Thursday, November 26, 2015

Food Know How – A Recipe for Taste, Not Waste

Do you know how much food you throw away each week? In Victoria, food waste is a big problem. About 50% of the average household rubbish bin is food being sent to landfill. This is like throwing around $2,000 a year in the bin... or tossing out one in every five bags of shopping you buy.

The Food Know How Program is an award-winning program to help you reduce the amount of food you throw away, save money and help protect the environment all at the same time.

As I'm sure you all know know, the food going into a landfill produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Cutting down your food waste reduces the amount of methane emitted by our landfills and that benefits your entire community.

So..... LESS food waste IS MORE happy communities.

​​Joining the Food Know How Program as a member is easy, FREE and open to all residents of Darebin, Maribyrnong, Moreland, Whittlesea and Yarra Councils.

Becoming a Food Know How member gives you access to:
  • Attendance at a series of free workshops with a celebrity chef to learn top tips on preparing, cooking and storing food to avoid waste.
  • Chance to win a great range of prizes
  • Access to handy tips and tools to help reduce food waste like menu planners, storage guides and loads more.
  • A free kitchen caddy to help you measure your weekly food waste
  • Share food saving tips, secrets and ideas with other Food Know How members
​Make the most of our precious resources and reduce your environmental food-print!

Food Know How is a food waste reduction program that was jointly designed and developed by Yarra City Council and Cultivating Community with funding from the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group.​

Monday, November 23, 2015

Why gardening is good for your mind as well as your body

More than half the planet’s population now live in cities, with limited access to the natural world. For Europe and Latin America, the figure is more than 70%. Yet contact with nature has numerous benefits for both our physical and mental health.

Gardening is an opportunity for everyone to experience this kind of regular contact with nature, even if they live in built-up areas. For those without a garden of their own, allotments or community gardens are a highly valuable resource. Demand for allotments is increasing and in some locations waiting times have reached as much as 40 years.

But gardens shouldn’t just be a luxury for suburban dwellers. A growing body of evidence shows that they can make a significant contribution to our health and well-being, not just as a way to get some physical exercise but also to improve our mental state. There is even some limited evidence that gardening might play a role in helping people to cope with serious health problems such as cancer. This builds a strong case for governments and housebuilders to do more to provide gardens and allotments to as many people as possible.

Getting physical

Any type of gardening, whether it is in a home or allotment garden, is an opportunity for physical activity. Gardening is typically seen as moderate intensity exercise equivalent to playing doubles tennis or walking at a speed of 3.5mph, and so carries similar fitness benefits. A survey of 269 people that my colleagues and I recently conducted into allotment gardening found a correlation between gardeners and a lower body mass index. We also found a greater percentage of non-gardeners were classified as overweight.

Gardening is also linked to better diets. Home and allotment gardens have long been important for domestic food production, but gardening can also encourage people to eat more healthily and act as an educational resource on nutritious food. In fact, children who take part in gardening and grow their own food have a greater preference for, and increased consumption of, fruit and vegetables.

Mood enhancer

Perhaps less obvious is the positive impact gardening can have on your mental health. Research has shown that gardeners generally have greater life satisfaction, enhanced self-esteem and fewer feelings of depression and fatigue than non-gardeners.

But more than this, the act of gardening can specifically improve people’s moods. Asking gardeners about their mood before and after a session on their allotment, participants in our survey reported gardening improved self-esteem and reduce feelings of tension, depression and anger. We saw these benefits no matter how long participants had spent on their allotment in the particular session, in the last seven days or how long they had been gardening for in total.

Other research suggests that gardening can increase life satisfaction, and both reduce and promote recovery from stress. In fact, gardening leads to greater reductions in stress following a stress test than either reading indoors or an indoor exercise class.

This last point suggests that the mental benefits of gardening may be more than just a side-effect of the physical exercise involved. One possible reason for this is that gardening, particularly on allotments, can involve social interaction and becoming part of a community. Gardeners often share their knowledge, skills and experiences with each other and by doing so develop relationships and support networks. People with strong social networks have an increased life expectancy, greater resilience to stressful life events and fewer visits to the doctor.

