Local food-related events
There is one last weekend of Harvest month activities. Have you taken part in any activities? Let us know what you thought.
In preparation for the upcoming opening of Eltham Farmers’ Market, four wicking beds were built and planted out this week. Thanks Andrew, David, Guy, Susan and Nathan. The produce will be able to be used in a variety of ways at the markets and the beds used for educational workshops. Look out for the new Local Food Connect marquee on market day.
Not sure how a certain supermarket snuck into the picture!
Apple pie competition this weekend!!
Come along to the Eltham Town Square this Saturday, taste some local foods while listening to local music! To enter the pie competition email or call Lucy Anderson (0419 351640). The winner will receive $500 in vouchers to spend at their choice of Eltham shop(s). This is a Harvest Month activity.
Harvest Skill Share on Sunday
Join local food gardening enthusiasts for an afternoon of harvest skill sharing. Learn about preserving, seed saving, soil improvement, fruit drying, and ricotta making and other secrets to getting the most out of your harvest. Edendale, Sunday March 30, 1-4pm, free to Harvest Feast growers, $10 others. Bookings 9433 3711. Another Harvest month activity.
Backyard chicken keeping
Learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping, from the characteristics of different breeds to the housing and care of chickens. Participants will leave this workshop with the knowledge and confidence to begin keeping chickens and producing their own free range eggs! Edendale, Wednesday April 2, 10:30 – 12:30. Bookings 9433 3711.
Local Harvest Challenge
This is a great week’s activity to research where your food really comes from. Can you access this food from a producer or shop closer to home? Several LFC members and friends are taking some of the challenges which are described here . At the end of it, we should be able to make a list to share with you all. In the meantime, don’t forget to check the Local food directory.
Minalinka Open days
This family farm at the back of Diamond Creek township is opening to the public again with subtropical fruits to taste and sell, as well as talks on aquaponics, wicking beds and grafting. Sunday April 6 and 13, 9am – 4pm, $8 entry. Book by emailing Stephen by 9pm, April 4.
Other food activities/information
Australian Food Hubs Network
The Australian Food Hubs Network (AFHN) is a collaboration of individuals and organisations working towards fair, sustainable and resilient food systems for all Australians, particularly through helping setup and promote Food Hubs that can improve livelihoods for sustainable farmers and food access for all Australians. For more information see their website.
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