When I was a child, my mum and I used to sit down in front of the television every Thursday evening and watch Top of the Pops. Our main purpose was to find out whether the latest Beatles’ single was still no. 1. Perhaps you are now doing the equivalent but with respect to this newsletter and the market dog gallery?! Well, the dog gallery has finally been de-throned as the most popular newsletter link, replaced by Helen’s article on growing strawberries.
Kim Riazi and Lin Wong both report that the first Eastland Farmers’ Market on 24th April went well.
Some food-related apps for your smartphone
Food-related apps that I have on my Android smartphone/tablet include (in alphabetical order by category, where the categories reflect what is available rather than where my interests necessarily lie!):
- Bars and pubs: Melbourne’s Bars and Pubs.
- Personal recipe database: My CookBook.
- Planting guide: Gardenate.
- Vegan food: Happy Cow.
- Wine guides: Hello Vino.
- Eatery finders: Yelp and Zomato.
And, of course, there is the free app that I wrote myself: Local Food Connect.
In passing, as well as the Android version of the app above, I also wrote an IoS version (the two operating systems use different languages). But Apple demanded that I pay them $100 a year before I could even put it onto my own phone! Obviously, on principle, I’m not going to do this. If you have an Apple smart device and want my free app, blame Apple not me.
Kitchen gardening in schools
What: Brought to you by Nillumbik Healthy Schools, the health promoting schools initiative of healthAbility, this is a free professional learning workshop on providing successful food education experiences. It will include: the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation showcasing the benefits of kitchen gardens in providing pleasurable food education; best practice advice for managing a successful kitchen garden program; tips, resources and local supports available for getting your kitchen gardening program growing; and a reflective look at the Hurstbridge Primary School kitchen garden story & community in action.
When: Tuesday, 17th May, 2.30-4pm.
Enquiries: Bridget King by phone (9430 9169) or email.
Bookings: register by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.
Summary of upcoming events
Over the next week
- Composting workshop (Ringwood): Wednesday, 4th May, 9.30-11am.
- Olive magic – preserving olives (Donvale): Wednesday, 4th May, 10am-1pm.
- How to make sense of food labels: Thursday, 5th May, 9.30-11am.
- Home composting and worm farming: Thursday, 5th May, 10-11.30am.
- Living longer the Mediterranean way: Thursday, 5th May, 2-3pm.
- Composting workshop (Croydon): Thursday, 5th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Setting up and maintaining a worm farm: Friday, 6th May, 3-5pm.
- Permablitz 180 (Thornbury): Saturday, 7th May, 9am-4pm.
- Autumn family fair at Yandell Kindergarten: Saturday, 7th May, 10am-4pm.
- Permaculture basics: planning your garden: Saturday, 7th May, 11am-midday.
- Samira El Khafir: cooking with love: Monday, 9th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- Delicious ajvar: Monday, 9th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Mooroolbark growers & weeders present: “bee-keeping for the beginner”: Tuesday, 10th May, 2-3pm.
- Angie Chong: I love dumplings: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- Introduction to homemade wine making: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-7.45pm.
- Think health … think spelt!: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Backyard honey workshop: Tuesday, 10th May, 6.30-8.30pm.
- Shop ethical: Tuesday, 10th May, 7.30-9pm.
- Sun Hyland: sensational sauces from scratch: Wednesday, 11th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- An African feast: Wednesday, 11th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Keeping chickens in a suburban backyard: Wednesday, 11th May, 7-9pm.
Over the next month
- Rita Erlich in conversation with Cameron Smith: Thursday, 12th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
- A Tamil feast: Thursday, 12th May, 6.30-8pm.
- Italian meat ball demonstration and tasting: Friday, 13th May, 7-8pm.
- Backyard chooks for beginners: Saturday, 14th May, 10am-midday.
- A taste of Spain: Saturday, 14th May, 11am-midday.
- Pasta making for kids: Saturday, 14th May, 11am-midday.
- Make your own Vietnamese rice paper rolls for kids: Saturday, 14th May, 1-2pm.
- Meet the Makers showcase: Saturday, 14th May, 1-4pm.
- Cooking with quinces: Saturday, 14th May, 2-3.30pm.
- Olive preserving: Saturday, 14th May, 2-3.30pm.
- Streetside brew: Saturday, 14th May, 2.30-6pm.
- Organic backyard chook keeping: Sunday, 15th May, 10-11.30am.
- ‘No dig’ garden workshop: Sunday, 15th May, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- A taste of Autumn / Winter home produce at the Plummery: Sunday, 15th May, midday-1pm.
- Fermented beverages workshop: Sunday, 15th May, 2-4pm.
- Tibetan soul: Sunday, 15th May, 4.30-5.30pm.
- Seed saving: Tuesday, 17th May, 11.30am-12.30pm.
- Kitchen gardening in schools: Tuesday, 17th May, 2.30-4pm.
- Raising healthy seedlings from seeds and cuttings: Tuesday, 24th May, 11am-midday.
- Heide’s kitchen garden: Wednesday, 25th May, 11am-midday.
- Waste free, smarter living: Wednesday, 25th May, 7-9pm.
- Organic pest control: Wednesday, 25th May, 7-9pm.
- Bees, beekeeping and a bee-friendly garden: Saturday, 28th May, 1.30-2.30pm.
- Permablitz 181 (Kilsyth): Sunday, 29th May, 9am-4.30pm.
- How to make sense of food labels: Monday, 6th June, 9.30-11am.
- Fruit tree pruning: Wednesday, 8th June, 10am-2pm.
- Healthy eating as a way of life: Wednesday, 8th June, 7-8pm.