Nice petunias. Shutterstock
Gardening also provides essential opportunities for contact with nature, which alone has numerous benefits for our mental health. Spending time outdoors in a natural environment helps us to feel less stressed, reduces the symptoms of depression, and enhances our concentration and attention by allowing us to recover from mental fatigue.

All this evidence shows there’s a strong relationship between gardening and health, but we only know for sure that there is correlation, not causation. This means we can’t say that gardening alone is a direct cause of any improvements in health and well-being. We also need to directly examine the immediate effects of gardening on people who have never previously taken part or are suffering from mental and physical ill health.

Despite these limitations, there is still enough evidence backing the benefits of gardening to make a case for encouraging more people to take part and for authorities to provide more gardening opportunities through community gardens or allotments. This could have a substantial impact on the health and well-being of the nation and reduce the health costs associated with conditions such as mental illness, obesity and loneliness.

The Conversation
Carly Wood, Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science, University of Westminster
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Limited places available for 2015 Backyard Harvest Festival (21 – 29 November) Tickets are cheap and selling fast so GET IN QUICK!

A reminder that there are still places available for 2015 Backyard Harvest Festival (21 – 29 November) but tickets are selling fast so GET IN QUICK! 

There are a range of exciting home garden tours and workshops on offer to inspire you to create your own food garden this spring!

Tours and workshops cost a measly $10 ($5 Concession), Children are free.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited so BOOK NOW! Home garden locations are provided at the time of booking.

Here’s just a sample of the exciting events on offer:

  • Ever wanted to grow a variety of fruit but didn't think you had the room for an orchard? Harry will show you how to graft and grow fruit trees in small spaces at a workshop ( and tour ( 
  • Learn about the seasonal fresh ingredients that make up the ‘Yin and yang’ of Vietnamese cuisine at Minh's garden. Bookings:
  • Antony's garden is a slice of Greece culture right here in Darebin, featuring 5 different types of grapes and a large prickly pear. Bookings:
  • Join Kim in her eclectic recycled renters garden where she will show you creative ways to make the most of rented space to grow what you love to eat. Bookings:

For more information and to see the detailed program visit or contact Alice Potter on 8470 8465, email

Check out what some of our inspiring gardeners are up to on our Facebook Page

Monday, November 9, 2015

Your next opportunity to influence the future of Moreland's food systems and urban agriculture - NOW!

The Moreland community does a range of exciting work in relation to food, including growing at home, social enterprise, community gardens, free food events, food swaps, food festivals and more.

We are currently developing a strategy to support these kinds of initiatives in the future.

From July through to September of 2015, a group of community members met to have input into the strategy. Council staff and other organisations were also asked for their input.
Read more about the process we undertook in Seeding Change: The Moreland Food System Framework (PDF 14Mb).
Steering Group members provide input
into the strategy at the first meeting.

The framework

As a result of the above process, a document went to Council on 7 October 2015 that proposed three clear goals for the strategy:
  • A sustainable food system that contributes to a more resilient community and a healthier environment
  • A just food system that ensures food is socially and economically accessible to everyone in the community, and
  • A vibrant food system that protects and nurtures food, culture celebrates diversity and builds community.
Council noted the development of a framework, and asked to receive a further report and the draft strategy, including recommended initiatives and resources implications in February 2016.

Council also asked for staff to progress actions in relation to information provision and place-based project work in the coming months.

View The Moreland Urban Agriculture and Food Production Framework (PDF 2Mb).

You can watch the 7 October Council meeting on the live streaming page (the relevant discussion starts at 10 minutes and 15 seconds).

We want to hear from you!

We would like to hear your thoughts about what should go into the strategy to help us to achieve the three goals.

Our two surveys - linked below - are a chance for you to have your say about anything relating food systems, including food growing, urban agriculture, food festivals and celebrations, food waste, buying local food and more.

