Jun 202018

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

AVS Organic Foods, from Watsonia North, maintain a list of vegan products. It covers more than 3,000 products and is searchable by supermarket category.

Bomba Wood Fired Pizza, from Eltham, will be selling their ready-to-eat pizzas at the Vegetarian and vegan food truck event in Preston on 22nd, 23rd and 24th June.

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’

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?

Broadsheet’s article about pH levels.

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].

New events

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.
Cost: free.
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.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
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

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