Apr 192018
 

Alphington Food Hub

Sustain and Melbourne Farmers’ Markets are jointly establishing a community food hub at Alphington (at the Melbourne Innovation Centre, 2 Wingrove Street). Each has made announcements in the last week or so.

Sustain has announced four new jobs:

  • Food Hub Manager: to create a successful and viable multi-functional and multi-stakeholder community food hub over the medium- to long-term; also, to establish the food hub’s activities, partner and customer relationships and to manage the day-to-day operations of the food hub’s activities. This is a part-time position (0.6 FTE, equivalent to three days). Funded at $42K per annum over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 20th April.
  • Business Development Manager: to establish the foundations for a successful and viable multi-functional and multi-stakeholder community food hub over the medium- to long-term. Funded at $30,000 over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 24th April.
  • A Communications Coordinator: to develop and implement a communications strategy. Funded at $25K over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 24th April.
  • An Urban Agriculture Facilitator: to develop and implement an urban agriculture strategy for the site. Funded at $16.5K over two years, commencing 15th May 2018. Closing date for applications: 24th April.

Corrections and clarifications

Last week, we discussed a job opportunity at Span Community House (Thornbury). The hours are actually 12 hours per fortnight rather than per week as stated. As this might affect who is interested in the job, the discussion is repeated below with the correction added.

Span Community House (Thornbury) are looking for a Garden Coordinator to lead, supervise and support people within a community garden setting. The role will be to develop Span’s community garden, develop a long term plan, engage a diverse range of community members and volunteers, and create learning opportunities. 12 hours per fortnight. $25 per hour. Read the position description (pdf). Apply by email. Contact Colleen Duggan by phone (9480 1364) or email for further information. Closing date Friday, 27th April.

Another new community garden, this time in Ringwood

Transition Towns Maroondah and Central Ringwood Community Centre are working together to build a community garden and sustainability hub in Ringwood. The community garden is called Bedford Park Community Garden. After years of work, the Council has signed off and they are breaking ground on 21st April with the planting of an orchard. They will be making a bit of a day of it with stalls and a BBQ. The Council wants to see the demand for the garden to reassure them of its validity moving forward, so they are hoping for a good turn out. See the event details below. Also, see their Facebook page.

Later down the track, they hope to have food swaps, seed swaps and classes. They already have a pruning class and a grafting class planned. Again, see the event details below.

If you want to know more, contact Jess by phone (0413 846227) or email.

The Basin Food is Free project and community garden

A small group has just started this project in The Basin (foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, just past Boronia). It will be both an open food forest garden (where local people, including homeless people, who need fresh fruit and veggies can come and pick them for free) and a locked section of garden plots for lease to local community members. Currently the group is trying to raise funds to set up the gardens (wicking beds, fruit trees, a tool shed, etc). Any small or larger donations to help get this project off the ground would be gratefully appreciated – www.gofundme.com/the-basin-food-is-free-project. Also, join their Facebook group.

Incredible Edible Eltham news

Despite the continuing lack of rain, we decided to go ahead with our autumn plantings at the edible gardens at both Eltham Railway Station and healthAbility. Following a vote on our Facebook group page, we planted coriander, lettuce, mizuna, mustard greens, oregano, rocket, silverbeet and spinach.

News about local food producers

My Little Country Kitchen, from Kinglake West, will be showcasing their mini meals and finger food at the Valley Loves Wedding Fair on 22nd April at Yarra Glen Racecourse.

Want some worm wee?

Tamara Koelmeyer currently has an excess of worm wee. If you want some, contact Tamara by phone (0458 148231) or email.

‘Death to Nuggets’

Dana Thomson, Health Promotion at healthAbility, has written in: “while the name ‘death to nuggets’ may sound a bit extreme, their push for better kids’ menus is much needed, and it’s great to see this being supported by those within the restaurant industry. I like how they say ‘Food is a system. If everyone does a little more — whether at home, eating out or in Government — we can improve what kids think is normal’.” See their website and their Facebook page. They are also asking you: to encourage significant numbers of parents to ask eateries for the food they would like to see; and/or to encourage eateries to participate so that they play a positive role.

Coincidentally, nuggets have recently made news in Epping.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

Angelo Eliades’ article: seed-raising mix: does it work?.

Joke of the week

Patient: Doctor, I think I need glasses! Waiter: You certainly do, this is a restaurant!

Read all the jokes.

