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May
12
Wed
Plan, plant, propagate – permaculture (7 sessions) @ Whittlesea Community Garden
May 12 @ 10:00 – 14:00

7 sessions on consecutive Wednesdays from 12th May to 23rd June. This course is free for those with a green medicare card who are not currently enrolled in secondary school. It is being run by Jesuit Social Services.

You will learn about:

  • Propagating indigenous plants.
  • Growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs for the local community.
  • Preparing, cultivating and maintain garden beds.
  • Landscaping using permaculture principles and design.

Register by either phone (9415 8700) or email (courses@jss.org.au).

May
14
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 14 @ 12:00 – 13:30

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.

May
15
Sat
Organic growing with biodynamic methods (2 days) @ CERES
May 15 @ 09:30 – May 16 @ 16:30

What you will learn:

  • Why biodynamic methods are an essential part of sustainable organic food growing.
  • How to develop a deeper consciousness of the living processes driving vitality of soil, plants and animals.
  • How to enhance your organic food growing of any scale with biodynamic methods.

What you will get:

  • A biodynamic preparations kit to get you started.

Presenter: Peter Kearney. You will work with the CERES vegetable growing and orchard areas gaining practical experience of how to work with organic and biodynamic methods.

Home brewing @ CERES
May 15 @ 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.

Winter gardening workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 15 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Join Damian Curtain, long time anchor of the Reservoir Food Swap, on a tour of his home garden. He will show what he’s been doing to get the most out of his garden in the winter months, and prepare for the new growth and possibilities of spring.

Build a bee hotel @ Work-Shop Melbourne
May 15 @ 14:30 – 16:30

Katrina Forstner will tell you all about native bees, their important role in pollination and how to create a bee haven. You’ll get the low down on Australia’s native bees, how to identify them, the co-evolution of bees with flowering plants, nesting behaviours, buzz pollination and blue-banded bees, creating a bee-friendly habitat, increasing insect biodiversity and the plight of the commercial honeybee population, as well as getting your hands dirty building a bee hotel out of recycled timber and suitable nest materials. You will also create some bee bombs for your garden, chock full of seeds they love!

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 15 @ 14:30 – 16:00

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.

Food scaping, bee scaping @ Finbar Neighbourhood House
May 15 @ 16:00 – 17:00

Learn about creating spaces that feed us and support pollinators.

Booking essential by phone (9428 7668) or email.

May
16
Sun
Worm farm workshop @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
May 16 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer from Blue Bee Garden Design. Find out how to set up your own worm farm, how worm farms work, what to feed your worms and things to avoid.

Click here to read about the garden.

May
17
Mon
Seed saving with Kat Lavers @ Nunawading Civic Centre (Willis Room)
May 17 @ 19:00 – 21:00

A common stumbling block for those starting out with seed saving is knowing how to get the seeds from the parent plant and how to look after them until it is time for sowing. Kat Lavers will take you through why and how to save seeds, including selecting plants for seed, controlling pollination, storage tips and techniques for all common vegetable families.

May
18
Tue
Ageing and wellness information session @ Balwyn Community Centre
May 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Hear from registered dietician, Alain, on the best ways to eat to promote healthy ageing, and to improve your wellbeing. He will cover a range of topics to include weight loss, healthy cooking, stress reduction and reading food labels. Suitable for all ages, including parents and seniors.

May
20
Thu
Tea time at Heide @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
May 20 @ 14:00 – 16:00

On International Tea Day, join Wurundjeri Elder David Wandin, Heide gardener Luke Murchie and members of the Australian Tea Cultural society for a discussion about indigenous botanicals found at Heide that can be used in tea, and sample different tea infusions using these botanicals.

May
21
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 21 @ 12:00 – 13:30

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.

