Jun 152013

Local food-related events


Immediately after the Macleod Food Swap on Saturday, Julie French will present a workshop on Permaculture in Home Gardens. This talk will provide a brief overview of the principles of permaculture and will give examples of how these can be practically utilised in a home garden. Julie is a keen food gardener and has a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute.

Locally grown food

“What are the possibilities when modern communities grow more of their own food?” Monday June 17th 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Function Room, The Courthouse Hotel, 615 Sydney Rd, Brunswick. Panel includes Peter Huff, City of Yarra, Cam Walker FOE, and Natasha Kuperman from My Home Harvest. Book here.

Soil Improvement Workshop at Edendale

A hands-on workshop on improving soils naturally through worm farming and composting. Saturday 22 June , 10am to 12noon. Cost: Free, including morning tea.
Bookings through Edendale on 9433 3711 or email (edendale@nillumbik.vic.gov.au)
Edendale have food and garden workshops running through to August – http://www.edendale.vic.gov.au/Sustainable_Living/Workshops

Local Food Connect annual general meeting

Advanced notice of the Local Food Connect AGM! This will be on August 11, at Edendale, 10am onwards. You are all invited .

Other food activities/information

Allan Savory, founder of Holistic Management,

will present an evening talk and intensive seminar on how we can reverse desertification, heal landscapes, empower communities and reverse climate change. Holistic Management is a decision-making framework used world wide that mimics patterns in nature to pro-actively use herbivores to regenerate grasslands, watersheds and rural community integrity.
Aug 17 2013 – Aug 17 2013 6:00pm – 8:30pm Storey Hall, RMIT – Melbourne
Aug 18 2013 – Aug 18 2013 8:30am – 12:30pm Storey Hall, RMIT – Melbourne Book here

Community Food Grants 2013-14

Grants of up to $10 000 for community gardens, city farms or similar activities and up to $25 000 for farmers’ markets, food rescue and similar activities will be available from the federal government.


…collect fresh food that otherwise would go to landfill and make meals for those in need. They are running a campaign at Coles from June 12 until July 9 to try to raise half a million dollars to provide more meals over winter. For more information see http://secondbite.org/

Reducing food loss and waste

A new working paper, from The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), shows that more than half of the food lost and wasted in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia occurs close to the fork, at the consumption stage. By contrast, in developing countries, about two-thirds of the food lost and wasted occurs close to the farm, after harvest and storage.

‘Radical Food Gardening Approaches: What are they and why do we need them?’

Wed 24th July, 7:15pm. Transition Whitehorse is organising this event. Promises to be a lively evening of discussion, speakers and short videos, presented by Transition Whitehorse. Where: Willis Room, Whitehorse Civic Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading. Entry: Gold coin donation. RSVP/enquiries: Frank 0414 301 072 or transitionwhitehorse@gmail.com

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