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New Food Swap at Wonga Park

Organiser: Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap.
Time: 3rd Sunday of each month, 10-11.30am.
Where: Edible Forest Gardens, 5 Lower Homestead Road, Wonga Park, 3115.
Website: www.permacultureswap.wordpress.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Outer-Eastern-Permaculture-Swap/346887738813130.
Contact: Karen Cheah at dnkcheah@gmail.com.

Heirloom tomato seedlings for Spring

Helen Simpson and Mark Sherwin from The Mushroom Shed are producing 40 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings for Spring. If you would like to pre-order your tomato or other Spring seedlings, or browse through the varieties available, talk to Helen at the Eltham Farmers’ Market.

Here’s one reason for you to become a member of LFC

Last weekend,

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these LFC members … … received free food … … at this place.

Membership is $10pa and you can join (or renew) online.

Or if you want to discuss any aspects of membership, you can email Kate Rothacker, who is now the LFC person responsible.

Upcoming events in summary

The websmaster will now be away until near the end of September. In this context, we have listed all the events that we are currently aware of from now until end October, first in summary and then in more detail (sorry for the length). Normal service will resume at end September.

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.

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New events in more detail

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.

Fruit tree grafting

What: John Pinniger of the Heritage Fruits Society will run a ‘masterclass’ in grafting. It will involve learning the reasons for, and the science of, grafting, and then some practice. It will discuss the reasons for grafting, when to graft and what to graft. This will be a hands-on workshop, so bring a sharp knife if you have one.
When: Tuesday, 18th August, 9am-midday and Sunday, 23rd August 1-4pm.
Where: Fairfield (address to be given out on acceptance).
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings:Please reply directly to cjpinn@bigpond.net.au with your preferred date and the subject line GRAFTING.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Happy gut, happy life

What: Health specialist Elise Roberts will talk about how you can have a ‘happy’ gut. Find out what is good and bad fat, especially in supermarket food.
When: Wednesday, 2nd September, 1-2.30pm.
Where: Mill Park Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Jack Chan by phone (9437 8189) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Making spring rolls and dim sims

What: Celebrate the Chinese Lunar Festival by coming along to this hands-on workshop and practice making your own Chinese entrees. Bookings required.
When: Monday, 7th September, 1-2.30pm.
Where: Mill Park Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Jack Chan by phone (9437 8189) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Beekeeping and honey

What: Florian is so enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge about bees, flowers and honey, he will have you buzzing! Learn and taste with his expert guidance..
When: Tuesday, 8th September, 2-3pm.
Where: Rosanna Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Rosanna Library by phone (9459 6171).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

The future of local food

What: A two-day conference to showcase food system innovation, strategy and inspiration. It will be an opportunity to share your experiences and explore how to design food systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This event is suitable for councillors and local government professionals, as well as community groups and industry professionals.
When: Thursday, 10th September, 9am to Friday, 11th September, 3pm.
Where: Treasury Theatre, East Melbourne.
Cost: $275.

Moving feast

What: Celebrating cultural diversity in the Whittlesea community, your libraries will bring the flavours of the world to you with a progressive 3 course lunch demonstrations and tasting. Enjoy your entrée at Thomastown, then go to Lalor for the main meal and finish off with dessert at Mill Park.
When: Saturday, 12th September, 11am-4.15pm.
Where: Thomastown Library, then Lalor Library, then Mill Park Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Jack Chan by phone (9437 8189) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Soil matters

What: Tutor – Dianne Gordon. Learn about the soil food web and how you can recycle household and garden organic waste by setting up a worm farm or backyard compost system. This workshop would suit learners wanting to recycle household and garden organic waste in order improve soils. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the outdoors as part of the workshop will be hands-on around the farm.
When: Saturday, 12th September, 2-4.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Edendale website.
Further information: Edendale website.

Backyard chooks for beginners

What: Tutor: Felicity Gordon. Learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping. This workshop will cover the characteristics of different breeds (in order to make a selection that suits your setting and needs) as well as the housing and care of chickens. Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to begin keeping chickens and producing their own free range eggs. This workshop would suit those who would like to start keeping chickens and who are keen to learn the basics. Please wear covered shoes and dress for the outdoors – including a hat.
When: Wednesday, 30th September, 10.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $25.

Hurstbridge Garden Club

What: Doris Pozzi on Nature’s Supermarket.
When: Tuesday, 6th October, 7.15-9.15pm.
Where: Community and Family Centre, Hurstbridge.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Cheryl Lowe by phone (9438 1563) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Vegetable seedling propagation (Edendale)

What: Tutor: Richard Rowe. Spring is the time to propagate vegetable and herb seedlings to ensure a bumper summer harvest. Come along and learn how easy it can be to grow your own vegetables from seed. This practical workshop aims to develop knowledge, skills and confidence. The cost includes a tray of veggie seedlings to take home and nurture. Please bring gloves with you.
When: Saturday, 10th October, 2.30-4.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $25.

Successful and sustainable vegetable gardening

What: Angelo Eliades, from Bulleen Art and Garden, will show you tips and tricks to get the best results from your spring vegetable gardening. Afternoon tea to follow.
When: Thursday, 22nd October, 2-3pm.
Where: Bulleen Library.
Cost: free.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Authentic Asian cooking

What: Ever wanted to learn the secrets to simple, yet delicious Asian cooking? Join experienced cook, Jenny Tai, who will lead you through some basic steps in preparing authentic Asian cuisine in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
When: Saturday, 24th October, 11am-1pm.
Where: Nunawading Library.
Cost: free.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Setting up and maintaining a worm farm

What: A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and at the same time produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard working of creatures. Discounted worm farms will be available on the day. This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting and would be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants. Please wear a hat and sunscreen as well as outdoor footwear.
When: Saturday, 24th October, 3-5pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Edendale website.
Further information: Edendale website.

Backyard chooks for beginners

What: Tutor: Felicity Gordon. Learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping. This workshop will cover the characteristics of different breeds (in order to make a selection that suits your setting and needs) as well as the housing and care of chickens. Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to begin keeping chickens and producing their own free range eggs. This workshop would suit those who would like to start keeping chickens and who are keen to learn the basics. Please wear covered shoes and dress for the outdoors – including a hat.
When: Saturday, 31st October, 2-4pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $25.

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.

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