Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brunswick Neighbourhood House: Composting and Improving Soils Two Day Workshop

 Learn how you  can produce rich, fertile soils perfect for growing delicious fruit and vegetables.

Co-delivered by self confessed plant nerds, Jessica Peeler and Jie Fan, this two day workshop will show you the tricks of the trade.
Jessica and Jie are mustard keen to share their knowledge with enthusiastic gardeners of all abilities and levels of experience. 

When: Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July
10:00am-12:30pm both days

 $35 Full/ $30 Conc.

Bookings Essential

Phone: 9386 9418

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CERES Winter Solstice Beautiful Darkness

Celebrating the Beautiful Darkness, Winter Solstice at CERES honors the longest night of the year. Come warm your hands by the fire, sip on some mulled wine and feast on locally made, winter warming food.  Enjoy fire performances, live music, lantern making for kids, all culminating in a spectacular fire finale.

Saturday 24th June 2017  

4.30pm - 8.30pm

Adult - $19.50
Child (3-12) - $5 (under 3s free)
Family (2 adults 2 kids) - $45

Tickets available now. To make a booking please visit https://www.trybooking.com/PWNA

Chai, mulled wine, other drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Bring your whole family along to the Winter Solstice celebrations. Sat 24th June from 4:30pm – 8:30pm, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bushfoods and Permaculture culture classes at Gunyah (25th June - Pascoe Vale)

Come and join Karen Sutherland at her garden 'Gunyah' to experience new classes specially designed with urban cultivation and maximising your home yield throughout the year.

Use the garden as a classroom as Karen shares her passion for bushfoods and herbs and her 20+ years experience cultivating her own home food forest with over 200+ edible plants.

Bushfoods and Herbs in an Urban Environment
June 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Permaculture Primer – Plants
June 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

10 week Permaculture Design Certificate from 19th June (Brunswick)

This is the second Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) to be offered as an initiative between Marist 180 and The Salvation Army Youth and Family Services

This whole community learning method will help support sustainability for both charities as well as being an incredible opportunity for all participants

You will learn:
• 12 Permaculture Principles
• A combination of theory and practical knowledge
• Composting and mulching in the strangest of spaces
• Water systems and plants
• Learn how to design and implement your own garden/home design
• Taught on site in an inspiring space in Brunswick
• Be part of a Melbourne first project building a better future for our communities
• Ecological literacy

Open to all members of the community, in a very unique setting, with a focus on social justice, and supporting young people, this new ten week program will not only give participants the chance to learn Permaculture Principles in a setting that combines theory and practical skills, but also supports food security in the inner city and is helping create beautiful and sustainable spaces for two local charities.

Marist 180 will also be offering scholarship places for a limited number of unemployed young people on a case by case basis.

Taught by Stuart Muir Wilson : an experienced permaculturist, humanitarian and sustainable architect

Starting : 19th June and running for one day a week for ten weeks (every Monday)
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Where: 1 Dawson St, Brunswick
Cost: $850.00 full fee | $400.00 concession

To enrol and for more information about this exciting learning and community opportunity please contact Rachel: P:(03) 9380 2065 | M: 0458 241 759 | E: rachel.burns@m180.org.au

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pest Management in the Garden workshops - Brunswick - 20th & 27th May

Brunswick Neighbourhood House is offering an affordable workshop on organic pest management in the garden. Please find details below and in the attached flyer. Please feel free to share with your contacts and networks. Thank you 😀

Pest Management in the Garden (Introduction to Horticulture)

Identify and manage common garden pests with organic methods in this two day workshop. Facilitator Craig Baillie of Urban Agronomist will show you how to build soil strength, make home made organic sprays, discuss the benefits of co-planting and lots more.

When: Saturday 20 & 27th, 10am-12:30pm
Where: Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden, Rear of 43A De Carle Street in Warr Park, Brunswick
Cost: $35 full/ $30 concession (price for both days)
Bookings required: yes

To book please call 9386 9418 or email info@bnhc.vic.edu.au

Sunday, May 7, 2017

West Brunswick Food Forest Permabee July 16th

Join the Food Forest fun in Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West along with dozens of other like minded community-minded food growing folks, enjoy the rewarding feeling of a good day outside, a hearty lunch and doing something good with others and learn all sorts of useful stuff.

Established in the early 1990’s by local residents and now managed by volunteers from Moreland Community Gardening the Dunstan Reserve Food Forest is thriving now thanks to the dedication of this volunteer group and to the Permablitz family who’ve helped to transform it and care for it.

