News about local food producers
Kaz’s Chai are apparently no more.
Interested in industrial hemp?
Louise Ames has written in: “I want to let people know that I’ve written a blog about growing industrial hemp in Australia. My intention is to share this knowledge to help others that are interested. I am not selling anything, I simply hope that more people will grow this amazing crop.” The uses of hemp listed by Louise include hemp seeds (edible), hemp oil (used in soaps, etc), hemp protein, hemp milk, hemp hurd (used as animal bedding) and hempcrete (an alternative to concrete). Read the blog.
Coincidentally, PIP magazine (some of whom are newsletter readers) has just published an article about hempcrete.
Some articles you might want to read
Newsletter reader Kathy Gardiner writes a monthly article about gardening for the Warrandyte Diary. See the picture right for her latest article.
Sustainable Gardening Australia (most of whom are newsletter readers) have published a summary of the Tomato – Know, Sow, Grow, Feast book written by newsletter reader Karen Sutherland and others.
Newsletter readers Circular Food recently posted a video about how they are closing the loop on waste organics to build a circular economy in the City of Hume.
Newsletter readers Hurstbridge Farmgate recently posted about an article on farming on the fringes of Australia’s state capitals, with particular reference to Melbourne’s ‘foodbowl’. As they said: “only a 4 minute read – if you ate today then it’s worth a browse – it’s about feeding you, me and everyone who lives in the ‘burbs of Melbourne right now and into the future.”
Newsletter reader Tiny Trowel recently shared an article entitled Ikea’s hydroponic system allows you to grow vegetables all year round without a garden. Somewhat related, 3000acres (most of whom are newsletter readers) recently shared an article about growing edible produce in pots published by Sustainable Gardening Australia.
Food bag appeal
Between 1st and 20th December, the Diamond Valley Foodshare and Greensborough Plaza are partnering to support those in need this Christmas. Help by donating non-perishable food items at the Customer Service Desk, Level 2, Greensborough Plaza.
Permablitz’s hero of the month
Good King Henry: “The Good King Henry, sometimes known as ‘poor man’s asparagus’ [Blitum bonus-henricus], is a perennial that produces edible shoots and spinach-like leaves. Once common in gardens, it’s something of a rarity today.” Read the full article.
Still looking for that perfect Christmas present?
Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?
Joke of the week
What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Pumpkin pi.
As a bonus, Jenny Shaw has submitted the following parody of Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This by the Eurythmics:
Sweet dreams are made of Cheese
Who am I to dis a Brie
I Cheddar the world and a Feta cheese
Everybody’s looking for Stilton
Here is a video of the parody in longer form.
How to grow bushfoods
What: Presenter Rhys Freeman. Bush foods are edible native plants and include things like native mint and macadamias, as well as mountain pepper and banksias. In this introductory workshop, you will be shown how to make cuttings of some of the easier-to-grow bush foods ready for planting in the summer months.
When: Saturday, 8th December, 10am-12.30pm.
Where: Brunswick Neighbourhood House.
Bookings: by phone (9386 9418) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Summary of upcoming events
Over the next week
- Book launch – Tomato: Know, Sow, Grow, Feast: Thursday, 6th December, 6-8pm.
- Plant-based midweek cooking class: Thursday, 6th December, 6.30-8.30pm.
- Festive inspired cooking master class: Thursday, 6th December, 7-9pm.
- Cook Indian by the creek: Friday, 7th December, 6.15-8pm.
- Festive inspired cooking master class: Friday, 7th December, 7-9pm.
- How to grow bushfoods: Saturday, 8th December, 10am-12.30pm.
- Raw living whole foods with Valentina Rise: Saturday, 8th December, 10am-3pm.
- Bee hive tour: Saturday, 8th December, 10.30am-12.30pm.
- Green at Kathleen – natural pest control in the garden: Saturday, 8th December, 11.30am-1pm.
- Christmas cake decorating: Monday, 10th December, 10.30-11.30am.
- Introduction to mindful eating and yoga night: Monday, 10th December, 6.30-9.30pm.
- Gingerbread house demonstration: Tuesday, 11th December, 10.30am-12.30pm.
- Zero waste community lunch and food swap: Wednesday, 12th December, 12.30-2.30pm.
Over the next month
- Community Leaders in Sustainability Course information session: Thursday, 13th December, 6-8pm.
- Plant-based midweek cooking class: Thursday, 13th December, 6.30-8.30pm.
- Festive inspired cooking master class: Thursday, 13th December, 7-9pm.
- Cook Indian by the creek: Friday, 14th December, 6.15-7.45pm.
- Festive inspired cooking master class: Friday, 14th December, 7-9pm.
- Native plants for food and medicine: Saturday, 15th December, 9.30am-12.30pm.
- Kombucha tea workshop: Saturday, 15th December, 10-11.30am.
- Formidable Veg Melbourne permie house concert: Tuesday, 18th December, 6-9pm.
- Diamond Creek Christmas lunch: Tuesday, 25th December, midday-3pm.
- Cook Indian by the creek – kids special: Thursday, 3rd January, 11am-12.30pm.
- Cook Indian by the creek: Friday, 4th January, 5.30-7.15pm.