Sep 052018
 

Local Food Connect seed share

LFC is starting a small project to distribute free veggie seeds among the community to encourage people to grow more of their own food. Initially, the seeds will be available at the LFC marquee at Eltham Farmers’ Market and at Eltham Food Swap. If we get enough seeds and interest, we might be able to supply local school kitchen gardens and other food swaps. We already have a lot of sweetcorn seeds plus some purple climbing beans (thanks, Pauline!), which will be available this week at the LFC marquee at Eltham Farmers’ Market. If you have some saved veggie seeds from your garden that you would like to share, or you are interested in helping run the project, contact Richard Rowe by email.

Possible arsenic contamination in Diamond Creek

Bruce Plain has written in to point out that Gordon Legal are investigating possible arsenic contamination in residential land surrounding 50 Fraser Street, Diamond Creek. Read more.

Edible Hexham, Northumberland, UK

Carol Woolcock is currently visiting the UK and has sent in this picture.

More changes in the ownership of Eltham cafes

The Eltham Tea House is now The Greek Place, and the Weidlich Food Store is now Oregon Xpress. View our map of all 31 cafes, which includes menus and contact details.

Some interesting, recent articles from local bloggers

How to Grow Great Tomatoes in Melbourne: a typically comprehensive article by Leaf, Root & Fruit.

The difference between soft and hard mulches: a typically erudite article by Angelo Eliades.

Why do you grow your own food?

The graphic right is taken from a 2014 report entitled Grow your own: The potential value and impacts of residential and community food gardening. How many apply to you? [Three apply to me.]

Which link was clicked most times in the last newsletter?

The Laughing Waters Pick My Project.

Joke of the week

How do you make a waffle smile? Butter him up.

Read all the jokes.

New events

Cook Indian by the creek

What: Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen. Menus – 7th September: samosa with chutney; 14th September: chicken saagwala and palak paneer; 21st September: dal makhani and naan bread; and 28th September: chicken biryani with mixed veg raita.
When: Friday, 7th September; Friday, 14th September; Friday, 21st September; and Friday, 28th September. Each starting 6.15pm.
Where: Diamond Creek.
Cost: $35 per session ($45 on 28th September).
Bookings: by email. Quote ‘Gourmet Living’ to get a discount of 10%.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Australian plants expo

What: A two-day event by the Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra. Sales of native & indigenous plants, books on related subjects, native flower displays, environmental displays, talks, giftware and refreshments. The plant sellers include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens nursery; Goldfields Revegetation nursery; La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery; and Vaughan’s Australian Plants. On 8th September, the talks are: at 10am, propagation from seeds & cuttings; at 11.15am, drawing & painting from nature (Hannah Noorda); at 12.30pm, kokedama workshop with natives; and at 2pm, designing for habitat (Phillip Johnson). On 9th September, the talks are: at 10am, propagation from seeds & cuttings; at 11.15am, botanical art workshop (Hannah Noorda); at 12.30pm, kokedama workshop with natives; and at 2pm, the habitat element in our gardens (AB Bishop and Loretta Childs).
When: Saturday, 8th September and Sunday, 9th September, both 10am-4pm.
Where: Eltham Community & Reception Centre.
Cost: $5.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Organic pest control and the backyard biodiversity

What: Go on a micro-safari with Adam Grubb from Very Edible Gardens and be introduced to the many creatures that inhabit your garden, from soil microbes, to problem and beneficial insects. Learn about the life of your soil and how to care for it.
When: Thursday, 13th September, 7-8pm.
Where: Hawthorn Library.
Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Mexican – family dinners

What: Ana and Gaby are Mexican Aussies with a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in cooking Mexican dishes. Immerse yourself in Mexican cooking techniques and culture. This workshop will cover aztec cake (Mexican lasagna with chicken), fresh tortillas, and vegetarian versions of the above.
When: Saturday, 15th September, 10.30am-1.30pm.
Where: Living & Learning, Diamond Creek.
Cost: $63.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Cook Indian by the creek – kids special

What: Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen. Menus – 24th September: chicken skewers and flat Indian bread; and 3rd October: mini samosa and chana chaat.
When: Monday, 24th September, 11am-midday and Wednesday, 3rd October, 11am-midday.
Where: Diamond Creek.
Cost: $35 per session.
Bookings: by email. Quote ‘Gourmet Living’ to get a discount of 10%.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Buzzing around Edendale

What: Through dance, art, observation and play, children discover how our friends the honey bees live their busy lives. They play with props to understand how bees collect nectar, make wax and honey and look after their babies. Everyone will learn the bees’ famous waggle dance and find out how well the bees work together. Suitable for early primary school aged children.
When: Wednesday, 3rd October, 1-1.50pm and again at 2-2.50pm.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $8 per child.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Mexican – Day of the Dead

What: Ana and Gaby are Mexican Aussies with a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in cooking Mexican dishes. Immerse yourself in Mexican cooking techniques and culture. This workshop will cover an introduction to the food, traditions and customs of one of Mexico’s most important festivities, including sweet bread and traditional hot chocolate.
When: Saturday, 29th October, 10am-1pm.
Where: Living & Learning, Panton Hill.
Cost: $63.
Bookings: their website.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

The joy of backyard chooks

What: What you will learn: how to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard; how to house and protect chooks from predators; and how chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil. Presented by Maria Ciavarella. A couple of chooks in the backyard were once a staple part of the suburban quarter acre block and their eggs a healthy part of the diet. Smaller backyards needn’t mean an end to keeping these most versatile of creatures. Join their class to find out how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers in a sustainable household. They will cover housing, protection, feeding and varieties, as well as practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden.
When: Thursday, 1st November, 6.30-9pm.
Where: Bulleen Art and Garden.
Cost: $50.
Bookings: WeTeachMe.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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