  • Community survey - Fill out the community survey if you are a resident representing yourself. 
  • Stakeholder survey - Fill out the stakeholder survey if you represent a business, community group, club or organisation.

Keep your eye on this page - we will update it to keep you informed about opportunities to get involved.

If you want to be contacted when there is new information, email Urban Agriculture with your contact details.


Below is an outline of the process up until February 2016.
  • November/December 2015 - Community, council staff and partners can provide feedback about what could go into the strategy. You can provide your feedback to Council via our surveys (link above), and at local events, including the Fawkner Festa in November and the Coburg Night Market in December.
  • February 2016 - Draft strategy goes to Council.
  • April 2016 - Pending the outcome of the Council meeting, community members and organisations will have an opportunity to provide formal feedback on the draft strategy.

More information

For any questions about Council’s work in developing this strategy, or if you wish to be kept informed of opportunities to be involved, email Urban Agriculture or call 9240 2484.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival (21-29 November) - 16 residential fruit & veg gardens open

I experience bouts of council envy every year when this festival approaches.
Held annually in November, the Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions. Learn from passionate and knowledgeable local experts from a diversity of cultures. Visit home gardens, participate in gardening workshops and get inspired to create your own food garden this spring!

The festival is being held from Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 November, 2015 on weekends and early evenings during the week.

This year 16 of Darebin’s residential fruit and vegetable gardens will be open for display, and there are six different workshops to attend on everything from permaculture, aquaponics to backyard beekeeping and tree grafting.

Download the detailed program here: 2015 Backyard Harvest Festival Program

Tours and workshops cost $10 ($5 Concession) Children are free.

Bookings are essential and are via Eventbrite, or contact Alice Potter on (03) 8470 8465, email

Are you interested in volunteering or opening your garden at the next festival?
Click here to fill out the on-line expression of interest form or visit any Customer Service Centre to request a hard copy version.

Further Information
Sustainable Food Officer
Ph: 8470 8392

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Annual 3000acres Spring Fling Festival is on Saturday!

Join us as we celebrate the all things sustainable food, gardening and the start of the beautiful new spring growing season. All are invited to this super fun afternoon of free workshops, a pop-up market, food stalls and live music in the lush grounds of the Saxon st Garden in Brunswick.
With busy bee times ahead in the spring garden, join in our full program of FREE gardening workshops including
  • Grown and Gathered are going through their year round harvest backyard gardening workshop
  • Soil health with the Urban Agronomist 
  • Compost 101 with Pippa from 3000acres
  • Brunswick Tool Library teaching how to build raised beds from recycled pallets 
  • Dr Chris Williams, lecturer in urban horticulture will teach you all about propagating new and unusual vegetables (think yams, sweet potatos and chokos) 
  • Bee wizz Gary McDonald will be talking about backyard beekeeping
  • Seed saving with Toni from the Melbourne Uni Community Garden
  • Fermenting and Water Kefir with Donna from ‘A good life in the City’
Bring along the whole family, with face painting and hands-on activities to keep the little ones happy. Or, just check out some market stalls, grab some lunch from the food stalls and listen to some live music on the grass in the afternoon sunshine. Lovely!

October 10th, 12pm-4pm

Saxon St Community Garden, 33 Saxon st Brunswick

Free workshops and displays
Food stalls
Live music
Kids Activities
Pop-up Market
Please feel free to share around this great event >
Happy spring growing season! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Yes Folks - its on again!! Garden Fiesta is this Saturday, 10am-4pm all day and its free!!! There is so much to see, hear and do throughout the day. Check out the live music, entertainment and gardening & lifestyle workshop line up!

Live Music
Newlands Band
Ewan Bourke
Acapellingo - Thornberries
11.40 + 12.40
Cantabile Choir
Shock Octopus
Hana Maru
12 + 2pm
Brunswick Neighbourhood House Choir
Matt Everett
The Itchy Scabs
My Little Vertigo
CIRCUS with Ruccis Circus School
PRODUCE IN POTS - Diana Cotter
HEALTH PREZZO -Candice Rubin
Jane Baxter Swale and Susan Rosa
CIRCUS with Ruccis Circus School
Chair Yoga

Come down to the annual Garage Sale at the West Brunswick Community Garden (Saturday 24th October)

Come down to the 

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

our annual 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 - 1pm Saturday 24th October


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.

