Monday, November 13, 2017

Garden Design Workshop at Brunswick Neighbouhood House

Design a Potager Garden

With Elspeth Brock

Learn general design principles with Elspeth Brock suitable for making a community garden. In this workshop Elspeth will take a special look at potager gardens, garden spaces that are both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Elspeth will also touch on permaculture kitchen garden designs and food forests. All three garden designs are suitable for both community gardens or trying out at home.

Dates: Saturday 18th & 25th November
Times: 10am-12:30pm both days

Where: Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden
Rear of 43A De Carle St Brunswick

Cost: $35 full/ $30 Conc

Bookings Essential

Phone: 9386 9418

Friday, November 3, 2017

Garden Fiesta 2017 @ Peppertree Place

GARDEN FIESTA 11th November

10am - 4pm

Feast on the huge line up of fantastic musicians - Jukebox Racket, Ukulele Ewie, Spaghetti Western, Thornberries 
and Toni Swain plus more!! 
 Free amazing workshops will be on offer at Fiesta - check this line up out!!

An all day Garden Design Clinic will be on offer with Yvonne Pecujac, from Gardens of Delight. Visit Yvonne and troubleshoot your garden problems or find answers to tricky design and plant questions. Find inspiration on how to create beautiful sustainable low-maintenance gardens.

***Sorry folks the IncrEdible Food Swap that we usually run the first Saturday every month is not on this weekend - but instead we'll have Fiesta on the 11th November!!! Hooray!!!

Peppertree Nursery will still be open for usual trading from 11am- 4pm this Saturday so please do pop in!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Backyard Harvest Festival Program and Tickets have been released!

The Backyard Harvest Festival has inspired home gardeners since it first began in 2011, helping build a strong sense of community around homegrown and homemade food. The 2017 festival is taking place from Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 November. This year Darebin Council is partnering with Moreland Council to deliver the festival, which means there are over 34 inspiring and diverse garden tours and workshops to participate in across Darebin and Moreland.
Learn about keeping bees, worm farming, fruit tree grafting and how to attract beneficial insects to your food garden.
Tours and workshops cost $10 ($5 Concession) Children are free. To download the porgram and book tickets, go to
Take advantage of 20% off the ticket price when you attend 3 or more events. Enter the promotional code MultiBYH17 in the booking window OF ALL THREE (or more) OF THE EVENTS YOU PURCHASE (don't just enter it at the last event you won't get the full discount)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House Open Day & official launch of Sensory Garden (Coburg)

Come and join us for our Open Day!

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 11am - 4pm

104a Reynard St, Coburg

With lots of fun things to do and see, it's sure to be a great day!

We will be officially launching:
  • our brand new sensory garden, made possible through the Moreland City Council's Capital Works grant.
  • the installation of new solar panels to our building thanks to Moreland Council and Moreland Energy Foundation Limited and their Enabling Community Tenants to Access Solar project.
Plus there will be:
  • Live Music
  • Demonstrations
  • Face painting
  • Free Activities
  • BBQ
  • Door Prizes
  • Sustainability Information
  • Class Information
We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Next MFGN Social Thursday 2nd Nov 6pm (Peppertree Place)

Mark your diaries now and come along to our next Moreland Food Gardens Network Social.
Spread the word. All welcome! Not just for people from Moreland but anywhere.

What's it all about?A chance for us to hang out, catch up with (or meet) each other socially, chat about what's been happening, meet others interested in food systems, local food, urban ag etc.

This time we'll have Lee Tozzi (Moreland's Food System Officer) coming along to meet everyone and talk about what we're doing as well as what she's doing in the new role with Moreland.

If you haven't been to a social for ages - or never - see if you can squeeze it in! I hope we can drag lots of you out. We've had a breakthrough year! 

Thursday 2nd November from 6pm (venue TBC - I'll try to get the Coburg Community House)

Peppertree Place (512 Sydney Rd)

What to bring?
Something shareable to eat and drink

Please RSVP so we know we have enough room and in case of venue changes.

