Saturday, 22 June 2019

Crowd Harvest - Winter Citrus

Vitamin C!

Crowd Harvest: Winter Citrus
Lemon trees are heavy laden in the middle of winter. Nearly every home has a healthy citrus tree producing a bounty in the winter: Grapefruit, Lime, Cumquat, Oranges, Mandarins and Lemons.
Citrus helps fight the winter colds and flu.
Anyone growing produce in their own backyard inevitably produces excess - more than one family can consume. Winter brings a citrus bounty and gardeners are overwhelmed with fruit! Why not take some down to your local Food Relief provider and help those facing food insecurity and homelessness.
We can all lend a hand in providing a lift up. Donating excess home grown produce is a small but significant way to help make a real difference.
MELBOURNE CBD, WARRANDYTE, ROWVILLE, COLLINGWOOD, FOOTSCRAY, CROYDEN, AIRPORT WEST, and PRESTON

Now and Not Yet Cafe
Assisting Asylum Seekers
a. 148 Yarra St
Warrandyte VIC 3113
t. 03 9844 0994
Monday to Sunday
8.00 am - 3.00 pm
w. nowandnotyet.com.au

Rowville Community Kitchen
Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Monday - Friday 10.00am till 3.00pm
http://rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au/

SALVATION ARMY KITCHEN
Melbourne 614
69 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/melbourne614/

WINTER SHELTER
Croydon Hills Baptist Church,
6 Bemboka Rd
Croyden VIC 3136
Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
https://chbc.org.au/
https://wintershelter.org.au/

STREAT
Tastes Good. Does Good.
66 Cromwell Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Monday - Sunday 8.00am till 3.00pm
(03) 9629 4222
www.streat.com.au
STREAT is a social enterprise designed to assist homeless youth in Melbourne.

ELISHA CARE
14a Croydon Road,
Croydon, VIC 3136
Please go down the drive towards the back for drop off.
Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
http://www.elishacare.org/

Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank
Level 1,
214 - 218 Nicholson
Footscray VIC 3011
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
t: 03 9326 6066
e:admin@asrc.org.au
Food seeds also welcomed!

Helping Hands Mission
492 Fullarton Road
Airport West 3042
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 4.00 pm

DIVRS
285 – 287 High Street
Preston VIC 3072
Ph 03 9480 8207
Monday- Thursday
9.30 am – 2:30 pm
www.divrs.org.au
Tiny Trowel on Facebook
Harvest of Hope was featured on Gardening Australia this week.  The Baguley farm have allowed the ASRC to use their land to grow food for refugees.
What a wonderful initiative!
https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/harvest-of-hope/11230720
Gardening Australia host, Costa, offers great tips on how to look after a maturing Citrus Tree to encourage decades of produce into the future. 
https://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/love-ya-lemons/11235316
Click on the image for the video.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Crowd Harvest: Herbs for Australia Day




Australia Day celebrations are a great time to express the generous Australian spirit towards asylum seekers and those in need.
During the summer time, herbs are flourishing!
Many home gardeners find their herb plants outgrow their pots/land in the summer time, and usually split the plant to share with their family and friends. Split plants donated to those facing food insecurity can make them feel the generous spirit of Australia Day.
Such a gift would provide an ongoing, self sustaining way for people to enhance their own nourishment. Sophie from Gardening Australia shows how it can be done with ease in this engaging video: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4570418.htm

Small pots are the best way to present your wonderful gift, with a label to identify the plant.
The ASRC and Rowville Community Kitchen have clients who could use some home grown herbs in pots. People receive great joy when gifted with herbs! Strawberry and pepper plants are also greatly appreciated.
Dried herbs, freshly cut herbs, and bay leaves are all welcomed. You might be cutting back your rosemary - the ASRC would love all the off cuts :-)
Just pop in and say Hi from Jan 11 to Jan 24 during their opening times and help celebrate Australia Day. Remember, all NFPs are closed on Australia day - Jan 28 - a public holiday!

Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank
Level 1, 218 Nicholson S
Footscray VIC 3011
Open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.
Closed on public holidays. Closed on Weekends.
Pots and soil would also be appreciated at this venue to enable asylum seekers to plant out the herbs.

Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.
Closed on public holidays. Closed on Weekends.
Food bank and kitchen distributing and growing fresh food and plants for low income Australians.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas

Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas

It's on again! 3rd Annual Crowd Harvest

Melbourne, Australia.
After such great success over the last 2 years, people all over Victoria have been empowered to grow their own food. Save your left over and excess seeds this Spring, and send them to someone in need.
NFPs supporting, enabling and empowering those in need to adopt self sustaining food gardening practices are looking to establish Seed Banks. By a central body establishing a seed bank, people facing difficult circumstances can access the seeds and establish food gardens.
Gardeners everywhere harvest more seeds than can be stored, and need to be used before they expire. In this Crowd Harvest, Australian gardeners with excess seeds are invited to send them in a Christmas card or holiday card to one or more NFPs from the list below :-)
Please package seeds in individual and labelled packages so food relief recipients can easily take them home. Experienced gardeners, please send viable, open pollinating seeds.
Anyone wanting to purchase seeds for the NFPs, please look for websites and/or nurseries that promote 'heirloom', 'non genetically modified', 'open pollinating', or 'organic'.
Each of the NFPs listed below has a certified horticulturalist employed, and ready to look after the seeds, either to start the seeds, store the seeds or distribute to others facing crisis yet know how to start seeds :-) You can be assured the seeds will be looked after.
Variety is welcome!

DIVRS & Darebin Fruit Squad
Urban Food Program
285 High Street
Preston 3072
http://www.divrs.org.au/#divrs
http://www.darebinfruitsquad.org/
Social enterprise providing food relief to long term unemployed, aged workers and refugee groups, including food growing practices.

STREAT
Tastes Good. Does Good.
66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066
www.streat.com.au
www.facebook.com/streat.melbourne www.twitter.com/streatmelbourne
STREAT is a social enterprise designed to assist homeless youth in Melbourne.

CITY HARVEST
16 Portrush Loop,
Armstrong Creek
Geelong 3217
www.cityharvest.com.au
Social enterprise providing training for food security to long term unemployed, aged workers and refugee groups.

Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank
Level 1,
214 - 218 Nicholson St,
Footscray VIC 3011
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
t: 03 9326 6066
e:admin@asrc.org.au
https://www.asrc.org.au/
Feeding refugees and those seeking asylum.

PS. SAM FARBOD
NEWHOPE IRANIAN COMMUNITY
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129
https://www.newhope.net.au/Persian
An Iranian community who fled to Australia due to religious persecution.

Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Food kitchen distributing and growing fresh food for low income Australians.

Alex Salmon
CARRINGTON HEALTH
Level 2, 43 Carrington Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
Food Gardens for Low income Australians
www.carringtonhealth.org.au

FOOD FOREST ASHBURTON GROUP
C/O The Craig Family Centre
7 Samarinda Avenue
Ashburton VIC 3147
https://foodforestashy.wordpress.com/

NEWHOPE COMMUNITY CARE
Relief Care @NHCC
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129
http://www.newhopecare.net.au/food-pantry
Food Relief Centre looking to apply sustainable approaches to food resilience care.

FOOD GARDEN - The Craig Family Centre
7 Samarinda Avenue
Ashburton VIC 3147
http://craigfc.org.au/
Food Gardens for Low income Australians

Alternatively:
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P.O Box 4076
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Friday, 21 September 2018

Green Okra Seed - Thank you, World!

Green Okra Seed Campaign

Thank you!!!

         
Green Okra Seed call out for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre's "Harvest of Hope" gardens yielded hundreds of seed donations!  Thank you!
ASRC Harvest of Hope pictured above with their carrot harvest.
Individuals sent seeds from around Victoria and the Baker's Creek Heirloom Seed company sent seed all the way from
the USA!!!  https://www.rareseeds.com/ 
Thank you so much, World!!
Not only did Baker's Creek send Green Okra, but several other food seed varieties in their parcel.
People worldwide are getting on board with sending food seed
to those most in need.
We can do this!
Putting food seed into the hands of individuals and communities,
builds food resilience for generations.

