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Mender Bender!

Because a stitch in time saves nine.

A night of sock-darnin’, hole-mendin’, and patch-sewin’.
Go hard and get all your sewing fix-it jobs done at once!

Bring a plate to share. BYO gear but some materials, sewing machines, cuppas and amateur sewing advice provided.

At 6-10pm
Wednesday 9th March 2011
Loophole Community Centre
670 High St Thornbury

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4 March, 2011 at 3:14 pm 1 comment

The World’s Biggest Eva Vegie Swap

Been looking for a chance to offload those excess tomatoes and pick up some apples?

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in conjunction with CERES Urban Orchard, Yarra Neighbourhood Orchard and Cultivating Community are holding “The World’s Biggest Eva Vegie Swap”.

Annerliegh will be there trying to rally a li’l support for the northern produce share movement. If you’d like to come along and just hang with her….awesome.

You can bring pretty much anything including fruit, veg, preserves, bottled delicacies etc.

When and where? Saturday 12th March City Square, corner Collins & Swanston Streets (next to the Town Hall) 10am – 2pm

Be there or be pear.

4 March, 2011 at 1:46 pm 2 comments

Transition Darebin: Kicking off 2011

Thanks to everyone who came to our kick off for 2011,  on Sunday 13th February @ Loophole Community Centre, 670 High St Thornbury. If you couldn’t make it but want to get involved, you’re in luck!

You can have a look at the notes attached to see what’s going on and how you can get involved, then email us to get in touch.

Notes from kick off 2011

Or you can come along to our Transition Darebin project “speed dating” session – where you get to meet lots of folks doing fascinating stuff and work out how you might be able to work together.

Transition Darebin Project Night
7-9pm, Thursday 3rd March
@ Loophole Community Centre
670 High St Thornbury

To get you started preparing for this meeting, ask yourself what effects of peak oil and climate change might have in the future? What changes are needed locally and what systems do we need in place to help our community respond to these events? And finally, what is your vision for Darebin and how can we start making this a reality?

At the last meeting ideas, plans and projects included food coops, food swaps, community initiated (guerrilla) gardening bees, permaculture designs for the Uniting Church and Reservoir Neighbourhood House, autumn leaf harvests, local business guides, local economics, sustainable clothing, local sustainable house tours and many, many more.

This meeting is our chance to turn ideas into plans, so please bring along your project ideas whether these are at the half-baked or ready-to-go stage, or come and contribute to making someone else’s exciting project a reality.

The format will be fun and flexible and we’re looking forward to another passionate and productive meeting with all you lovely locals.

19 January, 2011 at 1:30 pm 1 comment

A-picking we did go

Early yesterday morning, a group of 12 adults and 6 children set off for a berry picking adventure. We went up the windy road to the lower hills of the Strzelecki ranges and found that the Sunny Creek Organic berry farm was a little cooler than the highway we had transcended from.

The day started with  a talk on the history and setting up of the permaculture designed property by one of the owners, Phil. We learnt of the importance of frogs and bees to the organic berry farmer, why currants will grow under chestnut trees but raspberries won’t, and how to tell a golden raspberry plant from a red raspberry, even before it fruits. Most importantly for our purposes on the day, we learnt how to judge a berry for immediate eating versus one for keeping a few days or freezing.

Then it was time to pick and be merry. Everyone had a bucket to fill, and there were oodles of beautiful plump berries to be had – silvan berries, boysenberries, youngberries, blackberries (all types of brambles), a rainbow of raspberries (yellow, red, purple and black) some red currants and a smattering of blueberries.

It was a perfect temperature for picking and we were in under the nets reaching for large clusters of berries, some so ripe that they fell off their stalk as soon as they were touched (then you had to ferret in the undergrowth to save them!). Of course a fair amount of berry grazing was done along the way, encouraged by the owner, who suggested we savour the sharper, more acidic, less ripe fruit and compare it with its more fully ripened and darker neighbour.

The owners gave us a lovely spot to have morning tea and our picnic lunch, and the children had a lovely time seeking adventures in the nearby bush and looking for tree frogs in the pond.

After weighing and packing our bounty, we wandered our separate ways home with our berry treasures, some stopping off in Yarragon on the way for a cuppa, and others checking out the new foal on a local farm, all determined to add one or two varieties of berry to our gardens next spring.

Perhaps the apple season will take us for another venture up into the hills– cox’s orange pippins and Canadian cider apples await.  We will keep you posted re picking season for the apple crop and highly recommend the quality of the berries and berry picking experience at Sunny Creek.

Rachel and Jos
(on behalf of the fun_raising group)

Youngberry pickers

Youngberry pickers

Boysenberries

Boysenberries

Buckets of goodness

Buckets of goodness

Missed out? Wished you could’ve come too? Join our mailing list and next time you’ll know about it!

31 December, 2010 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

TD’s first Made ‘n Thornbury market stall

Made ‘n Thornbury, an initiative of Thornbury Women’s Neighborhood House, held its final community market for 2010 on Saturday 11 December and Transition Darebin was among the stallholders, selling home-made produce, crafts and Christmas decorations and a selection of home-grown herbs, vegies, seeds and seedlings, all provided by Transition Darebinites.

