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Did you know that Darebin council has an Urban Food Production Strategy Implementation Plan.
This plan was adopted by council in May and outlines a four year vision of how urban food production will be supported by council including community gardens, home grown food and other urban food models. Transition Darebin has been involved in providing feedback in the past and have again been invited to provide input on this plan’s implementation particularly the 2015/16 priority actions. They want to hear from inspirational community members who are involved in UFP projects and initiatives in Darebin.
So if you have an interest in a local food production or have some ideas on how it can roll out efficiently through Darebin or just want to network with other community members who are passionate about building a more sustainable food future then please join us in the Function Room, Council Offices, 350 High Street Preston, on Thursday 13th August from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
RSVP’s are required by Monday 10th August. RSPV to Lee Tozzi (Lee.Tozzi@darebin.vic.gov.au) or by phone on 84708392
Dear Transitioners, The Convivial Kitchen is an initiative that brings people together to learn new cooking, preparing and preserving skills in a fun and collaborative environment. We have been meeting to discuss our favorite recipes to share with like-minded folk who are interested in learning to cook healthy, seasonal, delicious, low-cost food. Beginning this month we will offer monthly cooking sessions where you come along and learn a new recipe, make the food together and then eat it. We will also make time to share little food tips. At this first class we will learn 2 pizza dough recipes and how to make your own pesto while we still have a few bunches of basil growing in our garden. Yum! First Session: Saturday May 30th At DIVRS* kitchen 2-4pm Cost $10 If you would like to get involved, or do a cooking demonstration and share the recipe, please RSVP to Tiffany on 0490 373 906 or at email@example.com Check out the flyer below for further details. We’d love you to come and join us. Regards, Melina, Tiffany and Rachel (Convivial Kitchen organising team)
For flyer click here Convivial Kitchen Flyer
In 1649, in response to government disharmony and infighting, Gerrard Winstanley and a group of local residents began to plant vegetables in common land on Saint George’s Hill, in Surrey. This coincided with a time when food prices had reached an all time high and the government was showing inability to respond to the needs of the citizenry. Winstanley invited all to “come in and help them, and promise them meat, drink, and clothes” and thus the original diggers were born.
We may not be in the 1600’s but our current situation feels remarkably similar. It is becoming blatantly clear that governments of all stripes are struggling to keep up with both the pace and the scale of the changes that will be required for the future. With peak oil either here or nearby and a rapidly changing climate it is also highly likely that our food systems will be disrupted to at least some extent. Back yard agriculture can take up a great deal of the slack but we need more to grow the things that either can’t be grown in small spaces or are inefficient in a private context.
We need to reclaim the commons!
In times gone by commons were shared public spaces that were held for the public good. Whether it was a place that goats and cows could graze or a grove of nut trees that would be harvested by the whole village, the common filled the gaps of food production and also provided a focal point for the community. The Croxton Common is envisaged as just such a place (though maybe without the cows!). But we know that waiting until such a place is required will make it ten years too late we have to start now! This is why Transition Darebin is mobilising and inviting all residents and citizens of Darebin and beyond to get involved with the Croxton Commons, the development of the land surrounding Croxton Railway station (an coincidently on a hill near St. Georges Road).
But what will it look like?
Exactly what the Croxton Commons becomes will depend on the will and the energy of the people attached to it. But the aim is for it to include urban fruit and nut orchards, community and enterprise spaces, recreation areas and social focused spaces. It will be a truly multi-use space that will aim not to reduce the current amenity of the area but add to it through careful design and inclusive forward planning. It will also make use of the most efficient form of transport (the train line) to promote hubs for food sharing, markets and maybe even tool and skill sharing.
This is a project that has been in the wings for some time but thanks to some help from Victrack and Darebin Council we have finally got to a stage where the real planning and working can begin. That’s why we’re putting out the call for thinkers, designers, doers and coordinators; for permies, horti’s, gardeners, handypeople and local folk; for anyone who wants to chip in and help bring this plan to fruition.
