Apr 052017

Another reason to join Local Food Connect

As discussed in more detail in the new events’ section, Penny Woodward is giving a workshop on growing garlic. Tickets are $30 but free to paid-up members of Local Food Connect. Click here if you would like to become a paid-up member of LFC, or renew your membership (from $10 pa).

Another free source of coffee husks

Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters. 5 Milkman Way, Coburg North. Ring Ruth in advance (9383 2100). Minimum quantity: 240 litres. Pick up: Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Thanks to Marina Bistrin for developing this connection.

Note that coffee husks are not at all the same thing as used coffee grounds. Rather, the husk is the outer layer of the coffee bean that breaks away and gets discarded during the roasting process. So, whilst used coffee grounds are available from cafes, coffee husks are available from roasters.

As listed on our resources page, Quists Coffee, based on Research, are also a free source of coffee husks.

Mac’s tip of the week

There seems to be quite a bit of citrus leafminer around at the moment so head out and check the new growth on your citrus for the telltale tracks. Google ‘citrus leafminer’ for more info and organic control methods. Until next time, remember: short tips are often the most useful ones.

So, I googled as Mac suggested and two of my favourite sites have articles on the subject: Gardening Australia and Sustainable Gardening Australia. Then I noticed something very odd – both articles contain the following statement: “Spray with horticultural oil to deter the moth from laying new eggs. The oil won’t kill the larvae which is why it’s important to remove any infested growth. Spray first thing in the morning to avoid spraying beneficial insects which are less active at this time. This also reduces the chance of burning foliage.” Yes, that’s right, two articles by different (named) authors and one has clearly copied material from the other. So, as I said and Sophia Loren then copied from me (or was it the other way round?): “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.

A local winner at The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

As discussed in the 22nd March newsletter, newsletter reader Paul Morland displayed his Four R’s designed and built garden in the Achievable Garden category at The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Well, he won 3rd prize! Well done, Paul!

What to plant when

Viv Bortot has written in to suggest that you might be interested in Gardenate.com. It has three different manifestations, for each of which you can choose your climate zone (e.g. ‘Australia – temperate’ for Melbourne):

  • The website itself: view a list of what can be planted in the current month or view a planting schedule for any veggie/herb.
  • An Android app: similar functionality to the website and (I think) it can also be used offline.
  • Their newsletter: subscribe to get weekly, fortnightly or monthly reminders of what to plant.

The list of veggies and herbs covered is comprehensive (more so than mine). Its planting schedule is similar to mine, with the exceptions of brassicas and cucurbits (where it is somewhat idiosyncratic).

A map of Eltham’s takeaways

I’ve now finished the third of my trilogy of Eltham eateries, namely a map of Eltham’s and Research’s takeaways. The map shows where all the 35 takeaways are, their contact details and their menus. Of the 35 takeaways, 7 also deliver. The most common takeaway is pizza (8 eateries).

This is the third, and last, map of Eltham’s eateries, with the other two covering cafes and restaurants. In total, there are 66(!) eateries in Eltham, Eltham North and Research.

If you want me to produce some maps for your suburb, just email me.

‘Crowd harvest’ tomatoes for Easter

People are invited to donate their homegrown excess tomatoes over the next week (up until 12th April). Anyone growing tomatoes in their own backyard usually produces excess. By contrast, Melbourne food relief providers are currently being faced with higher demand for emergency assistance than they can manage. Donate your excess via any of DIVRS, Preston, Liberty Church, Epping, STREAT, Collingwood or The Green @ St. Columbs, Hawthorn. They will then distribute, either fresh or preserved (as passata, chutney, sundried or dell’olio), through their food relief programs. Any questions, contact Cath Lyons (aka Tiny Trowel) by phone (0401 814679) or email.

Joke of the week

This week’s joke comes from Susan Palmer: Did you hear about the woman who drowned in a bowl of muesli? A strong currant pulled her in.

Edible leaves

I rather like this picture. Inter alia, it includes my current favourite veggie for home growing: golden frills, which is a variety of mustard greens.

New events

Mead making workshop (three sessions)

What: Over the course of three sessions, you will be guided to make mead. Notes and equipment will be provided. You will make your mead, starting in the workshop then continuing at home. At the end of the course, you will be invited to an Eltham Wine Guild meeting to share your mead with other winemakers and receive your Mead Making Certificate.
When: Saturday, 22nd April, Saturday, 20th May and Saturday, 17th June, all 9am-midday.
Where: Living and Learning Centre, Eltham.
Cost: $100 (for all three sessions.
Enquiries: Eltham & District Winemakers Guild by email.
Further information: LFC calender entry

Free plants day

What: Get yourself some free plants, or seeds, seedlings and cuttings. Bring the excess plants from your own garden so that they can find a new home and gather some new ones to take home. All welcome.
When: Saturday, 22nd April, 1-4pm.
Where: Ringwood East.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calender entry.