Monday, October 2, 2017

SEEDs Communal Garden Fundraiser

Part of the 'Garage Sale Trail', SEEDs annual 'Rummage Sale' Fundraiser! Come and support the garden by buying pre loved treasures! Rummage through a giant garage sale donated by our community.

Eat a sizzling sausage or sweet corn on the cob, followed by a baked good and coffee from Vagabond Coffee van. We have also been working hard making homemade goodies-seedlings, beeswax wraps, painted pots, gardener's hand cream and more.

Or just come and check out the garden and enjoy some live music on the grass.
Hope to see you there and that the sun will be shining!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Wellness Series by Rasha Tayeh

Rasha Tayeh, all rights reserved. 
To welcome the warmer months, nutritionist Rasha Tayeh is launching The Wellness Series, which include four 1-hour workshops discussing practical ways to nourish the mind & body through nutrition, herbalism & mindfulness.

Workshop 1: Cleansing & Mindful Eating on Sat 14th Oct 2017. The first instalment will discuss ways to cleanse & reenergise the body & support the immune system in time for the warmer months.

Workshop 2: Food & Mood on Sat 11th Nov 2017. The second instalment will discuss ways to use food as medicine to promote mental health. Learn about foods & herbs that can support us through anxiety, depression or to generally lift the mood & support mental health & wellbeing.

Workshop 3: Food & Women’s Health on Sat 18th Nov 2017. This third instalment will discuss how foods & herbs can support women’s health; including fertility, regulating menstrual/moon cycles, and ways to relieve symptoms of PMT & endometriosis.

Workshop 4: Healing the Gut on Sat 2nd Dec 2017. The fourth & last instalment will discuss how we can heal the gut through food & fermentation with a practical introduction to Komboocha making.

You can book one workshop for $35 or ALL four workshops for $120.
Each workshop runs from 11am – 12pm & is limited to 20 spaces.

For bookings visit:
For more information visit

If you have any questions please contact rasha.tayeh[at]gmail[dot]com

Rasha Tayeh is a holistic nutritionist, researcher & artist. She is also the cofounder of the Moreland Food Gardens Network.  Her practice is inspired by the seasons & ways in which we can enhance connections with our bodies, our communities & with nature. She combines principles of nutrition & herbalism in her wellness workshops. Rasha is a registered nutritionist with experience working in private practice, community health and academia. As an artist, she has exhibited nationally & internationally at various galleries including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image & the National Gallery of Victoria. For more visit

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CERES Merri Merri Bushdance 2017

Come and celebrate spring with us at the CERES Merri Merri Bush Dance on Saturday 21st October 2017 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm

You can get on down to the old school sounds of the fiddle and get your boots moving with some traditional bush dancing. Listen to local music, feast on organic food and sip on a seasonal spritzer in the springtime sunshine. Activities for kids and prizes for best dressed individuals and family.

A lot of country right here in the city!

   Ticket Price:              Adult - $15
Child (3-15) - $5 (under 3s free)
Family (2 adults 2 kids) - $35
CERES Members receive a 10% discount
Bookings essential. To make a booking please visit

For more information contact 9389 0100 or visit 

CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network

The Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network (ACFCGN) organises an annual gathering of city farmers & community gardeners to share our stories, network & renew friendships!

This year the gathering will be in Melbourne... well, more precisely in Moreland!
And we are super excited to be involved.

The gathering will be at CERES on Saturday 7 October 2017 and visiting gardens in the Geelong area on Sunday 8 October 2017.

To book your tickets & find out more visit this link.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spring Equinox Cleansing Workshop

Photo by Rasha Tayeh, all rights reserved

Spring Equinox is associated with rebirth & renewal, making spring a good time to cleanse. As we gently move out of our winter hibernation, the equinox marks a good time to reenergise the mind, body & spirit through movement & nourishment.

Join nutritionist Rasha Tayeh & yoga teacher Lori Curran to celebrate this time of year.

