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Jan
20
Sun
Local Sustainability Fair (Ringwood) @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jan 20 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Spoke and Spade – guided tour
Jan 20 @ 12:00 – 13:00

The tour will take place three times, at 10am, midday and 2pm.

This is an urban farm tour the size of your lawn in organic food production and selling veggie boxes. Sim from Spoke & Spade will give you a guided tour.

Spoke and Spade – guided tour
Jan 20 @ 14:00 – 15:00

The tour will take place three times, at 10am, midday and 2pm.

This is an urban farm tour the size of your lawn in organic food production and selling veggie boxes. Sim from Spoke & Spade will give you a guided tour.

Jan
22
Tue
Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 22 @ 09:00 – 09:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 22 @ 10:00 – 10:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 22 @ 11:00 – 11:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 22 @ 12:00 – 12:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 22 @ 13:30 – 14:15

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 22 @ 14:30 – 15:15

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Jan
23
Wed
Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 23 @ 09:00 – 09:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 23 @ 10:00 – 10:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Emma Grace – beeswax wraps @ Richmond Library
Jan 23 @ 10:00 – 12:00

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. You will leave with two ready-to-use wraps.

Bookings essential.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 23 @ 11:00 – 11:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 23 @ 12:00 – 12:45

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 23 @ 13:30 – 14:15

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Jan 23 @ 14:30 – 15:15

In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Jan
30
Wed
Heidi garden club @ Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide I kitchen garden)
Jan 30 @ 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.

Feb
2
Sat
Clifton Hill rental productive garden
Feb 2 @ 10:00 – 11:00

The tour will take place twice, at 10am and at midday.

Alex and Julia’s garden has undergone a transformation over the past 18 months since they moved into this rental property. From a pile of dirt and weeds, they have attempted to transform every square metre into productive vegetable-growing land. In a confined space, they have endeavoured to create their own compost, improve the quality of the soil, grow (almost) everything from seed, build wicking beds, and incorporate straw bale gardening into the space.

Northcote rental productive paradise
Feb 2 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Despite living in a rental property, Morgan and Christian have transformed their worker’s cottage backyard from just lawn into a fully productive patch complete with beehive, 11 metres of vertical gardening space and potted fruit trees.

festival21 – starting young (kids program) @ Meat Market
Feb 2 @ 11:00 – 12:30

This session will be presented by kids, for kids (and their parents!) where kids can learn, play and be inspired to create healthy habits that last a lifetime. It will encourage kids to become involved and excited about where food comes from and why it’s so good. Any adults must be accompanied by children!

This session is part of festival21, a day-long series of food-related workshops, performances, exhibitions and other activities. Read the program.

Clifton Hill rental productive garden
Feb 2 @ 12:00 – 13:00

The tour will take place twice, at 10am and at midday.

Alex and Julia’s garden has undergone a transformation over the past 18 months since they moved into this rental property. From a pile of dirt and weeds, they have attempted to transform every square metre into productive vegetable-growing land. In a confined space, they have endeavoured to create their own compost, improve the quality of the soil, grow (almost) everything from seed, build wicking beds, and incorporate straw bale gardening into the space.

Northcote rental productive paradise
Feb 2 @ 12:00 – 13:00

Despite living in a rental property, Morgan and Christian have transformed their worker’s cottage backyard from just lawn into a fully productive patch complete with beehive, 11 metres of vertical gardening space and potted fruit trees.

festival21 – what should I eat? @ Meat Market
Feb 2 @ 13:00 – 14:30

With so many to choose from, it’s not easy to conclude what makes for a healthy diet. This session sets out to demystify the rhetoric surrounding diets, cooking, and the many definitions of ‘eating well’.

This session is part of festival21, a day-long series of food-related workshops, performances, exhibitions and other activities. Read the program.

GreenMe Brunswick tour @ Padre Coffee
Feb 2 @ 13:00 – 16:00

Visit the coolest sustainable projects in Brunswick East. From local roasters, urban beekeepers, colourful ethical design stores, devoted bike savers, dedicated organic food growers and bean-to-bar chocolate makers – dive into sustainability in all shapes and colours. Check out 4-5 green initiatives, taste delicious food, learn about handmade products and chat to the people behind the counters.

festival21 – navigating food landscapes @ Meat Market
Feb 2 @ 15:00 – 16:30

When it comes to making food choices, we are influenced by more than just appetite. It’s easy to hold individuals responsible for their food choices, but evidence tells us that it’s actually our everyday settings that affect our diets most. Every day we are exposed to strategies designed to impact our food choices, both healthy and unhealthy. This session aims to open our eyes to the food landscape in the communities we live in, and how we can navigate them for the better.

This session is part of festival21, a day-long series of food-related workshops, performances, exhibitions and other activities. Read the program.

festival21 – can we eat our way out? @ Meat Market
Feb 2 @ 17:00 – 18:30

With an estimated increase in plastic pollution that will see more rubbish than fish in the sea by 2050, there has never been a more important time to reduce food packaging. Add to that the fact that one in three mouthfuls of edible food is wasted and we clearly need some seriously creative zero-waste solutions, and we need them now.

