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Bi-Monthly Look-Ahead – 2017.09.15

Food Swaps

Reservoir

The next food swap will be on Saturday September 16, from 10 to 11 am.  It can be found at the pop up park on corner of Broadway  and Cheddar Rd. Reservoir.

Annual General Meeting

It’s that time of year when we have the formal process of sorting our membership details and looking back over our achievements over the year. With a look ahead to whats in our future.

Join us for the 2017 annual AGM with a band after the formalities and lots of good conversation and stupendously great people!!

The band for the evening will be FOTA (Feminist Old Time Association)

Tickets/memberships can be obtained via eventbrite at this link or at the door on the night.

For more info contact gatherings@transitiondarebin.org

Where: Francesca’s Bar, 222 High Street Northcote

When: Thursday September 21, 7:30 pm onwards

 

Food Swaps – South Preston

The next food swap will be on Saturday September 23, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at the corner of Oakover Road and High St, South Preston (outside the op shop, either at the front in the garden or out the back if shade is needed or if it’s raining)

Convivial Garden – “Buzz Inn” Bee Hotel Making

Native bees are good friends in the garden, performing the valuable service of pollination.

Learn more about solitary native bees, and the advantages of attracting these to your garden, as well as learning how to make your very own insect hotel in which these good garden friends can set up house! Katrina Forstner, a local gardener, native bee enthusiast and maker of insect hotels will share her knowledge and skills to get you started on attracting more native pollinators into your garden.

The workshop will include a brief introduction to native bees, how to spot a native bee, the nesting types, buzz pollination, what materials are great to get you started with your own bee hotel, and no matter what type of green thumb you are how to set up a bee friendly garden.

BYO secateurs (if you have some at home) and a curious mind!

When: Sunday September 24, 2 pm

Buy tickets here.

Our Apple Tree – Working Bee

Come one, come all, to this month’s Apple Tree Working Bee.  This month, we’re targeting the Kikuyu and Cooch weeds that have taken over, in order to reclaim the boxes and transform the area.

Where: Garden next to 123 Herbert Street, Northcote

When: Sunday October 8, 1 pm onwards.

Food Swaps – Northcote

The next Northcote food swap will be on Saturday October 14, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at 251 High St Northcote in the side garden of the church.

Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.

Ideas of what to bring:

  • seeds from your garden
  • seedlings
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • preserves
  • cordials
  • sour dough starter

The list goes on…

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Bi-Monthly Look-Ahead – 2017.09.03

2017 Sustainable Communities National Summit

Join the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) in association with Transition Australia as we host speakers including Rob Hopkins (remote) and Rob Adams and a mix of Transition, sustainability and local government initiative leaders as we explore what this might look like and how we get it moving.

Book HERE

Where: Angliss Conference Centre, 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

When: September 6 and 7, 9:15 am to 2 pm

Food Swaps

Northcote

The next Northcote food swap will be on Saturday September 9, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at 251 High St Northcote in the side garden of the church.

Our Apple Tree – Working Bee

Come one, come all, to this month’s Apple Tree Working Bee.  This month, we’re targeting the Kikuyu and Cooch weeds that have taken over, in order to reclaim the boxes and transform the area.

Where: Garden next to 123 Herbert Street, Northcote

When: Sunday September 10, 1 pm onwards.

Food Swaps – Reservoir

The next food swap will be on Saturday September 16, from 10 to 11 am.  It can be found at the pop up park on corner of Broadway  and Cheddar Rd. Reservoir.

Annual General Meeting

Save the date (Thursday September 21, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm) for the Transition Darebin Annual General Meeting; details to follow.

Food Swaps – South Preston

The next food swap will be on Saturday September 23, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at the corner of Oakover Road and High St, South Preston (outside the op shop, either at the front in the garden or out the back if shade is needed or if it’s raining).

Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.

Ideas of what to bring:

  • seeds from your garden
  • seedlings
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • preserves
  • cordials
  • sour dough starter

The list goes on…

 

Convivial Garden – Bee Hotel making

Put this date in your diary – Sunday September 24.  Convivial Garden are planning a workshop on bee hotels!  Our friends at Buzz and Dig will be showing us how it’s done… more details to follow.