Join our event on Facebook

Brite Plants Open Day and Plant Sale (Saturday 24th October)

Don’t miss our annual Brite Plants Open Day when our wholesale nursery is open to the public.

This year the team have come up with some fantastic gift ideas!

We’ll have our regular items such as our raffle tickets, great food and jumping castle and much more including:
  • A great range of Australian native and exotic plants
  • Fruit trees
  • Shade trees
  • Vegetable seedlings
  • Potted colour
  • Succulents
  • Great gift ideas…
  • FREE Gardening Advice

When: Saturday 24th October From 9.00am – 4:30pm

Where: Cnr Belfast St & Dallas Dr Broadmeadows
Enquiries: 9309 5111

Visit our Facebook page to see some great photos of the range of plants and gift ideas you’ll see on the day.

About Brite Plants:
Brite Services is a supported employment and training organisation based in Broadmeadows. Brite Plants is our wholesale nursery division and employs 24 people with disability. Each year the nursery is open to the general public for our Open Day fundraising event.  
Brite Plants has a reputation for supplying quality plants of all sizes to a diverse range of clients spanning the horticultural trade industry and community organisations.

We are a member of the Nursery and Garden Industry of Victoria (NGIV) and is nationally accredited through The Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA).

Fair Food Week: Moreland Community Gardens Mega Tour! 6 gardens in one day (24th October)

Visit 6 (yep six!) vibrant, diverse and buzzing community gardens in Melbourne's northern suburbs in one day!

Moreland in Melbourne's north has a strong food growing heritage and a community that's increasingly interested in growing food together. To celebrate and showcase Fair Food week and our food heritage and future we'll tour six quite different community gardens and show a variety of approaches to growing food in the community.

We're lucky enough to have 2 gardens that haven't been on a tour before (CERES and Saxon St).

At each stop on the tour we'll hear about the garden setup, people and story then have a wander around and a chance to ask questions. Come along for the whole tour or join us when you can.

This tour we'll be going to:
- Mulberry Garden, Glenroy
- West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest
- Saxon St Community Garden, Brunswick
- Luscombe St Community Garden, Brunswick
- CERES Community Garden, East Brunswick
- Merri Corner Community Garden, East Brunswick

Here's the likely route map

Transport is not provided although people with cars can usually carry a few.
We have had cyclists on the tour before too, they take it as a personal challenge!

Saturday 24th October - Starting 10.30am, Finishing around 3.00pm

Be at Mulberry Garden at by 10.30am (the Western end of Box Forest Secondary College, 120 Glenroy Rd, Glenroy)


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Edible Eden Display at Horticultural and Gardening Festival 2015

Edible Eden – Urban Food Forest brought to you by Karen Sutherland
Come and see what’s possible at our display garden …
Our garden invites you into a haven from city life, a place to nurture yourself with home grown vegetables and fruit, herbal tea, honey and fresh eggs. Even a small city garden can grow a variety of food if designed properly with well-chosen plants.
Productive gardens are often hidden from view yet this garden celebrates the beauty in edible and useful plants.
Our garden shows what is achievable in an urban garden, that with the right advice and help it’s easy to grow fresh healthy food in an attractive garden.

When: 9-11 October 2015
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
Epsom Road, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

For more Information and other festival events visit:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sustainable Gardening Australia Open Gardens and Tours - October - Community

After a successful launch of SGA's Sustainable Open Gardens and Tours program with several hundred people attending Zofia's and Patricia's gardens in September, we invite you to visit the gardens open in October. These gardens are very different but are attractive examples of sustainable design and practice.

