Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Living Soils & the New NPK: Nutrients, Physical Structure, Key Biology (class/forum) - 15th Aug 2015


Did you know that 2015 is International Year of Soils?

Soil is often an overlooked partner in sustainability but it is critical in producing healthy food, fibre, fuel and medicine. Soil supports our planet's biodiversity and plays an important role in the carbon cycle, climate change and climate adaptation.
  • Learn about what we can do to improve our own soils and garden more sustainably;
  • Join us in a discussion on the diversity and complexity of life and the inter-relationships that make a healthy soil;
  • Learn about the Soil Food Web and the new NPK (Nutrients, Physical structure and Key biology) which explores the biological (life), nutrient (chemistry) and soil structural requirements of healthy soils;
  • Delve with us into the relationship that pH has with soil structure and microbiological activity;
  • See the life and activity within real soils samples through live projections on screen from a microscope. 
This is the third in a series of Training Forums offered by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA).

When: Saturday, August 15, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Horticultural Centre, 82 Jolimont Road Forest Hills
Cost:    $40 / ticket (plus booking fee)

What You Will Learn:
  • How to improve your soil making it healthier, more productive and sustainable / self-sustaining
  • About the complexity and diversity of life in a healthy soil
  • The role PH has in soil structure and microbiological activity
What You Get
  • Speaker summaries will be distributed after the forum
  • List of online resources to continue your healthy soil journey
  • Yummy home made biscuits to have with a cuppa.
Speakers:
  • Gerhard Grasser - Studied Soil & Plant Health Sciences from 1984. He is Managing Director of AgriSolutions and has been consulting on soil and plant health to the farming community for nearly 30 years. Gerhard is an active partner in a biologically farmed property in Gippsland and has lectured in Soils, Dip.Sust.Agriculture at ECG McMillan TAFE. He is an Advisory Committee member, Soil Health Policy - West Gippsland and is a founder of Tree Preservation Australia.
  • Matthew Daniel - Is an internationally experienced Arboriculturalist, studied Plant & Soil Health Care for Arboriculture in USA & Australia, established a plant & soil Health Care business in QLD and is a founder of Tree Preservation Australia.
For more info and Booking
Please click here then click on the forum tile or go to www.sgaonline.org.au and click on the Training/Forums tab.

Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Peppertree Place Incr-Edible swap this Sat 4th July "Indigenous Shared Country Celebration"

Incr-Edible Coburg Food Swap
held on the first Saturday of every Month, 512 Sydney Road, Coburg.
Saturday 4th July
10am-2pm
Indigenous Shared Country Celebration
11-11.30
Workshop on indigenous plants in the nursery with Natasha van Velzen.

11.30

Join us by the fire for a welcome and teaching with
Traditional Wurundjeri elder Ian Hunter.

12.30
Indigenous musician Carroll Karpony will be performing.


All day
Information stall with Ian Bloomfield from Kildonan UnitingCare KEEP (Koori Energy Efficiency Project).
1.20-1.55
CHAIR YOGA with Trudy Radburn - $5
Chair yoga is a gentle style of yoga incorporating breath with movement to improve balance, coordination and focus. Relieve tension as you stretch your body feeling relaxed, revived and rejuvenated.

Volunteer-Powered Nursery
Featuring indigenous plants for sale.

Pop-up Peppertree Cafe
Scrumptious freshly baked treats, coffee, teas and lunch served using ingredients from the Peppertree community garden with a native foods twist!

SWAP TABLE - a place to share your garden's harvest, tips and questions.


FREE EVENT!



 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Have your say: Growing and sharing local food in Boroondara

City of Boroondara has launched a community consultation on growing and sharing local food.

Their discussion paper and an accompanying Snapshot of Local Food Growing and Sharing their website along with a survey.
Activities are on

If you're a local residents and interested in joining them at a community workshop on 23 June (evening) please contact Andrea Lomdahl on 9278 4889 or andrea.lomdahl@boroondara.vic.gov.au

Please share this so they get a good response to their survey.

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