 

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Bi-Monthly Look-Ahead – 2017.08.15

Food Swaps

Reservoir

The next food swap will be on Saturday August 19, from 10 to 11 am.  It can be found at the pop up park on corner of Broadway  and Cheddar Rd. Reservoir.

South Preston

The next food swap will be on Saturday August 26, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at the corner of Oakover Road and High St, South Preston (outside the op shop, either at the front in the garden or out the back if shade is needed or if it’s raining).

Convivial Kitchen – Sourdough Breadmaking Demo

Join us for a slow food afternoon with Kat Lavers as she demonstrates sourdough breadmaking from preparing the grain to baking bread.
Cost $15 adult, $10 child (Age 10 years and over)

Venue is within Northcote:
As this is someones private home – the address will be given after booking via email/text.
Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.

Book in now to reserve your place. Limited spots available.
For more information on the session – Contact Transitiondarebin@gmail.com

When: Sunday August 27, from 2 to 5 pm

2017 Sustainable Communities National Summit

Join the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) in association with Transition Australia as we host speakers including Rob Hopkins (remote) and Rob Adams and a mix of Transition, sustainability and local government initiative leaders as we explore what this might look like and how we get it moving.

Book HERE

Where: Angliss Conference Centre, 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

When: September 6 and 7, 9:15 am to 2 pm

Northcote

The next Northcote food swap will be on Saturday September 9, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at 251 High St Northcote in the side garden of the church.

Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.

Ideas of what to bring:

  • seeds from your garden
  • seedlings
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • preserves
  • cordials
  • sour dough starter

The list goes on…

Our Apple Tree – Working Bee

Come one, come all, to this month’s Apple Tree Working Bee.  This month, we’re targeting the Kikuyu and Cooch weeds that have taken over, in order to reclaim the boxes and transform the area.

Where: Garden next to 123 Herbert Street, Northcote

When: Sunday September 10, 1 pm onwards.

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Bi-Weekly Look-Ahead – 2017.07.25

Hi all,

We’re aiming to experiment with a new post format – twice a month, we’ll do an update with all the events coming up in the next month.  So, without further ado…

Share and Inspire: Transition Towns Convergence

An opportunity for Transition Town people (so, anyone involved with any Transition groups, including us) to reconnect and share stories, news, ideas and plans. Ideal for people wanting to start a Transtion group or find new ways to build a resilience, localised and sustainable community.
The day’s program will include sessions on:
– sharing our celebrations and challenges – including posters and short presentations
– discussing issues of interest or concern
– Briefing on Transition Hub Australia and the 2017 Transition Communities National Summit.

Saturday 29 July 2017 9.30am-4.30pm at  
The Hub @ Docklands, 80 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands 3008

Please RSVP by 26 July here.

Really Really Free Market #4

Transition Darebin is partnering with the Really Really Free Market because it’s an exciting and valuable initiative, and we think you might be interested.

COME ONE, COME ALL!!
A community gathering where participants give away usable items, skills, food, entertainment, games and many others things that a community can come together and share. A RRFM is a 100% free and non-commercial event (no bartering or advertising), created by participants who show up each month!

WHAT’S ON SO FAR?
Movies Screenings, Bowen Therapy, Jewellery Repair, Bike Repair, Arts Space, Mosaic, Music, Clothes, Bric-a-Brac, Yoga, Veggie Seedlings, Zines, Food, ‘Class-less-Room,’ Haircuts, more to come!

LOCATION AND ACCESSIBILITY
Just North of Murray Road, Preston, along the Railway Reserve Bike Path (extension of St. Georges Rd Bike Path).
Bike: It’s along the path, so suited for cyclists.
Train: 50m Walk from Preston Station, Nearby 86 Tram and High St. Buses.
Car: Ample Parking at Preston Station.
Low mobility access: Drop off at Stanworth Ct, the market is a few meters along a unpaved path.

