Saturday, August 30, 2014

Grafting Masterclass 11 & 14 Sept (9am-12pm Fairfield)

If you came to the recent Permablitz at the West Brunswick Food Forest, you might have been lucky enough to have a pruning tutorial with John Pinniger of the Heritage Fruits Society (a not for profit whose sole purpose is to preserve heritage fruit varieties).

John has just announced he will run a couple of 'masterclasses' in grafting for those Permaculture designers and others who would like to improve their skills - or learn the basics.

This will be hands-on. It will involve learning the reasons for, and the science of grafting, and then some practice. Budding will also be discussed, (although Winter is not the best time to do it). Your questions answered.

John's a great teacher, very knowledgable and happy to offer explanations. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from an expert, it won't cost you a dollar and you'll help a very worthy cause.

Does it cost?
There is no cost, but the third hour of the three-hour session will be assistance with the grafting of Heritage Fruits trees, including potting, labelling, etc. (part learning, part application)

When is it?
Sessions are planned for 9 AM - 12AM on Thursday 11th September or Sunday 14th September.
Maximum 5 per session - more sessions if there is enough interest

Where? Location will be Fairfield, accessible by public transport - address sent with acceptance.

RSVP: Please book by emailing John at with the subject line GRAFTING and your preferred date.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne: Slow Food Story w. Growing Food Project (8th Sept)

"Why should an Eskimo eat the same food as an Ethiopian? What will happen to the neighborhood trattoria? Food is as important as language, why destroy our heritage?" - Carlo Petrini


For more on the film festival, go here.

Almost thirty years ago, the announcement that McDonald’s was setting up shop in the heart of Rome, provoked large numbers of angry demonstrators. But one charismatic Italian chose a different approach — he set about creating an alternative.

Meet the ebullient Carlo Petrini, founder of ‘slow food’ — an international anti-fast food resistance movement, that aims to simultaneously preserve local traditions, agricultural diversity and the pleasure principle.

In this charming biopic, we celebrate the growth of the slow food movement, from the tiny town of Bra into a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. Alongside cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, we toast Petrini for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundations of gastronomy.


SCREENS WITH: GROWING FOOD PROJECT (Rasha Tayeh, 2013) which explores Melbourne's community food movement and initiatives, where people are coming together to build, local, fair and sustainable food systems.

Here's a taste of Slow Food Story

SLOW FOOD STORY - TRAILER ENGLISH from Autlook Filmsales on Vimeo

Friday, August 1, 2014

Incr-Edible Coburg Food Swap 2nd August, 10-12pm

PepperTree Place - Incr-Edible Coburg Food Swap

This Saturday, 2nd August, 10am-12pm

Pause this mid winter at PepperTree Place and take in some tasty hand made treats over coffee and cups of tea at the Pop-up Cafe.
Continuing with our Food Garden Workshop Series, Judy Allen will be taking the Composting and Wormfarming workshop from 10.30am this weekend. Register at the Swap Table from 10.15am, $10 per person. Trouble shoot your compost problems and get those worms a kicking in your garden!
Peruse our Plant Nursery for affordable plants of great diveristy - natives, vegie seedlings, perennial herbs, climbers, groundcovers and unusual edibles.
Ross will have some sourdough creations baking in the woodfired oven. Bring your own to bake and find out about the fine art of wood fired cooking! Ross will be running a work shop on making and baking sourdough bread at the October Swap - so put it in your diary now!!
Food Garden 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, we run informative workshops and 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 and the first Saturday of every month, 10am-12pm.

Located at 512 Sydney Road, Coburg. Entrances on Urquhart St and Bell St. Handy to public transport: Tram route 19; Upfield Train line, Coburg Station and a five minute walk. 
Buses at back gate on Bell St.

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