The Food Forest has hosted three fantastic, over-subscribed Permablitzes over the years. Along the way we’ve taken care of the plants and the space, helping the very grateful caretakers to get months of maintenance in a single day and learned plenty from some very knowledgable, generous people.

Last November we had a massive day and it made all the difference for the rest of the year. On 16th July we’ll be back in the Food Forest and we need your help!

Help continue the transformation and maintenance of this valuable public open space. If you’ve helped in the past come back and see the fruits of your labour.

Lunch will be supplied.

Bring: Secateurs, gloves and wear clothes for all weathers (as if you need to be told!)

Likely learning sessions:
  • Composting
  • Fruit tree care and pruning
  • Planting
  • Public Food Forest in practice

Likely tasks for the day:
  • Soil care
  • Fruit tree pruning and tree care
  • Mulching and weeding
  • Planting
  • Maybe a bit of irrigation repair and installation, vine training

This is going to be pretty awesome, so make sure you get your name in!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Free workshop: Preventing Burnout in Community Organisations

Moreland City Council, Moreland Energy Foundation, Melbourne Eco Dharma Group and Psychology for a Safe Climate present


Caring for Moreland residents active in social causes

A free practical workshop for local community groups to prevent burnout and promote self-care for residents engaged in local community groups.

Venue: Siteworks – 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick
When: Saturday May 27 2-5pm
Cost: Free for Moreland residents (bookings essential)
Book at: www.preventingburnoutmoreland.eventbrite.com.au
Contact: helen@mefl.com.au

Moreland City Council values the contribution that engaged citizens make to our community. From those driving action on climate change to those supporting Moreland’s vulnerable residents their work is a vital ingredient in what binds our community together.

This is the first in a series of two workshops to support Moreland residents engaged in social causes.

These workshops will focus on identifying burnout issues and self-care needs and provide information and personal skills for improving physical and mental resilience when involved with social causes.

By attending the workshop you will:
• Learn ways to boost your physical and mental resilience
• Safely express your feelings and identify self-care needs related to community activities
• Understand the causes and prevention of burnout in community organisations
• Help determine future self-care support needed to prevent burnout.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CALLING ALL URBAN FARMERS! Farming Melbourne urban agriculture survey

Participate in the survey! Click on the link to take the survey: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/nx662

Is urban agriculture going to save the world? Could it help Melbourne’s food supply be more resilient? Is urban agriculture more, or less sustainable than other forms of agriculture? What resources get used to grow food in cities? How might this change in the future?

Until now, research about urban agriculture has often been concerned with what’s growing in cities. It often looks at what the current benefits of food growing are, or how much land is available to grow food.

But with the help of citizen scientists and gardeners, the Farming Melbourne project is creating a new urban agriculture dataset. This dataset will allow urban agriculture to be looked at in the context of its role in cities and in food supply resilience, both now and into a climate change affected future.

Become an urban agriculture citizen scientist by clicking on the link to take the survey: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/nx662

Your garden doesn’t need to be amazing to participate, we’re interested in all food gardens, of all sizes, and of any level of productivity. At the end of the year, gardeners who complete this survey will go in the running to win prizes. The more times you complete the survey the better the prizes, and your chance of winning!

If you complete the survey for three months (out of 12), you will go into the draw to win a $40 CERES voucher.

Those who complete it for six months go into the draw to win one of two $50 CERES vouchers.

Complete it for nine months to go into the draw to win one of three $60 CERES vouchers.

If you complete it for 12 months you will receive a thank you gift of Diggers seeds, AND you will go into the draw to win one of five $100 CERES vouchers.

Project team and partners
This project is led by Dr Seona Candy, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Research and communications assistance is provide by Jennifer Sheridan.

We are excited to be working with project partners:
3000 Acres
The City of Melbourne
Moreland Food Gardens Network

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Community Talk: Building community and Sustainability at the West Brunswick Community Garden

U3A Moreland invites you to: MONDAY MATTERS

When: Monday 15th May, 11.00 – 12.30
Where: Coburg Court House, 1 Main St. Coburg
This is located next to ‘The Old Cop Shop’ on Bell St.

Building community and Sustainability at the West Brunswick Community Garden

Richard Brown, a member of the Garden Organising Committee, will talk about how the community garden and the associated ‘food forest’ help to develop a sense of community in the local area and contributes to environmental sustainability. 