When?  Sunday July 30, 10 am to 2 pm

Convivial Kitchen’s Natural Skin Care Workshop

Transition Darebin is hosting a homemade natural skin care workshop which will be presented by Taj Scicluna, the Perma Pixie.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – click here to book

When?  Sunday 6 August, 2 pm – 4.00 pm

Where?  The Preston Community Hub, 137 High Street, Preston

Food Swaps

We have three Food Swaps each month.

Northcote

The next food swap will be on Saturday August 12, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at 251 High St Northcote in the side garden of the church.

Reservoir

The next food swap will be on Saturday August 19, from 10 to 11 am.  It can be found at the pop up park on corner of Broadway  and Cheddar Rd. Reservoir.

South Preston

The next food swap will be on Saturday August 26, from 11 to 12 pm.  It can be found at the corner of Oakover Road and High St, South Preston (outside the op shop, either at the front in the garden or out the back if shade is needed).

Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.

Ideas of what to bring:

  • seeds from your garden
  • seedlings
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • preserves
  • cordials
  • sour dough starter

The list goes on…

25 July, 2017 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

What’s On Right Now – July

Food Swaps

We have another one on this Saturday 22 July in South Preston.

We are looking for anchor people so if you would like to volunteer to be on the welcoming party please let us know!

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Convivial Kitchen’s Natural Skin Care Workshop

Transition Darebin is hosting a homemade natural skin care workshop which will be presented by Taj Scicluna, the Perma Pixie.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL – click here to book

When?  Sunday 6 August, 2 pm – 4.00 pm

Where?  The Preston Community Hub, 137 High Street, Preston

Tickets will be on sale soon, we hope to see you there!

17 July, 2017 at 1:28 pm 1 comment

What’s On Right Now – June

We have a couple of events coming up over the weekend (with more to come!), so here’s a quick update:

Food Swaps

Our food swaps are still going strong – in fact, we have another one on this Saturday in South Preston.

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When?  11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where? Corner of Oakover Road and High St, South Preston (outside the op shop, either at the front in the garden or out the back if shade is needed)

Food Swaps are an occasion to meet your community, talk about gardens and sustainability and swap excess produce from your garden, or something you made in your kitchen. You bring some and get to take some away as with all good swaps.

Ideas of what to bring:

  • seeds from your garden
  • seedlings
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • herbs
  • preserves
  • cordials
  • sour dough starter

The list goes on…

We hope to see you there.  Come on down!

Convivial Kitchen’s Natural Skin Care Workshop

***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO TUTOR ILLNESS****

Transition Darebin is hosting a homemade natural skin care workshop which will be presented by Taj Scicluna, the Perma Pixie.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/transition-darebin-presents-natural-skin-care-workshop-tickets-35424962015?aff=eac2

When?  Sunday 25th June, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

Where?  The Preston Community Hub, 137 High Street, Preston

Tickets are $30, and we hope to see you there!

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What’s on in March

There’s a load going on in March with Transition Darebin and some really exciting things going on in Darebin itself. We’re going to be making some changes to the email lists and also some exciting developments to upgrade our website and social media communication. What does this mean? Well it means that there’s never been a better time to get involved with a TD event, or take that next step and get more involved in making the Darebin that you want in the future.

Food Swaps.

Each month Transition Darebin runs three food swaps which are a great way to deal with excess from the garden, share seeds or even swap some excess jam, preserve, knowledge or skill for something that someone else has.

Northcote: 11th March @ Chalice, 251 High Street Northcote from 11-noon

Reservoir: 18th March @ Cnr Chedder Rd and Broadway, Reservoir from 10-11

South Preseton: 25th March @ Cnr. Oakover and High Street, Preston from 11-noon

For more information check out the TD facebook page.

