Jan 252014

The purpose of the LFC News is to share information about what is happening in the local food economy, especially in regard to efforts to grow and distribute chemically free grown, nutrient rich food to the consumer. Because different events and activities are happening regularly we post information weekly, keeping the news items as brief as possible but often with links for further reading. Readers knowing of any such food activities are welcome to send in information or photos to share.

Local food-related events

Food swaps

The local food swaps have been running since April 2010, starting at Churinga in Greensborough, after some months of planning by members of Local Food Connect. Rachel Bishop has capably facilitated the Greensborough swap which now takes place in the community garden at the Diamond Valley Library. Rachel is stepping down to take on other food projects. Thanks Rachel for your energy, cheerfulness and yummy treats over the four years of the swap. We are looking for one or two growers to take on the facilitation of the Greensborough swap, every second Saturday of the month, 10am to about midday, at the library. If interested, please email Fay at fay.loveland@gmail.com

The Edendale swap will run this weekend, with some help needed there also.

Community gardens/plantings

EHS_harvestmonthboxA new planter box has been set up in Eltham High School by the Edendale Workskills team to grow and advertise veggies for the Home Harvest Feast and Month. Great job everyone! See photo.

Nillumbik Health’s planter box has survived the 40degree days. There are thyme and french sorrel and the odd strawberry available at the moment. Seedling contributions are acceptable:-)

Diamond Valley Library’s Garden of Plenty has tomatoes at various stages of growth, silverbeet, jerusalem artichokes, potatoes, lettuce and herbs.

Seed saving handbook

I am going to order a few of these for activities throughout this year. If we buy 5 or more from the Seedsaver Network we only pay $19 each pp, (compared with $32). If any readers would like to to purchase one, please
let me know.

Other food activities/information

Localism: a policy and enterprise conference

Melbourne 24-25 March 2014. Exploring local initiatives, innovations, and decision-making and the policy and enterprise agenda to support them. Registration for the conference can be done here. Papers are also being sought.

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