May 242013

Local food-related events

STOP PRESS! 4-5PM this afternoon, Friday. Montmorency South Primary School are launching their Stephanie Alexander program. Congratulations and best wishes with the program.

Kinglake Farmers’ Market is on this Saturday May 25, 9am -2pm.

Edendale Foodswap is looking for another coordinator. If you want more information, please contact Michele at

Compost Mates …

is a community program which retrieves food waste and coffee grounds from local cafes, restaurants  and greengrocers and compost s the organic matter in home or community gardens. City of Yarra, have had the program going for a while. Michelle Martin, Nillumbik Council’s Waste Project Officer, is interested to hear from local cafe owners and households who would commit to both being compost mates and would be willing to take the material to compost on their own properties.

Drawing in Edible Gardens, Banyule

As well as providing food for the table, our productive gardens can be seen as a source of creative inspiration and nourishment.  For this pilot project, we hope to give a small group of enthusiastic people the opportunity to meet on a regular basis in food-growing gardens around Banyule.  An experienced artist will lead the group and provide guidance in the use of simple art materials and encouragement to connect with and respond to the productive garden through drawing.  All levels of drawing experience welcome. The first session will be held on Saturday, 25th May from 2.00-4.30 pm at a private garden in Ivanhoe. Contact for more details

Other food activities/information

The website Swap Shuffle Share has changed to My Home Harvest. Natasha Kuperman , of Melbourne, runs this interesting site about urban farming.

March against Monsanto is a March for Life and Freedom – 25th May 2013, 2pm, State Library of Victoria.

Sustainable Gardening Australia invites you to join an informal gathering where participants will engage in discussion regarding: “What are the possibilities when modern communities grow more of their own food?”, Monday June 17th 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Function Room, The Courthouse Hotel, 615 Sydney Rd, Brunswick


Read here about a recent meal in the city made from biodynamically grown food. The article also includes a link to the Pop-up Patch in Federation Square, where you can rent a vegie box for a year.

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