Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PepperTree Place - Market Stall Holders Required!

PepperTree Place Garden Fiesta - 5th Nov 2016  

A big shout out to Melbourne's Market Stall holders - local artists/artisans/craftspeople - Come sell your wares...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Opportunity Available - Kitchen Garden Educator (1 day/week school term time)

Brite Services is an Australian Disability Enterprise offering supported employment and training to people with disability. They currently have an opportunity available for a Kitchen Garden Educator

Contract: 1 day a week during school terms
Located: Broadmeadows, 3047
Ph: 9301 7306

SKILLS REQUIRED

Essential
Demonstrated experience in working supportively with people from diverse backgrounds, including people with disability and youth,
Demonstrated experience delivering kitchen garden programs,
High level cooking skills including food safety knowledge,
Proven ability to set work place priorities and to work independently,

Desirable
Proven understanding OH&S systems, Safe work practises, Risk assessment processes, Injury management, Hazard identification and reporting,

Personal Attributes
· Maintain effectiveness under pressure,
· Ability to set multiple tasks to suit diverse interests,
· Set priorities and meet deadlines,

Qualifications and Experience
· Relevant experience as a Kitchen Garden Educator including high level cooking skills,
· Significant experience working with people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds

Other criteria
· Employment is conditional upon a satisfactory police check.
· A current Victorian driver’s licence and use of own vehicle.
· First Aid Certificate.
· Food Handling Certificate.

For further information please contact Paras Christou on 03 9301 7306

Brite Plants Open Day Plant Sale - Saturday 22nd October


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wild Food Foraging Workshop - 29 Oct


Forage, prepare, cook and eat from nature’s abundance!

Discover the wild urban parklands along Maribyrnong River and learn to identify a variety of edible plants, get to know their characteristics and culinary uses.

We will learn to harvest wild edible plants safely and appropriately (with respect for the land around us). We will find nutritious wild plants and use them to create a unique wholesome spring menu.

You will learn to make traditional Italian ricotta gnudi featuring nettles; herb burnt butter sauce, wild greens spring salad and enjoy refreshing herbal infused drinks. Includes gluten-free options.

Workshop detailsSaturday 29th October
9.30am-3.30pm
$90 per person
This workshop is limited to 10 people.
Concession spots available. Please contact me if you’re interested.

Includes: Wild food walk, cookery lesson, wild food spring lunch, drinks and recipes to take home.

Please wear/bring: walking shoes, long pants, knee-length gloves, apron.

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/NFOL
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1276960585650591/

PepperTree Places' 1st October IncrEdible Coburg Food Swap


Monday, September 19, 2016

Urban Agriculture Forum - Sun 20 & Mon 21 November, Melbourne Uni Burnley Campus - Early Bird Registration Open Now (20% discount + prizes on offer)

 

Together with the University of Melbourne, 3000 acres, Cultivating Community, City of Yarra, Moreland Food Gardens Network and Port Phillip EcoCentre, Sustain invites you to participate in the:


Urban Agriculture Forum
Sunday 20 & Monday 21 November 
University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus


Join key players in urban agriculture to celebrate achievements of the past 20 years, reflect on lessons learnt, and plan for a strong coordinated future.



THE EARLY BIRD WINS WORMS and more!
Register now and together with the 20% discount you could will win:
  • Hungry Bin worm farm, 2000 live worms, and free delivery. Valued at over $400! Thanks to our friends at Wormlovers
  • one of two Biofilta Foodwall wicking beds - a vertical and modular system to provide a highly water efficient vertical wicking garden bed that is self-sufficient.
The winners will be drawn on October 12 at 5pm.


What's good about Urban Ag?
“Urban agriculture – both inside the built-up city and in the peri-urban area – [not only provides] food to urban populations…[It also provides] eco-services, offering opportunities for recreation and enabling synergies (water, energy, CO2, organic wastes) with other urban sectors.”
Henk de Zeeuw, Cities and Urban Agriculture: Developing Resilient Food Systems, 2015


What will we discuss?
This two day forum will showcase best practice projects and case studies from Australia and internationally. Delegates will learn, discuss and plan the next steps required to strengthen and expand the urban agriculture movement in Melbourne, Victoria and the country as a whole.


Who should attend?
Anyone with a background or interest in:
  • planning, designing and creating more resilient urban environments, 
  • enhancing equitable access to fresh fruit and vegetables, 
  • developing food-related employment and training opportunities, 
  • reducing environmental impacts of the food system, and
  • influencing council and state government policy regarding food, environment and health.

Who will you meet?
Australian and international keynote speakers and panellists:

SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANISATION
There are a limited number of sponsorship packages available.
Sponsors will be profiled in our conference booklet, have a display space to promote your organisation's work, services and / or products, and receive complimentary tickets.
Please email riki@sustainaustralia.org and we will be in touch with more information.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Annual 3000acres Spring Fling

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The Annual 3000acres Spring Fling Festival is fast approaching! Join us as we celebrate the all things sustainable food, gardening and the start of the beautiful new spring growing season. All are invited to this super fun afternoon featuring a jam-packed program of free gardening and sustainability workshops, a huge pop-up plant sale, kids activities, live music and food stalls in the lush grounds of the Saxon St Community Garden in Brunswick.