May
22
Sat
World Bee Day at Coburg Farmers’ Market @ Coburg Farmers' Market, Coburg Primary School
May 22 @ 08:00 – 13:00

This event will include:

  • Tastings of local honey varieties.
  • Viewing a live working beehive (contained within glass for safety).
  • A chance to ask beekeeper Benedict, of The Practical Beekeeper, any questions you might have.
  • Bee educated by the folks at Pollinator Alliance (including educational info for the kids!).
  • Learn about the importance of bees to our food systems and future.
  • Hyperlocal honey for sale – pick up a jar or two for home.

Just turn up.

Introduction to growing vegetables @ Balwyn Community Centre
May 22 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Learn all the requirements for establishing a productive veggie plot at home including all the information needed to prepare your soil, plant the right vegetables, care for them accordingly and manage pest and disease issues as they arise. Led by qualified horticulturists, Nicola and Harry.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
May 22 @ 10:30 – 12:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 10.30am and at 1.30m.

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.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
May 22 @ 13:30 – 15:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 10.30am and at 1.30m.

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.

FOGO one year celebration event – with Costa Georgiadis @ Camberwell Primary School
May 22 @ 14:30 – 17:00

The Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) program allows residents in Boroondara to put both food waste and garden waste in the same bin for a weekly collection. Celebrate a year of FOGO in Boroondara. Event highlights include a keynote talk by Costa Georgiadis, hearing from FOGO resident champions, a compost giveaway, afternoon tea and a sustainable garden tour.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 22 @ 14:30 – 16:00

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.

Backyard beekeeping powered by Eltham Rotary @ Edendale
May 22 @ 16:00 – 18:00

You will learn: all about the bee, biology, diseases and honey; types of equipment and hives required; and regulations and purchasing bees. Presenter: Benedict Hughes. The workshop is suitable for participants aged from 10 years onwards.

There are some other associated events as part of celebrating World Bee Day on 20th May. See graphic right.

An evening with a honey sommelier + beekeeper @ Alphington farmgate
May 22 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Certified honey sommelier Jessica Locarnini will lead a honey tasting session, including a discussion of flavour profiles, terroir, a blind tasting of honey varietes and interactive tasting notes for each guest. There will be a mead beverage (honey wine) and honey x cheese board to enjoy, accompanied by an introduction to honey pairings. Local beekeeper Benedict Hughes will talk about hive locations, honey production methods and more.

May
23
Sun
Mushroom foraging
May 23 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Join Anna, the Urban Nanna, for an educational session about wild mushrooms: when, where & how to find them, what to look for and how to use them.

You will find and identify a range of wild, edible mushrooms. You will learn the basic principles and protocols of foraging, and then move on to mushroom specifics. You will examine examples of the types of mushrooms to look for on the day, and be shown the physical features you can use to correctly identify them. There will also be information on how to safely prepare and enjoy eating the mushrooms you find.

Included in the session fee is a learning pack to take home with you, a sample of how wild mushrooms can be cooked, and a hot drink.

Overall, there will be around 1-2km of walking over grassy terrain involved.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
May 23 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Kitchen medicine – garden farmacy @ CERES
May 23 @ 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: Naabi Methe. Take a walk through the CERES garden beds and bring the wisdom of traditional herbal medicines into a modern context. You will explore traditional and modern uses of the plants and how to introduce these plants into the kitchen as medicine.

May
27
Thu
Gin tasting and cocktail making experience @ The Fitz Cafe & Rooftop
May 27 @ 18:30 – 20:00

You will start by tasting a selection of The Australian Distilling Co’s gins. You will then learn how to make some gin-based cocktails whilst being given some fun facts behind the history of the gin, tips and tricks from world of bartending and how to fashion some funky garnishes for your cocktails.

Winter survival guide with nutritionist Lindy Cook @ Doncaster Library
May 27 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Prepare yourself to get through another Melbourne winter with this talk from nutritionist Lindy Cook. Say goodbye to the winter blues with tips on how to stay healthy, active and positive while the temperature drops.

