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Jul
23
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jul 23 @ 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.

Herbs ancient and modern @ Mooroolbark Library
Jul 23 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Presenter: Jill Bryant. Jill will talk about herbs that have been in use from medieval times to the present day. Samples and cuttings of her many herbs will be on display, along with historical illustrations from the past.

Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jul 23 @ 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.

Diabetes and diet @ Hawthorn Community House
Jul 23 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Join their resident dietitian in this talk about diabetes. Participants will benefit by increased knowledge, awareness and understanding about diabetes. An understanding about resources and tools to help prevent type 2 diabetes or manage diabetes well, leaving you feeling confident and empowered to lead a healthy life.

5 steps to amazing gut health (4 sessions) @ Wonga Park Community Cottage
Jul 23 @ 19:30 – 21:00

4 sessions on Tuesdays, starting 23rd July, 7.30-9pm.

Tutor: Amanda Wright. Week 1: how to stop acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion in 3 simple steps. Week 2: 5 best ways to prevent depression, anxiety, brain fog, parkinson’s, dementia, fibromyalgia, crohn’s disease and diabetes. Week 3: the hidden link between prescription medications and the impact on gut health. Week 4: how to get better quality sleep, have more energy & vitality and promote healthy ageing.

Book by phone (9722 1944) or email (wpcc@bigpond.com.au).

Jul
25
Thu
Permaculture Design Course with Pete the Permie (12 sessions) @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jul 25 @ 09:00 – 16:30

On 9 Thursdays and 3 Saturdays, all 9.30am-4.30pm, starting Thursday, 25th July. Book by phone (9870 2602).

Permaculture elder Pete the Permie and his team of tutors will conduct this 80 hour course covering the full PDC. The class will cover such subjects as the principles of permaculture, water, trees, soils, zones, sectors, site design, animals and the many social structures that apply. Students will be able to design a project of their choice to present to the class on the final day.

There are no prerequisites for this class. Once you have completed this course successfully, you will be entitled to use ‘permaculture’ in your business name.

Beeswax wraps @ Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre
Jul 25 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Tutor: 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. You will make your own ready-to-use beeswax wraps.

Pay at the event.

Jul
26
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jul 26 @ 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.

Jul
27
Sat
The joy of backyard chooks @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Jul 27 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard.
  • How to house and protect chooks from predators.
  • How chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil.

Presented by Sarah Hardgrove. Keeping a few chooks in the backyard used to be a staple of Australian suburban life, and their eggs made up a healthy part of our diet. But even though our house blocks might be shrinking, a smaller backyard doesn’t necessarily mean an end to raising or enjoying them. In this class, you will find out just how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers, as well as everything you need to know about housing, protecting and feeding them, and lots of practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden. Suitable for those who have never kept chooks before.

Mushroom growing workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jul 27 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Sena will take you through how to grow your own mushrooms at home. You’ll cover everything from what mushrooms eat, cultivating, substrates, and pasteurising to propagating so you can continue on your mushroom growing journey.

Book by phone (9870 2602).

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jul 27 @ 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.

Native edibles – walk, talk, taste @ Gunyah Garden
Jul 27 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Presented by Karen Sutherland. There are many edible native plants that are easy to grow in urban gardens and pots. Karen’s own garden grows around 40 native edible plants and is a great place to see how they grow. You will look at how to grow lemon myrtle and her lesser known cousin cinnamon myrtle. Native pepper as well as a range of salt bushes can be grown in suburban gardens if you know what to do. Taste test a range of salt bushes, to find your favourite. Discuss a variety of native fruiting plants.

You will learn which native edible plants are suitable for a suburban garden, in pots or in the ground, and how to harvest & use them to enjoy their unique flavour and aroma profiles. You will get a packet of seeds.

Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Jul 27 @ 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.

Jul
28
Sun
Winter food forest – walk, talk, taste @ Gunyah Garden
Jul 28 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Presented by Karen Sutherland. Tour Karen’s garden, where there are a number of unusual edible plants that produce in winter, including perennial bell pepper, avocado, yacon and choko. Learn how to grow more winter edibles, from annual to perennial. You will also get a packet of seeds.

Jul
29
Mon
Roadmap for a resilient and sustainable Melbourne foodbowl @ Collingwood Library
Jul 29 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Collingwood Country Women’s Association will be having a special guest speaker, Dr Rachel Carey to talk about the crisis facing our foodbowls and what must be done to protect agricultural land as it comes under increasing pressures. Rachel is one of the authors of a new report entitled Roadmap for a resilient and sustainable Melbourne foodbowl which outlines a vision and roadmap for preserving Melbourne’s foodbowl for current and future generations as a fundamental building block in a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair food system. This roadmap was developed through a collaborative process involving a wide range of stakeholders. Five key areas of policy action underpin a resilient and sustainable city foodbowl: farmland protection, farm viability, water access, nutrient recycling and sustainable farming.

Everyone welcome. Register by email (collingwoodCWA@gmail.com).

Jul
30
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jul 30 @ 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.

Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast with Penny Woodward @ Lilydale Library
Jul 30 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Join Penny Woodward, horticultural expert and author of Tomato : know, sow, grow, feast and be inspired to learn how to grow, nurture and enjoy these colourful heritage gems! Book purchases on the day.

Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jul 30 @ 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.

Jul
31
Wed
Heidi garden club @ Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide I kitchen garden)
Jul 31 @ 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 – the story of Oz Harvest @ Manningham Civic Centre, Function Rooms
Jul 31 @ 19:00 – 21:00

OzHarvest collects excess food from around 3,500 commercial outlets and delivers it to around 1,300 charities supporting people in need across the country. That’s 180 tonnes of food each week.

Aug
1
Thu
Introduction to beekeeping (6 sessions) @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Aug 1 @ 17:30 – 20:00

6 sessions starting 1st August.

This course is designed to show you how to make sure that your beehive is happy and healthy and will show you the important steps you need to know about what bees need and want to keep them happy. Activities will include: open and re-assemble a beehive; re-queen a honey colony; manage pest and disease within a honey bee colony; using a bee smoker; and remove a honey crop from a hive.

2040, Join the Regeneration (film) @ Village Cinemas, Plenty Valley
Aug 1 @ 18:30 – 20:00

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.

Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Aug 1 @ 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.

Aug
3
Sat
Intro to permaculture (two days) @ CERES
Aug 3 @ 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 days are Saturday, 3rd August and Saturday 10th August, both 10am-3pm.

What you will learn:

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

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.

Winter fruit tree pruning with Chris England @ PSL6, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne
Aug 3 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Presenter Chris England. Learn how to prune different types of fruit trees – apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums and citrus. Learn how to keep trees healthy and to a workable height and to recognise the different types of growth, and prune for maximum fruit.

BYO secateurs.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Aug 3 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil. Facilitator: Dianne Gordon.

Aug
4
Sun
Grafting and tree sales day @ Pettys Orchard
Aug 4 @ 10:00 – 13:00
  • Learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees.
  • Select suitable rootstocks.
  • Have new trees grafted or budded by Heritage Fruits Society members.
  • Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting.
  • Buy one-year-old grafted trees.
  • Discuss your fruit tree needs.

Their current focus is on apple varieties but they will also have a few stone fruit trees for sale.

No need to book – just turn up.

Aug
5
Mon
Food, fibre and medicine – the traditional uses of indigenous plants @ Nunawading Civic Centre (Willis Room)
Aug 5 @ 19:30 – 21:00

Before white settlement, the Australian bush provided the first nations people all the food, fibre and medicine needed to thrive in this unique country. In this workshop, Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia will introduce the gardener to some of the plants used by indigenous Australians and inspire gardeners to grow them in their gardens. Participants will receive an indigenous tube stock plant to take home.

Aug
6
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Aug 6 @ 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
Aug 6 @ 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.

Aug
7
Wed
Vegan vegout @ Welcome To Thornbury
Aug 7 @ 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.

Aug
10
Sat
Scion and tree sales day @ CERES
Aug 10 @ 09:00 – 12:00

Their current focus is on apple varieties. Limited amounts of stonefruit.

No need to book – just turn up.

Winter fruit tree maintenance @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Aug 10 @ 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 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.

Aug
11
Sun
Wicking beds @ Allwood Neighbourhood House
Aug 11 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Tutor: Ravi from the Greenheart Trust. Learn the basics of creating wicking beds.

Aug
12
Mon
Supermarket tour @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Aug 12 @ 10:00 – 11:15

This tour is happening three times on Monday 12th August at 10-11.15am, Monday 19th August at 4-5.15pm and Sunday 1st September at 10-11.15am.

Presenter: Joel Feren, who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with a background in biomedical sciences.

Joel will provide you with the skills to read and interpret complex nutritional labels and identify how you can prepare quick and nourishing meals that will allow you to work smarter not harder in the kitchen.

Aug
13
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Aug 13 @ 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
Aug 13 @ 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.

Aug
14
Wed
Beeswax wrap workshop @ Balwyn Community Centre
Aug 14 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Learn how to make eco-friendly beeswax wraps. The wraps are made with all-natural ingredients and can be used instead of plastic bags or cling wrap. You will make 4 wraps on the day (2 x small, 1 x medium, 1 x large) and learn how to make more at home. Notes will be provided.

2040, Join the Regeneration (film) @ Hoyts
Aug 14 @ 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.

Aug
15
Thu
Living The Change (film) @ Watsonia Library
Aug 15 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises that we face today – solutions that any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can re-think our approach to how we live.

This is a waste free event. Please bring your own cup/mug to enjoy a tea/coffee.

They will be collecting donations (no pressure) on arrival to go towards future sustainability projects in the local community (organised by Transition Warringal).

Aug
16
Fri
Mould – a cheese festival @ Meat Market
Aug 16 @ 11:00 – 15:00

The festival is on at 4-8pm on Friday, 16th August and 11am-8pm on Saturday, 17th August.

This festival will see Australia’s best cheesemakers together for tastings, conversations, demonstrations and drinks. Your ticket includes all cheese tastings. There will be around 40 stalls, including Yarra Valley Dairy.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 16 @ 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.