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)
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