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Thursday, February 20, 2014

West Brunswick Community Garden Brainstorming Evening

Everyone is cordially invited to a brainstorming event for the West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest.

When: Thursday 6th March, 7pm
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest, Dunstan Reserve, West Brunswick (should the weather be terrible an alternate venue will be advertised the day before the event).

Hopefully on this evening we can generate some new ideas about what you would like to see in your community garden. It is open to ideas on all fronts, communal crew, personal plots, garden infrastructure and maintenance, food forest, compost, future events, education etc etc

If you are unable to make the date and have some ideas please reply to this email or pop a note in the letterbox at the garden.

There will be tea and coffee available and, if you would like to, bring a small plate of food to share for an informal chat after the event.

Look forward to seeing you there,


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Special SLF Garden & Gather Sunday 23rd Feb

Following close on the heels of our wildly enjoyable and well attended sunset picnic and film screening we have another fun, super-casual, food-growing-related-stuff Sustainable Living Festival event coming up for you.

The West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest welcomes one and all to a day of fun, festivities, food, weeding, digging, watering, tours and workshops.

Marvel at the magnificent garden! Talk with the tame gardeners! Witness composting wonders! Gaze at our gorgeous greenhouse! Frolic in the fascinating food forest rescued from ruin!

Tell your friends, family and everyone else.

Date: Sunday 23rd Feb
Time: 11am - 3pm (9am if you're keen and want to help set/tidy up)
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden & Food Forest
Who: Everyone's welcome - we're looking forward to seeing lots of you as well as some new faces

Now for the 'what'...

Throughout the day we'd love to see you come down and say 'hi' have a wander about and a chat and a cuppa.

COMPOST! I know it's exciting right?
11.30am - Our own Compost-meisters will give the now-customary compost address with a little added “why it is the way it is” and "what we're planning”

12.00pm - Dr Chris Williams (Melbourne Uni) will share his thoughts on multi-functional perennial veggies, heat tolerant food plants and might event show us how to propagate sweet potatoes.

1.00pm - Karen Sutherland (Edible Eden Design) will do a walking tour of the food forest talking about what we're working towards, how it's been going, the plants we've got growing.

Our winter Food Forest tour . We have leaves now.
2.00pm - Community Garden tour - we'll have a stroll around the community garden and chat about how it works, how we got here and how you can get involved.

"That's all very well but what about our monthly Garden & Gather working bee?" I hear you shouting.

Yes, it is our monthly working bee that day and we do, of course, have stuff to do. You can help weeding, watering, composting and more.

If you want to come down earlier we'll be there from 9am. You can help tidy the place up a bit for our visitors. There's been talk of building a sandpit for our younger visitors but we'll see how we go.

Lunch will be the usual bring-a-plate affair from about 1pm.

Remember you also need to bring a hat, gloves, sturdy footwear and a good joke.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sunset Picnic & Film Screening this Sun 9th Feb

The 2014 Sustainable Living Festival kicks off on February 8th and runs until 23rd and we have a few different events happening in Moreland. Here's a reminder of our first with some more info...

A twilight picnic and screening of The Growing Food Project

You're invited to a twilight community feast and film screening to celebrate free and fair food in Melbourne. Everyone is welcome!

Food will be prepared by the generous volunteers from Brunswick's own amazing Open Table.

We're hoping to source lots of locally grown fresh food for the feast (more on how you can help with this below).

To cap off the evening we'll have an open air screening of the Growing Food Project a short documentary film that captures a cluster of vibrant stories exploring Melbourne's local food movement and community food initiatives, where people are coming together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems. Written & directed by Rasha Tayeh.

Click here
 or below for a little taster of the film to whet your appetite...

Here are the details (or you can look at and share our Facebook event)
Date: Sunday 9th February
Time: Arrive from 6.30, wander through the food forest and community garden (which feature in the film), dinner will be served from 7pm and the film will be screening between 8-8.30pm
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden, Dunstan Reserve, Behind 49 Everett Street, Brunswick West VIC 3055 
BYO: a blanket, something to drink, more of your own food (if you want to), maybe some mozzie repellant just in case 
Cost: Nothing (you can make a gold coin donation if you feel like it) 
Helping: we'll need some hands to help us run things, if you can help on the day email 
Food Donations: we'd love to use lots of locally produced food for our feast and will happily accept donations of surplus produce.
Open Table will be able to use anything and everything - they are a creative bunch in the kitchen. Miscellaneous veg, greens, herbs, edible flowers, citrus and other fruits, eggs, even honey if someone is rolling in it! Please only share what you have in excess. 
We really love giving the fresh produce we haven't used away on the evening in small boxes and paper bags, so there will never be too much! 
If you can contribute, please drop your fresh food off at the West Brunswick Community Garden by 2pm on Sunday 9th Feb. 
Questions: email