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Sep
19
Thu
Edible weeds @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
Sep 19 @ 15:00 – 16:30

Join weed forager Adam Grubb and Heide Head Gardener David Murphy for a guided tour of edible weeds in the Heide gardens. Finish with garden-inspired canapes and glass of wine.

Sep
20
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Sep 20 @ 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.

Sep
21
Sat
Veggie gardening for beginners @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Sep 21 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to set up and prepare a vegetable garden.
  • How to select, plant and care for crops.
  • How to grow veggies in the ground, in raised beds and in pots.

Presented by Nicole Griffiths. 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.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Sep 21 @ 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.

Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest @ Royal Exhibition Building
Sep 21 @ 12:00 – 23:30

Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest will see lederhosen-clad partygoers shouting Prost from the top of their lungs. The Royal Exhibition Building will play host to a traditional Oktoberfest event, with German oompah bands, folk dancing, on-stage comps and an atmosphere that is guaranteed to be electric. There will be 50 different imported German beers on offer, plus cider, wine, schnapps, etc. The event will also feature numerous German caterers serving up traditional meals such as pork hocks, schnitzels, bratwurst and other German sausages, brathendl (roast chickens), pretzels and German pastries.

Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Sep 21 @ 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.

Sep
22
Sun
Getting a harvest – Summer vegetables @ Hawthorn Community House
Sep 22 @ 09:00 – 11:00

This event is also happening at 11.30am (with different booking details).

Learn all you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer. What you will learn: planning your Summer veggie garden – what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest; mulching; introducing sustainable ways to improve productivity – crop rotation and companion planting; starting with seeds and seedlings; tips for sustainably avoiding and managing pests and diseases; and harvesting.

SEEDs Communal Garden bush garden planting @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Sep 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Lygon Street Nursery have donated some natives that will form the foundation of the SEEDs Communal Garden street-accessible bush garden. Help plant them out and then join them for a picnic lunch.

Click here to read about the garden.

Getting a harvest – Summer vegetables @ Hawthorn Community House
Sep 22 @ 11:30 – 13:30

This event is also happening at 9am (with different booking details).

Learn all you need to know to grow fresh produce at home in Summer. What you will learn: planning your Summer veggie garden – what to plant and when; soil maintenance in the Summer months; smart watering and managing hot weather; feeding and maintaining the patch for a great harvest; mulching; introducing sustainable ways to improve productivity – crop rotation and companion planting; starting with seeds and seedlings; tips for sustainably avoiding and managing pests and diseases; and harvesting.

Sep
24
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Sep 24 @ 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
Sep 24 @ 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.

Introduction to mindful eating @ Align Health & Movement
Sep 24 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Tired of overeating, dieting or both? Ready to break your eat-repent-repeat cycle? Join licensed Am I Hungry facilitator and dietitian (APD) Tess Gardiner (aka The Sustainability Dietitian) for an introduction to mindful eating. Learn how you can develop the effective thoughts and positive feelings necessary to make decisions about eating, physical activity, and self-care that support your optimal health. This inside-out approach changes thoughts and feelings first, so changes in behaviours will last.

Sep
25
Wed
Junior urban farmer – from ages 5 to 12 (two day) @ CERES
Sep 25 @ 09:15 – 12:30

The course is across two days, on Wednesday, 25th September and Thursday, 26th September, both 9.15am-12.30pm.

What you will learn:

  • Discover how to grow healthy organic herbs and veggies.
  • Take a close look soils and seeds and explore seasonal gardening.
  • and explore seasonal gardening.

What you will get:

  • Hands on gardening.
  • Potted seeds and seedlings to take home.

Presenter: Donna Livermore. This is a two session program. On day 1, the children will: explore CERES food growing areas; discover how to grow healthy organic herbs and veggies; take a close look soils and seeds; and get their hands dirty planting up some seeds to take home. On day 2, the children will: learn that some fruits and veggies are seasonal and what they can plant right now; collect herbs and make a cup of herb tea or add to their water; explore how plants and animals interact in a garden; and get their hands dirty potting up a seedling to take home.

