The details of the 6 participating wineries have now been announced. See the LFC calendar entry.
Sian Gleeson is the new Environment Officer at Banyule Council
Sian replaces Fleur Anderson, who recently moved to Whittlesea Council.
Permablitz 182 (Preston)
What: Elizabeth and Finlay have a dream of turning their barren back yard into a edible green haven. They have just finished building some extra space for their growing family and they need some help making their inner court yard and back yard into a food bearing oasis that they can enjoy for many years to come. They want to learn to grow food plants and trees, enjoy their outdoor space and teach their young kids where food comes from.
When: Saturday, 18th June, 9.30am-4.30pm.
Bookings: Permablitz website.
Further information: Permablitz website.
Change makers (Banyule)
What: This event aims to energise volunteer groups, create social cohesion and provide networking, peer to peer learning and ‘passion mashin’ opportunities for the environmental movement in Banyule. It provides an opportunity for people to network with other like minded residents and groups, sharing ideas and common interests. This year’s theme is sustainable food. The evening will take the format of a networking event over refreshments, starting with a welcome to country by a Wurundjeri Elder and an address by Mayor Craig Langdon on Banyule’s environmental achievements over the past year, especially focussing on the Home Harvest program. Rohan Anderson is the key note speaker, followed by Rooftop Honey.
When: Wednesday, 22nd June, 6-9pm.
Enquiries: Jim Mead by phone (9457 9885) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Backyard chicken keeping
What: Felicity Gordon will cover the basics of keeping chooks in your own backyard. Topics covered will include:how to set up a fox proof chicken coup; advantages of different breeds; what to feed chooks; how to keep chooks in good health; and how keeping chooks can be a valuable part of a productive food garden.
When: Saturday, 30th July, 11am-midday.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course
What: This 9-week hands-on course will introduce you to a range of topics in the field of horticulture. The course runs at Edendale in Eltham, and places in the course are government-subsidised, so it is a great starting point for people thinking about turning their passion into a career in horticulture, or simply for home food growers who want to learn more – only $130 for a 9-session course! No prior experience is necessary. The course will be run by Justin Calverley, a horticultural expert with over twenty years’ experience. Inter alia, Justin is a lead trainer in adult education at CERES, where he has presented workshops on topics ranging from fruit and vegetable production to bush foods, and from garden design to sustainable gardening.
When: Saturday, 30th July – Saturday, 24th September, 9.30am-3pm. Also, Monday, 5th September – Monday, 28th November, 9.30am-3pm.
Cost: $130 for all 9 sessions ($73 concession).
Enquiries/Bookings: Living & Learning Nillumbik’s website.
Further information: Living & Learning Nillumbik’s website.
Summary of upcoming events
Over the next week
- Fruit tree pruning: Wednesday, 8th June, 10am-2pm.
- Healthy eating as a way of life: Wednesday, 8th June, 7-8pm.
- Just Eat It (film): Thursday, 9th June, 10am-12.30pm.
- Biodynamic course (two-day): Saturday, 11th June and Sunday 12th June, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- Low-maintenance edible gardens: Saturday, 11th June, 11am-midday.
- Prune for June (Carlton): Sunday, 12th June, 2-3pm.
Over the next month
- Prune for June (Carlton): Thursday, 16th June, 6-7pm.
- Vegetarian basics cooking class: Saturday, 18th June, 9.30am-1.30pm.
- Permablitz 182 (Preston): Saturday, 18th June, 9.30am-4.30pm.
- Winter Wine Fest: Saturday, 18th June, 11am-5pm.
- Fruit tree pruning: Saturday, 18th June, 1-5pm.
- Winter Wine Fest: Sunday, 19th June, 11am-5pm.
- Hot composting workshop: Sunday, 19th June, 11.30am-1pm.
- How to prepare your garden for spring: Monday, 20th June, 11.30am-1.30pm.
- Dim sims and spring rolls workshop: Monday, 20th June, 1-2.30pm.
- Good bugs – bad bugs: Tuesday, 21st June, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- Cooking with winter vegetables – Italian style: Wednesday, 22nd June, 6-8pm.
- Change makers (Banyule): Wednesday, 22nd June, 6-9pm.
- Backyard chooks for beginners: Saturday, 25th June, 10am-midday.
- Winter in the veggie garden: Wednesday, 29th June, 7-9pm.
- Soil matters: Saturday, 16th July, 2-4.30pm.