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 (http://www.ecoinnovationlab.com/project_content/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!

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