Sep
26
Thu
Junior urban farmer – from ages 5 to 12 (two day) @ CERES
Sep 26 @ 09:15 – 12:30

The course is across two days, on Wednesday, 25th September and Thursday, 26th September, both 9.15am-12.30pm.

What you will learn:

  • Discover how to grow healthy organic herbs and veggies.
  • Take a close look soils and seeds and explore seasonal gardening.
  • and explore seasonal gardening.

What you will get:

  • Hands on gardening.
  • Potted seeds and seedlings to take home.

Presenter: Donna Livermore. This is a two session program. On day 1, the children will: explore CERES food growing areas; discover how to grow healthy organic herbs and veggies; take a close look soils and seeds; and get their hands dirty planting up some seeds to take home. On day 2, the children will: learn that some fruits and veggies are seasonal and what they can plant right now; collect herbs and make a cup of herb tea or add to their water; explore how plants and animals interact in a garden; and get their hands dirty potting up a seedling to take home.

Tomato talk, book sales & signing @ Pachamama Wholefoods + Kitchen
Sep 26 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Go along to hear some tomato growing tips from Karen Sutherland. Learn how to prepare your soil properly, when and how to protect your plants, and the pros and cons of various pruning and training techniques. Discover the world of heirloom tomatoes.

Sep
28
Sat
Native plants for food and medicine @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Sep 28 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Traditional Indigenous lifestyles and healing practices pre European settlement.
  • Traditional ways of using various Indigenous plants for medicinal purposes.
  • Promising new research into their potential medical applications.

Presented by Gaby Harris. Indigenous Australians have been using native plants and animals for tens of thousands of years as sources of food and medicine. With European settlement much of this knowledge was lost or ignored, but there is now growing interest in relearning these traditional healing methods. More research is being carried out to see how we can grow, harvest and utilise our Indigenous plants for foods, medicines, cosmetics and more. This class will introduce you to some of the well-known, as well as some more obscure, Indigenous Australian plants, teach you how they were once used, and how you can use them now. You will be able to see, smell and taste a variety of these amazing plants and learn where you can find them and how to cook with them.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Sep 28 @ 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.

Growing your veggies from seed @ Watsonia Library
Sep 28 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Robin Gale-Baker will show you how to growing your vegetables from seed.

Oct
1
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Oct 1 @ 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
Oct 1 @ 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.

Oct
2
Wed
Vegan vegout @ Welcome To Thornbury
Oct 2 @ 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.

Oct
3
Thu
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Oct 3 @ 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.

Eating for energy masterclass @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
Oct 3 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Led by Rosie Chehade. This class will provide an information session of the power of pure energy, clean eating 101, and 5 health hacks that will change your life. Learn about the power of real food as medicine, gain a balanced perspective of all things health and ditch the diet forever! Includes a mini smoothie demo.

Just Eat It (film) @ Shire Hall Preston
Oct 3 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Join them to mark the launch of Darebin’s food waste recycling service. Around 38% of the household waste bin in Darebin is food. From 7th October, Darebin residents will be able to add food waste to their existing green waste bin, along with garden waste. This includes fruit and vegetable scraps, meat and bones, bread, cheese and even those uneaten leftovers.

Just Eat It is a documentary film about food waste and food rescue. We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing so much of it in the trash?

Film makers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But, as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Oct 3 @ 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.

Oct
5
Sat
Growing mushrooms in your home and garden (2 day) @ Bellfield Community Garden
Oct 5 @ 09:00 – Oct 6 @ 16:30

Join Burn City Mycology to learn and practice all aspects of mushroom cultivation, from the early stages of propagating mycelium, right through to how to fruit your mushrooms to get the best yields possible. You will also learn how to prepare and inoculate: liquid cultures & agar dishes to grow mycelium; grain spawn to significantly reduce the cost of cultivation; and bulk substrates including straw/sugarcane, sawdust, wood chips & logs so that you can grow a range of gourmet edible and medicinal mushrooms.

You will take home a large amount of mushroom cultures and cultivation supplies including: 2x oyster mushroom grow kits (valued @ $30 each); mycelium cultures of oyster mushroom, turkey tail, shiitake, reishi & lion’s Mane (valued at $25 each); sawdust spawn of king stropharia (valued at $40); grain spawn & mason jars (valued at $20 each); and specialised mushroom grow bags.

