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Nov
14
Thu
Moreland Local Food Forum and networking @ Coburg Court House
Nov 14 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Celebrate the achievements of the local food community. Participate in conversations about local food projects. There will also be facilitated networking, providing opportunities to connect with others who are passionate about creating a sustainable, just and vibrant food system.

For those who grow their own food, you are also invited to bring a simple dish to share, made from homegrown or locally grown ingredients.

Native fruit @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Nov 14 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • The A-Z of growing native fruit.
  • Handy hints and tips from an experienced native fruit grower.
  • When to harvest native fruit, and different ways to use it.

Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Native produce plants – or bush food – are becoming increasingly popular. Whilst many native fruits can’t be grown in Melbourne, some can. You’ll learn how to grow, harvest and use such fruit, with a particular focus on what can be grown in pots.

Bees wax wraps @ Mt Evelyn Community House
Nov 14 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Holly from Holly’s Backyard Bees will show you how to make bees wax wraps and will have a selection of Christmas fabrics for you to choose from.

Book by phone (9736 1177) and pay at the event.

Nov
15
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Nov 15 @ 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.

Nov
16
Sat
Beekeeping workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Nov 16 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Ben Moore from Ben’s Bees get you to suit up and learn about: cast systems; swarm control; disease identification & management; how to harvest bee products such as honey, pollen, bees wax & propolis; and how to grow a bee-friendly garden.

Book by phone (9870 2602).

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Nov 16 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Your tour, led by Nathan Stewart, a professional Doreen-based beekeeper from Maya ‘Xala Honey, will include suiting up in protective gear, lighting a bee smoker, and spending two hours as real life beekeeper. Initially, Nathan will give you some tips on what to look for inside a hive including how to spot the Queen and where to look to potentially witness the birth of a new worker bee. Then, together you will lift the lid of a busy hive, watch bees at work creating honey, pull out a frame of honey ready for extraction, and get up close with more than 100,000 bees! After the lid is closed, you will sample some of the honey direct from the hives while enjoying a refreshing honey tonic.

Buzz in workshop @ Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Nov 16 @ 10:30 – 12:30

This workshop will demonstrate methods for pollination and planning for bee habitat, including bee-attracting plants and how to encourage urban diversity. You will learn about the co-evolution of bees and native plants, what common bees look like and native bee nesting. You will also get to make a bee hotel using natural materials to take home.

Book by phone (9386 9418).

Farm tour and garlic harvest @ Sugarloaf Produce
Nov 16 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Sugarloaf Produce is a small non-certified organic farm located in Strathewen. Learn how they grow vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and eggs without the use of synthetic chemicals, and how they produce compost using a mixture of farm green waste, manure, and other organic materials.

Make your own composting system @ Brunswick Tool Library
Nov 16 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Using found/upcycled materials and some Tool Library tools, you will create a composting system tailored to you and your living circumstances.

Environmentally friendly beeswax wraps @ Mitcham Community House
Nov 16 @ 12:30 – 15:30

Learn how to make beeswax wraps. All equipment and materials will be supplied by the tutor.

Book by phone (9873 4587).

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

Farm tour and Spring planting @ Sugarloaf Produce
Nov 16 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Sugarloaf Produce is a small non-certified organic farm located in Strathewen. Learn how they grow vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and eggs without the use of synthetic chemicals, and how they produce compost using a mixture of farm green waste, manure, and other organic materials.

Native edibles – walk, talk, taste @ Gunyah Garden
Nov 16 @ 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 lemon myrtle, her lesser known cousin cinnamon myrtle, native pepper, a range of salt bushes and some native fruits.

Nov
17
Sun
Bee Shed launch party @ Melbourne Innovation Centre
Nov 17 @ 10:00 – 13:00

This is the launch of the Bee Shed and Bee School project funded through the Pick My Project program. Celebrate the open of this new community space where you can learn about bees, pollinators and backyard beekeeping.

