Apr 042018

Community gardening news

A new community garden is going to be developed in Lygon Street, Brunswick East, to be run by 3000acres. Click here to read about the inaugural planning meeting on Saturday, 14th April.

Incidentally, there have recently been some changes of personnel at 3000acres. Pippa French will stay on the Board, but is moving to Tasmania. Morgan Koegel is the new General Manager and Merrin Layden is the new Project Manager.

News about local food producers

Under The Pickle Tree, from Panton Hill, will no longer be a stallholder at Eltham Farmers’ Market. They are, however, becoming a stallholder at Carlton Farmers’ Market and are continuing to be a stallholder at Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market and Kingsbury Drive Community Market.

Murundaka Cohousing Community won first place in the Giant Zucchini competition at the recent CERES Harvest Festival. Pictured is newsletter reader Mikoto Araki accepting the award.

A new food group is being established to grow food and beverage manufacturing in Melbourne’s North. Inter alia, it will subsume the operations of the Plenty Food Group. Click here to read about the inaugural briefing meeting on Tuesday, 10th April.

Local food producers in the news

The Darebin Fruit Squad, which is an initiative of the Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service, featured on Gardening Australia last week.
Just Picked, from Yan Yean, and Eltham Farmers’ Market featured in last week’s Leader newspaper.

Eltham Farmers’ Market is planning to start a newsletter. Click here to subscribe.

A permaculture property in North Warrandyte up for sale

One acre in North Warrandyte. $750K. Tender closes 1st May, unless sold prior. Here is what the owner Kirk Hall has to say about it: “31 fruit, nut and berry trees; 6 wicking veggie beds; 3 large raised veggie beds; 8 water tanks totalling 71,000 litres; no pesticides used; about 1/3 of the property is a wildlife corridor.Click here for the official blurb.

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Choosing the best compost method.

Joke of the week

Why did the students eat their homework? Because the teacher said that it was a piece of cake.

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New events

Melbourne’s North Food Group briefing

What: Melbourne’s North Food Group is being established to servicing the food and beverage manufacturing sector and supply chain businesses in Melbourne’s North. After a Ministerial announcement made on 15th February, the group will operating under the auspices of NORTH Link and will absorb the operations of the Plenty Food Group.
When: Tuesday, 10th April, midday-2pm.
Where: Preston.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking for teens – pasta making (12-15 years)

What: Learn how to make your own pasta from scratch. Join tutor Lenna to learn new techniques and understand what is important to make pasta. Create a pasta sauce from fresh ingredients and take it home ready to heat and serve for dinner.
When: Wednesday, 11th April, 1-4pm.
Where: Living & Learning, Diamond Creek.
Cost: $59.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Microscopes in the garden

What: Explore the garden through the lens of a microscope. At this hands-on workshop, children will have the opportunity to use a range of microscopes, magnifying lenses, and be guided through the process of capturing their observations in a botanical illustration. In 40 minute sessions, children will work in small groups rotating through the garden.
When: Thursday, 12th April, 10am-midday.
Where: SEEDs Communal Garden, Brunswick.
Cost: $22.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Kids holiday cooking school

What: Are you looking for a school holiday idea for your child? Send them to Thea and Min, from The Kitchen Whizz, for a morning learning how to make healthy, kid friendly main meals, snacks and desserts. The session will be hands on and will allow children to learn how to make snacks for the whole family. Suitable for children aged 12 years and above.
When: Friday, 13th April, 11.30am-1.30pm.
Where: Camberwell.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Help start 119A Lygon Street Community Garden

What: Go along to see the site of this new community garden and help them make decisions about what to plant and where. You can put your name down for a plot, suggest a name for the garden, tell them what events/workshops you want to see run here and what plants we should grow. Drop in anytime between 10am and midday. This space and the garden beds have been donated by Milieu Property and will be available for at least the next year, run by 3000acres. Over that time, there will be 20+ plots available for free food growing.
When: Saturday, 14th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Brunswick East.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Compost workshop

What: Join Richard for a workshop on good composting practices. Learn all about using the facility at West Brunswick Community Garden but also how you can apply great compost practices to achieve good compost at home.
When: Sunday, 22nd April, 11am-midday.
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wild food and medicine walk

What: Join The Perma Pixie on an outdoor adventure that will focus on identifying edible and medicinal weeds and wild food. Discover the properties and actions these plants have to nourish and heal, and discuss recipes and ways to prepare these plants for palatability and practicality.
When: Sunday, 29th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Merri Creek Trail.
Cost: $20.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Native edibles for companion planting

What: What you will learn: a range of edible natives that are easy to grow in Melbourne; basics of companion planting; and which plants to choose in your garden planning, and how to grow and care for them. Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Non-indigenous Australians are waking up to the edible plants around us and wondering why we didn’t use them before. Knowing what will grow and also produce a harvest, as well as how to use it, is difficult as most of us aren’t yet familiar with apple berries or native mint. In this class, you will learn how to incorporate some easily grown edible native plants into your garden so that they work in harmony with your existing plants, as well as a variety of ways to use these plants in your kitchen.
When: Thursday, 10th May, 6.30-9pm.
Where: Bulleen Art and Garden.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Home composting workshop

What: 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.
When: Saturday, 12th May, 2-4.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: free.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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