Valerie's Open Garden, Eltham - 4th October

Looking for ideas for getting maximum productivity when managing to control wildlife impacts? Or ideas for different styles of raised beds including wicking beds?
A garden for the soul as well as the stomach, Valerie’s garden is a delight to all the senses. Visually gorgeous in any season, with spectacular camellias adorning the winter through to the cottage-style plantings and roses throughout the rest of year, it is obvious that Valerie gets great delight in having something beautiful to enjoy from the house. Careful thought has been put into the layout and the care of the garden with the use of espalier on painted walls and fences to use all available space.
Sustainability features: Composting, Worm Farms incorporated within veggie beds, Organic Veggies, Fruit Trees, Espalier, Berries, Sub-Tropical Edibles, Flora for Attracting Fauna, Insect Hotels, Solar Powered house. Address and opening times.

Mary & Robert's Garden, Heidelberg - 10th October - Tour and Garden Opening

A small group tour of Mary and Robert’s garden from 10am - 11am reveals that the owners are passionate about gardening, about sustainability and about eating well. The profusion of produce that is everywhere, from the aquaponics system in the front to the abundance that awaits at the back, is enviable for anyone attempting to grow their own. Based on permaculture principles, good composting is key and layout and mixture of plantings ensure a well-balanced garden. Robert and Mary have tried many different techniques to increase the productivity and range of plants grown. The careful records that they keep of their harvests is testament to their success. As key drivers in the Transition Banyule movement, Mary and Robert live their ethical stance. A must-visit for inspiration and ideas. Read details of tour or book now. Open Garden details

Open Garden, Glen Waverley - 24th October

Explore this garden at your leisure. An avid collector and propagator, Terry has a garden that is a plant lover’s delight. The colour and scent of the ornamental flowering plants naturally attract bees and other beneficial insects which help keep Terry’s garden sustainable and help pollinate the many fruit trees dotted throughout this colourful creation. Huge water tanks are hidden amongst the shrubs as are insectaries and propagating areas. Come and see how to have a beautiful and biodiverse garden, all in keeping with healthy ecological practices.
Sustainability features: Active composting area, ponds, rainwater tanks, organic veggie beds, fruit trees, berries, seed and cutting propagation area, natural pest control management, permeable surfaces, flora for fauna. Address and opening times

Monday, September 28, 2015

Newlands Community Garden

Newlands Community house in North Coburg has recently re-opened and has a great sized garden for produce growing and some established fruit trees.  If you have some spare time the garden is seeking volunteers to help.

This is what it looks like:

A hot compost lasagne is currently baking:

Permaculture site design work is underway...

Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 1 – 3pm.

6 October – Tree pruning
13 October - Building up the garden beds
20 October – Permaculture design implementation - plant seedlings!

You can just turn up or phone to inquire

Lynn Waters
Community Development Facilitator
Coburg Community Houses
Newlands Community House
20 Murray Road
Coburg North
8528 2332

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sustain: The Australian Food Network - towards a food systems that supports the health and well-being of all

From the Food Alliance:

For the past six years, the Food Alliance has been working to support the strengthening of food systems research, policy and practice in Victoria. For the past two years, with the support of VicHealth and the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, the Food Alliance has been working with more than 20 local governments, and other food system stakeholders, to support the formation of a Food Systems Network for Victoria.

We are now excited to announce that this collaboration is entering a new phase. With the continuing support of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, and under a new partnership with the William Angliss Institute, we are launching Sustain: The Australian Food Network. Sustain will continue and expand the work of the Food Alliance, with an enhanced focus on supporting the development and implementation of food policy and practice through community-engaged research support and network development. While based in Victoria, Sustain's scope of work will be national, with two of our first engagements being in Far North Queensland and south-west Western Australia.

The change of name is to reflect this new phase of the Food Alliance journey, which includes incorporation as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with an independent Board of Directors that includes representatives from leading food systems organisations. These include: the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Farmers Markets Association, University of Western Sydney's Institute of Culture and Society, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and William Angliss Institute. The process of incorporation, and associated applications for charitable and deductible gift recipient status, is being supported by city law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler.

