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

PREVENTING BURNOUT IN COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

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
Biofilta
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