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Local food-related events

Celebrating 5 years

Help celebrate 5 years of Local Food Connect in our community, Saturday afternoon, August 23, 2-4pm. To take from Crystal Palace Transition Town’s do-ocracy theory, “Celebrate the do-ers; we are volunteers following our passions, keeping to our values as much as we can, with limited time and capacity; the do-ers make the decisions. Doing is one of the important currencies by which we measure our progress.”

Come along to the AGM, listen to some of the most recent achievements, be inspired by what the Darebin Fruit Squad are achieving, and support the nomination of a lead group for the next 12 months. Membership is $25pa and enables you to nominate or vote for committee members.

Nillumbik Health, Main Street, Eltham have kindly lent us a room to hold this gathering.

wicking bed 3Community planter box maintenance

There are now 9 planter boxes in Diamond Creek and 5 in Eltham and it is nearing the time to do our Spring planting, together with fertilising, mulching, etc. We plan to do this in the week ending 22 August. It would be great to get some more people involved. If you are interested in helping, please contact Guy at or on 9444 1400.

Bellfield Community Garden

It is great news that in its recent budget, Banyule City Council has formally approved $40,000 of funding to establish the Bellfield Community Garden on Oriel Road (opposite Ford Park, near the corner of Banksia Street). Some fencing and water tanks might appear soon. If you want to be involved, hold a plot, or just hear what’s going on, send an e-mail to

Banyule 2014 Environmental Sustainability Grants

Open on 14 July 2014, closing on 24 August 2014. Banyule City Council is keen to encourage community involvement in achieving environmental sustainability, particularly through maintaining and enhancing the natural environment, conserving resources including materials, water and energy, reducing waste and pollution and encouraging environmental stewardship. These grants are provided as an incentive to new or established groups to develop initiatives that achieve these aims. This year a funding pool of $50,000 is available. See:

Grafting days

Every year, the people from the Heritage Fruits Society run some grafting workshops around Melbourne and sell trees and scion wood to do some grafting of your own at home. It helps support their work and you get to learn from experts. There are 3 days.

Come along and learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees; select suitable rootstocks; have new trees grafted or budded by HFS members, or buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting.

Building edible gardens

Urban Shepherd’s Paul Gale-Baker, who designs, builds and maintains edible gardens, will talk at the Diamond Valley Library, August 19, 11:30am to 12:30pm. Bookings online or phone 9434 3809.

Food co-ops

Are you in a food co-op? If so, did you know that the Open Food Network, during their crowdfunding campaign, are offering (for a donation) a few co-ops to try their online marketing setup. For more information or just to donate to this wonderful organisation read more here.

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