Aug 022012

Local food-related events

Saturday 4 August:  10am – 12 noon fruit tree pruning demonstration at 4 Adamson Street Heidelberg. Gold coin donation, bring secateurs. Limit 10 people. Register by emailing or phone 9455 2581.

Sunday August 12, 2pm. Edendale. Eltham South SGA pod are getting together for a discovery tour of Edendale’s facilities and then to view some SGA short films on gardening. For more information contact Meredith on 94398750

Sunday August 12, 9.30am -2.30pm. Sutherland Heritage Market, cnr Diamond Creek and Yan Yean Rds. Homemade preserves, cheese and other food stalls

Monday August 20, 2pm – 4pm Whittlesea Community Garden Workshop – Herbs  Whittlesea Community Garden, on the grounds of Whittlesea Secondary College, Laurel Street, Whittlesea. Includes permaculture design ideas. For more information contact Rhiannon or Megan 9422 8054 or 0407 699 775 or email

Did you check your seed store for summer plantings? Use the list of seed suppliers from last week’s news to order more. Ring a friend and order together!

Other food activities/information

Duang, a local foodie, has recently revisited Vashon Island near Seattle and writes – …”not much has changed in 10 years. The sourdough bread maker still bakes 20 loaves of his special bread once a week. We could buy non pasteurized milk and fresh farm eggs, veggies and fruits from farm stands all over the island. There is zero signs of any corporate businesses, no fast foods, no drive through and no takeaway coffees…also  Lopez Island in the San Juans near the Canadian Border where 2000 people live farming, fishing and doing art. This small community manages to support a 100% organic and whole food store, an art co op and among other things, an op shop to die for… When the GFC is affecting so many Americans in the midwest and the east, communities like those on these 2 islands are thriving seemingly unaffected. People go about happily supporting each other and living their principles. I am totally inspired.”

The Federal Government’s National Food Plan Green Paper was recently released. Unfortunately it may be little more than further support for large corporate agriculture and business. See the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance‘s detailed summary of their concerns with the Green Paper here . Submissions on the paper are due by 30 September 2012. Have your say.

Grafting day with the Heritage Fruit Group
Learn grafting and budding techniques from the masters. No need to register, the folks from HFG will be at the Nursery from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday 11 August.  There will be 20% off all bare rooted fruit trees and berries on the day.

The latest CERES newsletter is out, with many food activities mentioned. See the link here

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