Transition In the Pub: Good Wood and Principled Paper

Good wood and Principled Paper

Wednesday 15th March

7:30 – 9:30 @ Francesca’s Bar (222 High Street, Northcote)

Transition In the Pub is about getting out and talking about the issues that matter with anybody who cares to listen whilst enjoying a cold beer or glass of something fizzy! This Month we’re teaming up with the Newlands Friends of the Forest to present Dr. Chris Taylor, research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute of Melbourne University. Dr. Chris is going to take us on a journey to find out more about the forestry industry. To get an insight into where our wood and paper products come from and how we can make choices that aren’t derived from our critically endangered Victorian native forest.

click here for tickets and more information

Our Apple Tree..’Tree Bee’

12th March from 1-4pm

@Our Apple Tree (Cnr. Beavers Road and Herbert street, Northcote)

Our Apple Tree is a small community garden that once used to house the cottage of the level crossing boom gate operator. The cottage is gone but his favorite tree remains surrounded by flowers, veggie beds and some great examples of what can be done to make a small community garden from nothing.
Every month we have a small working bee and love to have helpers along to learn, dig and take ownership of our shared space. Kids are welcome.

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The Year that Was and the Future that Could Be!

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There are some troubling things going on in the world at the moment. It seems that we’re at a point where we can either take hold of a future narrative or let the narrow minded decide what our future will be…

Transition Darebin has been hard at work this year and we’ve achieved a lot. Make no mistake though we are at a crossroads where we can hope that the world doesn’t follow a path of consumption, waste, greed selfishness and fear or define the future that we want…

But to do this we need people taking action together!

Transition Darebin, as an organisation has a responsibility to hold an Annual General Meeting but more importantly as a social movement we have a responsibility to give every option for people to join in and be a part of molding the narrative for ourselves, our children and the future. We know people are busy and we’re not asking for a massive commitment, just a willingness to get involved in the organisation and coordination of projects, that help build a resilient, localised and sustainable Darebin.

Next Wednesday is the opportunity to do that with our AGM/Discussion session “The Year that was and the Future that Could Be!”. This will be a chance to talk about where we have been and more importantly talk about where we have been. We’ll also be forming the new coordination group, so if you are thinking of getting more involved or have a project you want to see then come along.
Thornbury Local
635 High Street Thornbury (upstairs)
30th November
7:30pm

Registration can be made a https://register.eventarc.com/36466/the-year-that-was-and-the-future-that-could-be . Registration is $10 which includes membership to TD. Even if you can’t go consider registering and ticking ‘I won’t be there’ to join TD and help support our work.


Other Events and Activities


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South Preston Food Swap
Corner Oakover Road and High Street, Preston
11- 2pm
Free Event, all welcome
Click here for more info

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Our Apple Tree… ‘Tree Bee’!
Our last working bee at the Apple Tree will be on the 11th of December from 1pm.
Corner Herbert Street and Beavers Road.
For more information click here 

darebin-councilLet make sure that Darebin City Council is committed to taking serious action on climate change.
Click here to complete a survey on how to make the council carbon neutral by 2020.

 

25 November, 2016 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Transition Darebin Bush Dance

Bush Dance flyer

Click here for tickets 

28 August, 2016 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Transition Coming Together

Wow…after typing this e-bulletin up I’m exhausted. There is so much going on in the neighbourhood from food swaps, to grafting, citrus cleaning to bush dances and even random pop up music and arts festivals. Who would have thought that as the trees go into hibernation for the winter the people of Darebin would do exactly the opposite.

TD Events in the Comings Weeks

‘Share and Inspire’ SEATN Transition Convergence. Saturday, 30th July 2016 @Multicultural Hub 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
How do we build momentum? how do we look after our members? how to we get things actually happening to drive the change that we need for a strong, sustainable and resilient future? It’s not often you get to get together with a whole bunch of Transition Towns groups to ask these questions. The South Eastern Australian Transition Convergence is one of them though. It’s an opportunity to get together with other groups in a spirit of collaboration to hear about projects, to support action and like it says on the packet… to ‘Share and Inspire’. This is an open event and all are very welcome whether you’ve had lots of involvement with Transition Towns or just want to be see what it’s all about

Focus for the session will be on:

