Feb 072013

Local food-related events

Sustainable Living Festival events start this weekend and will be spread throughout the next 2 weeks. If you want a copy of the program, contact Rachel.

Transition Banyule are running edible garden tours this Saturday. Although the gardens are private, if photos are allowed it would be great to share with the list.

Indian Curry evening, Saturday 9 Feb. This event is to support seed saving projects in India. “Our” Felicity will be meeting with Vandana Shiva (Wow!) and others to learn and offer support from Monty Primary and others. Best wishes for the trip, Felicity – I can see a few speaking engagements coming up in the future!

Hot composting, Heidi, Thursday 14 Feb.

Writing a local food directory workshop, Murundaka Co-Housing, 42 Bamfield Rd, Heidelberg Heights. Thurs Feb 14.

Natural soil improvement, composting and wormfarms @Edendale, Feb 15

Edible Plant and exotic fruit tree sale, near Diamond Creek, as well as tour of gardens and aquaponics system. Contact Stephen at minalinka@optusnet.com.au. Feb 23 and 24.

The Little Organic Shop, within the Brown House,  opens in Hurstbridge, Feb 11.

More details of the above events can be found on the Local Food connect Calendar.

Other food activities/information

A favourite organic gardening magazine arrived in the post this week. There are many interesting articles but “free-thinking farmers” in particular relates to possibilities for the outer reaches of Nillumbik Shire. It is about a couple, Michael Plane and Joyce Wilkie, whose farm just outside Canberra provides not only local produce to several cafes and restaurants in Canberra, but an education for those wishing to learn about market garden production. Wouldn’t this be a great project outcome from the Local Food Economy Q &A being held at Edendale on March 18?

Author Dave Jacke of Edible forest gardens is coming to Melbourne March 8 -10 to give a public talk and 2 day workshop on forest garden design. For more information see www.milkwood.net/2013/02/06/edible-forest-gardens-author-dave-jacke-is-coming-to-australia This evening would be a great follow up to the first Harvest month Food Film night held at Edendale on March 6.

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