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Stuart Rodda was the first home grower to sell his surplus produce at the stall at Eltham Farmers’ Market on 8th February. He was selling capsicums, cucumbers, plums, rhubarb, sweetcorn, tomatoes and zucchini. By 11am, he had sold out! We are now looking for home growers for the markets on 8th March and 12th April. See www.localfoodconnect.org.au/elthamfm/community-market-stall/ for more information. If interested, contact Guy Palmer (guy.palmer1@gmail.com; 0416 203067; 9444 1400).

Seed saving for your garden

What: Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will cover basic techniques for collecting, saving
and storing seeds from your food garden.
When: Thursday, 26th February, 6.30-8pm.
Where: Diamond Valley Learning Centre.
Cost: free.
To book: Julie, 0438 115853.
Further information: see the flyer.


What: Learn about the many ways you can preserve tomatoes while they are plentiful and cheap.
When: Saturday, 28th February, 9.30am to 1pm.
Where: Monty South Primary School.
Cost: $5 a head, includes notes and recipes, and a bottle of tomatoes or chutney to take home.
To book: Jenna, 0406 738220 or Farrington.jenna.j@edumail.vic.gov.au.
Further information: see the flyer.

Borrow our Fowlers Vacola preserving kit

Part of the Tomatorama workshop is learning how to bottle your tomatoes using a Fowlers Vacola preserving kit. And we have such a kit which you can borrow!
Click here to borrow our new Fowlers Vacola preserving kit.

The Great Tomato Taste Off

What: Compete with others for the best tasting tomatoes.
When: Sunday, 1st March, 10.30-11.30am.
Where: Were Street (next for the Food Store), Montmorency.
Cost: free.
To book: just turn up [Ed: I think!].
Further information: see the flyer.

BAAG Autumn Harvest Festival

All the events below are free and are at the Bulleen Art & Garden Nursery in Templestowe. See www.baag.com.au/baag-autumn-harvest-festival for more information.

  • Saturday, 7th March, 10am – Winter veggie garden preparation.
  • Monday, 9th March, 10am – Bush foods.
  • Tuesday, 10th March, midday – Preserving the summer harvest.
  • Wednesday, 11th March, midday – Attracting insects to your garden.
  • Thursday, 12th March, midday – Growing from seed.
  • Friday, 13th March, midday – Fruit tree selection and growing tips.
  • Saturday, 14th March, 10am – Kids gardening activity.
  • Sunday, 15th March, 10am – Beautiful and Bountiful – ornamental produce gardening.
Volunteers wanted for a plant sale in Hurstbridge

National Animal Aid is a recently formed animal welfare group that aims to help animals who have been mis-treated by humans. They are hoping to hold a plant sale in Hurstbridge on 21/22 March and are looking for volunteers for re-potting, splitting, advice, cuttings and plant identification. The monies raised will go towards subsiding desexing of pets etc for people on a low income. If interested, contact Patti Farnell at nationalanimalaid@gmail.com.

Organising any events?

Just email us, and we’ll put them into both the LFC News and our website calendar. If you have a flyer, we can also include that. Just one request: please make sure that the details are in a form that we can copy/paste – in the email itself, as a Word document, etc.

The recipes on the website

A few weeks ago, we asked you to guess the least viewed recipe on the website. The answer is Watermelon Skin Pickle. No one (apart from Pam, its author, Guy and Robyn) has ever read this recipe! Let’s change that situation right now! Just click here!

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