Jun 062018
 

Eltham Food Swap needs a bit of help

Eltham Food Swap runs on the 4th Sunday of each month, from 10am to 11am, at Eltham Farmers Market. Fay and Bev run the swap and they are putting the call out for another volunteer or two to help them on 24th June and 22nd July while Bev is ‘on leave’. If you’re able and willing to talk with food swappers and greet people, please email me and I’ll pass your message on to Fay.

Every newsletter needs a good picture

As per the picture right, the red foliage on Leaf, Root and Fruit’s blueberry plant.

Permablitz’s hero of the month – avocado

For the second time in a year, avocados are Permablitz’s hero of the month. This time guest writer Pete the Permie shares all the tricks to grow avocados in your garden area, with tips to give you the greatest chance of success. Read Pete’s article.

Read all of Permablitz’s heroes of the month.

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

Judy’s visit to Lucinda Flynn’s garden.

Joke of the week

What happened to the cannibal who was late to dinner? They gave him the cold shoulder.

Read all the jokes.

New events

Vegetarian and vegan food truck event

What: Showcasing the best in meat-free and plant-based street food. The line up will be announced on Facebook.
When: Friday, 22nd June, 5-10pm; Saturday, 23rd June, midday-10pm; and Sunday, 24th June, midday-9pm.
Where: Preston Food Truck Park.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Permablitz 208 (Rosanna)

What: Mala is a permablitz regular, and is finally having her own. She started gardening when her daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, and has found that it’s really helped her family through the difficult years. Mala want her kids to know where their food comes from and be able to eat their own home grown produce. The main activities for the day will be constructing and planting out lasagne style raised garden beds reusing materials found onsite for edging, and setting up a three bay compost system using recycled pallets. They are also hoping to re-pot and re-site some fruit trees. There will also be some workshops on how to make raised lasagne-style garden beds as well as simple three bay composting systems.
When: Sunday, 24th June, 10am-2pm.
Where: Rosanna.
Cost: free.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Make sense of food labels

What: Tour a supermarket and learn how to accurately read and understand food labels and choose healthy foods that are suitable for the whole family. You will also receive a show bag with information sheets and a healthy shopping guide booklet. The tours are led by healthAbility’s qualified dietitian and open to anyone interested in healthy eating.
When: Thursday, 28th June, 9.30-11pm.
Where: Eltham.
Cost: $15 (includes a healthy shopping guide booklet).
Bookings: by phone (9430 9100).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Thermomix lunchbox workshop

What: They will be doing scrolls, muesli bars, bliss balls and more. They will have a cookkey and cookidoo station so that you can learn how to create a playlist for your lunchbox items. Children are welcome to attend for free and they can a have a bit of fun at the playdough station and decorating a biscuit to take home.
When: Sunday, 15th July, 2-4pm.
Where: Eltham.
Cost: $25.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

The joy of backyard chooks

What: What you will learn: how to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard; how to house and protect chooks from predators; and how chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil. Presented by Maria Ciavarella. A couple of chooks in the backyard were once a staple part of the suburban quarter acre block and their eggs a healthy part of the diet. Smaller backyards needn’t mean an end to keeping these most versatile of creatures. Join their class to find out how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers in a sustainable household. They will cover housing, protection, feeding and varieties, as well as practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden.
When: Saturday, 28th July, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Bulleen Art and Garden.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Healthy productive compost and worms

What: What you will learn: the importance of compost for soil health; how to fix common composting problems; and setting up and looking after a worm farm. Presented by Maria Ciavarella. Learn how to make great compost, the essential ingredient for a thriving and healthy garden. You will also look at worm farms and Bokashi as other options. You will also be shown how to make a DIY worm farm using recycled products.
When: Saturday, 4th August, 9.30am-12.30pm.
Where: Bulleen Art and Garden.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Taste of Thomo Food Festival

What: Go and meet the local producers and sample free tastings made right in Thomastown. Plus monthly market, coffee cart and free children’s activities. There will also be an opportunity to listen to David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator, present his Aussie Street multi-media event.
When: Saturday, 4th August, 10am-1pm.
Where: Thomastown Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up (although you will need to book by phone – 9217 2377 – to listen to David Holmgren.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Grafting and tree sales day

What: Learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees. Select suitable rootstocks. Have new trees grafted or budded by Heritage Fruits Society members. Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting. Buy one-year-old grafted trees. Discuss your fruit tree needs. Their current focus is on apple varieties, so lots of 1-y-o trees and scion from all of their trees. They will also have a few stone fruit trees for sale.
When: Sunday, 5th August, 10am-1pm.
Where: Pettys Orchard, Templestowe.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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