Growing great tomatoes @ CERES
Oct 5 @ 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.

Pinot Palooza @ Royal Exhibition Building
Oct 5 @ 11:00 – 18:00
Book launch – Plotting at Rushall Community Garden @ Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
Oct 5 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Fifteen years ago, Rushall Community Garden harvested its first produce. This year, the garden will launch its book, Plotting, a collection of 150 seasonal recipes, gardening tips and ideas to make the most of your produce, shared by garden members. Join City of Yarra Mayor Danae Bosler as they launch Plotting and celebrate a flourishing gardening community’s commitment to sustainable organic gardening principles.

Oct
6
Sun
Citrus care workshop @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Oct 6 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer. The workshop will cover citrus botany (i.e. different types of citrus, organic pest control strategies and nutrient deficiencies. It will also include a shape pruning demonstration.

Click here to read about the garden.

Oct
7
Mon
Native pollinators @ Nunawading Civic Centre (Willis Room)
Oct 7 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Karen Thomas, Regional Agriculture Facilitator for the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) will explore the actions that we can take as gardeners to boost pollinator biodiversity and keep plants fruiting and setting seed. All participants will receive an insect attracting plant to take home.

Oct
8
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Oct 8 @ 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
Oct 8 @ 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.

Am I hungry? Mindful eating program (8 sessions) @ Align Health & Movement
Oct 8 @ 19:00 – 20:30

8 sessions on consecutive Tuesdays from 8th October to 26th November.

Join licensed Am I Hungry facilitator and dietitian (APD) Tess Gardiner (aka The Sustainability Dietitian) to understand mindful eating. Over the 8 sessions, you will learn:

  • How to be in charge of your eating instead of feeling out of control.
  • How to use hunger and satiety to guide your eating.
  • How to eat the foods you love without overeating or guilt.
  • How to balance eating for nourishment with eating for enjoyment.
  • How to resolve mindless and emotional eating.
  • How to discover joy in movement.
  • How to care for your body, mind, heart, and spirit.
Oct
9
Wed
Macleod Organic Community Garden tour and talk @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Oct 9 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Robin Gale-Baker will give a tour of the garden and discuss adjusting planting schedules and plant care in the light of climate change. Afternoon tea at 3pm.

Book by phone (0408 733683) or email.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mental Health Week – food for every mood @ Kathleen Syme Library
Oct 9 @ 18:00 – 21:00

Food has the ability to impact our emotional and mental well-being in a variety of ways. Whether it is seeking ‘comfort food’ when you’ve had a bad day or cooking to relieve stress, food and our eating habits really do affect our mood. In this workshop, you will learn about a few ways that food is connected to emotional and mental health, and you’ll leave equipped to more effectively utilise the relationship between food and your mental health. Of course, there will be food there to be shared!

Bookings essential.

2040, Join the Regeneration (film) @ Hoyts
Oct 9 @ 19:00 – 20:30

In 2040, director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations. Watch a trailer.

In order for the screening to go ahead, they need to reach a ‘tipping’ point of 59 tickets sold by the 27th September.

Organised by XR Nillumbik.

Oct
10
Thu
Herbal teas @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Oct 10 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • Learn about herbal teas.
  • Understand how to grow your own tea.
  • Learn about using native plants for herbal teas.

Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Herbs have been used for centuries for health benefits and one of the most common ways of taking them was through teas. Karen will guide you through their cultivation requirements and how to use them in herbal teas. Sip your way through some teas during the class to discover some new favourites, including some Australian native herbs.

Oct
11
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Oct 11 @ 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.

Oct
12
Sat
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Oct 12 @ 10:30 – 12:30

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.

The art of watering @ Bellfield Community Garden
Oct 12 @ 12:30 – 14:00

Facilitated by Robin Gale-Baker and organised by Transition 3081. Learn how to assess the watering needs of vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and bushes, and plants in pots. Both under-watering and over-watering are a waste of water and it is important to water such that plants grow healthily whilst also conserving water as much as practicable.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Oct 12 @ 13:00 – 14:00

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.