  • sharing our celebrations and challenges
  • discussing issues of interest or concern using open space technology
  • using the permaculture design principles as guides to creating successful projects
  • synthesis and next steps activities

Book through http://transition-convergence-2016.eventbrite.com.au

Convivial Kitchen: What’s cookin’ in the convivial kitchen this month? Sunday 31st July, 2-4 @ Preston Hub Community Space (137 High Street Preston)
Well this month it’s citrus season as we are joined by Kate from ‘The Urban Pear’ to find out how to use citrus in the kitchen and around the home. Together we will transform this zesty delight into marmalade and then discover how to make an amazing orange cleaning vinegar. Bring along two clean jars to take home some citrus goodness. Cost $15
For more information contact Tiffany by clicking here.

Darebin Urban Harvest Northcote Food Swap: Saturday 13th August 11-12 @ 251 High Street, Northcote
The Second Saturday of every month sees the Northcote food swap roll into action. Whether it’s produce, seeds, preserves or just some advice about what’s growing and how to deal with gluts and scarcity then this is a great session to check out.

Our Apple Tree ‘Tree Bee’: Sunday August 14th 1-3pm @ Our Apple Tree (Cnr Beavers Road and Herbert Street, Northcote)
Every 2rd Sunday we hold a ‘Tree Bee’ at Our Apple Tree. It’s a chance to meet, do some gardening, reclaim some public land and generally learn about community gardening. We’ve had the completely unexpected donation of some more fruit trees and the far more expected donation of some mulch. So come down and help us spruce up our space or just pop in to say hello.

Transition Coordination Meeting: August 15th 7:30 – 9:00
Once a month we get together to talk about what has happened and what needs to happen to build a more sustainable, resilient and localised Darebin. These meetings are open to anyone whether you want to take a role or just watch what happens.Email transitiondarebin@gmail.com for the address.

Darebin Urban Harvest Reservoir Food Swap: August 20th 10-11 @ cnr broadway and Chedder Road, Reservoir
On the Third Saturday it’s Reservoirs’ turn to join the sharing economy with their own food swap. This one might be new but it’s seen a great array of produce and a really keen bunch of ‘swappers’. With spring just around the corner don’t forget to bring any spare seeds you have and join the amazing array of food, seed collections and horticultural ‘know how’.

Transition in the Pub: August 23rd 7:30pm – 9:00 @ Bar 303 (303 High Street, Northcote)
Transition Darebin is all about a more sustainable, resilient and localised future for us and our children. The Transition in the Pub is an open and public session where people can come and hear about small steps they can take that have big sustainability impacts. Think of it as a space to mix beer, conversation and environmental awareness.

TGPWe’re backing up last months fabulous session with Dr. Samuel Alexander with a very special collaboration with Friends of the Earth as we bring….The Green Pledge. This was a highlight of Transition in the Pub last year and promises to be equally fabulous this year. The Green Pledge is an opportunity for people to take 3 actions on climate change and raise awareness of climate issues by seeking sponsorship from your peers and community. In the process, you’ll set yourself up for personal change and send a message that a movement toward lasting change is possible. Check out more about the Green Pledge at the link below and make sure you are at 303 on August 23rd for a great Transition in the Pub.
For more information check out www.thegreenpledge.net. and don’t forget to join ‘Team Transition Darebin‘ when you sign up.

Other Events (non-TD events)

Heritage Fruit Society: Grafting Days.
Join long time TD’er John Pinniger of the Heritage Fruits Society  for a ‘masterclass’ in grafting for anyone who would like to improve their skills – or learn the basics of fruit tree grafting. This will be hands-on and involve learning the reasons for, and the science of grafting, and then having plenty of time to practice. Budding will also be discussed even though winter is not the best time to do it. Bring a sharp knife if you have one.You may not ever graft another tree, but at least you’ll know  the reasons for grafting, when to graft and what to graft, as well as d see examples of grafts. We will concentrate on apples, but discuss a wide range of plant.
There is no cost, but the third hour of the three-hour session will be assistance with the grafting of Heritage Fruits Society’s trees, including potting, labelling, etc. (part learning, part application)
Sessions are planned for Wednesday 10th August 9 AM – 12AM  and Sunday 14th  August 1 – 4 PM. Please reply directly to cjpinn@bigpond.net.au
with preferred date and subject line GRAFTING.   Maximum 5 per session – more sessions if there is enough interest. Location will be Fairfield, accessible by public transport – address sent with acceptance. Also think about checking out the  Heritage Fruit Society – Petty’s Tree sales & Grafting Days