The food system in Victoria and nationally is changing rapidly. We look forward to working with community, government and business stakeholders to support and shape this change towards a food systems that supports the health and well-being of all.

Democratising Food Systems - October 19th WORKSHOP
Sustain will be launched at this unique one-day workshop, jointly hosted by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and William Angliss Institute.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Democratising Food Systems Workshop - October 19th (William Angliss Institute - Melbourne)

Victoria’s food system is changing. 

In October 2015 be part of the transformation at Democratising The Food System. A workshop for food system stakeholders and the intrigued of Victoria, presented by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and William Angliss Institute.

Workshop Highlights Include:
  • Food insecurity and hunger in contemporary Melbourne.
  • Scenario workshop for healthy and sustainable food systems design.
  • Wicked problems workshop – intractable food systems challenges.
  • Roles and challenges of governance in building a fair food system.
  • Showcasing new food systems research: Food Hubs, nature strips, and local branding.
  • Food Policy council role play.
  • Exploring a potential for a Chefs’ Collaborative over a networking dinner. (optional)
To become an agent of change, register here.
$40 students/low-waged   |   $75 Individuals/producers/chefs
$140 community-based organisations   |   $250 Institutions/Businesses

This will be a participatory, engaging event, providing opportunities for participants to discuss some of the food system's most 'wicked problems', such as how do we ensure decent returns for producers, yet make good food available and affordable in dignified ways to people in difficult life circumstances? How do we deal with the apparent fact that our cheap food system is based on exploitation of vulnerable workers, including many short-term migrants? 

This event will also showcase new and innovative research projects, including 
Foodprint Melbourne (, 
the Bendigo Food Hub Feasibility Study, and the experience of south-east Food Hub. Facilitators will include AFSA President and free range pig farmer Tammi Jonas; author, researcher and Sustain Executive Director, Dr Nick Rose; Director of the UWS Institute of Culture and Society, Professor Paul James, and William Angliss Lecturer in Gastronomy, Kelly Donati. 

Sustain will be launched at this unique one-day workshop

Registrations are essential and places are limited.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First Saturday of Spring Incr-Edible Food Swap, workshops and more at Peppertree Place 10-2pm

512 Sydney Road, cnr Bell St.
Saturday 5th September

Population, Permaculture and Planning
presentation by Mark Allen
With the climate emergency worsening, Mark recently decided to leave his role as a town planner in the
hope that he could utilise his skills more effectively in another role. Then he met the co-founder of
permaculture, David Holmgren on a train journey from Melbourne to Sydney. What ensued was a
conversation across two states that led him to realize that a symbiosis of permaculture and sustainable
planning in conjunction with population growth, should play a defining role in creating a more sustainable,
equitable world.

Live music with “Willy Wagtails”.

CHAIR YOGA with Trudy Radburn - $5
Chair yoga is a gentle style of yoga incorporating breath with movement to improve balance, coordination
and focus. Relieve tension as you stretch your body feeling relaxed, revived and rejuvenated. Weather

 Volunteer-Powered Nursery
Featuring edible water plants and unusual edible perennials like New Zealand yam for purchase.
 Pop-up Peppertree Cafe
Scrumptious freshly baked treats, coffee, teas and lunch served using organic ingredients from the
Peppertree community garden!
 SWAP TABLE - a place to share your garden's harvest, tips and questions.
 Baking group – you are welcome to bring some dough to bake in the wood-fired oven.
 Reiki with Joanna Massey - by donation.

FREE entry!

Monday, August 31, 2015

MFGN Social- September 18th 6:30pm

Moreland Food Gardens Network (MFGN) quarterly social events are informal get-togethers for anyone interested in urban agriculture, local, sustainable and/or community-based food growing. Everyone is welcome. We hear from interesting speakers then talk with them and generally catch up on what's been happening, renew connections and make new ones.
We're all set for the next MFGN Social on Friday night 18th September (details below). 
There will be an update and discussion on the City of Moreland Urban Agriculture policy/strategy. 
AND Nicole Furze (from Luscombe St community garden) is going to talk about the pop up garlic course in which she is participating, run by Farmer Incubator, designed to help aspiring farmers to have a go. As part of the project, a small amount of land is given to each farmer for the duration of the course. 


