Thursday, September 25, 2014

PepperTree Place Incr-Edible Food Swap Saturday, 4th October, 10am-12pm

Its October and Spring has truly Sprung with its wild and unpredictable nature, pretty much in step with Melbourne's reputation for four seasons in one day.

PepperTree Place hosts the October Incr-Edible Food Swap on Saturday 4th October, 10am-12pm and the place will be buzzing this month! Not only will there be the bountiful amount of free, swappable, fresh produce that pours in through the gates with the friendly locals but Ross will be wielding sourdough and have the wood oven fired up for his Sourdough Bread Making Workshop starting at 10.30pm. If you've ever wanted to get down and dusty with bread makers, here's your chance to get close up and personal with the living breathing culture that is sourdough. Register at 10.15am for $10 a head.

Also this week, Moreland City Council are looking to consult with community about their new Community Food Growing Policy. A Moreland City Council staff and a member from the Moreland Food Gardens Network will be attending the food swap on that Saturday 4 October from 10am–12pm. Everyone is welcome to attend to discuss and share ideas.

As is usual for the Coburg Incr-Edible Food Swap Saturday, the nursery is full of beans (bush beans actually) and has a huge variety of affordable plants and products ready for spring planting. We have bales of lucerne, hardwood stakes, bamboo stakes, bags of pulverised sheep manure and bargain bags of primo potting mix also available.

The pop up cafe will be serving an array of hand baked goodies and the best coffee and tea this side of the Merri Creek.

And just a heads up that our annual Spring Garden Fiesta is just around the corner on the 8th November, 10am-4pm - a huge day of music, inspiring and informative workshops, cool, nature inspired kid's activities, info and displays, story telling and much much more! Share this flyer with your friends and family - its a free event and everyone is welcome!!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Check out Yarra's draft Urban Ag Strategy, tell the Council what you think (Closing 26th Sept)

It's been a tumultuous time for the folks involved with urban ag in Yarra, their funding was being cut and their pioneering urban ag facilitator role was under threat.

Thankfully due to a large surge of support, the local community was able to persuade Council to reconsider and the role has been confirmed for a short term.

Your help is now needed to further shape Yarra Council's efforts in this area. Take a few minutes to influence the future direction of our city.

Yarra has just released its draft Urban Agriculture strategy for community consultation. You can read it here. (Don't be put off by the number of pages - they used a big font and there's lots of empty space)

They need people to answer 7 feedback questions which you can do here.

Judging them on their efforts to drop the role mentioned above, it would seem a good idea to make sure what they're planning is on the mark.

Go on, find 15 minutes. The offer closes on Friday 26th September.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Monthly food swap at West Brunswick Community Garden starting 18th Sept

Grown too much silverbeet and don't want to waste it?
Loaded with parsley seeds but really need a pumpkin?
Stuck with surplus worm juice and need more thyme (who doesn't)?
Cookbooks taking over your kitchen?
Got an extra garden fork?

You can solve all these problems at a food swap.

Swappers deposit their stuff and then ‘shop’ from the table of stuff left by others. What you pick up should be a fair reflection of what you have put down. No money changes hands. There are food swaps happening everywhere all the time and they have been around forever when you think about it. It just works!

At our next Garden & Gather (from 11am on 28th Sept) we're relaunching our food swap at the West Brunswick Community Garden then we'll hold one every month on the 4th Sunday.

Everyone (not just people connected with our garden) can come along and exchange things like fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, seeds, honey, preserves, tools, seedlings, cookbooks, fruit trees, compost or worm juice, but don't let this list limit you, be imaginative. Community garden or home grown, it doesn't matter.

Why are we doing this? To have a bit of fun, share delicious local food, create friendships, build a stronger community, reduce waste and encourage a grass roots response to food access issues in Moreland and beyond.

Foods swaps are popping up all over Melbourne, in community gardens, local parks, meeting places and even beside traditional markets. Every weekend you can visit a Food Swap in Moreland and from Fawkner to Footscray, Cockatoo to Coburg, Food Swaps are sprouting up all over Victoria.

Monday, September 15, 2014


You are warmly invited to PARK FOR A DAY on Sunday 28th of September 10am-4pm at the Edward & Dodds Street Carpark in Brunswick.

This pop up park is part of a longer term campaign to have some of this unused carpark converted to a green space for everyone.

We want the local community to come along to Park for a Day and show support for this idea and share your ideas about what a park here could look like.... The question for you food gardening fans is....Would it include edibles? Come along and have your say!

Please help make a park by 'likeing' us on facebook and sharing this link to invite your friends and neighbors

Some background to the event:
Friends of Edward Street is a local brunswick group commited to greening their local neighbourhood with food plants and habitat and bringing the community together in the process.

The group formed 3 years ago when some members got talking about converting some of a unused car park on the street to a permanent park.
They decided that by forming a local friends group to become stewards of the Edward st naturestrip outstands they could demonstrate how commited they were to creating and helping to maintain a new park.

Since then we have been busy maintaining and creating gardens along the street with the help of Moreland City Council seeding grant and helping to maintain the communities for nature habitat corridor that also runs along the street. Perhaps our most loved achievement along the street is the installation of a childrens garden- frequented and cared for by local children.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

IncrEdible Food Swap this Saturday 6th Sept 10am-12pm @ PepperTree Place

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Hello PepperTree Friends
Spring is definitely in the air (apart from that first day glitch) and time to shrug off the cold and get some spring in your step - best to come down to PepperTree this Saturday with your fresh garden goodness to swap with like minded gardeners.
Diana Cotter will be running our first spring garden workshop and sharing some great tips on how to prepare your summer vegie patch. See registration details below. Paul will be here chatting about chooks in Chookville from 11am at no cost.
We are also beginning plans and preparation for our annual Garden Fiesta - this years theme is Recycle/Upcycle. Happening on the 8th of November - we are looking for volunteers to help at the event or in the lead up to event preparation - there is lots to do!!
If you can lend a generous hand the rewards are deep and nurturing to your good soul. Please contact us here at PepperTree and talk to Tash on 0431 494 773 or get in touch via email:

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

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

June Swap Heidi

PepperTree Place Spring Food Garden Workshops

Workshops begin 10.30am. Register and pay at the Swap Table prior to start time please. $10 per person
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, the bounty of PepperTree nursery, great organic food and drinks, nature inspired kids activities and informative workshops in a family friendly environment.
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