New events

Orchard planting festival

What: Transition Towns Maroondah and Central Ringwood Community Centre are working together to build a community garden and sustainability hub in Ringwood. They will be breaking ground in the community garden with the planting of an orchard. They will also be making a bit of a day of it with stalls, a BBQ and live music. The Council wants to see the demand for the garden to reassure them of its validity moving forward, so they are hoping for a good turn out.
When: Saturday, 21st April, 10am-12.30pm.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Compost bay building workshop

What: This hands-on workshop will be led by Paul Gale-Baker. The theory behind compost development and the bay will be explored as well as the construction of a compost bay. Lunch is included. You are welcome to pop along for part of it if you are unable to stay for the whole time.
When: Sunday, 22nd April, 11.30am-2.30pm.
Where: St Johns Community Garden, Heidelberg.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fruit tree pruning workshop

What: Join Troy Dawes of Jeltro Cottage Permaculture to learn all about fruit tree pruning for the home orchardist. The subjects to be covered will include: pruning techniques, summer vs winter pruning, preventing disease transfer and tool selection.
When: Wednesday, 25th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9870 2602).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Autumn fermentation workshop

What: Are you wanting to deepen your connection to your health, food and the environment around you? If so, join a community of fermenters and learn how to ferment vegetables for yourself. This classes will give you an opportunity to connect with others while learning some basic skills in fermentation and build your confidence to ferment at home. Throughout the class, you will have the opportunity to use what is growing in the garden and discover ways to ferment these vegetables and herbs as a traditional food practice. You will learn how to use fermenting techniques and go into depth about the fermentation process and principles.
When: Friday, 27th April, 2-4pm and again on Friday, 11th May, 2-4pm.
Where: PepperTree Place, Coburg.
Cost: $27.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Native plant sale

What: Organised by Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra, there will be sales of native and indigenous plants plus books. The plant sellers will include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape Nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery; and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.
When: Saturday, 28th April, 10am-4pm.
Where: Eltham Senior Citizens.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fresh food ideas exchange – nutrition workshop

What: Join local nutritionist Melanie Lionello as she dishes out tips and tricks for healthy eating and answers the age old question “what healthy meals can I feed the family that they will still enjoy?”. Workshop topics include: nut-free lunch box snack; cooking for fussy eaters; healthy meals to suit the family budget; benefits of eating the rainbow; and a cooking demo or two.
When: Saturday, 5th May, at 11am and again at 1pm.
Where: Greensborough Plaza.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Dry climate edible gardening

What: Links Community Group are building a new community garden in Lalor and want to develop their site further using dry climate gardening techniques. Attend this workshop, led by Paul Gale-Baker, to learn about: site and soil preparation; microclimate assessment and creation; in-ground strategies (swales, mulching, in-ground wicking, etc); above-ground strategies (wicking beds, etc); and plant choice.
When: Saturday, 12th May, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Links Community Garden, Lalor.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (0431 896347) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

David Holmgren: RetroSuburbia

What: David Holmgren will present his multi-media talk ‘Aussie Street’, a speculative eco-narrative seen through the microcosm of four adjacent houses. The event coincides with his recently launched book, RetroSurburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future.
When: Saturday, 12th May, 1-2pm.
Where: North Fitzroy Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking master class

What: Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included. Menu: caramelised onion & sweet potato tart; caramelised garlic & red wine beef; and baby fig & apple compote.
When: Friday, 18th May, 7-9pm.
Where: Gourmet Living, Templestowe.
Cost: $42.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fruit tree grafting workshop

What: Join Troy Dawes of Jeltro Cottage Permaculture to learn all about heritage fruit tree grafting. The subjects to be covered will include: starting a home orchard on a budget, grafting multiple varieties to one tree, grafting techniques, tools and choosing the right rootstock.
When: Saturday, 19th May, 10am-midday.
Where: Central Ringwood Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Bookings: by phone (9870 2602).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Thermomix – use it beyond the kitchen

What: Think of all the uses your Thermomix could have outside of the kitchen. In this class, they will show you how to make dog biscuits, laundry detergent, slime, play dough, lip balms and much more.
When: Wednesday, 23rd May, 7.30-9.30pm.
Where: Kilsyth.
Cost: $21.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Hobby beekeeping

What: Christos Tonovich will draw on 20 years’ and 40 hives’ worth of experience to discuss how to set up a courtyard garden hive. A variety of honeys will be available to taste and purchase.
When: Tuesday, 5th June, 10.30-11.30am.
Where: Collingwood Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Food for thought – cake making and decorating

What: Local chef, Mellissa Strachan, will present some ideas for home-baked celebration cakes. She will provide two go-to cake recipes and show you how to prepare your cake for decorating. She will then explain how to make a mirror glaze and chocolate ganache, and how to use fondant. Participants will make these delicious treats and, at the conclusion of the workshop, be able to taste the final products. Apart from sharing some recipes, Mellissa will give some tips and tricks that will help even inexperienced cooks gain confidence in the kitchen.
When: Saturday, 16th June, 10.30am-1pm.
Where: Ringwood Uniting Church.
Cost: $60.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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