  • Sunday 7th August 10am – noon, at Petty’s Orchard, Homestead Rd, Templestowe, Melway 22 A11
  • Saturday 13th August 2016 10 am – noon, at Ceres
  • Saturday 20th August – The Briars, Mount Martha

These are a great opportunity to learn some grafting, select some suitable rootstocks on just by some one year grafted trees from some seriously fruit tree obsessed people!

Creating a Climate for Change: Panel Discussion and Interactive Performance. Climate for changeThursday 11th August, 7pm @ Northcote Town Hall

Creating a Climate for Change presents a panel of expert speakers and Q&A followed by an interactive performance with Playback Theatre’s ensemble of professional actors, musicians and MCs who will create a unique, improvised performance based on the audience’s real life experiences, and perspectives. This session will include:

  • Professor Rob Adams AM (Director City Design and Projects, City of Melbourne)
  • Lucy Best (Communications and Community Engagement Manager, Positive Charge)
  • Dr Stephen Bygrave (CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions)

So join us for a great evening intersecting science with performance and robust conversation for more information. For more information click on the flyer.

The Gnomes are calling
Our friends at the Gnomes Gardening Collective (part of Livelihood) are putting the call out.They’re looking for both new farmers and for potential spaces! They want to grow beyond their current four spaces in north side Melbourne and connect more communities to grow their own yummy, local food!
Interested farmer folk, you can join them at one of their sites, or be part of a new site starting up (we’ll help you!). People with potential growing land, they’d love to hear from you (especially if you’re in/near Footscray, Brunswick or Hurstbridge).

For more information, check out http://www.livelyhood.community/gnomes.html

Open House Thornbury 6th August @ Thornbury
A group of amazing local residents are opening the doors of houses in our neighbourhood to create an instantaneous art and music festival, for locals and by locals! They will be providing a map of host locations to explore, each with a unique selection of visual, sonic and performance art. I’m told there will be more than 7 venues, 20 + emerging artists, performers and musicians and even the inauguration of the (imaginary) Thornbury Bureau of Tourism. So get to know your neighbours and see what talent dwells behind closed doors.

For more details on artists and performers check out facebook (open house thornbury#1) or openhousethornbury@gmail.com.  if you are a neighbour who wants to host, if you want to contribute your creative talents, or are willing to help us stir the mulled wine then let us know…or simply join us on the 6th of August in the area around Thornbury station!  More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/621431574689744/

Other food swaps and stuff
Sustainable 3078 Produce Swap. 1st Friday of Every Month 10-12 @ Alphington Community Centre Playground (2 Kelvin Road)
A casual drop in food swap, also check out gardening and preserving at the community centre on fridays.

Urban Orchard Food Swap @ Ceres
Open food swap, all welcome, even if nothing to give, no membership needed, every Saturday. 9.30am – 1pm at CERES market Brunswick East, Melbourne
Got a listing you want us to include, let us know at transitiondarebin@gmail.com

Project in Focus: Darebin Urban Harvest Food Swaps
Darebin Urban Harvest Food Swap:
There’s some really exciting stuff happening in Darebin around Food Swaps. We’ve got theFood swap leader June 2016 reservoir swap that been going for 8 months and is still going strong. Most attendees walk or ride bikes to this swap and there’s always a great buzz in the air. Our new, you beaut sandwich board had its trial run last Saturday at this swap in the gorgeous weather for both swaps this month. We’ve also got the Northcote food swap that’s been going strong for years now and even got some publicity recently.