The Garden was established in 2013 and is run entirely by volunteers, who plan, plant, maintain and harvest the produce. Includes questions and answers and discussion.

You are very welcome to bring along friends and family.

More info: member.u3amoreland@gmail.com

Thursday, April 13, 2017

CERES Food Forest Working Bee

Sunday 7th May 2017 

10am - 3pm

To celebrate International Permaculture Day we are organising a community working bee in our Food Forest. Our Food Forest is home to our chooks and four rotational runs, terraces with fruit and nut trees and the newly built Honey Lane Hives bee display and teaching space. We would like to prep the area and plant some new trees to increase the number of productive plants and to create more shade options for our chooks.

So come and get your hands dirty, help us plant over 500 plants and seedlings and learn more about the fundamentals of a working Food Forest.

Our Site Horticulturalist Belinda Kennedy and Organic Farm Manager Meg Stewart will be leading the day's activities and share their knowledge about working on an organic farm and at CERES.

Tickets: $10/$8 CERES Members
(includes light lunch and short tour of CERES Organic Farm)

Bookings are essential.

To make a booking please visit https://www.trybooking.com/276167

CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart St
Brunswick East VIC 3057
9389 0100

Monday, April 10, 2017

Winter Apothecary & Open Studio

© Rasha Tayeh. All Rights Reserved. 2017

Winter is time to reflect, conserve energy and go deeply inwards.
I will be using this time to catch up on research, writing and medicine making.

Before I take a break from hosting workshops during the colder months, I would like to invite you to a Winter Apothecary workshop of medicine making at my studio.

During the workshop we will make an ointment, syrup and herbal infusion – using simple & safe homemade recipes that help support us during winter, strengthen our immunity & protect us from general ailments.

You will also have an opportunity at the end of the workshop to view/experience selected works from my previous art exhibitions, including audio portraits from “On Food & Memory” and short film screening “Growing Food Project” – with an opportunity to ask questions about my creative practice & the research behind “Spice Trails & Trade Routes”.

Cost: $35 per person
When: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Saturday 13th May 2017
Where: MESMA Studio, Level 1, 6 Nicholson St Coburg

For bookings visit: https://www.trybooking.com/PNGK
Spaces limited to 20 guests

Since its Mother’s Day the following day, if you book 2 tickets & bring your mama along, you can purchase 2 tickets for $60.

For your Mother’s day discount, enter this promotional discount code: mama-love
(this only applies when purchasing two tickets).

If you have any allergies please be sure to let me know via email, when you book. The ingredients used may contain honey, beeswax, nut & seed based oils.

If you have any questions, please contact me on rasha.tayeh@gmail.com
For more information visit: www.rashatayeh.com

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Join others at the Robinson Reserve Sensory Garden on Wednesdays

Are you interested in gardening or keen to learn?

Join others on Wednesdays from 1pm—4pm to maintain, plant and care for the exciting new Sensory Garden at Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House!

Register your interest at admin@rrnh.org.au or 03 9386 7128

Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House
104a Reynard Street, Coburg 3058

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trace culinary history through a Silk Road inspired dinner: where culture, food and art converge

Artist and nutritionist Rasha Tayeh presents a dinner party like no other on Friday 28 April.

In collaboration with chef Shu Liu (Shu Restaurant, Collingwood) the dinner traces the Silk Road, using spices and herbs that mark points along the journey of these ancient trade routes.

A multi-lingual performance, installation, and feast for the senses for a limited group of just 20 guests.

The Silk Road and other trade routes are an insight into the way we eat today. This dinner-performance-installation explores some of the incredible stories of spice merchants and traders who took these journeys, and celebrates the spices and flavours they traded.

In this event we’ll be tracing culinary history through our senses, merging art and food in experiential and performative ways.

Date: Friday 28 April, 7pm
Where: MESMA Studio Level 1, 6 Nicholson Street, Coburg
What: Spice Trails and Trade Routes – a 5 course dinner, installation and performance event
Price: $150 with wine / $120 without wine
Ticket link: https://www.trybooking.com/PCFZ

Rasha Tayeh is a Palestinian artist based in Melbourne; her work crosses a range of photography, film, sound and installation practices. She is also a nutritionist and researcher interested in food history, food anthropology, and the space where art and health intersect. Rasha’s work draws on themes around phenomenology, identity, feminist issues, spirituality and humans’ place in society and their natural environment.

