Thursday, February 27, 2014

Kids gardening workshops at the Pop-Up Patch (Federation Square, April 2014)

Explore the Pop-Up Patch by participating in our interactive gardening workshops, designed for kids aged 4–12.

Topics covered include learning about seeds, growing plants, companion planting, mini-beast helpers, composting, and reusing, recycling and reducing in our homes and gardens.

Kids will participate in fun hands-on activities including treasure hunts, guessing games, seed planting, craft activities and exploring our very own worm farm.

Date: Sat 15 March @ 10am, 11:30am, 2:30pm
Term 1 School Holidays: Mon 7, Tues 8, Wed 9, Mon 14, Tues 15 and Wed 16 April @ 10am, 11:30am and 2:30pm
Workshop length: 1 hour
Location: The Pop-Up Patch @ Federation Square
Suitable of ages: 4 – 12

Cost/Bookings: Visit for further details and to make a booking. All participants will also receive a goodies bag, containing seeds, information sheets and activities to do at home with families

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PepperTree Place March 1st Incr-Edible Food Swap Saturdays

Saturday, 1st March, 10am-12pm

The year is well into its stride now with March and the gentler prospect of Autumn upon us. Visions of endless summer crops, bottling, preserving, pickling, planting, composting and toiling the soil, all come to mind.

A great time to bring your excess produce to local Coburg and swap it with like-minded growers, gardeners and gastrognomes.

The wood fired oven will be fired up as Ross downs tools and puts on the apron and is more than happy to talk sourdough starters and sticky situations with you and cook your doughy creation to perfection - so bring it along from 10am!!

PepperTree Place is a Community Hub and runs various events through the year and the regular Incr-Edible Saturday Food Swaps on the first Saturday of every month.

If you have time to come on board as a regular weekly volunteer or would like to be available for Special Events then please get in contact with us to kick start your application. 
We've got 'Sunplugged - A Sustainable Arts and Music Festival' coming up on 29th March, 2014 and will need lots of hands on help on the day and prior to the event. 
Please contact Tash on 0431 494 773 or email:

Monday, February 24, 2014

CERES 2014 Harvest Festival (Saturday 22nd March)

Come and celebrate at the CERES 2014 Harvest Festival on Saturday 22nd March. 

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

Where else can you put your cooking skills to good use and take part in an annual community cake bake-off! All types of cakes are eligible so you are invited to get creative and bake to impress our judge, Betty Burgess from the Country Women’s Association. Enthusiast bakers will be rewarded!

Finish the day's celebrations at our Twilight Harvest Dinner. Hosted by Matt Wilkinson from Pope Joan you will feast on a four course menu designed by Matt and his team, using the best local and organic produce. The menu will be accompanied by local organic wines and live soulful music from local musician, Liz Stringer.   * Bookings essential.

Bring your whole family for the Harvest Festival celebrations Sat 22nd March from 10am-6pm, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

A little bit of country right here in the city. Entry is free and there is plenty for the kids to do. 

For more information contact 9389 0100 or visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Workshop: Collaborative Consumption: Using the Internet to share (Wed 19th Feb, Collingwood)

Come along to an interactive talk about how a few Melbourne based organisations are initiating small-scale grass-roots initiatives to promote sustainable economies. 

The ideas include facilitating neighbourhood sharing and collaboration, promoting capitalising on social and local capital to decrease environmental impact and increase collective wealth, and how multimedia can be used in innovative ways to communicate these ideas effectively.

More info here

Guest speakers
  • Kim Shore, Streetbank Australia 
  • Lisa Fox, Open Shed 
  • Nick Carson, Wikipedia editor/ digital activist 
  • Liam Hyland, Open Table 
  • Joleen, Brunswick Tool Lirbary Inc 
  • Darren Sharp, Social Surplus and

When: Wednesday February 19th, 6 pm,
Where: 312 Smith Street, Collingwood, Friends of the Earth food Co-op

Via - Kim and the Streetbank Australia Collective

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SLF 2014 Pt 2: Garden & Gather @ West Brunswick Community Garden & Food Forest (Sun 23rd Feb)

Following close on the heels of our wildly enjoyable and well attended sunset picnic and film screening we have another fun, super-casual, food-growing-related-stuff Sustainable Living Festival event coming up for you.

The West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest welcomes one and all to a day of fun and festivities, food, weeding, digging, tours and workshops.

Marvel at the magnificent garden! Talk with the tame gardeners! Witness composting wonders! Gaze at our gorgeous greenhouse! Frolic in the fascinating food forest rescued from ruin!

Join the growing number of people growing their own food at home or with others in the community.

Date: Sunday 23rd Feb
Time: 11am - 3pm
WhereWest Brunswick Community Garden & Food Forest
Who: Everyone's welcome - we're looking forward to seeing lots of you as well as some new faces
Enquiries: email or visit

Now for the 'what'...

Throughout the day we'd love to see you come down and say 'hi' have a wander about and a chat and a cuppa.

COMPOST! I know it's exciting right?
11.30am - Our own Compost-meisters will give the now-customary compost address with a little added “why it is the way it is” and "what we're planning”

12.00pm - Dr Chris Williams (Melbourne Uni) will share his thoughts on multi-functional perennial veggies, heat tolerant food plants and might event show us how to propagate sweet potatoes.

1.00pm - Karen Sutherland (Edible Eden Design) will do a walking tour of the food forest talking about what we're working towards, how it's been going, the plants we've got growing.

Our winter Food Forest tour . We have leaves now.
2.00pm - Community Garden tour - we'll have a stroll around the community garden and chat about how it works, how we got here and how you can get involved.

Yes, it is our monthly working bee that day and we do, of course, have stuff to do. You can help weeding, watering, composting and more.

Lunch will be the usual bring-a-plate affair from about 1pm.

Remember you also need to bring a hat, gloves, sturdy footwear and a good joke.
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