Nov 152012

A number of people signed up for various bites of food information at the Eltham Festival last Sunday.  I have signed them up to receive this weekly food news, so welcome to you all. The LFC News aims to keep you in touch with local and seasonal food events or activities that are happening in the north east of Melbourne or that you may like to follow on the web. Contributions are welcome.

Local food-related events

Drop-in session at 2 Bell Street to catch up on the project Sunday 18 November 2012, 10am – 11.30am at the shed. This is an informal drop in session on the land where you will have the opportunity to chat with others about the Bell Street Masterplan Project.

November 25, 11am -3pm. You are invited to join Local Food Connect members for a casual conversation around local food issues and opportunities at Red Box Winery in Kangaroo Ground. A barbeque is booked. Antipasto and cheese plates are available to purchase or bring along your own picnic. We hope that you can join us and share your ideas for local food in 2013. RSVP – Robyn email:

LFC Food Swap Coordinator. The current coordinator, Ann, is unable to continue in the role. Are you interested in this voluntary position? The person needs to be a member of Local Food Connect  and do the following tasks: Report annually to LFC; Report to the LFC committee if anything changes throughout the year; Fill out the required forms for Nillumbik Council; Provide support to and answer queries from the Food Swap Facilitators; Provide information and a kit to new groups wishing to start up; Provide new sheets and labels to FS facilitators when needed; Collect records annually and file with LFC documents. For more information, please contact Linda

Volunteer food garden assistant is sought for Edendale one or two mornings a week.

Volunteer duties include planting, mulching, watering, composting and weeding; selecting and tagging vegetable seedlings; maintaining a safe, clean and tidy workplace; harvesting and preparing food for sale. Once adequate training has been provided it is envisaged that the volunteer will carry out all duties with limited supervision.

Skills, interest or experience for the role: experience in chemical-free/sustainable vegetable gardening is essential; commitment, enthusiasm and responsibility; ability to communicate with a range of staff, volunteers and trainees in the workplace; ability to identify a need for assistance and be comfortable to seek help or advice; ability to perform physical tasks; willingness to get the job done and an eye for detail; an interest in working with members of the community; ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Volunteer benefit: experience working in a dynamic local government setting; working in a diverse team with staff and members of the community; invitation to attend volunteer celebration events; access to ongoing learning in sustainable gardening; training in occupational health and safety.
Contact  Edendale at 9433 3711 if you are interested.

Other food activities/information

My darling lemon thyme is a blog by a young West Australian chef and mother of two young children. She shares some tasty vegetarian and vegan recipes with all her readers.

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