When: Friday night 18th September between 6.30 and 9.30 pm.

Refreshments: BYO shareable food and drink

To RSVP or for more

Where: East Coburg Neighbourhood House at 32 Nicholson St, Coburg. Gold coin donation to contribute to costs for the use of the venue.

City of Moreland Urban Agriculture policy/strategy
"The Moreland community does a range of exciting work in relation to community food growing, from community gardens and home gardens to free food events.To support these kinds of initiatives, Council is committed to developing an Urban Agriculture and Food Production Strategy for Moreland."

Farmer Incubator- Pop up Garlic Farmers
"In this program – the first incarnation of Farmer Incubator based in Melbourne, Australia – you invest in a crop: sow the seed, tend the crop, take it to market. Participants, Farmer Incubator, and our farmer, marketing and food industry friends will work together for one season of growing.
This is experiential learning. We make it possible by providing a patch and the stuff you need to know."

Friday, August 21, 2015

Volunteer Position: Lead Horticulturalist in Organic Food Production (Darebin)

Provide leadership in organic horticultural design, production and distribution of edible food systems for the Urban Food Program.

Applications close Monday 7th September

Local Grants Dig the Backyard Basics

Over the past 3 months you may have seen the transformation taking place out the backyard of DIVRS. Construction of a new edible garden as part of their Backyards Basics programme has emerged.

Volunteers from DIVRS’s Urban Food Programme in partnership with Northern Community Church of Christ volunteers have embarked on the garden to help alleviate some of the fresh food shortages that face some of the more vulnerable members in our community. The food grown in the backyard will then be distributed through DIVRS’s emergency relief programme.

Importantly for the sustainability of outcomes in increased access to fresh food, local food culture and facilitating equitable access to nutritious food for all, the space is creating opportunities for training and support with residents. Facilitated and led by volunteers, they will share knowledge and teach skills for easy and effective ways to grow food in their own home.

The programme has received funding from Darebin Council’s 2014 Community Grants Programme which kickstarted the Backyard Basics and most recently had the backing from Inner North Community Foundation, Scanlon Foundation and Refuge of Hope, towards building the capacity of its programme and supporting the resource development.

For any interest in this programme, please contact Martin, Urban Food Programme Leader ph 94808 207 (Mon-Tues-Thu)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Incr-Edible Food Swap at Peppertree Place Sat Aug 1st

512 Sydney Road Coburg

10.30 - 12.00

Fruit tree grafting and selection workshop with Craig Castree - Trees Galore in your backyard!

As a horticulturist who is self-sufficient on a 600 sq metre
block, Craig Castree will demonstrate how best to utilise
your space with fruit trees that are easy to prune and net. 
Craig frequently features on Vasili's Garden and has 
recently published Edible Gardens: A Practical Guide.

Scions and bare-rooted stock available.

$10. Please book by emailing or text 0431 494 773.

Live raw Southern  Italian music with “Rosa and the Zaza's”. 

CHAIR YOGA with Trudy Radburn - $5
Chair yoga is a gentle style of yoga incorporating breath with movement to improve balance, coordination and focus. Relieve tension as you stretch your body feeling relaxed, revived and rejuvenated, weather permitted.

Volunteer-Powered Nursery
Featuring perennial edibles such as walking onions and New Zealand yam.

Pop-up Peppertree Cafe
Scrumptious freshly baked treats, coffee, teas and ‘Tamil Feast 12’ vegetarian lunch served using ingredients from the Peppertree community garden. ‘Tamil Feast 12’ supports recently settled asylum seekers from Sri Lanka.

SWAP TABLE - a place to share your garden's harvest, tips and questions.

Baking group and ping-pong on!

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