I hope you have been able to take part in at least one Sustainable Living Festival activity over the past week. If not, there are still a few on this weekend. Have fun at the Sandor Katz fermentation workshops those who have booked in. (love to learn some of his techniques for preserving).
Can you hear the Earth sighing today? Such lovely rain we have had.
Local food-related events
Incredible Edible Yea
For those of you who follow IET in Yorkshire, you may be interested to know there is an Incredible Edible at Yea, just over the range. A little information can be found here.
Diamond Creek Expo, March 2
Local Food Connect will be represented at the expo and have been asked to run a food swap. If you live in Diamond Creek and are free, bring along some veggies or herbs to swap. There will also be information about Harvest Month activities and other local food initiatives.
Dry food co-op
A member is wanting to set up a dry food co-op in Eltham. If you are interested in joining such an activity, please reply to this email and I will pass on your details. See also the cooperatives workshop below.
Apple pies and more
Several tastings, talks, workshops and competitions have been organised for March. Details are in the Harvest Month calendar and will continue to be added. On March 29, in Eltham Town Square, there will be an apple pie competition, (as well as tastings of local produce, information about Eltham Farmers’ Market, and more!). There will be local celebrity judges and a wonderful prize for the winner! So, out with the recipe books and start practising! More information to come…
Seed saving film
Tuesday March 11, 6:30pm, Diamond Valley Library. View how people around the world are exercising their right to save seeds, share and grow food again. Have a discussion about creating a local seed bank at the library. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org (for supper requirements).
Local food tastings
Bolton Street deli will host a tasting on Saturday March 1, 10am-12pm. Check the calendar for more details.
Local Harvest Challenge
It is on again this year from Sunday April 6 to Saturday April 12. Would you like to join a group of locals and take the challenge? If so, let us know at info@localfoodconnect and we will put you in touch with each other. Maybe we could share a potluck dinner at the end?
Other food activities/information
Urban food production in Melbourne
A study has just been done showing that home food production is thriving. Even though we know it, it is good to have some evidence!
Local food garden educator
Seila Hierk has been teaching adults and children about food gardening for several years, in and around Melbourne. It is great to read about him in the Herald Sun this week.