Apiary tours and demonstrations. Face painting and games. Scones and honey.

Introduction to permaculture (two sessions) @ Edendale
Nov 17 @ 10:00 – 16:00

A two-session workshop, with the two sessions being on the 17th and 24th November, each 10am-4pm.

Facilitator: Donna Livermore. Developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture (permanent agriculture) is a whole system approach to ecological planning and design for sustainable living. This workshop, spread over two weekends, will be beneficial to both those new to the concept of permaculture and for those thinking of undertaking a permaculture design course. You will be introduced to permaculture and gain a basic understanding of the principles and design methods associated with permaculture.

Spring food forest – walk, talk, taste @ Gunyah Garden
Nov 17 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Presented by Karen Sutherland. Take a guided tour of Karen’s garden. Taste some new and interesting plants. You will receive a packet of seeds saved from the garden.

Eltham Wine Show @ Veneto Sports and Entertainment Centre
Nov 17 @ 10:30 – 14:30

Australia’s largest amateur wine show:

  • Around 700 wines available for tasting.
  • Wine awards and presentations.
  • Artisan olive oil sampling and sales.
  • Free tasting glass.
Malahang Festival @ Malahang Reserve
Nov 17 @ 11:00 – 16:00

Malahang Festival is Banyule Council’s free annual community event. There will be a youth area, kids zone, food stalls, market stalls, community arts project and sporting activities.

In the sustainability area, there will be a food swap organised by Transition 3081.

Bee a pollinator! Native bee hotel workshop by Buzz and Dig. @ Private address
Nov 17 @ 11:30 – 12:30

This workshop, by Katrina Forstner from Buzz and Dig, will introduce you to our native bees, how to spot a native bee, nesting types, buzz pollination, what materials are great to get you started with your own bee hotel and, no matter what type of green thumb you are, how to set up a bee friendly garden. Enjoy a cuppa whilst you make your own bee hotel using natural and upcycled materials.

Beeswax wrap making demonstration @ Fawkner Food Bowls
Nov 17 @ 12:00 – 14:00

Join author and presenter Liz O’Dwyer to learn how to make your own beeswax wraps in this 2 hour demonstration. You also get your own free beeswax wrap kit to take home.

Pop-up spring plant sale at Gunyah garden @ Gunyah Garden
Nov 17 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Spring plant sale of unusual and difficult to find herbs and edible plants including: plants from Crete (dittany, mountain tea and perennial sea chicory); native edibles (cinnamon myrtle, old man saltbush, strawberry gum and native elder flower); and other (perennial thai basil and strawberry grape). All of the plants are propagated from Karen Sutherland’s garden.

Nov
18
Mon
Edible native plants for small gardens @ Coburg Library
Nov 18 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Facilitated by Karen Sutherland. Find out what local plants you can grow and how to use them. Select appropriate plants for your space, such as lemon myrtle or desert lime, and create safe habitats for local fauna.

Registrations essential.

Nov
19
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Nov 19 @ 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
Nov 19 @ 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.

Nov
20
Wed
Launch of the Whittlesea Food Collective @ Building D, Epping Campus, Melbourne Polytechnic
Nov 20 @ 16:00 – 18:00

Join them to launch the Whittlesea Food Collective and help them to make it a reality. The Collective will be led by Whittlesea Community Connections on behalf of the Whittlesea Emergency Relief Network.

Rsvp for catering purposes by email.

Build DIY food waste solutions @ Brunswick Tool Library
Nov 20 @ 18:00 – 19:30

Go build your own food waste solution using upcycled materials. Also learn about composting.

Thrifty gardening @ Manningham Civic Centre
Nov 20 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This session will show you how you can get away with not spending a fortune on your garden by utilising things you may already have and learning some clever techniques to save money. Topics will include: potting mixes; pest control; fertilisers; seed sowing; seasonal plant propagation; and re-purposing household objects for use in the garden.