In a holistic approach combining yoga, nutrition & herbalism, this workshop will discuss medicinal properties of selected ingredients that support health & wellbeing during this shifting season. We will look at practical ways to support the kidneys, liver & digestive health as we begin to move closer to the warmer months of the year.

This 3-hour workshop will include:

90-minute yoga flow & meditation: a considerate yoga flow, aimed to create internal heat and begin the cleansing process, focused around the organs of spring (liver & gall bladder)
90-minute nutrition & wellness component that will discuss selected foods & herbs, their cleansing & medicinal properties, along with a demonstration & tasting*

When: Sunday 24th September, 2pm – 5pm

Where: Grace Revolution, Level 1/462 Smith St, Collingwood

Cost: $100 early bird ticket (if you book before 1st September)

Or $120 (after 1st September)

Workshop is limited to 20 places.

To book visit this link.

If you have any questions please contact Rasha Tayeh on: rasha.tayeh[at]gmail[dot]com

*Vegan tasting included – please contact Rasha Tayeh when you book if you have any allergies.

Lori Curran is a yoga teacher & remedial massage therapist. As a yoga student for over 10 years, Lori has practiced a variety of styles including Hatha, Iyengar, Amrit, Pranaa & Yin. As a practicing remedial massage therapist, her studies in both massage & yoga have been intertwined with a deep understanding for self-connection. Lori completed her formal yoga teacher training with Julie Gargano of Pranaa House, and has additional studies through the Mindful Yoga Academy and Zenergy for kids. She is a registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia. For more info visit

Rasha Tayeh is a holistic nutritionist, researcher & artist. Her practice is inspired by the seasons & ways in which we can enhance connections with our bodies, our communities & with nature. She combines principles of nutrition & herbalism in her wellness workshops. Rasha is a registered nutritionist with experience working in private practice, community health and academia. As an artist, she has exhibited nationally & internationally at various galleries including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image & the National Gallery of Victoria. For more visit

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Peppertree Place Garden & Nursery - IncrEdible Coburg Food Swap

Saturday 2nd September 10am -2pm

IncrEdible Coburg Food Swap is on this Saturday and features not just one, but TWO amazing workshops to put some Spring back into your step and into your garden!!

Don't forget to visit our Popup Cafe serving the sweetest home made treats coffees and tea with lunch being served from 12pm.
Browse and buy up seasonal veggie and herb seedlings from our Volunteer Powered Nursery, plus you'll find an amazing array of native plants and locally adapted exotics. 
Lucerne bales and bags of native friendly potting mix are also available.

Evergreen Therapeutic Horticulture Program

Our neighbours in Banyule are running a monthly nature based program for older residents. The 6 month program aims to help people to maintain social and nature connections.  Participants will get to take home some plants and guest speakers will include Roof Top Honey and The Australian Plants Society.

Have a look at the pilot program and help spread the word. Contact details below.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Companion Planting for Vegetables Two Day Workshop

Some plants are better together!

In this two day workshop at Brunswick Neighbourhood House, our facilitator Elspeth Brock will show you how to find out what vegetables and flowers can help boost each other's immunity, have similar needs and encourage helpful insects.

                                    Date: Saturday 16th and 23rd September
    Times: 10am-12:30pm
                            Location: Community Garden Rear 
                               of Brunswick Neighbourhood House.           
                        43A De Carle St, Brunswick
  Cost: $35/ $30 Conc
 Bookings essential
Phone : 9386-9418

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Annual Grafting Day at the Heritage Apple Collection, Petty's Orchard 6th Aug 10am-1pm

Heritage Fruits Society's annual grafting day at Petty's Orchard is this coming Sunday!

