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Local food-related events

Practically Green Festival

Edendale, Sunday, October 20, 10am-4:30pm. Many sustainability exhibits and information. Local Food Connect will have a tent. Would you like to come along and talk to people about your passion for local food, recruit interest for a project – food co-op, community food planter box, farmers’ market, cooking classes,and more? If so, contact Drew at drew@barrs.com.au or just turn up!

Edendale workshops

Summer veggie growing. Saturday Oct 26, 10-12, $25. Bookings required on 9433 3711 or email (edendale@nillumbik.vic.gov.au).

Spare strawberry plants?

For some reason, most of the strawberry plants we planted in the Nillumbik Health planter box didn’t settle in well. If you have a spare strawberry plant and a few minutes, maybe you would like to go down to Main Road and replace a dead plant for a healthy one. Thanks in anticipation!

Nillumbik Local Produce Guide

Nillumbik Shire Council is developing a comprehensive database of local primary producers with the aim of developing and publishing a Nillumbik Local Produce Guide to promote local food producers, suppliers and retailers.

The target groups for this project include:

  • PRODUCERS – local farmers, growers and makers of food and drinks, including wineries
  • RETAILERS – the retail outlets and businesses who sell local produce, including local food shops, farmers’ markets and box schemes
  • CATERERS – pubs, restaurants and cafés, hotels and other providers.

If you would like to suggest a business, email Heidi.Crundwell@nillumbik.vic.gov.au.

Diamond Valley Library Gardening Group

Tuesday October 15 11am. The Stephanie Alexander School Kitchen program will be explained. Bookings to Dione Flegg, 9434 3809, dflegg@yprl.vic.gov.au. After the talk, check out the developing community garden.

Passionate about Diamond Creek?

Join other like-minded folks at a BBQ, Monday October 21, 6-8pm to share stories, build connections and pitch your ideas to see what is possible. RSVP to admin.dc@nillumbik.vic.gov.au by Oct 16. For more information, contact melanie.holt@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Minalinka Farm Spring Open Days

Sat 26 and Sun 27 Oct, 9am-4pm.

Edible and exotic plants for sale. 11:30 talks. Sat Aquaponics; Sun Grafting evergreen plants. Entry $10, donated to Thrive Community Garden.

Contact Stephen at minalinka@optusnet.com.au by 9pm Thur 24 October to register your interest, to obtain the address and for further details.

Briar Hill Primary School Spring Fair Market

Saturday 26 October, 10.00am-4.00pm, 25 Gladstone Rd, Briar Hill. Details 9435 1633.

Stalls selling a range of goodies including lemonade,(lemons still wanted please), Koala Honey, pizza, dhal, BBQ, chai tent, cakes and vegan coconut ice cream.

Other food activities/information

World food diversity is decreasing

An ABC interview with Simran Sethi, environmental journalist.

Seed bank website plugin

New software for the Cleveland Seed Bank, a seed saving initiative, has been released to the public as an open source website plugin that can turn any WordPress site into a community seed bank. The software, called WP-Seedbank, was conceived by Marilyn McHugh, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Hummingbird Project (THP) and developed in collaboration with Cleveland GiveCamp. This may be worth looking into.

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