Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Your invitation to MFGN Quarterly Social #3 with Zainil Zanudin (Fri 1st Aug)

Our next MFGN Quarterly Social is fast approaching on Friday 1st August and everyone is welcome.

Last social we saw 20+ friendly faces come along to hear about the urban and regional food charter which triggered plenty of interest and enthusiasm (and maybe even some tangible activity in terms of a Moreland council policy).

We've picked a Friday this time in case Tuesdays are difficult (it being a school night and all).

This time Zainil Zanudin will be our guest to talk about her research project: Urban food production as a strategy for food security in Melbourne, exploring the diversity, abundance and production practices of urban food production within a 70 km radius of the Melbourne CBD.

After we hear from Zainil and have an a opportunity to discuss what her research revealed, we’ll mingle, chat and eat. It's informal and everyone is welcome, an opportunity to find likeminded, enthusiastic people all in one place.

We hope you’ll come along and participate, meet new friends and say hello to old ones.

When: Friday 1st August from 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Where: Richard Lynch Centre, 27 Peacock St, West Brunswick

Food/Drink: Bring a plate & drink to share

RSVP: by emailing morelandfoodgardensnetwork@gmail.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Join others to start a CERES Food Forest

Wow, Food Forests are THE THING right now.

3, it's a magic number....

1. Hot on the heels of the recent food forest Permablitz in West Brunswick (what an awesome day it was! That link will lead you to a report on the day with pics)

2. and the upcoming start to establish the first food forest in Darebin on 27th July

3. we hear the call has gone out for volunteers for a working group to start and maintain a food forest at CERES in East Brunswick

For more information and express your interest, please email Monique at: ceresfoodforest@gmail.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Help Create Darebin’s First Food Forest on National Tree day! (27th July)

Darebin City Council is building its first food forest based on a design incorporating many of the community’s great ideas and suggestions. You are invited to learn about planting fruit trees and be part of the Food Forest’s creation by helping us plant the forest on National Tree Day.

When: Sunday 27th July from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: At the site in All Nations Park, on Separation Street, Northcote (opposite Santa Maria College).

What to bring: Bring your own water, warm weather-proof clothing, gardening gloves, a hat and a hand trowel if you have one. There will be a limited number of tools available.

Bookings not required. Drop in any time during these hours to lend a hand. Free tea and coffee will be provided.

For more information contact Jules Martin on (03) 8470 8435 or jules.martin@darebin.vic.gov.au



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sign this petition to tell our politicians we want a Local Food Act and Local Food Fund for Victoria

Please sign this petition from Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

The way we produce, process, transport, sell and dispose of food lies at the heart of so many of our major problems. 
Our food system is in crisis. Some say it's broken. We can and must do better. 

Victorians want to support our local producers and food businesses. Look how we rallied to support SPC when it was about to go bankrupt. In other places, governments act on this community sentiment and pass laws and allocate resources to help farmers become more viable, support local jobs, educate kids about healthy eating habits, and support community gardens and urban agriculture. A couple of months ago the US Dept of Agriculture allocated $78m to Local Food projects like farmers markets. Late last year, the Province of Ontario passed a Local Food Act and allocated $30m to Local Food.

In this year's Victorian election, we are calling on all candidates and parties to commit to a Local Food Act and Fund for Victoria.

We want:
  • Protection of High-Value Agricultural Land (from housing development and coal-seam gas fracking and other forms of mining)
  • An enabling framework for urban agriculture in Victoria's towns and cities
  • Creation of a $10m Local Food Fund to support community and local food projects around the state
  • An inter-departmental Ministerial Food Forum to ensure strategic and coherent thinking about food and agriculture 
  • A full community inquiry into the state of Victoria's local food economy and system, leading to comprehensive law reform proposals

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Go on, help disrupt our food systems - support the Open Food Network. You'll feel better.

The Open Food Network has the potential to really disrupt our food systems - in a good way.

It's like a network of online farmers markets that enables everyone to participate. It helps put control over food into the hands of farmers, eaters and local enterprises so that:
  • Eaters can “know their farmers” (where they are, how they farm, exactly what price they get) while still having wide choice and the ease and convenience of local pick-up and access.
  • Farmers can set their own prices, tell their own stories and choose who they trade with.
  • Ethical and diverse food enterprises ("Food Hubs") rebuild local economies by supporting these farmers and eaters to distribute food.
Sounds good right?

Well, they need you to get on board now and help make it happen by contributing funds to their crowdfunding campaign.

Every little bit makes a difference, so even if you can only spare $20, they will absolutely put it to good use to get this platform launched for use by farmers and food hubs in Australia, with the software available for use all around the world!

Proudly open source (we mentioned them a little while back in our post about 3 Melbourne-based Open Source, Fair Food Projects) and not for profit, they're creating software with and for the global fair food movement.