It was a fun day, not least because we got to check out the other stalls. There are some seriously creative craftswomen in Darebin. We also discovered that fresh rhubarb is in high demand so it’s a good thing this reliable perennial is growing in many of our gardens.

The next Made ‘n Thornbury market will be in autumn. We hope to be there again. Thanks to the wonderful Maz, Rachel and Kelly for suggesting and organising our presence at this one.

 

Robynann and customers

Robynann and customers

12 December, 2010 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

Transition Darebin Urban Orchards 10/10/10 Planting Extravaganza

Once again a group of indefatigable Transitioners met at the old apple tree site next to the Epping train line in Northcote to continue its transformation from vacant land and dumping site to public garden and community meeting place, this time as part of the global 10/10/10 action movement.

Hard-working volunteers pruned, planted, mulched, sifted soil, weeded, watered and picnicked in the shade of the tree. Passersby were impressed by our industriousness and the metamorphosis taking place.

As usual, Cat set up her camera to document the day. Here’s the timelapse video:

28 October, 2010 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

Food for Thought: Local Food Forum + Open Space Session

Transition Darebin hosted a forum on the future of food in Preston on the 23rd of October 2010 at Preston Shire Hall.

After a welcome from Mayor Vince Fontana Michelle Darebin from the City of Darebin’s Environment team updated us on how people in Darebin are faring with food security and what the City of Darebin council is doing on food availability and sustainability. Guest speaker Kirsten Larsen from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab reported on what climate change and the end of cheap oil means for food in Australia.

Kirsten Larsen (right) from the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab

Over lunch participants met some of the groups in our area who are involved in exciting food-related projects before participating in an ‘Open Space’ session to explore the question: how will Preston feed itself over the next twenty years?

Participants gather for the open space session.

Here is a summary of what participants talked about during this session (PDF, 56KB).

Transition Darebin thanks the City of Darebin for supporting this event.

23 October, 2010 at 7:24 pm Leave a comment

Local Food Tour

On Saturday 9th of October more than 30 people came on on a tour of local food sites, taking in community gardens, productive backyards, Preston Market and a talk on Preston’s rich food producing history, as publicised in the Preston Leader a couple of weeks ago.

See pictures here!

We met at Sprout, a community garden next to Thornbury station that helps people experiencing homelessness and mental illness get some hands-on skills. The garden plots are communal rather than private, and the garden throws open its gates to the wider community with a market on the first Thursday of the month.

Transition Darebin’s very own Kat Lavers opened our eyes to the useful weeds growing all around us on our way to Angelo’s house. Angelo’s house has an amazingly productive permaculture bursting out of his backyard and he was only to happy to give away tips and even seedlings and cuttings to people inspired to start growing their own.

At Costante Imports on Bell Street we found all kinds of food processing and preserving equipment – which is just what you need if you have a yard as abundant as Angelo’s!

Then we grabbed lunch from Preston market and walked to a nearby park to listen to tales of Preston’s food-producing past from Merv Lia from the Preston Historical Society. You can download a scanned copy of Merv’s notes (PDF, 292 KB).

Finally we had a well-deserved sit down at Motor Mower cafe on Murray Road where we heard about how a cafe can be set up in a low-impact way.

See the map below or download the schedule (PDF, 60KB).

food tour map

10 October, 2010 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Inaugural Transition Darebin Autumn Leaf Harvest

Do you have a garden, make compost or keep small animals? Stop paying a fortune for straw and bedding, and start using a free locally abundant resource. Now is the season when large European street trees in Darebin drop a bounty of leaves that are rich in carbon and fantastic for your soil.

Transition Darebin folks collected a leafy bounty on June the 6th on one of Alphington’s plane-tree lined streets.

Olivier, Sally & Angus

Olivier, Sally & Angus

The movie…

7 June, 2010 at 1:52 pm 1 comment

Permablitz #89 in conjunction with Transition Darebin and Permaculture Inner North

Short days, cool weather and a forecast for rain can’t keep keen blitzers indoors. Where there’s a yard to make over, they’re there in spades. Or is that shovels? That was just one of life’s more enduring questions to be debated on Saturday 29th May in Damian’s front yard as its gentle slope was engineered into swales to feed a future orchard. In between chai breaks and a hot vegie feast, an old bath tub was converted into a frog bog, surrounded by relocated rocks and plants, and a new ‘plucking garden’ laid out next to the back door.

There aren’t many social occasions where the guests are asked to bring a plate of rotting food. In this case the bounty of past-it produce went into the compost pile along with a healthy helping of manure, leaves, straw and grass. Paul the compost connoisseur demonstrated the Berkeley hot compost method, the result of which Damian will be able to spread on his new garden in a matter of weeks.

Pre-swales: Maximum run-off

Pre-swales: Maximum run-off

Water catchment for yet-to-be planted fruit trees

Water catchment for yet-to-be planted fruit trees

You can also see the whole day unfold on YouTube.

Thanks to everyone who dug, mulched and weeded. See you at the next blitz!

If you are a Darebin resident who has a balcony, courtyard, back or front garden ready to be transformed into an edible oasis, simply lend a hand at 3 blitzes then get in touch with Transition Darebin! Find blitzes happening near you at www.permablitz.net.

31 May, 2010 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

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