Mar 062014

Local food-related events

What is LFC?

This is the topic for discussion at the Eltham Library this week, Thursday, 7-8pm. Come along and ask those questions that you have or simply relax and hear about our local group Local Food Connect! This is a Harvest Month event.

Local Food Directory

Nillumbik Shire Council have made their local food directory information available to us. Now we can start to build a story of where our local food needs and wants are available. This is a major step in the local food connect story and we thank NSC for starting it. Let us know what you think.

Seed saving

One of the major ways to source local food is to save seed. Several individual readers save their seed from year to year, using it again in their own garden next season and sharing with friends. The film “Our seeds; seeds blong yumi” stresses the importance of seedsaving in communities. In conjunction with North East Ranges Permaculture Group, we are sharing a viewing of their dvd at Diamond Valley Library, Tuesday evening, March 11, 6:30-8pm. This is a Harvest Month event.

The Feast

The passata is made and we are readying for the major event of Harvest Month – Home Harvest Feast! If you are a home gardener living in Nillumbik or Banyule you are welcome to attend for the price of some produce from your garden! Times and venues for drop offs of produce next week will be circulated to all of those registered.

tastingsLocal food tastings

The first tasting for Harvest Month was held at Bolton Street Deli last Saturday morning. A great time was had by both producers and passersby. Next tasting is in Diamond Creek, Saturday March 15 at Nillumbik Cellars, from 10am.

Caring for fruit trees

A workshop being held at Edendale, Saturday March 15, 2-4pm, $25, booking 9433 3711.

Workshops at BAAG

Preparing for winter Veg, Thursday, March 6, 6.45-9.15. $40.

Beekeeping basics, Wed March 12 6.45-9.15pm. $45.

Murundaka Workshop

Earth Co-operative proudly presents the Autumn Asian Vegetables workshop. This workshop will explain the different growing requirements of a variety of Asian vegetables anyone can grow in their backyard, by experienced permaculturist Seila Hierk. Then join Japanese cook Mikoto Araki in the kitchen to learn how to cook delicious Asian dishes for the autumn season.

10am-1pm Saturday 15th March at Murundaka Cohousing Community, 42 Bamfield Road, Heidelberg Heights. Please bring an apron for cooking.

Tea, coffee and snacks provided. Teenagers, children and people with all abilities are welcome. Bookings essential.

Other food activities/information

New event website

Thanks to a reader, I now have a new source of local activity information, which of course includes food! You may like to subscribe to Weekend Notes . Just a couple of activities happening soon – Upick chestnuts at the Chestnut Farm in Chalet Road, Olinda, free entry, $10 per kg picked. Another is the open day of St Erth, (Diggers), April 5 & 6, various activities. Another is a new food restaurant in the city, Shanghai Street Dumpling, offering homemade boiled Peking Dumplings!

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