Sep 072016
 

Eltham Farmers’ Market video stars competition

hans hoffmanThe farmer starring in this week’s video is Hans Hoffman from Just Picked. Click here to watch the video and enter the competition.

New sources of free coffee grounds

Two new sources of free coffee grounds have been added to the list of local resources: Tasties Cafe, 356 High Street, Preston, tel: 9470 2260 and The Kiln Cafe, 85C Clyde Street, Thornbury, tel: 0403 089408. Call to check first then bring your own container and let staff know before helping yourself.

On a related subject, new environmental startup Reground collects coffee grounds from cafes and restaurants in Darebin at a competitive rate and delivers them free to community and home gardens. Reground also provides advice to users on getting the most out of their coffee grounds and supports community gardens to become a coffee ground distribution and education centre for local gardeners. Founder Ninna Larsen finds customers as close to businesses as possible, helping build a sense of community connection. Darebin residents and businesses can contact Reground by email to organise a collection service or free delivery.

Warrandyte food swap’s first birthday celebration

rief review of the year, which you can read at the bottom of their Local Food Directory entry. As Liz says: “In 2015, two intrepid food and garden enthusiasts – Carol (Woolcock) and Tess (Gardiner) – decided that Warrandyte was the perfect location for a food swap. In September 2015, they embarked on the inaugural swap in the beautiful setting of Warrandyte’s community garden … In our first year, we have celebrated vibrant new foods and ideas, eclectic contributions from all who visit, along with the shared friendship and celebration of all things food, garden and community. Thank you to our monthly regulars, as well as to new friends; without you there is no swap and no joy!” It is a lively food swap, in a lovely location, and next to a great market – why not pay a visit?

A new community garden for East Preston

east prestonDarebin Council has joined with the Pavilion School in Sylvester Grove, Preston to create a new shared public space for the community to enjoy, grow food and connect with their neighbours. Located on the Pavilion School grounds at the corner of Dean and Gray Streets, the garden is in the final stages of construction. With a border of fruit trees, 15 raised wicking beds for vegetables and herbs, storage container and shelter, seating, composting bays and a children’s sand pit, the garden has been designed as a welcoming space to meet with friends and neighbours. A group of local residents has formed to take care of the garden, which they have named ‘Sylvester Hive’ (‘Sylvester’ is derived from the Latin for woodland and ‘Hive’ denotes a place where people meet and connect). The group meets regularly to discuss and agree on how the garden is to be managed, used, planted and harvested. Among the first orders of business is to purchase plants for the first Spring planting which will take place on Sunday 11 September from midday. All welcome (bring a plate for a potluck lunch). If you are interested in being involved with the garden, please contact Hendrik Falk at by phone (0420 353572) or email.

Sabi Buehler’s contribution for the week

Can’t decide which of the many local food events to go to? Well, Sabi Buehler thinks you should go to the Love food, hate waste workshop at Edendale on Saturday, 24th September, 1.30-3.30pm. Here is what she says: “I attended Duang Tengtrirat’s Love Food, Hate Waste workshop in Hurstbridge on 30th August and it was brilliant. Duang gave us many useful tips and suggestions on how to use most of a veggie plant as food and we had some delicious food to sample during the workshop. Some comprehensive notes and recipes to take home were a bonus and made it easier to concentrate on what was being demonstrated rather than having to take notes. Duang has a real passion for food and it is catching. I would urge anyone interested in making the most of their veggies to attend the workshop.

Karyn Knight’s contribution for the week

Here is an interesting book, albeit American: ‘Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier‘. Here is what someone said about it: ‘Ableman was asked to start urban farms in the toughest areas of downtown Vancouver. His book is a series of thoughtful, personal, and remarkably frank essays about how he turned vacant lots and parking lots into vegetables while engaging with the locals, coping with the city bureaucracy, dealing with landlords desperate for more parking space, and managing the hazards of trying to make this work among people beset by poverty, alcohol, and drugs. But he did make it work and this book explains how you too can do this. Street Farm is an elegant how-to manual on using farming to do real community work with populations classically hard to reach but thriving on such initiatives.’

