Nov 062014

Local food-related events

Sustainability awards

Nillumbik, Banyule and Darebin Councils have been busy over the last few weeks presenting sustainability awards to various LFC members and friends. Congratulations to Gillian Essex and Evan Gellert, and also Paul and Robin Gale-Baker, for sustainable house and garden awards. Congratulations also to Julie French – Local Hero; Yuki Cameron – Community Leader in sustainability; and to the Monty Food Group. The Banyule winners loved meeting Costa at the awards. Did we mention Local Food Connect also won an award. 😉

Edible garden tours this weekend

If you have ever wanted a weekend of touring gardens this is it!!

  • LFC is running a free tour of 3 gardens in Greensborough and Diamond Creek. For more details, see this post.There are still a couple of vacancies, book via email.
  • Transition Banyule are running several tours on both Saturday and Sunday, although many are now booked out. For more details, see this post. Enquiries via email.
  • Darebin folks are celebrating their Backyard Harvest Festival. The festival will run from Sunday 9 – Sunday 23 November, 2014 and includes over 16 open gardens and 7 workshops on each weekend as well as in the early evening during the week. Details here.
  • Eltham SGA POD have their monthly meeting Sunday afternoon, Nov 9 and will be visiting Rachel Bishop’s garden. For bookings contact or on 0438 398750.
  • Arthurs Creek Annual Garden Walk is on Sunday Nov 9. See the flyer on the right (click for full size).
Does cooking matter?

Doctor Rebecca Huntley has done some research on this question and has written an essay on her findings. One outcome is that the largest group of disinterested cooks is women over 50! She offered some ideas to be re-inspired in an interview with the ABC this week. Amongst the readership of the LFC News are some wonderful cooks – Catherine, Carol, Duang, Julie, Karen, Michelle, Tony and Vira, to mention just a few. During 2014, we interviewed a number of people about what sort of cooking they would like to learn more about and how. Let us do something about it in 2015. Are you interested in organising a few activities with 2 or 3 others (i.e. we need a working party to develop a small program? Please reply by email if interested.

Food wastage

We would like to do a series of tips on using food leftovers in the home. Secondbite are doing a good job of collecting surplus food from supermarkets and redistributing it, but what do you do with leftover egg whites, or whey from cheesemaking, or lemon rinds, for example? Please send ideas to

Hurstbridge Food Swap

Advanced notice that the swap will be conducted on the first Sunday of the month at the new time of 10am to 11am. Keep in touch on their new Facebook page!

Reflect and create for the festive season

Be inspired. Make your celebrations more thoughtful, peaceful & sustainable. Come to a reflection workshop:

  • Thurs 6 Nov 12noon – 2.30pm  Alice House, 101 Ramu Pde, Heidelberg West email:
  • Tues 11 Nov 6.30pm – 9pm Diamond Valley Learning Centre, Diamond Creek Rd (cnr St Helena Rd) Greensborough email:

Bookings essential, food and drink supplied. Please share and invite your friends to this event.

Little Yarra Monthly Market & Car Boot Sale

Next Market Saturday 15th November 9am-2pm, local produce, fresh organic bread, amazing market stalls, great food, donkey rides, children’s activities and entertainment. Little Yarra Steiner School, 205 Little Yarra Road, Yarra Junction. Enquiries via email

Other food activities/information

Around the world in 80 plants

This is a book to take you on an inspiring edible adventure, introducing author Stephen Barstow’s top 80 perennial vegetables.

River Cottage televised

On GEM channel on Sunday evenings, 6.30pm, there is a TV series from River Cottage, filmed in 2010 . It covers ‘Autumn and Spring’ recipes. The first episode last week had Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall visiting Todmorden for their harvest festival and some guerilla gardening. It was excellent.

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