Herbal workshop – using food as medicine

What: Using food as medicine is an excellent and empowering way to keep you and your family well through the year. Join Libby Shaw, Naturopath, Herbalist & Nutritionist, in exploring these traditional methods to nourish your body and deepen your relationship with the wonderful qualities of herbs. Learn how easy it is to incorporate them into your every day life. She will show you how to make: a herbal infused vinegar for gut and immune health; herbal infused bliss balls; and herbal syrup to support you through colds and flu.
When: Saturday 22nd April, 3.30-5pm.
Where: Nature’s Harvest, Hurstbridge.
Cost: $30.
Enquiries/Bookings: Libby Shaw by phone (0407 338647) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Growing garlic at home with Penny Woodward

What: In this workshop, Penny Woodward will be sharing her knowledge and experience on the topic of garlic, including: the history of garlic; characteristics of different types of garlic; soil preparation, planting, feeding, harvesting, and storing; show and tell on garlic types; and tips, myths and traps for the home gardener. Penny has published 7 books, writes articles for Organic Gardener Magazine and is a regular on 3CR’s gardening program. She is also on the board of the Australian Garlic Industry Association. Tickets are $30 but free to paid-up members of Local Food Connect. Click here if you would like to become a paid-up member of LFC, or renew your membership (from $10 pa). Members will be sent a booking code to book free tickets to the workshop. If you have not received your code please email us.
When: Sunday 23rd April, 12.45-3pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: free (LFC members) or $30 (non-members).
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Seed: The Untold Story (film)

What: Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. They have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seedkeepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. During the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers fight to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
When: Thursday, 4th May, 6.45-10pm.
Where: Cinema Nova, Carlton.
Cost: $20.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Kellybrook Cider Festival

What: Scrumpy cider, live bands and lots of food is what the Kellybrook Cider Festival is all about. Set in the historic gardens and vineyards at Kellybrook’s Wonga Park property, the weekend will feature Kellybrook’s scrumpy and other ciders, beers and wines. There will also be tastings at the cellar door. This year’s band line up: The Teskeys, The Scrims, Mission Brown, Velvet Lounge and Ginger Pony. There will also be Morris dancers. Bring your picnic rug, invite your friends and celebrate the end of apple harvest.
When: Saturday, 6th May and Sunday, 7th May, both 11am-5pm.
Where: Kellybrook Winery, Wonga Park.
Cost: $20.
Enquiries: Orson by phone (0412 351296).
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: Festival website.

Introduction to beekeeping

What: Learn about the importance of bees and how to set up and care for bees in your own backyard.
When: Tuesday, 16th May, 11.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Diamond Valley Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Dione Fisher by phone (9434 3809) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar.

Beginners’ Italian cheese making class

What: During this hands on and interactive class run by Janelle, from Mad Millie, you will make fresh mozzarella and warm fresh ricotta using the Mad Millie Beginners Italian cheese kit. The kit has all the equipment you need (except milk) to make your own ricotta, mozzarella, mascarpone, burrata, bocconcini and ricotta salata. Finish the class with a tasting of the cheeses created. Bookings essential. Places limited to 20.
When: Tuesday, 16th May, 6.30-8.30pm.
Where: Going Green Solutions, Hurstbridge.
Cost: $60 (includes a Mad Millie Italian cheese kit).
Enquiries: Going Green Solutions by phone (9450 2665) or email.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar.

A journey through the world of tea

What: Go on a journey of tea tasting and exploration of tea culture, history, equipment and etiquette from China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Sri Lanka and India. Presented by Sarah Cowell from Teasense. Teasense is a culmination of Sarah’s passion for tea, connection and sharing. Each year Sarah travels to the source – spending time on tea farms, absorbing tea wisdom from tea masters and finding inspiration in tea cultures around the world. Returning to Australia brimming with tea leaves and ideas, she creates intimate sessions weaving tea tasting and learning through stories from the tea fields.
When: Tuesday, 23rd May, 11am-12.30pm.
Where: Northcote Library.
Cost: gold coin donation.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar.

How to make sense of food labels

What: Tour a supermarket and learn how to read and make sense of food labels so that it is easier to make healthy choices. The tours are led by healthAbility’s qualified dietitian and open to anyone interested in healthy eating. Bookings (by phone) essential as places are limited.
When: Thursday, 1st June, 9.30-11am.
Where: Eltham.
Cost: $15 (includes a healthy shopping guide booklet).
Enquiries / Bookings: healthAbility by phone (9430 9100).
Further information: LFC calender entry.

Fermentation – an introduction to lactofermented fruit

What: What you will learn: all about lactoferments; improve your culinary knowledge; and how to ferment your own fruit. What you will get: recipes and samples. If you have tried your hand at sauerkraut and other vegetable ferments, fermenting fruits might be the next step in your fermenting journey. In this workshop, Monique will introduce you to next level fermenting. You will be sampling some fermented salsa/relish variations, discussing the subtle differences between fermenting low sugar vegetables and high sugar vegetables. You will be walked through the process before making your own batch to take home and ferment on your bench top.
When: Saturday, 3rd June, 3-5pm.
Where: CERES.
Cost: $55.
Enquiries: CERES by phone (9389 0100).
Bookings / further information: WeTeachMe.

Home brewing with Paul Rigby

What: What you will learn: make your own beer; all about full grain brewing; and the fermentation process. What you will get: samples of different beers; and recipes to take home. 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.
When: Sunday, 4th June, 10am-2.30pm.
Where: CERES.
Cost: $75.
Enquiries: CERES by phone (9389 0100).
Bookings / further information: WeTeachMe.

Worm farming workshop

What: Learn how to set up a worm farm. Bookings essential.
When: Monday, 5th June, 10.30-11.30am.
Where: Thomastown Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Thomastown Library by phone (9464 1864) or email.
Bookings: Yarra Plenty Regional Library website.
Further information: LFC calender entry.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week
Over the next month

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events. Click here for help in how to view the calendar selectively (e.g. search for events in a given suburb).

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