If you're volunteering to help at the event:
  • No special skills are required - willingness to learn and a positive attitude are the only essentials
  • Please arrive around 9.00am to help set things up for the event
  • The first hour or two are usually the busiest - so if you can only come for part of the event, that's when your help would be most appreciated
If you're coming to the event to gawk, natter or maybe even buy stuff, here's what we're offering for sale on the day, all at very reasonable prices:
  • Around 100 varieties of apple scions (budwood), optionally grafted onto rootstock while you wait
  • Scion wood from our other 200-ish apple varieties on request (subject to availability)
  • About 50 varieties of two-year-old pre-grafted apple trees
  • A range of varieties of stone fruit trees (plums, apricots and more)
  • ... and we will also run guided tours of the unique Heritage Apple Collection (sturdy footwear is strongly recommended).
When: Sunday 6 August 2017, 10am to 1pm

Where: 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe - follow the signs and look for the big white marquee
Melway 22 A11

This is their biggest public event of the year, so don't miss it! But if you do, their final grafting day for the year will be at CERES Environment Park, Brunswick next Saturday August 12 from 10am to 1pm.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Backyard Harvest Festival 2017 now includes Darebin and Moreland!

Held annually in November, the Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions. It provides an opportunity for everyone to 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 2017 festival is taking place from Saturday 18 - Sunday 26 November.

For the first time, Darebin Council is partnering with Moreland Council as well as long standing partners Darebin Ethnic Communities Council (DECC) to deliver the festival.

This means there will be even more inspiring and abundant gardens to see this year located in both Darebin and Moreland helping build a strong sense of community around homegrown and homemade food.

Are you interested in volunteering or opening your garden at the next festival?

The festival is built on the generosity of our talented home gardeners who not only open their gardens for tours, but also hold workshops on a wide range of topics such as keeping chickens and quails, water efficient gardens, grafting fruit trees and aquaponics.

Other volunteers help as a guide or translator for home gardeners. They benefit first hand from the wealth of food cultivating skills shared by passionate gardeners from a diversity of cultures.

Visit the Darebin Council event page to fill out the on-line Expression of Interest form.

For more information contact Council on 9240 1111.

Friday, July 28, 2017

PepperTree Place 5th August IncrEdible Food Swap

PepperTree Place - Saturday 5th August 10am-2pm

Green Clean all year round!! Attend this fun and informative workshop with Suzannah Morrison from Swept Away Ecoservices to learn simple and effective ways to clean your home without using toxic chemicals or harmful substances. 

$8 conc $10 full

Text or email your interest to 494 773

Upcoming workshop at September Swap will be Book Binding using Plant Fibres with Rowan Kirby-Brown. Book online:

$35 per person includes all materials supplied

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Brunswick Neighbourhood House: Composting and Improving Soils Two Day Workshop

 Learn how you  can produce rich, fertile soils perfect for growing delicious fruit and vegetables.

Co-delivered by self confessed plant nerds, Jessica Peeler and Jie Fan, this two day workshop will show you the tricks of the trade.
Jessica and Jie are mustard keen to share their knowledge with enthusiastic gardeners of all abilities and levels of experience. 

When: Saturday 24th June and Saturday 1st July
10:00am-12:30pm both days

 $35 Full/ $30 Conc.

Bookings Essential

Phone: 9386 9418

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CERES Winter Solstice Beautiful Darkness

Celebrating the Beautiful Darkness, Winter Solstice at CERES honors the longest night of the year. Come warm your hands by the fire, sip on some mulled wine and feast on locally made, winter warming food.  Enjoy fire performances, live music, lantern making for kids, all culminating in a spectacular fire finale.

Saturday 24th June 2017  

4.30pm - 8.30pm

Adult - $19.50
Child (3-12) - $5 (under 3s free)
Family (2 adults 2 kids) - $45

Tickets available now. To make a booking please visit

Chai, mulled wine, other drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Bring your whole family along to the Winter Solstice celebrations. Sat 24th June from 4:30pm – 8:30pm, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bushfoods and Permaculture culture classes at Gunyah (25th June - Pascoe Vale)

Come and join Karen Sutherland at her garden 'Gunyah' to experience new classes specially designed with urban cultivation and maximising your home yield throughout the year.

