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

Feb
27
Sat
Beeswax wraps with Jo Massey @ Rosanna Fire Station Community House
Feb 27 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn how to make beeswax wraps from scratch using recycled and natural materials. Make two of your own wraps to take home. Discuss ways to keep food fresh without plastic packaging and plastic wraps, how to wash beeswax wraps, and how to refresh them when they crack.

Buzz and Dig native bee masterclass @ Private address
Feb 27 @ 10:00 – 11:30

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.

Go and learn about native bees in Katrina Forstner’s backyard bee oasis. You’ll learn how to identify native bees, co-evolution of bees and plants, nesting behaviours, buzz pollination, and how to increase beneficial insect biodiversity in your backyard. Create a bee hotel using upcycled materials and take it home together with some bee-friendly organic open pollinated seeds for your garden.

Nina and Perrin’s garden tour @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Feb 27 @ 10:30 – 12:30

This is a multi-generational household. A year in and they have harvested 250kg of veggies. They now have 40sqm raised beds, fully irrigated, in a mixture of apple crates (set up as wicking beds) and raised beds built (from the recycled hardwood frame salvaged when half the house was knocked down).

Organised by NERP.

Beeswax wraps with Jo Massey @ Rosanna Fire Station Community House
Feb 27 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Learn how to make beeswax wraps from scratch using recycled and natural materials. Make two of your own wraps to take home. Discuss ways to keep food fresh without plastic packaging and plastic wraps, how to wash beeswax wraps, and how to refresh them when they crack.

Home composting for beginners @ Edendale
Feb 27 @ 14:00 – 15:30

What you will learn:

  • How to compost at home.
  • Simple to follow composting steps.
  • Common problems and solutions.
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Feb 27 @ 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.

Flavoured gin masterclass
Feb 27 @ 17:00 – 19:00

From the classic strawberry gin, to native flavours like davids plum and lemon aspen, they will present each gin with a paired mixer and garnish plus tell you all about the flavours and distilling techniques. Taste 6 of their gins.

Feb
28
Sun
Beginners backyard beekeeping @ CERES
Feb 28 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • The inner workings of a bee hive.
  • The healing properties of raw honey.
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check.

Presenter: Benedict Hughes.

Mar
3
Wed
Honey bees (for primary schoolers) @ Mt Evelyn Community House
Mar 3 @ 16:00 – 17:00

Holly from Holly’s Backyard Bees will brings in her observation hive so that the children can see a real honey bee colony in action. A demonstration of beekeeping tools and suit will be provided, along with a children’s sized suit and veil for the children to try on. Of course, you couldn’t learn about bees without tasting some honey too! The themes of discussion will be focused on what makes up a hive, the bee lifecycle and how the bees make honey. Also, how bees help our environment, why they are so important in our food systems and sustainability and how to respond and behave around bees in our natural play spaces.

Mar
4
Thu
The art of espalier @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 4 @ 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.

Mar
5
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 5 @ 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.

Mar
6
Sat
Stuart and Christine’s garden tour @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 6 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Visit a large fruit and vegetable growing garden. The soil here, although originally poor silty clay, is now a carbon enriched loam due to the addition of manures, minerals, compost and brown coal. Stuart has been composting coffee grounds on a large scale. Stuart follows many organic gardening ideas including avoiding pesticides, encouraging predators, working with the landscape, and on-site recycling. Soil improvement and practical aspects of low cost, low maintenance gardening will be discussed.

Because of current Covid-19 restrictions, visitors to this event will be limited to 15 adults and 0 children.

Read an interview with Stuart and Christine about their garden.

Organised by Local Food Connect and NERP.

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Mar 6 @ 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.

Preparing an autumn/winter vegetable garden @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Mar 6 @ 12:00 – 14:00

No need to book – just turn up.

March is the best time to begin preparations for autumn planting. Presented by Robin Gale-Baker, this workshop will cover soil preparation for six groups of vegetables, watering, site selection, plant selection, how to plant for the best results and lots of tips for success.

Who’s who in the garden: cultivate more than just plants @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Mar 6 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Get to know some of the diverse range of insects that live in a garden: the good, the ‘bad’ and the beautiful. Learn how to create a healthy and diverse ecosystem that will encourage beneficial insects to your garden – the pollinators that help to ensure good crops on fruiting plants plus the predators that will help keep the pests under control so that there is rarely a need for pesticides, which kill the good and the ‘bad’ alike.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 6 @ 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.

Mar
7
Sun
Robin and Paul’s garden tour @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 7 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Robin and Paul grow edible plants organised on permaculture principles in both their front and back gardens. The front garden is primarily citrus trees, together with blueberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and babaco. The rear garden has 6 wicking beds and fruit trees, herbs and in-ground beds. An enclosed orchard for stone and pome fruits also contains the chooks. A large mud brick potting shed and 3 cubic metres of compost bays round off the garden.

Read an interview with Robin and Paul about their garden.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Mar 7 @ 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.

