Thursday, August 25, 2016

Future of Local Food Conference 2016 (Melbourne 8-9 Sept)

While Australia’s national food and agriculture debate centres on boosting production and increasing exports, our local food industry is being neglected. That’s a shame because countries such as the United States and Canada, which have explicitly prioritised local food, are now reaping the economic benefits.

In Australia, local government has begun to analyse the benefits of a bigger local food industry. Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula Shire found in preliminary modelling that expanding its local food industry by 5% would bring in A$15 million and create nearly 200 jobs.

  • Locally grown food is full of flavor (versus being harvested early in order to be shipped)
  • Eating local food is eating seasonally
  • Local food has more nutrients
  • Local food supports the local economy (The money that is spent stays close to home)
  • Local food benefits the environment
  • Local foods promote a safer food supply
  • Local growers can tell you how the food was grown


It will take action from citizens, governments and industry. It will require behaviour change in citizens and the goal should be less chronic disease, an improved standard of living and the protection of the environment that sustains us.

  • ‘How to’ case studies galore from around Australia
  • Food security: from policy to practice
  • Vision of the bioregional food system
  • Good practice community gardens
  • Diverting organic waste from kerbside collections
  • Diverting all waste from Council offices
Help us explore how to best design food systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?Councillors, Directors, Sustainability and Environment professionals, Economic and Tourism Development, Health Promotion Practitioners, Strategic Planners, Land Use Planners, Urban Designers, Community Development and Human Services professionals & interested stakeholders.

$550 (including GST)
Book here

A limited number of subsidised tickets are available for 50% of the full price for members of community organisations. There is an option on the registration page.

Please note: Program is subject to change.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Community Garden Workshop (Brunswick 28th August)

Get your garden ready for spring for a fabulous summer harvest! This workshop covers soil preparation, making weed tea and the tricks for successful seed sowing

Learn about:

  • Propagating from seed 
  • Getting ready for spring vegetable planting 

This workshop is facilitated by Karen Sutherland, chief executive gardener of Edible Eden Design, who is a pioneer in the edible gardening renaissance.

28th August Sunday 9.00-12.00pm

How much:
Free to registered members of BNHCG
Cost : $40.00
Conc: $30.00
Volunteers: $20.00

Workshop held at Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden
43 a DeCarle Street Located at rear of building.
Access from the park

Places are limited to book call 9386 9418 or go here

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bruce Pascoe, David Holmgren - Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures (film by Anthony Petrucci and Patrick Jones)

Land Cultures tells the story of the day award winning Aboriginal author Bruce Pascoe came to Daylesford, shared his remarkable research, and met permaculture co-originator David Holmgren.

A film by Anthony Petrucci and Patrick Jones (42 minutes)

There's also a podcast recording of the full talk the film features (1 hour 35 mins)

Kombucha workshop 27th August

Spring is at our fingertips. Come and celebrate the turning of the cold by learning to brew a delightful tonic beverage that is bursting with bubbles, flavour and goodness.

We will be making Kombucha, a sweetened tea that is fermented by a community of bacteria and yeast (also known as 'Scoby'). It is beneficial to our gut health, helps cleanse the body of accumulated toxins in our diet and is a deliciously tasty, effervescent alternative drink to alcohol.

Drinking kombucha regularly can help boost sluggish energy levels, and will help clear the mind of stubborn mental conditions. Perfect for letting go of winter moods and renewing our energies.

In this workshop we will:

- Discuss the health benefits of kombucha
- Look at the types of tea suitable for fermenting
- Follow a step-by-step demonstration for making single/batch brew (and learn about continuous brew) kombucha
- Enjoy some tastings of kombuchas made with different teas and flavourings
- Learn to flavour and infuse kombucha with the added benefits of herbs, fruit and spices

You will go away with your own original kombucha starter (scoby included) and the skills and inspiration to keep creating and brewing beautiful fermented teas at home.

We'll be having some nibbles following the workshop.
Please bring a plate of appetisers to share with everyone.

When: 27th August 10am-12pm
Cost: $30
Location: Maribyrnong - Address to be given upon booking.
Limited space for 10 people.
Bookings to be made in advance, email me (Gemma) at for payment details to reserve your spot.

Details here

See you there,

About Gemma

I have a passion for nourishing people through food.
Since coming to Melbourne, I started working in a native foods restaurant and connecting with the food and the land around me. I've since begun the journey of learning to grow, harvest, make and preserve the foods I eat. Graduating from a permaculture design course, I've been compelled to explore the relationship between ourselves and nature, where I believe we can find our truest source of food and deepest nourishment. I believe there is beauty and joy to be found in caring for our bodies and following natural food processes that renew our connecton to the natural world we are apart of. I look forward to sharing this journey with you!

CERES Tamil Feasts Friday Night Launch

Supporting asylum seekers over dinner through the celebration of food and culture.

Tamil Feasts is introducing FRIDAY NIGHT FEASTS at the Merri Table and you're invited!

Tamil Feasts is a social enterprise that provides employment for recently settled asylum seekers. Each week the team serves traditional Sri Lankan banquet dinners at CERES, located in East Brunswick.

Our Friday Night Feasts won't be like our usual feasts. Each Friday we will have a special menu item to tantalise the tastebuds. The menu will feature a fish/meat main, vegetarian and vegan options as well as kid friendly dishes. There will be a bar available on the night.

So come finish off your week with a glass of wine and a plate of goodness.

Friday 19th August 2016

$30 for a 3 course dinner

Doors open at 7pm

Bookings essential -

Tamil Feasts - More than just a meal

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New garden (plants, produce, tools, books etc) swap in Brunswick 28th August

Jewell Community Garden invites you to it's monthly garden swap.

All number of garden and food related items are welcome: produce, tools, books, seeds, plants, baked goods, eggs, honey, sourdough starter, kombucha SCOBYs, kefir grains, pickles and recipes. Swap tables are very simple: simply bring your excess items and take some other items of a similar value*.
The garden is also fully equipped for play: hula hoops, ring toss, chalk, basketball hoop and bubbles** Squids welcome.

And, there will be coffee! Phase One Coffee*** is right next to the garden, so you can grab a freshly brewed ¾ piccolo latte to sip on while hula hooping.This brand new community garden is located at the rear of 15 Union St (enter via the Jewell Station carpark).

Can't wait to see you there.
The dates for this swap are:
Sun, 28th August, 11-1
Sun, 9th October, 11-1
Sun, 6th November, 11-1 and
Sun, 4th December 11-1

*Table is not for swap
**BYO games are also welcome
***They also do bagels

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ideas workshop for new community greenspace on Lygon Street – Saturday 6th August

Moreland City Council is working with Positive Charge to create a new community greenspace in front of the Maternal and Child Health Care Centre. 

They’d love to know what you’d like to see happen here - maybe more trees or planting, or somewhere shady to sit and chill, or perhaps some funky artwork?

They’ll be hosting an ideas workshop from 10.30-12.30pm on Saturday 6th August at the Maternal Health and Child Care Centre, 321 Lygon Street, Brunswick East to gather all your thoughts on how this space could be improved for community use.
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