Aug 222013

Local food-related events

Build a no-dig veggie garden

Saturday, August 24, Edendale at 2pm and again at 4pm. $20. Bookings  (BH): 9433 3711, or

Sourdough workshop

Montmorency South Primary School, Sunday August 25, 1-4pm. Demonstration by Petra Hyam. Shape and bake your own dough to take home, plus some starter. $35. For all enquiries contact Cathryn Hulme, 0419 322 782.

Establishing fruit trees in small yards

Find out more on Sunday Aug 25, 10:30am -12 noon, at Creeds Farm Living and Learning Centre, cnr Snugburg Way and Redding Rise, Epping.

Other food activities/information

Citrus gall wasp

Interesting article about this pest at SGA.

Horticulture and permaculture opportunities overseas.

Red Cross is currently seeking a Permaculture Officer and two Horticulture Officers to support their work in Africa. For more details, contact Amanda Perry at

Wildlife friendly fruit tree netting

Apparently Mitre 10, Diamond Creek and Bunnings Eltham now stock Hail Guard, Fruit Saver and Veget Net netting which are less likely to trap wildlife while protecting your fruit and nut crop. More info here.

McIvor Farm tours

Last Saturday we met Jason and Belinda, owners of the pork farm up near Heathcote. Besides a range of normal pork products, they also are making salamis and hams, some with very little nitrates used in preservation. McIvor Farm Foods specialise in old breed pork, specifically Berkshires.The pigs are in open paddocks and fed 100% australian grain, non GMO and antibiotic free. There is an open day on October 27. Book now for a tour of the farm.

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