Four food swaps in the Brunswick, Coburg and Fawkner areas
The IncrEdible Coburg Food Swap. 10am-2pm, 1st Saturday of the month. PepperTree Place, 512 Sydney Road, Coburg, 3058. Contact Natasha van Velzen by email.
The Sustainable Fawkner Food Swap. 10am-midday, 2nd Saturday of the month. CB Smith Reserve, Jukes Road, Fawkner, 3060. Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sustainable-Fawkner-129158263767497. Contact Felicia Wylie by email.
The North Coburg Food Swap. 10am-12.30pm, 3rd Saturday of the month. Parker Reserve, off Mathieson Street, Coburg North, 3058. Facebook: www.facebook.com/northcoburgfoodswap. Contact Margaret by email.
- Urban Orchard Food Swap. 10am-1pm, every Saturday. CERES, corner Stewart and Roberts Streets, Brunswick East, 3057. Facebook: www.facebook.com/Urban-Orchard-295600050569582. Contact April by email.
A provider of free wood shavings
Thanks to Lee Tozzi, our list of providers has grown again. Yard Furniture in Preston are offering free bags of clean wood shavings. Contact Peter McManus beforehand by phone (9480 6171) or email to confirm availability.
Can you donate any seeds or gardening tools?
In 2015, some members of Local Food Connect worked with a group of refugee women from Somalia, who live in Heidelberg, to help them set up a veggie garden. Two of these women have now taken their knowledge back to Somalia and are starting a program in their homeland of Puntiland to develop a food security co-operative. As part of this, they are planning some container shipments of seeds and gardening tools. If you have anything that you could potentially donate, contact Pauline Crosbie by email.
Marina Bistrin writes about implementing a water reservoir
The objective was to implement something relatively simple into a standard garden bed which will help the veggies survive and thrive throughout the summer. Her solution was to dig a trench in the clay beneath the garden bed soil, fill it with water absorbent material and add a pipe which allows water to be added to the trench. Read her full article.
Warranwood Primary School food forest garden
Warranwood Primary School is establishing a permaculture designed forest garden which will enhance the education program and create a productive area where the children can explore the life cycles of nature. They are currently seeking funding to plant a Japanese garden, construct trellises, and plant a range of edible and beneficial shrubs groundcovers and climbers.
Local food producers in the news
On 8th August, Frankie Spranger, from both Bee Rescue and Heidi Honey Hurstbridge, rescued a bee colony after a P-plater crashed his car through a wall in St Helena. Read the articles in The Age, The Herald Sun and The Leader. Which article has the best (or worst) pun?
The Common’s latest Facebook post
Is about butter.
Hurstbridge Primary School’s kitchen garden
A few weeks ago, healthAbility ran a workshop on kitchen gardening for schools in Nillumbik. As part of this, they interviewed Hurstbridge Primary School. Here is a summary.
In 2014, Hurstbridge Primary School joined the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF), whose food education philosophy is that of promoting pleasurable food education and building positive food habits through fun, hands-on learning. Since then, changes at the school include: new garden beds, compost bays and a chook pen; assigning gardening and cooking specialist roles to staff; recruiting parents as volunteers; and incorporating gardening and cooking sessions into the weekly timetable. The benefits of having students excited about the program, sharing meals cooked with the produce and gaining positive food experiences clearly outweigh the ongoing challenges with storage space, budgeting and not having a designated kitchen. If you would like to know more, contact Chris Tatnall or Diane Brown by phone (9718 2386) or email.
Whilst on the subject of SAKGF, here is a list of the schools in North East Melbourne which are part of the SAKGF program, followed by a list of those who are classroom members.
|Banyule||Montmorency Primary School|
|Montmorency South Primary School|
|St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Primary School|
|Viewbank Primary School|
|City of Yarra||Fitzroy Primary School|
|Learning Centre at Collingwood College|
|Yarra Primary School|
|Darebin||Findon Primary School|
|St Francis of Assisi School|
|Westgarth Primary School|
|Manningham||Templestowe Valley Primary School|
|Wonga Park Primary School|
|Maroondah||Croydon Special Developmental School|
|Dorset Primary School|
|Kalinda Primary School|
|Melbourne||Carlton Primary School|
|Nillumbik||Hurstbridge Primary School|
|Whitehorse Primary School|
|Whittlesea||St Peter’s Primary School|
|Yarra Ranges||St Richard’s Primary School|
|Banyule||Edward Street Preschool|
|Boroondara||Auburn Primary School|
|Carey Baptist Grammar School|
|Greythorn Early Childhood Centre|
|Hawthorn Early Years|
|Trinity Grammar School|
|Darebin||Merri Community Child Care Centre and Kindergarten|
|St Joseph the Worker Primary school|
|Manningham||Creative Play Early Learning Centre|
|Maroondah||Eastwood Primary School|
|Melba College Senior Campus|
|Milestone Childcare and Kindergarten|
|The Village School|
|Yarra Valley Grammar School|
|Murrindindi||Ellimatta Youth Inc|
|Middle Kinglake Primary School|
|Nillumbik||Early Learning Centre Diamond Creek|
|Eltham High School|
|Eltham Primary School|
|Whitehorse||Old Orchard Primary School|
|Orchard Grove Primary School|
|Our Lady’s Primary School|
|Roberts McCubbin Primary School|
|Whittlesea||St Joseph’s Primary School|
|Yarra Ranges||Lilydale High School|
|St Peter Julian Eymard School|
Vegetarian and vegan food truck event
What: Bringing the best in Melbourne’s vegetarian and vegan street food vendors, this street food event is set to please all foodie lovers. Their lineup will include: Bomba Wood Fired Pizza, Cheese & Bread, Crispy Chickpea, Grace Cafe, Fitzroy, Jerry’s Vegiburgers, Lekker Lekker Snackbar, Manny’s Doughnuts, Pierogi Pierogi, Pookie May Coffee, Shiva Indian Cuisine Food Truck, The Butter Thief, The Real Jerk Food Truck, Vegilicious, Von’s Vegan Bake House, VUTU Nepalese, Woking Amazing and Yo India.