Her work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), International Arts & Health Conference at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Alderman Gallery (Melbourne), Sustainable Living Festival (Melbourne), Transitions Film Festival (Melbourne & Adelaide), Environmental Film Festival (Melbourne), Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (Milan), Hidden Features Cinema (Edinburgh), Life Sciences Film Festival (Prague), Palestine Museum of Natural History (Bethlehem), Little Woods Gallery (Melbourne) and Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne). For more visit www.rashatayeh.com

Shu Liu is a self-taught creative chef and owner of Shu Restaurant in Collingwood. He’s passionate about experimenting with flavours and textures from his hometown cuisine in Sichuan. Shu’s recipes and menu design reflect seasonal and local produce, with a focus on fusion cooking.

MESMA Studio is a coworking and multimedia arts space in Coburg that aims to create an open and collaborative environment for creative enterprises from all disciplines, and function as a community hub that enlivens and inspires artists and small businesses in the Brunswick and Coburg area.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Palestinian Cooking Workshop 3 with Rasha Tayeh

© Rasha Tayeh. All Rights Reserved. 2017

This instalment of my Palestinian Cooking Workshop series is inspired by the Autumnal Equinox* and this lovely time of year when leaves change colour, days start get slightly shorter and a bit cooler. As usual I will draw inspiration from mama & teita (my mother & grandmother), who taught me everything I know about cooking, and passed down a wealth of nurturing recipes!

This two-hour workshop will take you on a sensory journey into Palestinian cuisine and look specifically at foods and herbs that support us during the transitions of autumn, as we move away from the warmer months of summer into the cooler months of winter.

During the workshop we will focus on:

– Traditional herbal infusions & remedies, from selected herbs and spices used in Palestine and the Levant
– Cook a delicious vegan meal & discuss nutritional benefits of seasonal produce**

Participants will go home with:
- Recipes of the meal shared on the day
- A deeper understanding & curiosity for delicious foods from Palestine & traditional herbal medicine
- A jar of their personally crafted herbal infusion (optional for $8 each during the workshop, cash only)

This workshop is limited to 12 spaces. So, book early.

Cost: $65, to book click here.

When: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Sunday 26th March 2017

Where: CERES Community Kitchen, cnr Roberts & Stewart St Brunswick East VIC 3057

If you have any questions, please contact me on rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

*An Equinox is an astronomical event that happens twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. It’s when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun. During Equinoxes the tilt of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is 0° and because of it, the duration of the day and the night are almost equal on Equinox day i.e. 12 hours.

Equinoxes occur on 20th or 21st March and 22nd or 23rd September each year and both days have equal length of day and night. While it is autumn time in the Southern hemisphere, March Equinox is called Autumnal Equinox, and in Melbourne this year, it falls on the 20th March. So to celebrate this time of year and connect with the natural cycles, this workshop’s content will reference the Equinox, its energy, transitions and the seasonal foods & medicinal herbs we can use to best support our bodies, minds and spirits.

**Vegan light snack/tasting included – please contact me when you book if you have any allergies.

About Rasha Tayeh:
Nutritionist, artist and co-founder of Moreland Food Gardens Network.

From a very young age, I was fascinated by the way we produce and prepare our food. How we grow, harvest, cook and share. And of course, how it makes us feel. Over the years, my curiosity led me to study photography, nutrition, public health and herbalism – developing a holistic approach to my practice. For more info visit: www.rashatayeh.com

Mezze Making with kids

© Rasha Tayeh. All Rights Reserved. 2017
Learn to make delicious Palestinian mezze & pack healthy lunches with your kids.

This interactive workshop invites kids & parents to learn simple Levantine recipes and prepare healthy lunch boxes together.

The workshop will run from 12pm – 1:30pm and include recipes, cooking demonstrations & tastings.

Workshop is limited to 20 spaces and all children bookings include at least one adult. Please note that this workshop is suitable for all ages, and preferably children aged 3yrs & over.  Teenagers are also encouraged to attend.

Tasting/light snack included – please contact me when you book if there are any allergies I need to be aware of.

1 adult (only) $100
1 adult & 1 child $120
Family ticket 1 (1 adult & 2 children) $150
Family ticket 2 (2 adults & 2 children) $180

When: 12pm – 1:30pm, Sunday 12th March 2017
Where: Panelpop 117 Brunswick St. Fitzroy

For tickets visit this link.

