Oct 072015

Open Farm Day

More shaking than a Zumba class …

A great time was had by all last Sunday. The picture is of an olive harvester, which shakes the tree trunk until the olives drop off and fall into the catcher. Whilst it only gets 80% of the olives, it takes just a few seconds per tree.


warrandyte 1Volunteer opportunity at the Warrandyte food swap

Last week, I told you about the new food swap at Warrandyte. See the picture (right) from last Saturday’s successful swap. They are now looking for another volunteer to be part of the team. If interested, please email Carol.

How to keep your worms cool

Fay Loveland has volunteered to provide some occasional words of wisdom about things she has been thinking about. Thanks Fay! Here is her first offering: “This week in the garden I’ve been trying to keep the worm farm cool. As I write this, the worms in my worm farm are enjoying slices of chilled watermelon! To keep the worm farm cool, it is positioned in a shady spot under a large tree. During the past few days, I’ve added a couple of plastic bottles of frozen water (think of a cold version of a hot water bottle). The worms ‘snuggle’ up to the chilly bottles. At night, I open the worm farm lid for a while and rinse the farm with fresh cool water. I have also sprinkled the worm farm with a little lime to keep the pH higher and to reduce odour. Finally, I’ve soaked many layers of old newspaper and laid that over the top of the worms. It might sound like a bit of work, but it’s worth it to keep the worms working, and nobody likes finding stewed worms after a few, hot, neglectful days.

Food Know How – a recipe for taste, not waste

If you live in Darebin, Maribyrnong, Moreland, Whittlesea or Yarra Ranges council areas, you can, at no cost, join the Food Know How program to learn how to reduce food waste, save money and make a positive contribution to the environment. Food Know How members will have exclusive access to:

  • Free workshops to learn handy tips on preparing, cooking and storing food to avoid waste.
  • Handy tools to help reduce food waste: kitchen food caddies, menu planners, food storage guides, etc.
  • Contribute to the online Food Know How members’ recipe book.
  • Share food saving tips and ideas with the Food Know How community.

Find out more about Food Know How by email or visit their website.

feastRegister for the Home Harvest Feast 2016

Grower registrations for the Home Harvest Feast 2016 are now open. In its fifth year, the Feast is a celebration of home grown produce and local food. All growers are invited to celebrate in the harvest and the joys of local food by sharing a community meal created by trained cooks using your home or community-grown produce. Tickets to the Feast are free for growers and their guests. Click here to find out more or to register.

New events

Home composting and worm farming

What: Learn the art of successful home composting and worm farming and how to overcome common composting and worm farming problems.
When: Wednesday, 7th October, 7-9pm.
Where: Mill Park Library.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Sylvia Turk by phone (9401 0509) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Biodynamic compost making

What: Workshop run by Biodynamics in Community.
When: Sunday, 11th October, 10am-midday.
Where: The Michael Centre, Warranwood.
Cost: $10 (member rates).
Enquiries/Bookings: Celia Cornick by phone (0433 677106) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Garden gathering at St Pius X

What: With the ok given to create a community garden at St Pius X, you are invited to attend their first gathering, under the delightful peppercorn tree. Share a meal, live music and conversation. Bring along any ideas that you have. Please bring food to share (a BBQ will be fired up), friends, family and a musical instrument.
When: Sunday, 11th October, midday-3pm.
Where: St Pius X, Heidelberg West.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Sharon by phone (0414 322915) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Biodynamic farm visits

What: Visits organised by Biodynamics in Community.
When: Saturday, 24th October, starting at 9am.
Where: Mornington Peninsula, locations provided upon booking.
Cost: $10 (member rates).
Enquiries/Bookings: Celia Cornick by phone (0433 677106) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wicking bed workshop

What: A hands-on demonstration on how to build a wicking bed from a fruit crate. 6 wicking beds await construction. The afternoon will conclude with afternoon tea and there will also be an opportunity for attendees to register their interest in the St Johns Community Garden if they wish. There is a limit of 30 places at the workshop, so please RSVP by email or phone.
When: Sunday, 25th October, 2-4.30pm.
Where: St Johns Anglican church, Heidelberg.
Cost: gold coin donation.
Enquiries/Bookings: Katrina by phone (0422 735213) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Lalor Community Garden plants sale and open day

What: Come along and purchase seedlings which have been lovingly grown from seed by community garden members. Every dollar you spend will go directly back into the community garden for future projects, tools and equipment.
When: Saturday, 31st October, 10am-2pm.
Where: Peter Lalor Secondary College, Lalor.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Steve by phone (9465 0416).
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Hurstbridge Garden Club

What: Richard Lee, from KABUU, on growing and using Asian greens.
When: Tuesday, 3rd November, 7.15-9.15pm.
Where: Community and Family Centre, Hurstbridge.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Cheryl Lowe by phone (9438 1563) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Bat and snake night

What: Learn about the microbats that inhabit the local area. Rob Gration will set up some traps and bring along some monitoring equipment on the night to hopefully identify some species. James Booth, from Council’s Land Management Team, will give a presentation on some of the local species of snakes that you may encounter this summer. BBQ dinner provided. Bookings are essential.
When: Friday, 20th November, 7.30-10pm.
Where: Location provided upon booking.
Cost: free.
Enquiries/Bookings: Whittlesea Council Land Management Team by phone (9217 2323) or email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Summary of all upcoming events

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Click here for the complete calendar of upcoming events.

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