Aug 242016

A new community pantry in Reservoir

pantryReservoir Neighbourhood House has set up a community pantry as part of their support for people in need. Everyone is welcome to donate ‘in date’ pantry items for those who need a helping hand. 2B Cuthbert Road, Reservoir, 3073.

Yarra Ranges Council has approved edible planting on nature strips

According to this article in The Leader, Yarra Ranges Council has approved edible planting on nature strips. Note that the Council’s new guidelines are not yet available on their website.

The Northcote and Reservoir food swaps in the news

prestonSee the article from the 19th July Leader.

Mac’s tip of the week (actually, a joke rather than a tip)

Delivery mix up in Eltham. “What do you mean you’ve already dropped them off?” “I said 200 Eucalyptus to 60 Wattletree Road, not 60 Wattle trees to 200 Eucalyptus Road!

Our Italian correspondent reports in again

millFrom Peter Dougherty in Umbertide, Perugia: “In Umbertide, there is a flour mill which dates back around 800 years. Its design is based on mills used in Greece and Turkey and was introduced to Italy in the Middle Ages when laws forbidding slavery were introduced and water-powered mills replaced those operated by slaves. The mill is still powered by water diverted from the local river and produces exclusively organic wholemeal flour from locally-grown heritage wheat varieties. Inter alia, they are milling heritage red romanino corn, whose flour is apparently the best for making polenta.

The Common’s latest Facebook post

Is about juices.

New events

Raspberry wine workshop (three sessions)

What: At this workshop, you will: learn about fruit wine origins and history; learn about all the different varieties of fermented fruit wine; and learn and make ‘raspberry wine’. Complete kit and ingredients provided, nothing else to buy. You will be able to make your first fruit wine, starting in the workshop, then continuing at home, from what you have learned.
When: This is a three-session workshop, with the three sessions being: session 1 – Saturday, 27th August – Making the wine (3 hours from 9am); session 2 – Saturday, 17th September – Checking and caring (2 hours from 9am); and session 3 – Saturday, 15th October – Tasting and finalising (2 hours from 9am).
Where: Living and Learning Centre, Eltham.
Cost: $80 (for all three sessions).
Enquiries: Eltham & District Winemakers Guild by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Sourdough bread-making demonstration

What: Join Kat Lavers as she demonstrates sourdough bread-making, from preparing the grain to baking the bread.
When: Sunday, 28th August, 2-5pm.
Where: Northcote.
Cost: $15.
Enquiries/Bookings: Tiffany by phone (0490 373906) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Talking rubbish – breakfast with the Rogue Ginger

What: Join them for a free ‘waste wise’ breakfast and hear inspirational ‘zero waste’ lifestyle blogger and speaker Erin Rhoads – aka the Rogue Ginger. Erin will reveal how she lives ‘plastic free’ and now leads a happier and healthier life. Bookings essential.
When: Tuesday, 30th August, 8-10am.
Where: Whittlesea Civic Centre.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Whittlesea Council’s Resource Recovery Officer by phone (9401 0579) or email.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Vegetable seedling propagation

What: Go along and learn how easy it can be to grow your own vegetables from seed. Participants will learn the theory behind propagating from seed and plant a variety of seeds to take home.
When: Saturday, 17th September, 2.30-4.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $35.
Enquiries: Edendale by phone (9433 3711) or email.
Bookings / Further information: their website.

3000acres Spring Fling Festival

What: Celebrate the start of the new spring growing season at the annual 3000acres Spring Fling Festival as they honour all things sustainable food and gardening. Join them for an afternoon of free gardening and sustainability workshops, pick up some treasures at their pop-up plant sale, and get inspired to start some new projects after chatting with their many partners setting up demos and displays on the day. Or just enjoy some live music on the grass while tucking into a vegetarian sausage sizzle that will be raising funds on the day for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Activities will include: free workshops and displays; edible and indoor plant sale; food stalls; live music; and kids activities.
When: Saturday, 24th September, midday-4pm.
Where: 3000acres Community Garden, Brunswick.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Love food, hate waste

What: Did you know Victorians waste 25% of the food they buy? Learn how to avoid food waste and use leftovers more creatively. Local chef Duang Tengtrirat from Real Food Catering will provide a cooking demonstration and tips’ session. Get creative, make the most of your leftovers and show them the love they deserve!
When: Saturday, 24th September, 1.30-3.30pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Edendale by phone (9433 3711) or email.
Bookings / Further information: Edendale website.

Chemical-free edible gardening

What: Join their expert for some simple and inexpensive strategies to keep pest insects under control without toxic sprays. Learn the basics about creating healthy soil and using companion plants to increase plant health and attract beneficial insects. Hear some tips for safely protecting your harvest from garden pests and diseases.
When: Tuesday, 11th October, 6.30-8pm.
Where: Hawthorn Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Diana Vidovic by phone (9278 4347) or email.
Bookings: Eventbrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cooking for one can be fun!

What: Not everyone has someone at home to share dinner with every night. Learn about planning ahead, freezing tips, shopping tips and discover some great recipe ideas. Bookings essential.
When: Friday, 14th October, 10am-midday.
Where: Alphington Community Centre.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Alphington Community Centre by phone (9499 7227) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

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