For more info contact Rasha Tayeh on rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

About Rasha Tayeh:
Nutritionist, artist and co-founder of Moreland Food Gardens Network.

From a very young age, I was fascinated by the way we produce and prepare our food. How we grow, harvest, cook and share. And of course, how it makes us feel. Over the years, my curiosity led me to study photography, nutrition, public health and herbalism – developing a holistic approach to my practice. For more info visit: www.rashatayeh.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CERES Harvest Festival

Celebrating and giving thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons.

Come and celebrate at the CERES Harvest Festival on Saturday 25th March 2017.

CERES Harvest Festival offers a range of entertainment with live music, performances, free workshops, animal displays, cake baking competition and kids activities. All this alongside food and craft stalls from our most loved local merchants.

Bring your whole family along to the Harvest Festival celebrations. 

Sat 25th March from 10am-3pm, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

A little bit of country right here in the city.  Entry is $5* Kids are free. 

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

*All proceeds go towards keeping CERES awesome

Thursday, February 2, 2017

CERES Permaculture Drinks


6:30PM - 8:30PM


Practice your social permaculture skills and hear from some inspired and inspiring practitioners while enjoying a drink and meeting new friends.

Our two wonderful guest speakers are Urban Farmer and author Justin Calverley, and winner of Biggest and Best Backyard Harvest and Quail Queen Kat Lavers. 

$10 full price / $8 CERES and SLF Members
(Entry fees go towards cost of presenters).

To make a booking please visit

Bar will be available on the night.

This event is part of Sustainable Living Festival and will be held in The Merri Table at CERES.

The Merri Table
CERES Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets
Brunswick East, VIC 3057
Contact Details:
Sieta Beckwith sieta@ceres.org.au 03 9389 0180

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sustainability Grants Program- CityLink Tulla Widening

The CityLink Tulla Widening sustainability grants program aims to support community groups and organisations committed to making positive and sustainable improvements for the benefit of local residents, groups and environments.

The grants support sustainability focused initiatives that generate social and environmental benefits for communities the CityLink Tulla Widening project is working in between Bulla Road, Strathmore, and Power Street, Southbank.

In 2017, the CityLink Tulla Widening team will accept applications for the sustainability grants program twice during the year. Each round, three grant recipients will receive up to $5000 for their nominated project and/or initiative.

Applications for the first round of grants will be accepted from late January 2017.

For more information about the program, including key dates, selection criteria and eligibility requirements, email citylinktullawideninggrants@transurban.com.

Lani Seaborne
Communications Advisor
CityLink Tulla Widening

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PepperTree Place 4th Feb IncrEdible Food Swap 10am-2pm

Book in for Craig Castree's Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop 

Sat 4th February 2017 10.30am-12pm $15 full/$10 conc

Kick off your productive food growing year learning from the best there is in the local food growing business!! Details on how to book your place below. 

Bring your Fresh Garden Produce to add to the Swap Table and grab a handful of someone else's fresh food that you don't grow - all for free!!

Find us @: #peppertreeplace

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Palestinian Cooking Workshop 2 with Rasha Tayeh

© Rasha Tayeh. All Rights Reserved. 2017

I am excited to announce the second instalment of my Palestinian Cooking Workshop series, where we will explore wild herbs and liver & digestive health (a nice treat to the body after the partying of December & January, I reckon!)

In this 2-hour workshop we will:
- Cook a delicious vegan dish* & discuss nutritional benefits of selected wild herbs, or “edible weeds”
- Learn about traditional herbal infusions for detoxification, cleansing & good digestion

Participants will go home with:
- Recipes of the meal shared on the day & notes on how to look after the liver & digestive system
- A deeper understanding & curiosity for delicious foods from Palestine & the use of wild edible herbs

This workshop is limited to 12 spaces. So, book your spot early!
*Tasting/light snack included - please contact me asap if you have any allergies.

Cost: $65 , to book click here.
When: 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Saturday 4th February 2017
Where: CERES Community Kitchen, cnr Roberts & Stewart St Brunswick East VIC 3057

If you have any questions, please contact me on rasha.tayeh@gmail.com

About Rasha Tayeh:
Nutritionist, artist and co-founder of Moreland Food Gardens Network.

From a very young age, I was fascinated by the way we produce and prepare our food. How we grow, harvest, cook and share. And of course, how it makes us feel. Over the years, my curiosity led me to study photography, nutrition, public health and herbalism – developing a holistic approach to my practice. For more info visit: www.rashatayeh.com

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