Mar
10
Wed
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Mar 10 @ 09:00 – 15:00

14 sessions over a period of a few months.

Presenters: Justin Calverley and Donna Livermore. The topics to be covered will include: permaculture, fruit production, soil preparation, preserving, beekeeping, composting, vegetable growing, propagation, seed collection, disease management, bushfoods, chook and community gardens.

Autumn seasonal gardening @ Nunawading Library
Mar 10 @ 18:30 – 19:30

Seasonal garden maintenance helps your plants get the right care when they need it. Discover how to best prepare your beds and plants for the winter and spring months with composting, pruning and organic pest control for this time of year. Presented by Kaye Roberts-Palmer from Blue Bee Garden Design.

Mar
11
Thu
Produce in pots @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 11 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • Why edibles fail and what how to improve their chances of success.
  • How to choose the right pots, potting mix, additives and mulches.
  • The best fruit and vegetables options for pots, and the best sustainable and organic maintenance techniques, including watering and feeding.

Presented by Diana Cotter. Is your lettuce and coriander running to seed? Do you have beans that flower but don’t fruit, or flowers falling off your citrus? Or do your plants seem to die no matter you do? If any of this sounds familiar, or if you’re a complete novice, then this class will teach you how to avoid these issues. You’ll learn how potting mix and watering work, how plants react to different situations, and how the weather affects different plants differently. There will be a practical demonstration showing how to properly prepare potting mix, plant seeds and seedlings, and maintain the potential fruits (and vegetables!) of your labour.

Mar
12
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 12 @ 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.

Mar
13
Sat
Julie and David’s garden tour @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
Mar 13 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Julie and David’s small garden grows a variety of fruit, flowers and vegetables, and is designed and managed along permaculture lines. The visit will include discussion on how Julie manages garden pests, which have been a particular challenge this summer, companion plants and soil improvement.

Morning tea (scones, jam and cream) will be available.

Read an interview with Julie about her garden.

Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Mar 13 @ 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.

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.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 13 @ 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.

Mar
14
Sun
Beeswax wraps @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 14 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will show you how easy beeswax wraps are to make for yourself or as gifts.

You will need to bring along with you a piece of material 28cm by 28cm. It must be 100% cotton, non-stretch, pre-washed and free from embellishments. All other materials supplied,

Mar
16
Tue
Sowing edible crops @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
Mar 16 @ 16:00 – 17:00

Learn how to sow seeds including lettuce, radish, peas, beetroot and rocket into growing containers that can be found around the house (e.g. milk and egg cartons). Learn about safety while gardening, feel the seed raising mix and various textures of the seeds, write plant labels for identification and learn how to transfer your seed punnets into your garden.

This program is a part of the Cire ‘Create, Play and Grow’ initiative and is designed to encourage the bond between young children and their parents, guardian or carers and develop an appreciation for the natural landscape.

Mar
19
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 19 @ 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.

Hotham Street Ladies workshop @ Abbotsford Convent, Magdalen Laundries
Mar 19 @ 18:00 – 19:30

Join the Hotham Street Ladies in an icing sugar workshop to master the art of making your own lady parts!

The Hotham Street Ladies are a group of five women who make food-related work, including cake creations, recipe books, gallery exhibitions, installations and street art. Their practice embraces themes of home life, feminism and craft.

Mar
20
Sat
Advanced beekeeping course @ Edendale
Mar 20 @ 09:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Day to day hive inspection procedures.
  • Hints and tips to better manage your hives.
  • Opportunity to ask questions and learn more from a full time beekeeper.

So you have bought your first bee hive and just want to have a bit more practice. They will open and inspect some hives.

Take a packed lunch.

Presenter: Benedict Hughes.

Composting with Nina Bishop @ Rosanna Fire Station Community House
Mar 20 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Nina is passionate about supporting people to send zero organic waste to landfill. In this workshop, learn how to compost all your household organic waste using a variety of methods to suit every situation.

Mushroom cultivation workshop @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Mar 20 @ 13:00 – 16:00

Learn how to grow mushrooms at home. Gain an overview of the fungi life cycle, the cultivation process, building a mushroom growing chamber, harvesting and storage.

Includes: course materials, an oyster mushroom growing kit per person (valued $30), course notes and ongoing support.

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

Mar
21
Sun
Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Mar 21 @ 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.

Mar
25
Thu
Gin tasting and cocktail making experience @ The Fitz Cafe & Rooftop
Mar 25 @ 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.

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

Mar
27
Sat
Veggie gardening for beginners @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 27 @ 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 Angelo Eliades. 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.

Beginners composting, worm farming and bokashi workshop @ Glen Park Community Centre
Mar 27 @ 10:30 – 11:30

They will demonstrate how to use each system as well as ongoing maintenance and troubleshooting tips.

Participants will also be given a tour of the adjacent community garden

Building a veggie box @ Newlands Neighbourhood House
Mar 27 @ 14:00 – 17:00

You will learn how to make a garden bed and you will create a low cost bed for the Newlands Community Garden.