Use the garden as a classroom as Karen shares her passion for bushfoods and herbs and her 20+ years experience cultivating her own home food forest with over 200+ edible plants.

Bushfoods and Herbs in an Urban Environment
June 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Permaculture Primer – Plants
June 25 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

10 week Permaculture Design Certificate from 19th June (Brunswick)

This is the second Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) to be offered as an initiative between Marist 180 and The Salvation Army Youth and Family Services

This whole community learning method will help support sustainability for both charities as well as being an incredible opportunity for all participants

You will learn:
• 12 Permaculture Principles
• A combination of theory and practical knowledge
• Composting and mulching in the strangest of spaces
• Water systems and plants
• Learn how to design and implement your own garden/home design
• Taught on site in an inspiring space in Brunswick
• Be part of a Melbourne first project building a better future for our communities
• Ecological literacy

Open to all members of the community, in a very unique setting, with a focus on social justice, and supporting young people, this new ten week program will not only give participants the chance to learn Permaculture Principles in a setting that combines theory and practical skills, but also supports food security in the inner city and is helping create beautiful and sustainable spaces for two local charities.

Marist 180 will also be offering scholarship places for a limited number of unemployed young people on a case by case basis.

Taught by Stuart Muir Wilson : an experienced permaculturist, humanitarian and sustainable architect

Starting : 19th June and running for one day a week for ten weeks (every Monday)
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Where: 1 Dawson St, Brunswick
Cost: $850.00 full fee | $400.00 concession

To enrol and for more information about this exciting learning and community opportunity please contact Rachel: P:(03) 9380 2065 | M: 0458 241 759 | E:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pest Management in the Garden workshops - Brunswick - 20th & 27th May

Brunswick Neighbourhood House is offering an affordable workshop on organic pest management in the garden. Please find details below and in the attached flyer. Please feel free to share with your contacts and networks. Thank you 😀

Pest Management in the Garden (Introduction to Horticulture)

Identify and manage common garden pests with organic methods in this two day workshop. Facilitator Craig Baillie of Urban Agronomist will show you how to build soil strength, make home made organic sprays, discuss the benefits of co-planting and lots more.

When: Saturday 20 & 27th, 10am-12:30pm
Where: Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden, Rear of 43A De Carle Street in Warr Park, Brunswick
Cost: $35 full/ $30 concession (price for both days)
Bookings required: yes

To book please call 9386 9418 or email

Sunday, May 7, 2017

West Brunswick Food Forest Permabee July 16th

Join the Food Forest fun in Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick West along with dozens of other like minded community-minded food growing folks, enjoy the rewarding feeling of a good day outside, a hearty lunch and doing something good with others and learn all sorts of useful stuff.

Established in the early 1990’s by local residents and now managed by volunteers from Moreland Community Gardening the Dunstan Reserve Food Forest is thriving now thanks to the dedication of this volunteer group and to the Permablitz family who’ve helped to transform it and care for it.

The Food Forest has hosted three fantastic, over-subscribed Permablitzes over the years. Along the way we’ve taken care of the plants and the space, helping the very grateful caretakers to get months of maintenance in a single day and learned plenty from some very knowledgable, generous people.

Last November we had a massive day and it made all the difference for the rest of the year. On 16th July we’ll be back in the Food Forest and we need your help!

Help continue the transformation and maintenance of this valuable public open space. If you’ve helped in the past come back and see the fruits of your labour.

Lunch will be supplied.

Bring: Secateurs, gloves and wear clothes for all weathers (as if you need to be told!)

Likely learning sessions:
  • Composting
  • Fruit tree care and pruning
  • Planting
  • Public Food Forest in practice

Likely tasks for the day:
  • Soil care
  • Fruit tree pruning and tree care
  • Mulching and weeding
  • Planting
  • Maybe a bit of irrigation repair and installation, vine training

This is going to be pretty awesome, so make sure you get your name in!

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