Jul 062016

A new monthly food swap in Alphington

10am-midday, 1st Friday of the month. Alphington Community Centre, 2 Kelvin Road, Alphington, 3078. Contact: Becca Smith by phone (9499 7227) or email. This used to be an occasional swap which has now become a regular, monthly swap. Click here for the interactive map of all 21 swaps in North East Melbourne.

Eltham Farmers’ Market is now plastic bag free

bagTo coincide with Plastic Free July, Eltham Farmers’ Market has decided to become plastic bag free. As a substitute for plastic bags, market visitors will be offered two sustainable alternatives:

  • A re-usable hessian bag. Quality lined hessian bags will be available at the LFC information marquee for $5 each.
  • A ‘boomerang bag’. Boomerang bags are cloth bags made by volunteers from recycled materials. They will be available at the LFC information marquee for visitors to borrow at no cost and returned back to the market at a future visit for someone else to use. Hence the word boomerang, as the bags (hopefully) keep coming back.

We currently have two groups of sewers working 24/7 to create the boomerang bags!

Middle Kinglake Primary School garden

See the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation website for the story:

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New events

Bees and beekeeping

What: Everything you want to know about bees and beekeeping (with Steve’s bees). Steve McGrath is a member of the Victorian Apiarists Association and will present this talk. Find out about: the amazing range of gadgets built into bees and about a bee’s makeup; the different roles bees have within the hive; how beekeepers look after hives; and first steps in setting up as a beekeeper. Bookings essential.
When: Wednesday, 13th July, 7-8.30pm.
Where: Mitcham.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Gay Gallagher by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wicking garden bed workshop

What: Wicking garden beds can use up to 50% less water than normal gardens by holding a reservoir of water in the base that ‘wicks’ up through the soil to keep your veggie roots moist whilst reducing evaporation. Discover, with the help of Paul Gale-Baker, how wicking garden beds work and help build the Whittlesea Community Garden’s first wicking garden bed! Bookings essential.
When: Thursday, 14th July, 9am-1pm.
Where: Whittlesea.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Megan Smithwick by phone (0407 699775) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Introduction to fermenting foods – Kimchi workshop

What: Be immersed in the magical world of fermentation and wrap your tastebuds around the salty, sour and spicy delicacy of fermented cabbage. This workshop, which will be limited to 10 people, will cover: an introduction to fermented foods and how they support our diet; using and selecting key ingredients from the kitchen, garden and urban surrounds to use in making our Kimchi; working with our hands to prepare and make Kimchi to connect to ourselves and our bodies wisdom; exploring wild foods to enhance health properties in Kimchi; and methods of storage and eating Kimchi. You will go away with your own unique blend of Kimchi, lots of information, and a stronger confidence and appreciation of the tradition and practice of fermenting foods. Following the workshop, there will be lunch. Please bring a plate of food to share!
When: Saturday, 23rd July, 10am-midday.
Where: Maribyrnong.
Cost: $25.
Enquiries/Bookings: Gemma Macri by phone (0431 233420) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Eat healthy, seasonally and waste nothing: cooking masterclass with Arabella Forge

What: Take part in a cooking masterclass with the author of Nutrient-Dense Food on a Shoestring, Arabella Forge. You will learn different techniques to prepare healthy and sustainable meals on a low budget without waste. A Sustainability Outreach Whittlesea program event designed by the Women’s Luncheon Group at the Whittlesea Community House. Bookings essential for catering purposes.
When: Thursday, 25th August, 10am-12.30pm.
Where: Whittlesea.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Mary-Lynn Griffith or Johanna by phone ( 9716 3361) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of upcoming events

Over the next week
Over the next month

Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.

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