening for beginners @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Oct 6 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn: how to set up and prepare a vegetable garden; how to select, plant and care for crops; and how to grow veggies in the ground, in raised beds and in pots.

Presented by Tess. This class will teach you everything you need to know to grow delicious produce in your own backyard. They will cover all of the veggie gardening basics, from setting up your patch to harvesting.

Oct
7
Fri
Growing plants in small spaces (11 sessions) @ Fawkner Neighbourhood House
Oct 7 @ 09:30 – 13:30

On Fridays, 9.30am-1.30pm, starting 7th October and ending 16th December.

If you have a balcony, a courtyard or a patio, there are ways you can maximise space to create your own little oasis. In this course, you will learn about how to grow food in pots or containers, what plants to grow and when.

Enrol by either phone (9386 9418) or email (info@bnhc.vic.edu.au).

Carlton aperitvio food tour @ Brunetti Classico
Oct 7 @ 17:00 – 19:00

You will indulge in the Italian ‘Aperitivo’ tradition. What exactly is Aperitivo, what can you expect to eat and drink, how did it begin, how did it make its way to Melbourne? You will learn all this and more while sipping on Italian cocktails, prosecco and wines and tasting arancini, cicchetti, pizza, pasta, gelato, salumi and cheese. Walking along Lygon Street, you will visit some foodie venues, meeting the people behind the food.

5 food & drink stops, 11 food tastings and 2.5 standard drinks.

Oct
8
Sat
Growing Spring veggies @ Eltham Neighbourhood House
Oct 8 @ 09:30 – 15:00

Through a combination of theory, discussion and hands-on activity, you will: learn about the importance of preparing soil before planting; learn about soil testing, adding soil conditioners, amendments and fertilisers; learn how to grow and maintain spring and summer veggies, including protecting plants from pest and disease during the growing season; and create a seed/seed raising mix, sow seeds, prick out seedlings and plant or pot them up.

Tutor: Melissa Houselander.

Intro to urban farming (4 sessions) @ Bridge Darebin
Oct 8 @ 09:30 – 14:00

4 sessions, on Saturday 8th October, Sunday 9th October, Saturday 15th October and Sunday 16th October, each 9.30am-2pm.

This course will provide an introduction to the principles and techniques of urban agriculture, including how to design, build and maintain a productive farm in a limited space. You will gain a range of skills and knowledge including: understanding production systems such as ground growing, wicking beds, mushroom growing and hydroponics systems; crop planning; water/soil/pest management; plant propagation; and education and employment pathways in urban farming.

This course was designed in partnership with Sustain.

Basic inoculation workshop @ The Mushroomery
Oct 8 @ 10:00 – 12:00

You will get a hands-on go at inoculating your own mushrooms. You will also be given a tour of the mushroom farm. Take a clean 2-10L bucket with a lid and some gloves.

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.

Edible weeds @ CERES
Oct 8 @ 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: Lauren. Learn about seasonal edible weeds that thrive in Melbourne inner north, and gain knowledge about the plants’ culinary, medicinal and ecological uses.

Flavours of Coburg food tour @ Coburg Library
Oct 8 @ 10:00 – 13:00

You will experience the cultural delights of 6 different countries over 8 food stops. With a mixture of sweet and savoury tastings, you will soon discover that Coburg is an ideal foodie destination for anyone who’s tired of the ‘standard’ menu items you find in most modern cafes. Each foodie stop brings its own ‘personal touch’ with business owners proud of their cultural heritage, reflected in the food they prepare, the way they serve it and the way they interact with their customers. You will also pop into a Middle-Eastern gold jewellery shop to learn the cultural significance of various pieces, learn some local history and the best local foodie tips.

8 food stops and 13 tastings.

Shedfest – Yarra Valley Wine Festival @ Various wineries in Yarra Valley
Oct 8 @ 11:00 – 17:00

Wineries in the Yarra Valley will open their sheds to house two days of food, wine, live music and entertainment. There will be plenty of food on offer and moderately priced at all the wineries during the course of the day.

14 wineries are participating.

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: a workshop on gardening in small spaces (at 1.30pm); seedlings and fresh garden produce for sale; baked goods, homemade jams and preserves; gardeners working their plots and sharing tips; and a BBQ, homemade lemon cordial, coffee and tea.