Who’s Involved?
Lots of clever people from the local sustainable food and gardening scene are hosting a jam-packed program of FREE workshops and displays all afternoon, including:


Plus, few of folk who will be set up all afternoon
- The Community Grocer will have a pop up fruit and veggie stall for all your grocery needs
- On-site bike servicing by donation with the guys from Bikes Please
...plus a HUGE plant sale of indoor and edible plants.

For the little ones: We will have a fairy garden to explore and lots of hands on activities with growing green goodies for kids to take home.

For the hungry ones: There’ll be vegan baked goods from Von's Vegan Bake House Baked Potatoes from Carmel Hill Farm, Kombucha from the Good Brew Co and an epic sausage sizzle raising funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

So with busy bee times ahead in the Spring garden, join in our full program of free workshops covering all the tips and tricks to make your garden flourish. Or else just come along to peruse some wares at pop-up indoor and edible plant sale, grab some lunch from the food stalls and listen to some live music on the grass in the afternoon sunshine.

What a way to welcome Spring!
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When:
Saturday September 24th, 12pm-4pm

Where:
Saxon St Community Garden,
33 Saxon st Brunswick

What:
Free workshops and displays
Pop-up fruit and veggie market
Edible and indoor plant sale
Bike servicing by donation
Food stalls
Live music
Kids Activities
Please feel free to share around this great event > https://www.facebook.com/events/164642693967365/

Happy Spring growing season!

3000acres

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Merri Merri Bush Dance 2016



Come and celebrate spring with us at the CERES Merri Merri Bush Dance on Saturday 15th October 2016.

You can get on down to the old school sounds of the fiddle and get your boots moving with some traditional bush dancing. Listen to local music, feast on organic food and sip on a seasonal spritzer in the springtime sunshine. 

Activities for kids and prizes for best dressed individuals and family.

Sat 15th October 2016 from 4:30pm-8:30pm 
CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

 A lot of country right here in the city!


Ticket Price:                     
Adult - $15 
Child (3-15) - $5 
(Under 3s Free)
Family (2 Adults, 2 Kids) - $35
CERES Member receive a 10% discount
 
Bookings essential. To make a booking please visit  https://www.trybooking.com/MSUM

For more information contact 9389 0100 or visit www.ceres.org.au


Monday, September 5, 2016

Help grow community gardening in Moreland - Moreland Community Gardening has Board vacancies

Moreland Community Gardening is recruiting for a voluntary Board Member.

Do you have a keen interest in growing community gardening and/or skills or experience in any of the following areas?
  • financial matters/accounting
  • community development
  • working in, or liaising with, local council, government agencies or philanthropic agencies
  • fundraising and submission writing
  • communications and marketing 
After years of valued service our Vice President and Treasurer will stand down at our next AGM and we're seeking expressions of interest from people who'd like to join our Board. 

Bountiful harvest from West Brunswick Community Garden
Who are we?
Moreland Community Gardening is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit community organisation committed to growing healthy and sustainable local communities through edible gardening.

We currently manage the West Brunswick Community Garden (WBCG) and the adjacent Food Forest, one of Moreland's (and Melbourne's) vibrant, popular community food growing locations. We are also actively looking for opportunities to start or develop other community gardens in the Moreland area.

We are a member-based incorporated association with 80-100 members. The organisation is currently governed by a Board of 5 members and also has an Organising Committee which is responsible for the day to day management of the community garden and the food forest. 

You can find out more about Moreland Community Gardening at our website.

About MCG’s Board
Our Board is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation, to manage its financial position and to represent the organisation in the wider community. We're committed, active, diverse and friendly. We don't take ourselves too seriously and we have a bit of fun along the way.

We currently meet at least 4-6 times a year from 7.30-9.30 pm in the Moreland area. The time commitment for board positions is approx. up to 10 hours per month.

This is an excellent opportunity for people with these skills, or with a general interest in community gardening and sustainable living, to get active in the community and help expand community food growing opportunities in Moreland.

No prior Board experience is necessary to be eligible for this position - we provide all new Board members with a full induction, a written guide and a Board mentor for their first year.

Interested? Want to know more?
If you're interested, want more information or have questions - we would love to hear from you.
Please email us and a board member will get back to you quickly.


West Brunswick Community Garden

Free Beekeeping Workshop this Sunday at Jewell Garden (Brunswick)



When: Sunday 11th, 11am-12.30pm
Where: Jewell Community Garden, rear of 15 Union St, Brunswick
What: Learn about the life of bees, the role of the beek (that's lingo for "beekeeper") and the importance of bees for growing food. You'll also get to see some fuzzy bees in action with Peter's amazing perspex hive. Oh, and there will be honey sampling, naturally.

Don't forget to book your place via the Eventbrite. The event is FREE but spaces are limited!

Check out the Jewell Community Garden Facebook page to see our other great events.
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