Nov
21
Thu
Tea anyone? Christmas craft and easy edible gifts with Carol @ Lilydale Library
Nov 21 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Make a Christmas teabag wreath to admire all season. Carol from Kazzy’s Kitchen will show you how to make a tea bag wreath and some homemade tasty Christmas surprises. Tastings and refreshments provided.

Tomato planting @ Diamond Valley Library
Nov 21 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Join Kathleen to learn how to plant and best care for your tomatoes to ensure a bumper crop.

Healthy productive compost and worms @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Nov 21 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • The importance of compost for soil health.
  • How to fix common composting problems.
  • Setting up and looking after a worm farm.

Presented by Diana Cotter. Learn how to make great compost, the essential ingredient for a thriving and healthy garden. Look at worm farms and Bokashi as other options. They will also show you how to make a DIY worm farm using recycled products.

Nov
22
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Nov 22 @ 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.

Beeswax wraps @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Nov 22 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Join Emma Grace for a Christmas-themed beeswax wraps session. Learn how to make and take home two wraps. Includes complimentary bubbles, cheese and all materials.

Nov
23
Sat
Intermediate fluid art workshop – cheeseboard and coasters @ Yarra Glen Living & Learning Centre
Nov 23 @ 09:30 – 11:30

You will leave with a cheeseboard and four coasters of your own to take home. You will learn new techniques and be able to build on your existing acrylic pouring skills. Everything will be supplied and zero artistic experience is necessary.

Book by phone (9730 2887).

Balcony garden workshop
Nov 23 @ 10:00 – 11:30

The tour will take place twice, at 10am and at 2pm.

Led by Stephen Read, tour of a balcony garden in a Collingwood factory conversion replete with edible herbs, fruit and veggies.

Composting workshop @ St Johns Riverside Community Garden, St Johns Anglican Church
Nov 23 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Learn all the tips and tricks to making great compost. Find out about different composting containers, worm farming and Bokashi buckets.

Book by phone (9490 4222).

Click here to read about the garden.

Medicinal gardening (two day) @ Joe’s Market Garden
Nov 23 @ 10:00 – 15:30

This is a two-day event, on Saturday, 23rd November and Sunday, 24th November, both 10am-3.30pm.

Learn to design and plant a medicinal garden with Western medicinal herbs. The course will cover herbal germination, cultivation, harvest and medicine making. It will also cover growing conditions of individual plants, creating fertile soil, and basic botany & plant identification. Facilitated by Taj Scicluna (The Perma Pixie) and Willow (Herb-Nerd).

Drawing and watercolour workshop in an edible garden @ Murundaka Cohousing Community
Nov 23 @ 10:30 – 12:30

You don’t need any drawing experience as the will be on enjoying the garden surroundings – have a go while experimenting with the materials provided. This is an opportunity for anyone to draw whilst interacting with the garden. You will be given basic drawing skills plus an explanation of colour washes. Suitable for adults and kids over 12. Facilitated by Felicity Gordon. Organised by Transition 3081.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Nov 23 @ 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.

Balcony garden workshop
Nov 23 @ 14:00 – 15:30

The tour will take place twice, at 10am and at 2pm.

Led by Stephen Read, tour of a balcony garden in a Collingwood factory conversion replete with edible herbs, fruit and veggies.

Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Nov 23 @ 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.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Nov 23 @ 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.

Eikellegimaa NGO evening and film screening @ Edendale
Nov 23 @ 17:00 – 20:00

Hear about life in the Estonian countryside, living close to nature. They will introduce their little NGO and their activities past and future in promoting sustainable living and environmental awareness. Food forests, organic seed banks, traditional craft, foraging, wildlife and everything in between. Following this, they will screen the nature film The Wind Sculpted Land. Go and meet the moose, wolves, huge bird migration and magical landscapes of Estonia. This event is free, though they welcome donations to their 2020 projects. Afterwards, there will be a soviet disco in Montmorency for those with cobwebs to dance loose!