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.
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