The Open Food Network, the first project of the Open Food Foundation, is a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local and sustainable food. (Saying that, they've been around for a while in other guises. You might even remember reading here about Eaterprises as far back as 2011).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Heritage Fruit Society: 3 x Grafting Workshops and Trees Sales days (August 2014)

Every year the people from the Heritage Fruits Society runs some grafting workshops around Melbourne and sells some trees and scion wood so you can do some grafting of your own at home. It helps support their work and you get to learn form experts.

If you get the chance go and visit Petty's Orchard in Templestowe. It's amazing.

All are welcome.

Grafting workshop and Tree sales day
When: Sun, August 03, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Petty's Orchard, Templestowe
Annual Grafting and Tree Sales Day at Petty's Orchard. Come along and -

  • Learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees
  • Select suitable rootstocks
  • Have new trees grafted or budded by HFS members
  • Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting

Grafting And Tree Sales Day
When: Sat, August 09, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: CERES Environmental Park, Brunswick East
The CERES annual Grafting and Tree Sales Day is an event not to be missed. Come along and -

  • Learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees
  • Select suitable rootstocks
  • Have new trees grafted or budded by HFS members
  • Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting
  • Buy one-year-old grafted trees.

Grafting workshop and Tree sales day
When: Sun, August 10, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Briars, Nepean Hwy, Mornington
A new Grafting and Tree Sales Day at The Briars. Come along and -

  • Learn techniques for grafting or budding fruit trees
  • Select suitable rootstocks
  • Have new trees grafted or budded by HFS members
  • Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Incr-Edible Coburg Food Swap and FoodGarden Workshops Saturday 5th July

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Hello PepperTree Friends

Winter is a special time of year for the garden where we slow down a tad, take stock of the garden, make some leaf mould, keep the compost turning and prepare the soil with organic matter and green manures. Some people stop gardening all together thinking nothing grows during these colder months, but we can assure you that winter vegetables and fruits continue to grow and thrive here in Melbourne right through the frosty months!! Last June, the Incr-Edible Coburg Food Swap Table saw a huge diversity of free fresh food being presented - the likes of lemons, kiwifruit, pomegranate, Jerusalem artichokes, bunches of chard, rhubarb, basil, kale, bay leaves, silver beet plus celery, chillies, Warrigal Greens, carrots, Vietnamese mint, plum jam, seedlings, olives, chokos and oranges to name a few!!

The Incr-Edible Coburg Food Swap happens on the First Saturday of the Month, 10am-1pm

512 Sydney Rd, Corner of Sydney Rd and Bell St, Coburg

PepperTree Winter/Spring Workshop Series

Workshops begin 10.30am. Register and pay at the Swap Table prior to start time please. $10 per person

  • July 5th: Introduction to Vegie Gardening for Beginners 
  • Aug 2nd: Composting and Wormfarming - have all your questions answered! 
  • Sept 6th: Summer Vegie Gardening - seed sowing and getting your garden ready to beat the heat 
  • Oct 4th: Sourdough Bread making for Beginners 
  • Nov 1st: Summer Vegie Garden Maintenance and PepperTree Working Bee 
  • Nov 8th: Spring Garden Fiesta!!! 10am-4pm All day extravaganza!! Featuring local music, nursery, great food and drinks, kids activities, workshops in a family friendly environment.

PepperTree Place is Kildonan Uniting Care's Community Hub and Social Enterprise base located in Coburg. We have a volunteer powered community nursery open all week, a pop-up cafe open on the 1st Saturday of the month and at special events and we are also a composting hub - bring your organic kitchen waste down to feed the worms. PepperTree is open to the public Tuesday - Friday, 10am-4pm (but won't be open Tuesdays in July for 2014 only).

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Grants available for playful community meals in Melb/Geelong: Mixed Dozen (closing 31 July)

From The Baker of Mixed Dozen:

Mixed Dozen are running a playful new community meal making program, and you might be interested.

At Mixed Dozen, we believe that there is need to reinvigorate the local, to rediscover our sense of community. How do we do this? Through meeting the people in your community you would never talk to otherwise, and what better way to connect with people than through food? This meal gives neighbours the space to play, create, give and make better connections to the people around them.

There are six $500 grants for those
in the Melbourne and Geelong regions wishing to create a playful, community meal event. Individuals or organisations can apply at mixeddozen.net/md-grants. But don't be too slow, applications are closing on the 31st of July.

Mixed Dozen is run in association with the Uniting Church, CERES Fair Food, Foodie Feasts and Project Synthesis. These organisations have all joined forces in their common love of binding communities together, and eating local and sustainable produce.

Check out more our manifesto at mixeddozen.net/manifest0/ or learn more about creating your own Mixed Dozen meal herehttp://is.gd/MDHandbook

APPLY NOW @ http://mixeddozen.net/md-grants

Mixed Dozen Handbook | http://is.gd/MDHandbook
Mixed Dozen Manifesto | http://mixeddozen.net/manifest0/
Apply here | http://mixeddozen.net/md-grants

For more information or to talk further about Mixed Dozen’s work with food, meals and local communities you can contact:

It would mean a lot to us if you could share this within your networks, through word or mouth or even in your newsletter or similar.

Looking forward to our collaboration,

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