We’re kicking off by teaming up with local community garden Our Apple Tree to have a ‘Clean up Australia Day’ event. We’ll be meeting at Our Apple Tree (corner Herbert Street and Beavers Road) at 10am and then walking (and cleaning) up through the Commons finishing at Spencer Reserve, our first site for a barbecue (12:00-1:00). If you can’t make this event but want to be part of the Croxton Commons Group then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi there folks,
By popular demand we are going to do another visit up to the dandenongs to enjoy the bounty of the bluehills berry farm. We are going to go up next Saturday morning 31 jan. If you are keen let me know and we can organise car share as needs be. Bring your own containers to take the berries home in and something to drink, hats, sunscreen, etc. There is a cafe at the farm or up the road so we could decant to one of those for morning tea once our picking is done.
It is a good idea to arrive early, so a 9am arrival is our expected gathering at the farm time, as it gets very busy and may get hot depending on the weather. The weather is not looking great just now, so keep Sunday morning in mind if saturday is a rainy day, as we can’t pick wet fruit.
Berries on the go at the moment are strawberries, blackberries and blueberries:
27 Parker RD, Silvan. Victoria
(about an hour from Darebin via the eastern, mount dandenong rd, york rd, silvan rd)
Contact email@example.com for more information.
The first TD Food Swap for 2014 will be held at the United Church forecourt high st Northcote on Saturday 8th February from 11 – 12. Bring along your excess fruit, vegies, herbs, jam jars, flowers, potted seedlings, seeds, smiles…We look forward to seeing you there. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darebin Fruit Squad is currently looking for new volunteers to join their harvesting team. If you are keen on harvesting backyard fruit to supply the foodbank Jika Jika community centre would like to hear from you. Contact: Liz on email@example.com or (03) 9482 5100
Transition Port Phillip shared an interesting idea at the recent Transition Towns Victorian Convergence. They set up a monthly convivial kitchen catch up, where members meet at a commercial kitchen and demonstrate a favourite dish, then eat it. Any takers for this idea in Darebin? If you would like to help organising the catch ups let me know otherwise feel free to register interest in coming along or demonstrating.
We’ve already had an offer for a kimchi demonstration, but we don’t have to do super hard things, they could be easy like the pizza dough I just found out about that uses two ingredients yoghurt and flour!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register interest in participating, or demonstrating or organising.
see all the details of Share Make Mend in the post below – see you there!
Fruit Squad ready for summer fruit harvest in Northcote
Fruit Squad is a project that involves volunteers picking backyard fruit and giving it to SecondBite, an organisation that redistributes fresh, nutritious food to those in need via hostels, rooming houses and community services, many located in Darebin.
With the summer seasons fruit ripening fast, the Fruit Squad is currently looking for back yard trees to pick. If you live in Northcote, in the area bounded by Separation Street, St Georges Road, Grange Road and Heidelberg Road, and would like to register your fruit trees for harvesting, or want to pick your own which we can collect, please call Jika Jika Community Centre on (03) 9482 5100 or e-mail email@example.com.
Fruit Squad is an initiative of Transition Darebin in partnership with Jika Jika Community Centre, with support from Darebin City Council.
For our first gathering of 2013, we are teaming up with Urban Reforestation, who are hosting a workshop called “The Art of Community Gardening” at the Old Apple Tree. It will be more of a discussion than a one-way workshop – people with all levels of experience and interest are welcome – whether you are an old hand or just finding out about community gardens.
If anyone has not come across the Apple Tree before, it’s a bit of a local icon. A very big, very old apple tree right next to the railway line which has been lovingly documented by photographer Cat Wilson, and adopted and given a new lease on life by locals including TD members and people in the neighbourhood, most recently led by Urban Reforestation members, who have spruced up the area, adding seating, a planter box and other plants. And started a facebook page for the Apple Tree.
After the workshop there will be a hands-on working bee, giving the apple tree and surrounds some TLC.
And then a picnic which will double as our first TD gathering of the year. Perhaps we may even bring out the TD banner, which still needs a little more painting to be complete, and features our apple tree inspired by… you guessed it – the Old Apple Tree.
Saturday 12 January
10.30am morning tea and meet up!
11am Workshop and advice sharing on setting up a community garden. Tips
include: engaging community, creative design ideas, working with local
council and ongoing maintenance.
12pm Working bee at The Apple Tree Herbert Street! Putting some
creative design ideas into action.
1pm Yummy vegetarian picnic lunch – please bring a vegetarian plate to share. Come and meet with TD peeps and the locals around the Apple Tree.
Cost: by donation.
For more details and to RSVP for the workshop see http://www.urbanreforestation.com/community-gardens-2/workshop-the-art-of-community-gardening/