Friday, September 21, 2012

Garage Sale at Luscombe Garden - This Sunday (23 Sept) !

Hi gardeners!

This is very exciting - we are having a Jumble Sale, THIS SUNDAY (23rd Sept), 10am-3pm(see attached).

Come along and support the Luscombe St Community Garden -  there's over 12 different stall holders selling their 2nd-hand wares. Plus there are some great prizes to be won in the raffle...and yoghurt!

Also, you may consider de-cluttering your home this weekend, we will accept donations of (almost!) anything you want to be rid of. Just bring it along on the day, the earlier the better (contact me on 0439617251 if you want to drop stuff off before Sunday).

Please pass this around to all your friends. There's enough bargains for everyone!

Nicole, Jen, Emily and the Luscombe Garden Crew xxx

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Making Better Places: A Research Project

This post is published on behalf of Tashia Dixon:
Connection is at our core, the first thing that strikes us when we consider anything.   To really know anything one must study all of its immediate and mediate connections.  For example, cutting down trees will reduce the bird population, a natural predator for many pests, leading to an increase in the number of pests that destroy agricultural crops.   Cutting down trees will also contribute to soil erosion which can lead to increased pollution of our water ways that our food crops rely upon.  Everything is connected.   
I am an urban designer who is researching how human settlements and communities can benefit from replicating the patterns of connectivity found in natural ecology.  The goal of my work is to design/ create better places for people to live, work and play in by drawing lessons from the complex interdependencies found in natural networks and systems.
My study is focused in the City of Moreland, specifically on the existing community and business networks that have formed around sectors such as food, energy, community, environment etc.  
What I Hope to Achieve?
Through my research I will critically analyse the current model for urban development which often starts with a design and layout for a community of people who don’t yet exist as a collective.   It is my contention that in order to build strong and robust frameworks for sustainable development we should engage with community and business networks before we put pen to paper.  
What if the process for development changed to prioritize the importance of community/ business networks, placing them ahead of the design process and the bricks and mortar?   Instead of Council assessing open space contributions, road networks and layouts, building heights, densities and setbacks for a new project, they would first assess plans for building connections and networks for community health and wellbeing, economic productivity, social vitality and environmental protection.  
How Can You Get Involved?
I am seeking people who are involved in community/ business networks (as organizers, members or owners) to fill out a brief questionnaire to gain insight into how their activities and connections contribute to building sustainable urban environments. 
The questionnaires have been designed for each specific group and can be filled out in a few minutes.
My research requires the engagement of three groups:
1. Organisers of community/ business networks
2. Members of community/ business networks
3. * Small – medium business owners/ operators
*I would also like to hear from small/ medium businesses who are not involved in local networks. 
Please email me at tashia.dixon[at]  for a questionnaire.   
Many thanks for your time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Naked Brunch: Food, Consumption & Culture

This post is reblogged.  Original source from Melbourne Free University can be accessed here.

"Eating is a mundane activity, sometimes pleasurable, sometimes routine. But how often do we think about what we eat as a social phenomenon rather than an exercise in personal taste? This course will be a six week long naked lunch, a collection of ‘frozen moments’ when we’ll stop chewing and attempt see exactly how ‘what is on the end of our forks’ got to be there. It’ll investigate issues surrounding the pursuit of ethical food consumption; why some eating practices are privileged and some are pathologised; who gets to eat what; the lifestyling of food; and the role of cooking and eating in popular culture. There’ll be breastmilk and Masterchefs and cooking shows and fat and locavores and vegans and meat."

The series of discussions will be taking place
on Thursdays 30th August – 10th October 2012, 6.30 – 8pm
at The Alderman (upstairs), 134 Lygon St East Brunswick &
co-ordinated by Helen Addison-Smith (Melbourne Uni). 
Hope to see some of you there!

Merri Corner Community Garden Survey


Hello gardeners and Moreland Food Gardens Networkers,

Today we are asking you to help the Merri Corner Community Garden (MCCG) on the corner of Donald and Harrison Streets, Brunswick East by completing a survey, for a research project being conducted by an RMIT student.

The survey is based online at Qualtrics, it will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and you will remain completely anonymous throughout the whole process. Once you have completed, there will be no follow up from anyone.

Here is the link to take you to the survey.  Survey responses must be received by Saturday 29 September, 2012.