This session is part of festival21, a day-long series of food-related workshops, performances, exhibitions and other activities. Read the program.

festival21 – the food chain @ Meat Market
Feb 2 @ 19:00 – 22:30

This session will discuss the five major stages of food production: grow, process, purchase, eat and dispose. Each stage will be expressed through a selection of individual speakers, a panel session, a short film, music, comedy and social enterprise crowd-funding. It will conclude with a talk-show panel that brings together the ideas and questions posed by festival21, and sets an agenda for action.

This session is part of festival21, a day-long series of food-related workshops, performances, exhibitions and other activities. Read the program.

Feb
3
Sun
Fruit for your backyard workshop
Feb 3 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Justin Calverley will discuss the variety of fruit that can be grown in the backyard, including the level of difficulty, size limitations and training habits. You will also explore the property’s sprawling food forest, orchard and berry patch.

Summer fruit tree training workshop
Feb 3 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Justin Calverley will cover the different pruning methods for common backyard fruit trees with a specific focus on things to do in summer. You’ll see espaliered trees, discussing pruning schedules and learn about managing common pests and diseases.

Feb
4
Mon
Nillumbik Garden Club @ Metzner Hall, St Vincent's Care Services
Feb 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.

Feb
5
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Feb 5 @ 10:00 – 12:00

For families with children aged 2-4.

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 sensory play with seeds, leaves, crafts and music, as well as the micro world of mini beasts and soil. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Feb 5 @ 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.

Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Feb 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.

Feb
6
Wed
Planning your winter veggie patch @ Lygon Street Community Garden
Feb 6 @ 18:00 – 19:30

This workshop will leave you feeling confident about what you can plant in March and beyond. It will give you new ideas on what you can grow and things to do in the garden over the cool season. To help solidify your knowledge, you will take a walk around the community garden to identify crops that are thriving, those that are struggling, and common problems.

Feb
7
Thu
The art of espalier @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Feb 7 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • Growing espaliered fruit trees.
  • Different techniques to make the most of all available space for espalier.
  • Improve your general gardening skills.

Presented by Diana Cotter. “Go vertical” is the cry when garden space is limited. Gardening in two dimensions is what espalier is about and this class will cover the different types and how to get them started and then continue to train them into the desired shape. Topics covered include suitable fruit trees, pruning and training techniques.

Indigenous plants for food/fibre/medicine @ Edendale
Feb 7 @ 19:00 – 20:30

The Australian bush provided the first nations people all the food, fibre and medicine needed to thrive in this unique country. In this talk, Richard Rowe will introduce you to some of the local plants used by indigenous Australians and inspire you to grow them in your own garden.

This class will cover: Aboriginal connection with the land; examples of food plants; examples of fibre plants; examples of medicine plants; examples of tool, shelter and fire plants; and tips on how to grow these plants at home.

Feb
8
Fri
Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Feb 8 @ 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.

Feb
9
Sat
Summer fruit tree pruning @ Edendale
Feb 9 @ 09:00 – 13:00

Facilitated by Justin Calverley. Many of us focus on winter as the best time to prune our fruit trees but some fruit trees benefit much more from summer pruning (e.g. stonefruit). Learn how to best care for your fruit trees for health and to maximise your yield for next season. Bring your gardening gloves, a hat and a pair of secateurs.

Coburg secret garden
Feb 9 @ 10:00 – 11:00

The tour will take place three times, at 10am, midday and 2pm.

Two years ago, Alanjohn and Zena moved into their rental with the intention of demonstrating that this form of living doesn’t prevent you from utilising your space. They formed a Memorandum of Understanding with the owners and focused on keeping costs down and re-purposing materials. This tour will focus on demonstrating, not only what can be grown in a suburban rental plot, but how tastefully a grass lawn can be transformed into a fully functioning urban farm.

Fermenting for the future
Feb 9 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Facilitator: Monique Miller. This workshop will introduce you to the world of lacto-fermentation, a method for the preservation of vegetables, dairy, and even bread doughs, using beneficial bacteria. The ancient process of fermentation creates nutritious and delicious foods that do not require refrigeration. Learning to ferment foods at home can help reduce food waste and energy usage. You will go home with their own products to ferment at home.

Greg’s garden – productive and organic backyard
Feb 9 @ 10:00 – 11:00

The tour will take place three times, at 10am, midday and 2pm.

When Greg moved into the property in 2014, the backyard (around a quarter of an acre) was completely neglected. He saw the potential to exercise his green thumb and expand his passion for growing plants and vegetables. Today, the garden is an oasis full of natives, exotic and colourful plant varieties, as well as a thriving edible landscape. Greg draws on a vast array of new and traditional farming techniques to optimise soil health and create a diverse ecosystem.

Poppy’s patch
Feb 9 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Poppy’s Patch started as a father/daughter project when Poppy was aged three. The family decided to use the space on the front lawn to start an edible garden – to not only grow food but teach her where food comes from. To save back-breaking work, they used the no-dig approach so that Poppy could directly layer it herself and learn about how soil is managed. This has helped transform rock-hard northern suburb clay soil into a rich organic loamy soil full of life and nutrients. More recent additions to the garden include multiple compost bins, worm farms and backyard chickens.

To ensure Poppy can meaningfully participate in the garden, her father Chad has developed many strategies for her to work independently which he will share on this guided tour. Chad and Poppy’s Instagram account has become a fun documentation of their journey.