Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Urban Agriculture in Action! Moreland's Edible Batman Streetscape Tour

Discover the edible landscape in the inner north, what's happening around the traps in Yarra, Darebin & Moreland!  From street planter boxes, edible fruits trees, curb gardens, community gardens and more...

Join us for a fabulous food & gardens adventure;
When: 1:30pm - 4pm Saturday 6th April 2013

We will be meeting at 1:15pm at the Eastern end of Goleen St, Nth Coburg for a 1:30pm start & finishing 3pm at PepperTree Place for a cuppa, cake & catch ups!  We will be hanging around til 4pm with the cafe co-op in full swing with delicious treats.

Elspeth Brock, Mulberry Gardens
Photo by: Rasha Tayeh

RSVP (preferable but not essential) by email to permacultureinnernorth[at]

Thanks for organising this Charlie Si

This event is supported by;
Moreland Food Gardens Network
Yarra Community Food Systems Network
Darebin Food Harvest Network
Permaculture Inner North

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Permaculture Inner North Gathering (Wed 27th March)

Permaculture Inner North Gathering 
Guest Speaker: Rasha Tayeh - Mulberry Gardens and the Moreland Food Gardens Network

Rasha Tayeh is a Public Health Nutritionist currently working as a Health Promotion Officer at Merri Community Health Services. Rasha has been involved in a number of research and community food projects, including community gardens, food swaps and sustainability initiatives. She is a founding member of the Moreland Food Gardens Network (MFGN).

During this session, Rasha will discuss her work establishing and evaluating Mulberry Gardens and share stories from her work with MFGN.

When: Wednesday 27th March - 6.30pm -8.30pm
Where: Northcote Library meeting room  28- 32 Separation St, Northcote

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Moreland Community Grants program for 2013–2014 now open!

Every year Moreland City Council runs a grants program and in recent years several groups in our network have benefited from grants. This year's program is now open.

Expressions of Interest for Capital Works Partnership Grants close on Friday 12 April 2013.

Applications for Project Grants close on Friday 26 April 2013.

For further details, grant guidelines and application forms, visit this web page

You can contact Council’s Grants Administrator on 9240 1111 or email

Information sessions are being held on:

  • Tuesday 2 April at 10 am and 6 pm – Council Chambers, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
  • Wednesday 3 April at 10 am – Merri Community Health, 79 Jukes Road Fawkner
  • Wednesday 3 April at 2 pm – Building at rear of Oak Park Aquatic Centre, Corner Main Street and Pascoe Vale Road, Oak Park
  • Thursday 4 April at 10 am – Clarrie Wohler Senior Citizen Centre, 51 Albert Street Brunswick

Please register your interest to attend an information session on 9240 1111 or email

Friday, March 22, 2013

Garden & Gather at West Brunswick Community Garden (this Sunday 24th March 11am-3pm)

Ryan, Isa and Nathan demonstrating
their innovative raised garden bed shaped seat.
Hopefully I don't need to remind you (you've added it to your calendar right? 4th Sunday of every month?) that this Sunday from 11am-3pm is our March Garden & Gather event, your opportunity to come and lend a hand around the West Brunswick Community Garden, to help us move closer to finishing our build. We've come a long way but still have much to do.

It hardly seems like a month ago that we were frantically running around preparing for our big Sustainable Living Festival event. If you didn't make it, we had a great time despite the heat, got heaps of work done and met some new friends. All round it was very successful.

The communal crew are getting organised to do some work this Sunday and there are plenty of other jobs to do. It'll also be a good chance to catch up with people and see what's been happening.

It's a beautiful time of year, temperatures are much more conducive to an enjoyable session than they have been over recent months. Remember your hat and something to drink and eat. If you have any fruit, veg, seeds etc to swap bring them along and we'll have our swap table set up.

Also, this weekend an inspiring local edible garden is open for you to view. Well worth a look. Some of the gate proceeds will be donated to our garden and we'll be volunteering over both days. Come and say hello.
See you on the weekend!