On top of that We’re building momentum for a South Preston food swap that will probably be held on the 4th Saturday of month starting in spring. TD Coordination members Rachel and Sheryl had a meeting with Darebin Councillor Bo Li, looking at the probable site at the back of the Care Community op shop corner of Oakover Rd and High St.   Bo has a group of local people interested in having a regular swap. Roslyn and David from the Northcote Swap are also interested and various others have emailed. If you are in this area and would like to be involved in a monthly food swap then let us know at transitiondarebin@gmail.com

Project in Focus: Transition in the Pub
transition in the pubWe’ve had two amazing Transition in the Pub events since last report. The first in May was our hosting of ‘This Changes Everything’ the poignant film by Naomi Klein that goes along with the book of the same name. We have a great turn out with almost 60 people packing out the back room at Bar 303 and were treated not only to a great film but also great MCing by local entertainer Scott Edgar and a panel discussion with Transition Darebin, Friends of the Earth, Darebin Climate Action Now, Healthy Futures, Livelyhood and the Gnomes Garden Collective. It was a great night and a big thanks to all involved.

In June we welcomed Dr. Samuel Alexander to Transition in the Pub and also checked in with a new venue for the night at the Wesley Anne. Sam took us through a really captivating and insightful reflection on Henry David Thoreau, the author, agitator and simple living pioneer. Dr. Alexander’s reflection and guidance through this deep content was not only greatly appreciated but it was also greatly enjoyable. He finished off with a quick view into his own experiments with tiny houses, simply living and how he’s asked the two key questions of Thoreau’s, “how much is enough”… and “enough for what”?

If you are interested in learning and reading a bit more about Thoreau including his seminal work ‘Walden’ or his book on civil disobedience then check out http://thoreau.eserver.org/

Project in Focus: Fun Raising Bush Dance with Bushwahzee
Once upon a time communities would come together to celebrate a local event. Be it a birth, a local sporting success a harvest or whatever else there was lots of the ‘community glue’ that held communities together and helped them to build sustainable and mutually beneficial linkages. A core example of one of these events was the annual bush dance where local people would get together to drink, dance and … well just be!
Transition Darebin is bringing the Bush dance back with our very own bush dance featuring local bush callers Bushwahzee. This is a night of fun and dancing for the whole family and will be held on the 17th of September at the Fairfleld bowls club that guarantees not only a great atmosphere but genuine 1940’s bar prices. Kids and adults welcome, professional musicians and callers and a great opportunity to get out, shake around and build community.
Tickets are $20 +  booking fee ($2) for adults and free for kids and registrations can be made at https://register.eventarc.com/35117/transition-darebin-bush-dance .
There are limited tickets available and this will sell out so get in quick.

Transition Darebin Needs You…
That ridiculous concept, the tax year has come and gone which means that it’s time for us to start thinking about AGM’s. But Transition Darebin doesn’t do AGM’s the same way as most. Last year was a great session of debate, discussion and homebrew and this year promises to be no different as we will seek to add to our coordination group and hear the voices of our members about future projects. Volunteering for the coordination group is not an onerous task but it is an important one as these people help to coordinate the activities that make up Transition Darebin. There are roles for a whole range of interests and skill sets but also opportunities to build work experience and add to your own toolbox. So have a look at the roles and consider stepping up.
Roles in TD
– President                 – Secretary/Public Officer         – Gathering Organiser        – Media Liaison
– Vice President         – Ordinary Member                  – Volunteer Coordinator        – Web Manager
– Treasurer                – Membership Coordinator      – E-Bulletin

Do you need Transition Darebin?
Nobody died and made us king of the transition ideas! Maybe you’ve got a passion, some time or just the skeleton or an idea that needs some fleshing out. Transition Darebin is a truly grassroots organisation that holds the support of those with passion very dear. So if you’ve got an idea and want some help, or just need an organisation to help with that grant application then let us know or come on down to a coordination meeting because we don’t just need fully formed ideas…..we need all of them!

Till next time…

22 July, 2016 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

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