Thursday, November 29, 2012

Find it, fix it

One of our community gardeners has spent the last several weeks mapping all the free public food in our local commons.

Please feel free to download this gorgeous map and circulate it. And if on your wanderings you come across some plants that are not listed on the map, email your update here for the next version.

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Got a pair of jeans that have worn out in the knees? Does your favourite dress need the hem taken up?

Mark at Threadneedle Craft (next to Liquorland next to Coles) does an excellent job of repairing clothes. They are open 7 days from 10am - 5pm.

And just in case you have forgotten why:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Body Care & Bilums

There are two very exciting upcoming workshops that we thought you'd like to know about:

Make your own Skincare Products
Learn how to make your own skincare products from household items and garden produce. On the day you'll make a moisturiser or two as well as lip balms & body scrubs. Recipes will be given out and students can take home creams at an extra cost of $3.00/jar.

Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday November 24
10.30am - 12.30pm
Ph: 5348 3569 for bookings

Bilum Workshop with Vicki Kinai
Learn the technique used to make the iconic Papua New Guinean bilums withVicki Kinai.

Vicki is a fibre artist, Melanesian languages and cultural trainer, exhibitor, performer and teacher from Papua New Guinea. She conducts workshops in schools, communities and galleries in Melbourne.

Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday December 1
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ph: 5309 2664 or email for bookings

Monday, November 5, 2012

Roots, Leaves & Seeds

Adam Grubb (VEG, Permablitz) and his girlfriend Annie Raser-Rowland have just released the excellent Weed Forager's Handbook: A Guide to Edible and Medicinal Weeds in Australia.

HRN is selling copies at the reduced rate of $18. Please email us to order your copy.
The book reveals how to distinguish a tasty sandwich-filler from its dangerous look-alike, which weeds are among the most nutritious vegetables ever tested, and how you cook with delicious nettles without fear of being stung
It will forever change your concept of where to go looking for lunch.
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Community gardener Brett Adamson has just returned from 6 months in Afghanistan with Médecins Sans Frontières. He is just about to head over to South Sudan for a 3 month mission and is seeking donations of organic seeds to help revitalise the local community food system and seed bank over there. To make your donation, please bring your seeds to the next Daylesford Community Food Garden working bee this Saturday Nov 10 at the Albert St garden between 10am and 12pm.

The working bee also coincides with the Daylesford Harvest Swap Meet, so don't forget to bring your excess garden produce to swap.

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Another community gardener Patrick Jones has just made a gorgeous little film about how (and why) he makes dandelion coffee:

Thursday, November 1, 2012


A huge thank you to Vince and Adrian for sharing their beer brewing wisdom with us last Saturday. Here are some pics and a video from their workshop: