Friday, October 24, 2014

West Brunswick Community Garden Mega Garage Sale Fundraiser - Saturday 25th October

Come down to the 

West Brunswick Community Garden on Saturday 25th October to take part in 

our first Garage Sale!

I know many will come just to experience the beautiful surroundings and to chat to our gardeners (there is no charge for this incidentally) but we have an amazing array of things for you to browse through and buy. All money goes towards helping our garden to grow.

This is a big deal for us so we would love your support.

Where: West Brunswick Community Garden - Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West (Enter from Everett St, we are behind the Moreland Child Care Centre at 49 Everett St) more info here

When: 9.30 - 3.30ish Saturday 25th October

What: There is so much stuff but here is a little selection: a fish tank, jewellery, books, quality CDs (not your normal Op shop rubbish), plants, seedlings, a big bookshelf, a table, a standard weeping Japanese maple tree, lots of clothes, toys, crockery, a table tamp, glasses, shoes, ornaments, a compost bin and more.

Why: All the reasons listed below and more:

  1. Help divert perfectly good stuff from landfill
  2. Pick up something you really need but for less money than buying it new
  3. Pick up something you didn't know you needed but will love and won't find anywhere else
  4. Help us keep our garden growing

Unlike all the 'home' garage sales your money is not going into someone's pocket, it'll help our garden to keep growing. Just makes you want to get your wallet out right now doesn't it? Well you'll have to wait but get in early so you don't miss out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your invitation to MFGN Social #4 (Friday Nov 7th, Brunswick West)

Our next MFGN Quarterly Social is fast approaching and everyone is welcome.

When: Friday 7th November from 6.30pm - 9.30pm-ish

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

Food/Drink: Bring something edible and drinkable to share, a plate to eat off and a fork to eat with

A great way to end the week! Mingle, chat, eat, drink. It's an informal opportunity to find likeminded, enthusiastic people in one place and discover what amazing things people are getting up to around local food growing in Moreland and further afield.

We'll probably spend a bit of time chatting about the impending presentation of the Moreland Council Food Growing policy that is expected to be be presented to Council in December and maybe we'll discuss our reason for being (the MFGN that is!).

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

RSVP: by emailing

Merri Corner Community Garden - Kids, Dig it! (26th October - Brunswick East)

Sorry but this event has been cancelled.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Registrations now open for 2014 Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival (9-13 November)

Presented by Darebin City Council in partnership with Darebin Ethnic Communities, the Backyard Harvest Festival runs from 9 - 23 November in a celebration of home food-growing traditions from around the world. 

This is your chance to tour over 16 impressive home gardens around Darebin and participate in 7 great workshops, covering everything from chicken keeping, fruit tree selection and care, composting to aquaponics. Plenty more info here.

Darebin's Backyard Harvest Festival is FREE for Darebin residents and only $10 per event for Non-Darebin residents. 


There is a 4 event limit per person. Home garden locations are provided at the time of booking.

For more information and to register on-line visit

For any questions on the program or registration, contact Alice Potter on 8470 8465 or email

CERES Sustainable Gardening Course starting 29 October

Interested in hands on sustainable gardening? Enthused about growing your own organic fruit, herbs and vegetables to share with your family and friends?

If you want to know more about organic gardening but don’t know where to start than this course is for you. Join CERES Trainer, Justin Calverley as he introduces you to the basics of horticulture, permaculture and organic gardening.

Start date: Wednesday 29th October to Wednesday 17th December 2014
Duration: Eight weeks 10am - 2pm 
Cost: $400 Full, $320 CERES Member/Concession
Bookings: Please contact CERES reception on 9389 0100

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to confidently propagate seedlings, save seeds, grow vegetables and more! 
  • Session 1 Introduction to Sustainable Gardening
  • Session 2 Garden design and permaculture principles
  • Session 3 Soils and their preparation
  • Session 4 Composting, worm farming and fertilisers
  • Session 5 Organic fruit and vegetable production
  • Session 6 Organic fruit and vegetable production
  • Session 7 Seed saving and propagating
  • Session 8 Water Management and Guild Planting

About the trainer:

Justin Calverley is a horticulturalist and permaculturist with over 20 years experience. He has extensive knowledge and experience in permaculture, garden design, organic gardening and native bushfood plants. He specialises in edible gardens and is an expert in fruit tree cultivation and pruning. Justin has taught workshops at CERES in sustainable gardening and permaculture for over 10 years . Justin is a regular broadcaster on 3RRR’s‘Dirty Deeds” and is a presenter on Ch 31’s “ The Garden Tap.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Royal Botanic Gardens Professional Development Program for educators: AusVELS & Indigenous culture; Food gardens for schools & kinders

In 2014, the Royal Botanic Gardens presents an expanded Professional Development Program featuring some of Australia’s and the world’s leading experts in nature-based education.

A Shared Country

The Royal Botanic Gardens in partnership with the Catholic Education Office Melbourne will present sessions on; the cross curricula priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people in the AusVELS and Indigenous culture.

When: Tuesday 29 July 2014  10am - 4 pm
Where: RBG Cranbourne,
Auditorium at the Visitor Centre,
Australian Garden Cost: $50

Food gardens for schools and kinders
Participants will see food growing at school in a new light – look at using food plants to enhance your school grounds through good design; develop ideas on how to share fresh produce with your school community and try some simple recipes that kids will love tasting and sharing:

  • hardy, edible plants for schools 
  • multi-function garden design 
  • share some tasty recipes 
  • cooking without a kitchen

When: Wednesday 12th November 9.30am – 4.00pm
Where: RBG Melbourne
Cost: $50

New Professional Development opportunity at your school
Would you like us to visit your school or early learning centre? We offer consultation on how to enhance your outdoor play spaces or we can deliver a range of workshops utilising your outdoor areas. Please call RBG Melbourne to discuss how we can tailor to your individual needs.

For further information and bookings, please contact:
P: 9252 2358 RBG Melbourne or 5990 2200 RBG Cranbourne

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