News about local community gardens, food swaps and markets
Eucalypt Community Garden (Wollert)
Alicia Davenport has sent in an update about the Eucalypt Community Garden in Wollert: “Our water tanks are in and they are full. We have planted our winter crops. We are now going to establish regular garden days on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Time start from 10am. Dates until the end of the year are: 15th Jul, 19th Aug, 16th Sep, 21st Oct, 18th Nov and 16th Dec.” Thanks for the update, Alicia!
It would be great to receive updates from some of the other local community gardens. Just email us.
There are apparently plans to start a community garden at Allwood Neighbourhood House in Hurstbridge. An initial meeting is being held on Saturday, 23rd June, at 11am. Read more.
Preston/Thornbury food swap
The South Preston food swap has a new name (Preston/Thornbury food swap) and a new location (corner of Pender Street and High Street, Thornbury).
The Really Really Free Market Preston
(Sadly) The Really Really Free Market Preston has ceased in its current guise as a monthly market. The organisers say, however, that it will re-appear bigger and better as a quarterly market – dates to be announced.
News about local food producers
A one-time opportunity to buy locally-grown ginger
One of the most popular pages on our website is growing ginger and turmeric in Melbourne – can it be done?. Well, the page’s author, Helen Simpson, has now shown that the answer is a definitive ‘yes’: “we (The Mushroom Shed) will have a limited amount of freshly dug ‘Montmorency ginger’ for consumption at Eltham Farmers’ Market on Sunday, 24th June. Very intensely flavoured! This will be the only market we will have it at. No sprays/chemicals.” Thanks for the heads up, Helen!
Want a job?
Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services are looking to hire a Junior Permaculture Designer. Starting at 2 days per week but (perhaps) moving to full-time over time. Requirements include a Permaculture Design Certificate and experience with CAD. Based in Burwood. Closing date for applications: 9th July.
Responsible cafes is an Australian website which aims to reduce the number of single-use coffee cups and lids that are used. It includes a map where you can type in an address and it tells you which local cafes offer a discount for byo cups. So, for example, the nearest for Eltham residents are Platform 3095 (Eltham), BP (Eltham), Health Bar Melbourne (Research), Boots & Barley Cafe (Montmorency) and The Milkbar Cafe & Patisserie (Montmorency).
Food swap article
Thanks to everyone who sent in the link to an article on the ABC website about food swaps. As Fay Loveland said: “ABC Brisbane have a well written article about a food swap west of Brisbane which discusses the benefits of food swapping and community building.”
Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?
Joke of the week
What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm in your apple!
Or: what’s worse than eating a meal cooked by [insert name of acquaintance]? Eating two meals cooked by [insert name of acquaintance].
Hurstbridge community garden project
What: The GreenHeart Trust is about to start a community garden project at Allwood Neighbourhood House in Hurstbridge. The purpose of this meeting is to get everyone that has an interest in the garden in the same space to discuss your thoughts on their plans plus how you could potentially get involved.
When: Saturday, 23rd June, starting 11am.
Where: Allwood Neighbourhood House, Hurstbridge.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Sylvester Hive – Winter celebration
What: Go along for a social gathering and enjoy the afternoon with hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows and mulled wine. Take a plate to share lunch together and BYO drinks.
When: Sunday, 15th July, midday-3pm.
Where: Sylvester Hive Community Garden, Preston.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Edible weeds walk
What: What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries? Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side.Incubator volunteers will help organise facilitated group discussion where the topics will be selected by you.
When: Sunday, 19th August, 11am-1pm and again at 2-4pm.
Where: Merri Creek Trail.
Cost: $25 ($20 concession).
Bookings: their website (11am and 2pm).
Further information: LFC calendar entries (11am and 2pm).
Summary of upcoming events
Over the next week
- Gut health with Lindy Cook: Thursday, 21st June, 6.30-7.30pm.
- Miris Products winter warmers demonstration: Thursday, 21st June, 7-9pm.
- Nuka duke – rice bran pickling: Friday, 22nd June, 10am-midday.
- Nuka duke – rice bran pickling: Friday, 22nd June, 2-4pm.
- Vegetarian and vegan food truck event: Friday, 22nd June, 5-10pm.
- Mouth watering sweet and savoury preserves: Saturday, 23rd June, 9.30am-12.30pm.
- No Waste Cook Club Carlton: Saturday, 23rd June, 10am-midday.
- Mexican – delicious everyday meals: Saturday, 23rd June, 10am-12.30pm.
- Miso cooking: Saturday, 23rd June, 10am-12.30pm.
- Medicinal herbs workshop: Saturday, 23rd June, 11am-1pm.
- Hurstbridge community garden project: Saturday, 23rd June, starting 11am.
- Vegetarian and vegan food truck event: Saturday, 23rd June, midday-10pm.
- Malt beer masterclass: Saturday, 23rd June, 12.30-2.30pm.
- Blogger Cat Woods explores resources around plant-based living: Saturday, 23rd June, 2-3pm.
- Miso cooking: Saturday, 23rd June, 2-4.30pm.
- 3 Ravens Brewery tour and tasting: Saturday, 23rd June, 4-5pm.
- Fruit tree pruning: Sunday, 24th June, 9am-1pm.
- Eating green: Sunday, 24th June, 10am-1pm.
- Permablitz 208 (Rosanna): Sunday, 24th June, 10am-2pm.
- SEEDs Winter Soup Festival: Sunday, 24th June, 11am-4pm.
- Vegetarian and vegan food truck event: Sunday, 24th June, midday-9pm.
- Heidi garden club: Wednesday, 27th June, 10am-midday.
- Creative soups in your thermomix: Wednesday, 27th June, 7.30-9.30pm.
Over the next month
- Make sense of food labels: Thursday, 28th June, 9.30-11pm.
- Amazake making and cooking: Friday, 29th June, 10am-12.30pm.
- Amazake making and cooking: Friday, 29th June, 2-4.30pm.
- Cooking master class: Friday, 29th June, 7-9pm.
- Shio koji making and cooking: Saturday, 30th June, 10am-12.30pm.
- Sourdough bread making workshop: Saturday, 30th June, 10am-1pm.
- Green at Kathleen – thrifty gardening: Saturday, 30th June, 12.30-2pm.
- Shio koji making and cooking: Saturday, 30th June, 2-4.30pm.
- Winter kid’s gardening – insect hotels: Tuesday, 3rd July, 10-11.30am.
- Bare-rooted trees: Tuesday, 3rd July, 7.15-9.15pm.
- The environmental chef: Wednesday, 4th July, 10am-3pm.
- Thrifty and recycled gardening: Thursday, 5th July, 10.30am-midday.
- Cooking master class: Thursday, 5th July, 7-9pm.
- No Waste Cook Club Fitzroy: Saturday, 7th July, 10am-midday.
- Farmer Incubator urban farm tour – Spoke & Spade: Saturday, 7th July, 10am-5pm.
- Healthy lives plant-based cooking: Sunday, 8th July, midday-4pm.
- Composting success: Thursday, 12th July, 10.30am-midday.
- Plant-based midweek cooking class: Thursday, 12th July, 6.30-8.30pm.
- Sylvester Hive – Winter celebration: Sunday, 15th July, midday-3pm.
- Thermomix lunchbox workshop: Sunday, 15th July, 2-4pm.
- Pickling your winter vegetables: Tuesday, 17th July, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- Beeswax food cover workshop: Saturday, 21st July, 10am-midday.
- Healthy lives plant-based cooking: Sunday, 22nd July, midday-4pm.