- Recognise the value of urban food production, giving active (even legislative?) support and encouragement,
- Set specific, achievable, time-bound targets for establishing more community growing spaces in Moreland,
- Establish clear criteria for the use of existing council-owned land zoned as open space for community supported urban agriculture projects,
Monday, October 31, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The first community composting hub site to be launched will be at PepperTree Place, in conjunction with PepperTree’s annual Coburg Garden Fiesta on the 5th November. A free composting workshop at 10.30am will be provided to anyone interested in being involved in a community composting hub. To register your interest in attending this workshop, please email info(at)moreland.vic.gov.au
The remaining two community composting hubs at Wolseley Street, Coburg and Park Street, Brunswick will follow shortly after PepperTree Place.
If you are interested in using the community composting hubs you can register here
Thursday, October 20, 2011
What to expect...
morning tea, laughter, heartfelt speeches, belly dance & Tai Chi performances, unveiling of an amazing garden art work, kids activities, a photo exhibition of our garden journey so far and sharing our ideas for the future (including growing into the paddock next door!!), a BBQ lunch...AND a take home ‘Lalor garden path story book’! All friendly and free! :-)
What if it rains?
No worries ... We have plenty of space in the gym next door to the garden
What: You are warmly invited to celebrate the opening of our wonderful Lalor Garden
When: Tuesday 8 November 2011
Where: Peter Lalor Vocational College
21-39 Duncan Road, Lalor,
Time: 10am-1.30pm (Grand opening between 11am and 12pm)
RSVP: Please confirm if coming by November 2nd so we can bake enough cakes for EVERYONE! Please feel free to invite and bring friends!
Monday, October 17, 2011
An article in today's Moreland Leader suggests matters are coming now to a head.
"MORELAND Council has ordered a management overhaul of West Brunswick Community Garden, which has fallen into disarray following conflict between members. The council will seek expressions of interest for a new committee and said its constitution and by-laws must be updated and a new lease signed."After the disappointing and unexplained recent closure of the Ilma Lever Garden in Coburg, the Moreland community must now rally to ensure West Brunswick Community Garden is kept afloat or we risk losing another significant community garden facility.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Celebrate all things green and growing at this year’s annual Garden Fiesta
- a volunteer powered, local, green initiative -
This creatively designed community space boasts a productive kitchen garden, inviting edible classroom and community plant nursery all framed by an historic bluestone church and stables. A fun day in the gardens, the Fiesta promises great music, good food and friendly people.
- Live Music
- Community Nursery Plant Sale
- Free Gardening Workshops and Kids Activities
- Coburg Home-grown Edibles Swap
- Café Cooperative
- BBQ (veggie ‘n’ meat)
- Roving Puppets
- Community Info and Market Stalls
512 Sydney Rd, Coburg (enter from Bell Street or Urquhart Street)
firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone 0431 494 773
A unique initiative of Kildonan UnitingCare
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Learn about different types of hives (box and top beam), the basics of honey harvest, safety, local regulations, where to locate a hive and more.
Workshop presenter: Martin O’Callaghan- experienced and passionate local bee keeper
When: 26th November 2011
Cost of: $10 Members $15 non members
Sunday, October 9, 2011
|The Urban Orchard at Clarence Park Community Centre. |
Photo: Joel Catchlove, www.flickr.com/photos/donkeycart
If you don't know how food swaps work, it's easy....
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Capital Growth & Capital Bee: 2,012 new food growing spaces, 50 new apiaries and 75 beekeepers! (London)
"Capital Growth is a partnership initiative between London Food Link, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and the Big Lottery's Local Food Fund. It is championed by the Chair of the London Food Board
from Capital Growth
Friday, October 7, 2011
Come down to Stewart Lodge plant sale.
When: Saturday 22nd October, 10am - 1pm
Where: 83-85 Stewart St Brunswick
Stewart Lodge is a supportive residential service for over 80 residents who might otherwise not have a place to call home.
The wellbeing garden engages residents and local volunteers in tending a kitchen garden which provides fresh produce for meals and incorporates garden therapy activities for residents to increase physical activity and mental wellbeing
All proceeds from the sale will go back into growing and maintaining the garden.
if you would like to find out more about the garden, make a donation or become a volunteer please email Julie West.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
In their own words....
"The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne aims to increase awareness of key environmental issues by bringing together film-makers, experts, policy makers, politicians and the wider community in an open conversation about the world we live in."The topics range from growing food and diet, plastic and light pollution, nuclear waste, logging, energy and more.
One of the films - Magic Harvest (Australia 2011) - seems particularly relevant to our network. It "documents the trials and tribulations of first time gardeners, and follows their progress as they struggle and triumph against weather, pests and inertia to grow and cook their own food" in a 1 square metre plot in their own gardens.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
|Photo (cc) by Flickr user tenchifx|
"That buzzing sound you hear at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport could be a jet taking off. Or maybe it's coming from the 1.5 million bees that call the airport home. In May, the Chicago Department of Aviation partnered with a community group to start a 2,400 square foot apiary on-site. Now 23 beehives are up and running and are scheduled to yield 575 pounds of honey this year."An innovative use of land that supports bee populations in an urban/industrial environment.