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Local food-related events

Seedsaving at Diamond Valley Library

Edendale Farm’s resident seed saver, Rachel Bishop, will reveal the skills required to produce true-to-type vegetable seeds. Learn about seed selection, harvesting, processing and storing will all be covered. Tuesday, Sep 16, 11:30am.

Eltham SGA POD

This gardening group is meeting this Sunday afternoon, Sep 14, at a local home garden. After a tour of the garden, there will be a discussion of successful tomato varieties to plant. If interested, please contact Meredith: or 9439 8750.

fruitbowlStill Life with Fruit

On Thursday 18th September 5.30-7.30pm, an artwork which celebrates homegrown local food and is a testament to BAAG’s commitment to food gardening. The sculpture, Still Life with Fruit by sculptor, painter, award-winning author and puppeteer Lachlan Plain,, is a painterly rendition of the food gardener’s fruit bowl. At ten times the fruit’s original size, this fibre glass sculpture will tower over the entrance of Bulleen Art & Garden, testament to BAAG’s commitment to food gardening. The sculpture will be unveiled by Sigmund Jorgensen of Montsalvat and there will be a short artist talk by Lachlan.

There will also be some practical advice on how to get started on your own food forest with a talk by Angelo Eliades of Deep Green Permaculture and a guided walk to explore the artworks across the site.

RSVP essential – or 8850 3030.

Made on the Hill, October 26

The popular On the Hill festival is being held on Sunday 26 October 2014 with MADE ON THE HILL celebrating all things created and produced locally! The theme for 2014 is CHARACTERS AND IMAGINARY CREATURES. The following categories may appeal to Local Food Connect folk:

  • Fresh produce – edible fruit, eggs and vegetables.
  • Baking to the CHARACTERS AND IMAGINARY CREATURES theme – decorated cakes, sponges or biscuits, etc.
  • Baking general – cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts and pies.
  • Preserves – jams, sauces, fruit, pickles, relish, liqueurs, etc.

Other food activities/information

Food Alliance News

Follow Nick Rose’s trip studying food systems. Dr Nick Rose, Food Systems Project Coordinator at the Food Alliance, is currently undertaking a Churchill Fellowship and travelling to the US midwest, Toronto, and three cities in Argentina for almost three months to investigate innovation and inspiring urban agriculture initiatives.

The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is presenting the inaugural Future of Local Food conference in Melbourne on September 18 and 19. The conference includes workshops on the future of local food systems and tackling food waste, and has an impressive array of speakers, including Food Alliance Coordinator Kathy McConell.

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