We appreciate your time to fill out the survey so we can learn more about what you'd like to see happening at the Merri Corner Community Garden.

Thanks everyone!


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Backyard Food Production Research Project

I have always been interested in food, from its production to consumption. Eating is something we all do on a daily basis and we have the tendency to take food for granted; i.e. it will always be there. Walk into any supermarket and the shelves are bursting at the seams with all manner of food from all over the world.

Studies and research have shown that the food on the shelves can only feed us city dwellers for three days before it runs out and it needs to be continually replenished. This means the food you tend to eat and purchase a week from today has to be produced from somewhere else and transported to your local supermarket. What does that mean to any disruption to that supply-chain system? Have we become over-dependent on the current food system?

Friday, September 14, 2012

CERES Community Food Projects Forum - 17th October (Brunswick)

CERES Community Food Projects Forum

Half a day to share, learn and inspire about community food projects in and around Melbourne.

We are holding a forum to share and inspire local organisations about community food projects. We’ll go on a tour of CERES' Community Food System, talk to some experts in the field and have an opportunity to hear from local organisations about their successes and challenges delivering food based projects in the  community. All this followed by a delicious organic lunch and an opportunity to meet other people involved in community food projects.

Who: You! This forum is for anyone who is involved in a community food project, policy makers, people thinking about community food projects or people from the community interested in food.

When: Wednesday October 17th, 2012 from 8:45am – 1pm

Cost: Free

Mark Daniels, Social Traders
Peta Christensen, Cultivating Community

Lunch: Provided by the Merri Catering with Seven Stars (free)

Bookings: Although this is a free event, places are limited and bookings are essential.
Book on TryBooking at

For more information contact Jessica Smart on 9389 0120 |

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Moreland Community Gardening's next monthly Garden & Gather session - 23rd Sept (West Brunswick)

Moreland Community Gardening is very excited to invite you to their first Garden & Gather session!

When: Sunday 23rd September. 11am – 3pm

Where: Dunstan Reserve Food Forest. Dunstan Reserve, West Brunswick, enter off Everett St or Peacock St, between Albion and Moreland Rds.

How many gardeners does it take to plant a tree?
Garden & Gather is a monthly event that takes place on the 4th Sunday of every month at the West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest in Dunstan Reserve, West Brunswick involving a bit of a working bee, some afternoon tea, a food swap and lots of all round fun.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

South Melbourne Commons Gardening Workshop (Sat 15th Sept)

South Melbourne Commons are running a series of free spring gardening workshops. This event is sponsored by the City of Port Phillip. The workshops are run at the same time as the Bank St market. The workshops include children gardening, what spring and summer vegetables to plant, seedling propagation and salad and herb gardening.

To Register:
Call 9209 6548 or email

The Corner of Bank and Montague Streets, South Melbourne
next to the old bluestone church. 217 – 239 Montague St

When: September Saturday 15th 2012, 10am to 2pm

10am to 11pm Little hands gardening by Tash van Velzen
(2 sessions : 10am - 10.30am, age 2 to 8; 10.30 -11am, age 9 to 12)
Children will be welcome to participate in a tailored, hands on gardening session at The Commons. They will make their own paper pot, sow seeds of spring vegetables ready for them to take home. They will learn how to nurture and tend their plant at home and have the opportunity to taste it!

11am to 12pm - Spring and summer vegetables by Angelo Eliades
Learn about what the different spring and summer vegetables to plant out. Learn how to grow each vegetable and what they need to produce a good yield.

12pm to 2pm - Seedling propagation by Angelo Eliades
Learn different was to propagate seeds and cuttings and what is the best potting mix to use.

1pm to 2pm - Salad and herb pot garden by Angelo Eliades
Learn to grow your own herbs and salad greens in small spaces using beautiful arrangements of terracotta pots.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Merristem Reno Party (aka working bee) - Sunday 9th Sept from 12pm (East Brunswick)

This is not Merristem
Merristem is a propagation project growing useful and productive trees and plants for urban Melbourne, making available many rare and locally unknown varieties.

They've been on hiatus over the Winter but its time to revamp the space a little and get some new plants growing. Sorry for the late notice the sunshine snapped us into action!

WHEN: This Sunday 9th September 12pm onwards
WHERE: 38 Harrison St East Brunswick
CONTACT: 0424749982

Light afternoon tea provided

(via Megan)
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