Sep 072012

Spring is here and what a great week it has been, although a bit windy on Wednesday. I cut and cooked our first asparagus spears this week. Very tender!

Local food-related events

Next meeting of Local Food Connect is the AGM, September 23, 2pm, at the Diamond Valley library. Come and have your say. After the brief formalities, we hope to hear from people coordinating community gardens in our area and will take part in activities based on the Library Community Food garden. In the last year we have created a website, supported a local and seasonal recipe book Pick Share Eat, helped release and distribute the Home Harvest booklet, helped with the Home Harvest feast in April, continued the food swaps, supported school and kinder gardens, run food film nights, talked about food at Edendale farm, had stalls at local festivals, had input on projects like Bell Street Masterplan, organised a local food night for Rotary, and supported community gardens in Diamond Creek and Greensborough. There are many ways that you can help or become involved. Come along and join in.

Have you booked in for any of the Food fest events at your local library in September yet?   Check out the Yarra Plenty Regional Library website for details and bookings. Activities include cooking demonstrations, tastings, progressive dinner, Jane Austen and Regency food and activities for children.

Bell Street Master plan project. Drop in session, Sunday 9 September, 10am – 11.30am.

2012 Panton Hill festival ON THE HILL. Sunday October 28. This year they are having a Baking and preserves section as well as a Basket of home grown fresh produce section. There are awards for each section. If you are interested in entering, please contact Dawn at for more information.

Other food activities/information

The Spring graze, part of the “Put Victoria on your table” campaign, has various local food events.

Spring is a great time to plant citrus trees.

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