May 312013

Local food-related events

Purchase frozen local Blackberries and Blueberries
for $13.50 a kilo grown in Kinglake. The berries are spray free and are fantastic preserved, as a topping for pancakes and ice cream, great for jam making, sauces, fruit pies, muffins etc. This is a fundraiser to help 2 brothers go to Malaysia for an Eltham High School Study Trip this September/ October. Send an email to their mum, Cathrine on or text 0488384844. Include your order quantity, name and contact details please. Payment is cash on delivery.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for the Home Harvest Working Group for Harvest Month and the Home Harvest Feast 2014.
Committee members will : contribute to the planning and delivery of Harvest Month and the Home Harvest Feast 2014; attend monthly meetings from July – March, meetings are held during business hours, normally Wednesday’s 2.30pm-4pm (first meeting set for 3 July at Edendale); assist with the set up and delivery on the weekend of the Home Harvest Feast; contribute to the development of a communications plan and the promotion of Harvest Month and the Home Harvest Feast; contribute to the monthly Grower’s newsletter; correspond with the committee members via email in-between meetings. Around 8 – 12 working group members are needed. If interested please submit your EOI to Kirsty Merritt at including your name, organisation representing (if relevant), contact email and phone number and the reason why you would like to be on the committee including any skills and experience you can contribute.


At the Diamond Valley Library last week, Fleur from Book-a-chook gave an informed and interesting talk on keeping chooks. If you are interested in renting or buying chickens, check out this website.

Other food activities/information

To celebrate International Compost week early in May, local online group Sustainable Table wrote a couple of informative articles on composting. See here.

Youth Food Movement

Pulling a homegrown carrot from a curbside veggie patch, exploring an off-the-grid eco-property, preserving kilos upon kilos of late-harvest tomatoes – the Youth Food Movement is all about getting punters’ hands dirty in a bid to create thought-provoking interactions with food. Read more here.

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