Category Archives: Gardening

May Food Swap, Shared Lunch and Working Bee

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We have decided to extend the time for May Food Swap, so that we can include a working bee in the garden. There are always bushes to prune, weeds to pull, seedlings to plant. Please bring some food to share if you can. Also extra garden tools would be a great help.

When: Saturday 14 May 10.30am to 2.30pm
Where: Outside Fawkner Community House, Jukes Road site.

Food Swap and Working Bee 10.30am to 12.30pm
Shared lunch 12.30pm to 1.00pm
Working Bee continuing 1.00pm – 2.30pm

So come and join us for some, or all of this event…. for a chat, to swap some garden produce, share some lunch, and lend a hand if this works for you.

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Planting mini-parade through Fawkner streets

In recent weeks we have had a burst of activity in carpentry through collaboration with Urban Bush carpenters enabled by a grant from City of Moreland Council Celebrating Place program.

IMG_9488-600x900-building-fawkner-farmersWe have had four workshops where people have been able to use carpentry tools to create some useful gardening furniture with assistance of the Urban Bush Carpenters.

At the workshops we created a bench and five wicking planter boxes from old timber pallets. Of equal importance was the process of joining with others to build social community and community resilience.

The planter boxes are located at the Fawkner Community House in CB Smith Reserve, on the nature strip on Jukes Road, and at the Community House new extension at 95 Major Road.

On Saturday we planted summer crops in the new community planter boxes and held a wheel barrow procession through Fawkner streets from one site to another. It was a merry procession with ukelele, singing and various percussion to the enjoyment of the several children as part of the event.

We were joined at the planter box on Jukes Road by Cr Meghan Hopper, Mayor of Moreland, and Federal MP for Wills Kelvin Thomson. Cr Hopper joined in the planting.

The Fawkner Women’s Choir sang two songs as part of the celebrations at Fawkner Community House.

Kelvin Thomson spoke briefly on population and food security saying

The way that we are going in terms of population increase and unsustainable practices means that there are real problems and challenges further on up the road. It is already true that many people around the world don’t have enough to eat on a day to day basis, but this problem is likely to get worse and to be exacerbated by the energy inputs and the amount of carbon required to transport food from where it’s grown to where it’s being consumed.

The message out of all that is that we need to be more self-sufficient and to be able to grow and produce our own food. I think that is a terrific message to be conveying to people here in Fawkner as well as building all manner of living skills as part of that process. I am really delighted to seeing it in action.

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Urban food security

Urban food security is an important issue seldom widely discussed. I did some literature research in this area in early 2014 and wrote the blog article Tackling food security with a growing population, climate change and peak oil. Urban food security was also considered in my literature review conducted earlier this year into Heatwaves, Climate change and Melbourne where I noted:

While there is some concern by government of aggregate impact of climate change on agriculture and food production, little attention has been paid to the fragility of food supply chains and the role urban agriculture could play in urban resilience for urban populations. This has resulted in the upsurge of the Transition towns movement, an increase in suburban farmers markets, backyard permaculture gardening and informal food swaps. Burton et al (2013) detail in a qualitative study the growing interest in urban food security and backyard permaculture utilising two case studies of the Gold Coast and Melbourne as examples. This study provides a window on local communities already responding to climate change by building more resilient communities.


References:
Burton, P, Lyons, K, Richards, C, Amati, M, Rose, N, Desfours, L, Pires, V, Barclay, R, (2013), Urban food security, urban resilience and climate change, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, pp.160. http://www.nccarf.edu.au/publications/urban-food-security-resilience-climate-change

Englart, John (2014) Tackling food security with a growing population, climate change and peak oil http://takvera.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/tackling-food-security-with-growing.html

August food swap plants some fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

Our small orchard was planted today comprising apple and plum trees in our community garden.

We also enjoyed leftover Ferguson Plarre cake donated to the Empowering Moreland Forum plus fresh coffee and tea and sharing winter produce, mainly winter greens and lemons.

Victoria brought along some exquisite sticky date pudding with warm caramel sauce that simply melted our tastebuds.
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Minibeasts and microhabitats – an illustrated Guide

Native Flax

Native Flax

Brian Bainbridge, President of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association and also a member of Sustainable Fawkner, will present an illustrated guide to creating a habitat garden using local plants to attract a diversity of wildlife.

This is a Moreland Library service Readmore Event

Where: Coburg Library
When: 6.30 pm, Thursday 1 May 2014

Register for this event online

Fawkner Festa fun for 2012

Fawkner Festa

Head onto the streets and community centres of Fawkner this week to help celebrate the Fawkner Festa. The festival is organised by Moreland City Council to bring arts and culture and entertainment to the streets.

The festival runs from Monday 29 October and culminates with the Festa on Bonwick street next Saturday 3 November from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Events of particular note include:

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Garden working bee at Moomba Park kindergarden

Encouraging sustainability and environmental understanding can start from a young age. Moomba Park Kindergarten in Fawkner is building a vegetable, sensory and native garden for the children to explore and learn from. Come along to the working bee on Saturday June 2, 2012 to help establish this garden. The working bee may continue (if needed) on Sunday June 3,

Commencing at 10am, all volunteers are welcome to join us. Come for an hour or come for the day, any help is gratefully received. Address is: 65 Alec Crescent, Fawkner, VIC 3060

Jobs to be done range from ‘easy’ to ‘more skilled’. For more information, please contact me on 0438664322. Hope you can join us! It should be a rewarding weekend!

Cheers,
Kate

Grow your own food information session

Fawkner Library presents local garden consultant and designer Diana Cotter in a session discussing gardening and growing your own veggies at the Library. Diana Cotter is an experienced horticulturalist and sustainable gardening specialist.

When: Wednesday 30 May 2pm
Where: Fawkner Library
Bookings: 9355 4200

Discover how easy it is to start growing your own vegetables. Local garden consultant and designer Diana Cotter will take you through preparing soil, choosing vegetables, planting, feeding and watering. Come along and be inspired to create your own veggie patch and get some gardening advice.