When: Friday, 12th August, 5-10pm; Saturday, 13th August, midday-10pm; and Saturday, 14th August, midday-9pm.
Enquiries/Bookings: The Food Truck Park by phone (1300 162636).
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Biodynamics in practice
What: This is a fundraising event for the Biodynamics in Community project, which aims to support those in need through growing biodynamic produce. The project has been offered a grant of $8,000 from the Federal Government, which they need to match. The workshop will include sessions on: working with the calendar; choosing what to sow and how; and maximising biodynamic production.
When: Sunday, 14th August, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Cost: $125 (includes the Antipodean Astro Calendar 2016).
Enquiries/Bookings: Atika Rea by phone (0433 677106) or email (the LFC calendar entry gives further details on payment methods but it is best to check with Atika first).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Seed saving and hands-on sowing
What: Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will talk about on seed saving and hands-on sowing.
When: Tuesday, 4th October, 7.15-9.15pm.
Enquiries/Bookings: Cheryl Lowe by phone (9438 1563 or 0481 362242) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Summary of upcoming events
Over the next week
- Fruit tree grafting: Wednesday, 10th August, 9am-midday.
- Preserving with citrus: Wednesday, 10th August, 10am-1pm.
- Vegetarian and vegan food truck event: Friday, 12th August, 5-10pm.
- Vegetarian and vegan food truck event: Saturday, 13th August, midday-10pm.
- Building a healthy economy from the bottom up: annual agribusiness dinner: Saturday, 13th August, 6-10.30pm.
- Introduction to natural beekeeping (two-day course): Saturday 13th August and Sunday, 14th August, both 10am-4pm.
- Biodynamics in practice: Sunday, 14th August, 9am-4.30pm.
- Permablitz 184 (Northcote) – booked out: Sunday, 14th August, 9am-4.30pm.
- Fruit tree grafting: Sunday, 14th August, 1-4pm.
- Vegetarian and vegan food truck event: Sunday, 14th August, midday-9pm.
- Aquaponic gardens: Tuesday, 16th August, 11.30am-12.30pm.
Over the next month
- Fruit trees for the home gardener: Thursday, 18th August 6.30-8pm.
- Sourdough workshop: Saturday, 20th August, 10am-1pm.
- Common garden medicine making: Saturday, 20th August, 1-4pm.
- Bellfield Community Garden working bee: Saturday, 20th August, 2-5pm.
- Setting up and maintaining a worm farm: Saturday, 20th August, 3-5pm.
- Suburban beekeeping: Sunday, 21st August, 2.30-4.30pm.
- Winter garden maintenance: Tuesday, 23rd August, 11am-midday.
- Eat healthy, seasonally and waste nothing: cooking masterclass with Arabella Forge: Thursday, 25th August, 10am-12.30pm.
- Swipers Gully Restaurant guest chef Stephen Mercer: Thursday, 25th August, 6.30pm onwards.
- Preserving basics: make your own jams, pickles and relishes: Wednesday, 31st August, 10am-1pm.
- Let’s plant ourselves a berry pie: Wednesday, 31st August, 7-9pm.
- Artisan pasta – fettuccini: Friday, 2nd September, 10am-midday.
- Heritage Fruit Society – orchard maintenance workshop: Sunday, 4th September, 9am-midday.
- Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course: from Monday, 5th September, 9.30am-3pm.
- Spring gardening: Monday, 5th September, 10.30-11.30am.
- Feastival – moving feast entree demonstration: Saturday, 10th September, 11am-midday.
- Feastival – moving feast main meal demonstration: Saturday, 10th September, 12.45-2pm.
- Cooking for blokes: Sunday, 11th September, 10am-1pm.