Click here to read about the garden.

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.

Growing oyster mushrooms at home @ The Fermentary
Oct 8 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This hands-on workshop will focus on a couple of easy ways to grow mushrooms – growing from cardboard and then growing from sugar cane mulch. You will be invited to try your hands at preparing your own mushroom grow using the materials provided, before discussing what you can do next in case you catch the fungi bug!

Presenter: Caine.

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

Chocolate and wine masterclass @ Northside Wines
Oct 8 @ 15:00 – 17:00

Broc Willems will discuss what makes chocolate and wine taste so good together. Tickets include a selection of sweet and savoury chocolate canapes, specially created for the chosen wines.

Oct
9
Sun
In-depth mushroom cultivation workshop @ The Mushroomery
Oct 9 @ 10:00 – 16:00

You will learn the growing methods for oyster mushrooms, including inoculation, sterilisation and be introduced to basic mycology. You will undertake practical sessions and learn how to start master cultures. You will also be given a tour of the mushroom farm. Take a clean 5-10L bucket with a lid and some gloves.

Shedfest – Yarra Valley Wine Festival @ Various wineries in Yarra Valley
Oct 9 @ 11:00 – 17:00

Wineries in the Yarra Valley will open their sheds to house two days of food, wine, live music and entertainment. There will be plenty of food on offer and moderately priced at all the wineries during the course of the day.

14 wineries are participating.

Marra Guwiyap Community Garden celebration and launch @ Marra Guwiyap Community Garden
Oct 9 @ 13:30 – 17:00

To be launched by local MP Kat Theophanous.

This garden, also known as Croxton Community Garden, is run by local volunteers who work together to grow vegetables, learn organic gardening, and enjoy each other’s company. Go and celebrate with them.

Click here to read about the garden.

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.

Click here to read about the garden.

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
12
Wed
Kilsyth community compost hub workshop @ Japara Living & Learning Centre
Oct 12 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Topics will include: intro to composting; what foods are compostable; home composting solutions; information on available composting rebates; and waste reduction and sustainability.

Supported by CAWRS and the Montrose Township Group.

Oct
13
Thu
Practical food gardening @ Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct
Oct 13 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Find out how to: save seeds and grow your own seedlings; look after your gardening tools; grow fruit and vegetables organically and use companion planting; use crop rotation to reduce soil disease build up; attract wildlife that will protect your garden from pests; and make the best compost in a simple and easy way.

Growing fruit and veggies in small spaces @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Oct 13 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn: which produce plants are suitable to grow in small areas; coping with shade and sun for produce growing; and how to make the most of any available space for growing produce.

Presented by Kirsteen Macleod. Topics will include fruit, vegetables and berries for small spaces, growing produce in pots and containers, maximising productivity in any size space and plant selection.

Oct
14
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Oct 14 @ 11:00 – 12:30

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.

Carlton aperitvio food tour @ Brunetti Classico
Oct 14 @ 17:00 – 19:00

You will indulge in the Italian ‘Aperitivo’ tradition. What exactly is Aperitivo, what can you expect to eat and drink, how did it begin, how did it make its way to Melbourne? You will learn all this and more while sipping on Italian cocktails, prosecco and wines and tasting arancini, cicchetti, pizza, pasta, gelato, salumi and cheese. Walking along Lygon Street, you will visit some foodie venues, meeting the people behind the food.

5 food & drink stops, 11 food tastings and 2.5 standard drinks.

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.

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

What you will learn: choosing varieties; garden set-up; and 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.

Growing mushrooms at home @ Sporadical City Mushrooms
Oct 15 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Presenter: Julia Laidlaw from Sporadical City Mushrooms.

This hands-on, beginners workshop will cover basic oyster mushroom growing. It will be a skill sharing ‘tips and tricks’ lesson from an experienced commercial mushroom grower who started growing very basically at home in a small space with no technical equipment in the inner city. You will take home your own mushroom growing kit that you prepared during the workshop, plus the materials and instructions needed to prepare a kit at home (re-purposed plastic bucket & lid, oyster mushroom grain spawn, enough straw for a grow kit, bag for pasteurising straw, small bottle of isopropyl alcohol for sterilisation).

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.

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