May
28
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 28 @ 12:00 – 13:30

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.

May
29
Sat
Mushroom foraging
May 29 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Join Anna, the Urban Nanna, for an educational session about wild mushrooms: when, where & how to find them, what to look for and how to use them.

You will find and identify a range of wild, edible mushrooms. You will learn the basic principles and protocols of foraging, and then move on to mushroom specifics. You will examine examples of the types of mushrooms to look for on the day, and be shown the physical features you can use to correctly identify them. There will also be information on how to safely prepare and enjoy eating the mushrooms you find.

Included in the session fee is a learning pack to take home with you, a sample of how wild mushrooms can be cooked, and a hot drink.

Overall, there will be around 1-2km of walking over grassy terrain involved.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 29 @ 14:30 – 16:00

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.

May
30
Sun
Mushroom foraging
May 30 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Join Anna, the Urban Nanna, for an educational session about wild mushrooms: when, where & how to find them, what to look for and how to use them.

You will find and identify a range of wild, edible mushrooms. You will learn the basic principles and protocols of foraging, and then move on to mushroom specifics. You will examine examples of the types of mushrooms to look for on the day, and be shown the physical features you can use to correctly identify them. There will also be information on how to safely prepare and enjoy eating the mushrooms you find.

Included in the session fee is a learning pack to take home with you, a sample of how wild mushrooms can be cooked, and a hot drink.

Overall, there will be around 1-2km of walking over grassy terrain involved.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
May 30 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Jun
4
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 4 @ 12:00 – 13:30

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.

Jun
5
Sat
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Jun 5 @ 10:30 – 12:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 10.30am and at 1.30pm.

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.

Fruit fly workshop @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Jun 5 @ 13:00 – 15:00

No need to book – just turn up.

We have learnt a lot in the last year about better ways to protect our fruit and veggies. This workshop will include advice on the best organic sprays, lures and baits to use, explain why defeating fruit fly is a year round process, discuss how to deal with infected produce, and provide a timetable for action. Early action is essential to beat the Queensland Fruit Fly (which is why this workshop is in June).

Mushroom foraging
Jun 5 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Join Anna, the Urban Nanna, for an educational session about wild mushrooms: when, where & how to find them, what to look for and how to use them.

You will find and identify a range of wild, edible mushrooms. You will learn the basic principles and protocols of foraging, and then move on to mushroom specifics. You will examine examples of the types of mushrooms to look for on the day, and be shown the physical features you can use to correctly identify them. There will also be information on how to safely prepare and enjoy eating the mushrooms you find.

Included in the session fee is a learning pack to take home with you, a sample of how wild mushrooms can be cooked, and a hot drink.

Overall, there will be around 1-2km of walking over grassy terrain involved.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Jun 5 @ 13:30 – 15:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 10.30am and at 1.30pm.

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.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 5 @ 14:30 – 16:00

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.

Jun
6
Sun
Mushroom foraging
Jun 6 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Join Anna, the Urban Nanna, for an educational session about wild mushrooms: when, where & how to find them, what to look for and how to use them.

You will find and identify a range of wild, edible mushrooms. You will learn the basic principles and protocols of foraging, and then move on to mushroom specifics. You will examine examples of the types of mushrooms to look for on the day, and be shown the physical features you can use to correctly identify them. There will also be information on how to safely prepare and enjoy eating the mushrooms you find.

Included in the session fee is a learning pack to take home with you, a sample of how wild mushrooms can be cooked, and a hot drink.

Overall, there will be around 1-2km of walking over grassy terrain involved.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Jun 6 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Jun
11
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 11 @ 12:00 – 13:30

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.

Beeswax wraps with Emma Grace @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Jun 11 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Learn from Emma Grace how to make and take home two wraps. Includes complimentary bubbles, cheese and all materials.

Jun
12
Sat
Winter fruit tree maintenance @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Jun 12 @ 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.