Monday, March 18, 2013

CERES Harvest Festival - 23rd March

The annual CERES Harvest Festival is on again and we are having a big dinner to celebrate.

We invite you to come along and share in the season's bounty 
at our Harvest Twilight Community Dinner. Listen to some live acoustic tunes as you enjoy a 3 course organic feast prepared by our 7 Stars team.
Cost: $40
When: Saturday 23rd March 2013
Time: From 7pm 
Where: CERES Cafe  

There will also be delicious organic drinks available from the bar.
Bookings are essential and places are limited.

For more information you can contact the Merri on 9389 0166 or

Please forward amongst your family and friends. 

See you at the Feast,

Monday, March 11, 2013

Food and the Urban Environment: save the date – 3rd April 2013, 2-4pm

The Heart Foundation and VicHealth have arranged for Dr Susan Parham, Head of Urbanism, Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Hertfordshire to visit Melbourne following her presentation at the Planning Institute of Australia National Congress.

Dr Parham has a long-term background and international profile in planning, urbanism and urban design for low carbon place making, with particular expertise in food and sustainable city design – and she is currently directing two food-centred ‘retrofitting’ research projects in the UK.

Since the early 1990s, she has produced significant original research and publications on sustainable, low carbon cities – and her book Market Place: How the Rise of Food Quarters in London is Transforming Spaces and Changing Lives, is due out in early 2013 while a second book The Convivial City: Food, Urbanism and a Sustainable Future will be published later the same year.

Further details to follow, but please pencil in your diary now.

To register interest, please e-mail

The Heart Foundation/Food Alliance ‘Planning for food: Towards a prosperous, resilient and healthy food system through Victoria's Metropolitan Planning Strategy’ report is now available on the Heart Foundation web site.

We hope you find it of interest:

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

EcoCity Food Forum in Melbourne (22nd March)

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable.

Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne, are hosting a one day forum for those working toward a better food system. We're bringing together people and organisations from across the food industry, with health and environmental advocates, government representatives and community members to:
  1. discover socially innovative and sustainable initiatives transforming food systems in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world 
  2. envision what a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system for Melbourne might look like 
  3. discuss what we can all do to create opportunities, enable success and accelerate change 
  4. learn how we can better cooperate, collaborate and coordinate our efforts 
  5. make plans for individual and collective action 

The free-to-attend EcoCity Food Forum is perfectly timed to take place immediately after the National Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne, and will give participants the chance to continue building valuable connections, knowledge, capability and opportunities.

At this point in time there are 111 places left but I can tell you that the event was only listed this morning and already 34 places have been snapped up. So get in while you can.
Based on the design of successful ‘Unconferences’, Gathering ‘11 and CoMConnect (also with the City of Melbourne), The EcoCity Food Forum will be a full day of participant led conversations, presentations, workshops and planning sessions with passionate change makers and thought leaders from all over the city, around the state and across the country.

The format:
Designed to maximise the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and to foster the development of relationships, the EcoCity Food Forum program will incorporate the World Café methodology and feature participant led sessions using Open Space Technologies.
  • The day will start with a blank timetable that we'll populate with the talks and discussions the participants (yes, that means you!) want to lead and initiate. 
  • Our venue (TBC this week) will provide us with a multitude of adaptable spaces that can just as easily accommodate a plenary session for up to 150 people as well as a conversation between just a few. 
  • Once the timetable is populated it's up to you to decide which sessions you would like to participate in. 
  • For each session or discussion we ask that notes are kept and shared so all our creative and intellectual output is captured. 
We see the event emerging as a bridge to facilitate cross-sector collaboration by attracting a dynamic mix of academics, government officials, business people, and community leaders - coming together to shape Melbourne's sustainable future.

The EcoCity Food Forum is a community initiated event and will be hosted by local volunteers and produced by community partners. If you would like to volunteer on the day, or contribute as a community partner with catering, media or logistics please contact David Hood at

To join the conversation about the EcoCity Food Forum online, please join in on Facebook, follow on Twitter at @EcoCityForum and use the hashtag #EcoCityFood
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