Newsletter readers in the news

going greenLucinda and Sean Flynn in the 31st August edition of The Weekly Review.

New events

STREAT open door for gardeners

What: STREAT, a social enterprise aimed at tackling youth homelessness, wants to develop a food garden at their Cromwell site. They will then use the produce to provide food to the homeless youth. This is an open door session for gardeners who might want to donate some time, or herbs, veggies or even a dwarf fruit tree.
When: Sunday, 11th September, 10am-4pm.
Where: Collingwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Cath Lyons by email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Make your idea a reality in Box Hill

What: The Neighbourhood Project is championing community projects in Box Hill. Three community-led projects that could bring Box Hill to life (gardens, festivals, etc) will receive support and resources to get off the ground between November 2016 and February 2017 in Box Hill. This event is a workshop to help choose the three projects.
When: Wednesday, 14th September, 6.30-8.30pm.
Where: Platform 3 cafe, Box Hill Central.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Whitehorse Council by email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Weed control: know your enemy

What: Learn the secrets of weed control, from species identification to appropriate eradication measures in this tour with a Heide gardener.
When: Thursday, 15th September, 11am-midday.
Where: Heide, Bulleen.
Cost: free with Museum Pass ($18).
Enquiries: Heide Museum of Modern Art by phone (9850 1500) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Garden tour: orchard garden at the Eltham South Fine Art Gallery

What: Join the Eltham SGA POD (a gardening group) when they visit Jenni Mitchell and Mervyn Hannan’s orchard garden at the Eltham South Fine Art Gallery. The orchard garden was first established in 1948 by Arthur and Grace Mitchell to produce food and produce for their own use and their pastry shop business. Today it is maintained by Jenni and Mervyn for food, beauty and a pleasant way of life. They use the abundance of fruit and vegetables to make their conserves, cakes and relishes. It surrounds the Eltham South Fine Art Gallery and painting and drawing workshops are often held in the garden. Jenni will show you around.
When: Sunday, 18th September, 2-4pm.
Where: Eltham.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Jenni Mitchell by phone (0417 585102) or email.
Bookings: Meredith Plain by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

FareShare kitchen garden: open day

What: Includes tours of the garden, workshops and tastings. FareShare is Australia’s largest charity kitchen.
When: Saturday, 15th October, 11am-2pm.
Where: FareShare kitchen garden, Abbotsford.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

East Reservoir Community Food Sharing Festival

What: This festival is about celebrating and sharing our food and garden skills to make food fair in East Reservoir. Please bring your own home grown extra food and seedlings to share. Find out about home food growing and cooking on a budget and connect with people who have been working to make healthy, cheap food available for themselves and their neighbours. Activities include cooking demonstrations, composting & gardening workshops, and information about many local services (including food assistance services).
When: Sunday, 23rd October, 1-4pm.
Where: TW Andrews Park, Reservoir.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Sara Kitchener by phone (8470 8567).
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Green space health benefits

What: Tour the Heide I kitchen garden with gardener Katie Nettelbeck and learn more about the many health benefits of working outside in the garden.
When: Thursday, 27th October, 11am-midday.
Where: Heide, Bulleen.
Cost: free with Museum Pass ($18).
Enquiries: Heide Museum of Modern Art by phone (9850 1500) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Heide’s kitchen garden

What: Wander through the picturesque Heide II kitchen gardens with Heide head gardener Dugald Noyes as he discusses the various plant species on show and the evolution of the kitchen gardens at Heide.
When: Thursday, 3rd November, 11am-midday.
Where: Heide, Bulleen.
Cost: free with Museum Pass ($18).
Enquiries: Heide Museum of Modern Art by phone (9850 1500) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Kildonan’s annual garden fiesta

What: The festivities will include: plant nursery with spring seedlings and local plants; market stalls; family entertainment with free kids outdoor activities; live music and storytelling; garden workshops and talks; Sit In, Knit In space – BYO knitting, crochet or stitching projects; and locally grown, organic, tasty food and handmade treats available all day.
When: Saturday, 5th November, 10am-4pm.
Where: PepperTree Place, Coburg.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Natasha van Velzen by phone (0431 494773) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

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