Monday, November 19, 2012

West Brunswick Community Garden - Big Dig Day #1 - Sun 25th Nov 10am-4pm

It's less than a week until the first big day in the West Brunswick Community Garden and things are picking up pace.

Come down on Sunday 25th and help us make a big start by getting the main paths laid and the first big communal bed planted with vegies.

All welcome, no experience necessary, there'll be something for everyone to help with. Bring a friend (or two)!  Share this with as many people as you can. Don't worry if you haven't been before, come along and get stuck in.

If you haven't been to visit this great hidden gem in West Brunswick, pop down and say 'hi'.

When: Sunday 25th November - 10am - 4pm
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden, Dunstan Reserve (off Everett St, West Brunswick)
Refreshments: Bring a plate of food to share, drinks will be supplied

What are we going to do?
  • Enjoy ourselves
  • Lay paths and plant our first communal bed, prepare seedlings for next time, tidy and water the food forest
  • Show and explain the garden design
  • People interested in a personal plot can learn about sizes and costs, confirm details and express your preference
A few things to remember:
  • If the weather looks bad, check our website on the day and we'll let you know if we're going ahead
  • BYO gloves, hand tools, suncream, hats
  • We need a volunteer photographer to help record the big day
  • You don't need to RSVP but if you can drop us an email to let us know if your coming that would be great
More info: Visit our website of email

We look forward to seeing you all down there on Sunday.

SMH article by James Robertson urges Syndneysiders to grown their own food


"Grow your own food to protect city from disaster, Sydneysiders urged"
November 17, 2012

Some quotes:

SYDNEY'S fresh food would only last two or three days if a cataclysmic disaster struck, experts say.

Steven Newton, the chairman of the Retailers Action Working Group, which plans food industry responses to potential national crises such as pandemics or floods, said … the supply channels of Australia's increasingly concentrated and commercialised farming industry were more vulnerable to disaster shocks than the dispersed small-scale farming model of 30 years ago.

''We don't know what it's like to produce food,'' Ms Hill [The Youth Food Movement] said. ''If people grow one vegetable they will never look at food the same way and underestimate the value of the farmer.''
She encourages young urbanites to think critically about where their food comes from and buy from local farmers - or grow their own..

Read more:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Introducing the MFGN Banner

The networks new banner is finished! Hand made from recycled and new fabrics should be a good eye catcher at community days and events. So if you see it around stop in and say hello!

Friday, November 9, 2012

FREE organic pest control workshop at Merri Corner this Sunday 11 November

This Sunday the Merri Corner Community Garden will be hosting a FREE workshop about Organic Pest Control.

We'll also have our monthly Veg In, Veg Out session in the morning - an informal get-together on the second Sunday of each month to chat about gardening, swap seeds and share excess produce.  We usually get stuck into some propagating too and we often have vegie seedlings to give away.

Sunday 11 November 

11am - 12pm - Veg In, Veg Out
12pm - 2pm  - Organic Pest Control Workshop 

Merri Corner Community Garden, corner Donald and Harrison Streets, Brunswick East.

Organised by the Moreland City Council the gardening workshops are in partnership with local community and garden groups across Moreland from October 2012 to January 2013. These are open to all residents and will be presented by qualified horticulturalists from Sustainable Gardening Australia.  

All are welcome, not just plot holders from the Merri Corner Community Garden - so please pop by on Sunday if you can, and BYO rug or chairs for the workshop!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fawkner Community House - Food Swap & Open Day

Check out all the action at the Fawkner Community House!  Join the lovely folk from Fawkner at their Food Swap this Saturday & a fun-filled Open Day next Saturday - details are below;

Food Swap
10.30am -12.30 pm
Saturday 10th November

Fawkner Community House Open Day
11am -4pm
Saturday 17th November
stalls, singing, henna painting, crafts & yarn bombing

Fawkner Community House
CB Smith Reserve
79 Jukes Rd 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Brite Plants' annual open day fundraising event - Sat 1st Dec (Broadmeadows)

Brite Plants is an Australian Disability Enterprise based in Broadmeadows. Our wholesale nursery sells Australian Native, Indigenous and exotic varieties of plants to retail outlets and landscapers.

Once a year we open our doors to the public as a fundraising event.

When: Saturday 1st December, 9am - 4pm
Where: Cnr Belfast Street and Dallas Drive, Broadmeadows
Enquiries: call 9309 5111

There will be an abundance of plants for sale at wholesale prices from our nursery including:
  • Specially grown advanced tomatoes and other herbs and vegetables
  • Potted plants, trees and shrubs
  • Colourful flowering pots, hanging baskets & more!
On top of the plants:
  • Homemade cakes, coffee, chocolates, fudge (be early, very popular!)
  • ‘Bangers and Cash’ Gourmet Sausage Sizzle
  • Raffles and prizes to be won
We would love to see you on the day.

Busting myths about industrial agriculture (video) #FoodMyths

There's not that much I can really say about this video other than it does a great job of cutting through three major claims of industrial agriculture and lays bare how unsustainable their current practices are.

Take a few minutes to watch it and pass it on. If you feel moved to action, why not get involved with the Peoples Food Plan?

For more information: (particularly their companion reading guide)
Join the conversation on Twitter by using #FoodMyths

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pub night: talkin’ about community and gardens - 15th Nov (Brunswick)

This month’s pub speaker is Peta Christensen from Cultivating Community.

Peta is the team leader of the Food Systems team and will come along to share her perspective on community and gardens and about the work she does at Cultivating Community.

A founding member of the Brunswick East, Merri Corner Community Garden, will also be there on the evening, along with other community garden leaders.

It will be great to see you there - you may even be inspired to volunteer for some of the exciting initiatives that are happening in Moreland and beyond.

When: Thursday 15 November, 6-8pm
Where: The Sporting Club, 27 Weston Street, Brunswick
Cost: Free with nibbles provided

Check out the photos of us taste testing local honey at last month’s pub night on our facebook page.
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