Crowd Harvest - Seeds for Christmas

The third Crowd Harvest -Seeds for Christmas is coming.  If you are an NFP supplying food growing skills, and/or harvest to those most in need, send an email to tinytrowel7@gmail.com to request your name on the list.  You will need to include:
  • Overview of community organisation and vision
  • Description of who you are empowering
  • Postal address for Christmas seeds
For gardeners, start saving all that wonderful seed in readiness for the giving season.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Crowd Harvest: Winter Citrus THANK YOU!!!

Thank you, Melbourne!!!


Big thanks to Allison from Burwood who donated a box of citrus fruit to the ASRC via the St. Kilda drop off point. Bless and Opa!!

Big thanks to Beverley from Malvern who donated one box of Grapefruit to the Now and Not Yet Cafe Warrandyte - giving Tamil refugees a lift up! Bless and Opa!

Big thanks to Kath from Research who donated two big boxes of Limes to the Now and Not Yet Cafe Warrandyte - giving Tamil refugees a lift up! Bless and Opa!

Home grown fruit and veggies were dropped off at the ASRC on Sunday June 3. The refugees benefited from herbs in pots, seeds and other back yard bliss. 
Bless and Opa!

THANK YOU SO MUCH MELBOURNE!!!

Anyone may continue to drop off winter citrus.

Details here:
STREAT
Tastes Good. Does Good.
66 Cromwell Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Monday - Sunday 8.00am till 3.00pm
(03) 9629 4222
www.streat.com.au
STREAT is a social enterprise designed to assist homeless youth in Melbourne.

Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank
Level 1,
214 - 218 Nicholson
Footscray VIC 3011
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
t: 03 9326 6066
e:admin@asrc.org.au
Food seeds also welcomed!
Helping Hands Mission
492 Fullarton Road
Airport West 3042
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Now and Not Yet Cafe
Assisting Asylum Seekers
a. 148 Yarra St
Warrandyte VIC 3113
t. 03 9844 0994
Monday to Sunday
8.00 am - 3.00 pm
w. nowandnotyet.com.au

DIVRS
285 – 287 High Street
Preston VIC 3072
Ph 03 9480 8207
Monday- Thursday
9.30 am – 2:30 pm
www.divrs.org.au

ASRC Harvest of Hope

The Asylum Seekers Resource Centre has successfully secured land and volunteers for farming.  Currently preparing for spring, the community would like GREEN OKRA.  Can you help?  Seeds can be sent to:
HARVEST OF HOPE
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank
Level 1, 214 - 218 Nicholson Street, Footscray VIC 3011

Choir of Hard Knocks

Dr. Jonathon Welch AM, will lead a wonderful performance at Deakin Edge Federation Square on Sunday August 5 at 3.00 pm. Professional musicians will join 'The Choir of Hard Knocks' to perform 'Street Requiem' to commemorate those homeless people who have lost their lives to the elements or crime while living on the streets. Let's fill the hall to overflowing!  TICKETS HERE

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Crowd Harvest: Tomatoes for Easter

                 

Individual excess = Community abundance

Anyone growing tomatoes in their own backyard inevitably produces excess - more than one family can consume. At the end of summertime, gardeners are overwhelmed with tomatoes!
Melbourne food relief providers are currently met with higher demand for emergency assistance than they can manage.
If you would like to help, please take any excess home grown tomatoes to one of the following NFPs at the listed opening times.  From the CBD to Collingwood, from Footscray to Rowville, there will be a place near you ready to receive your excess tomatoes. The NFPs will either distribute fresh or preserve the tomatoes as Passata, Chutney, Sundried or Dell'Olio, and then distribute through their food relief programs.
Please help share the news by forwarding this email to a friend, or pressing 'like' and 'sharing' on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/147261155952738/
A Facebook Group "Tiny Trowellers" has been created.
Please join the conversation at:
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283951395005787/
DIVRS & Darebin Fruit Squad
Urban Food Program
285 High Street
Preston 3072
Monday to Friday
9.30am - 3.00pm
http://www.divrs.org.au/#divrs
http://www.darebinfruitsquad.org/ 
ASRC Foodbank
Level 1,
214 - 218 Nicholson St
Footscray VIC 3011
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 5.00 pm.
https://www.asrc.org.au/ 
ASRC are happy to accept most home grown produce.
Food seeds are welcomed!
Rowville Community Kitchen
Rowville Community Centre

40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Monday to Friday
10.00am - 3.00pm
http://rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au/
Salvation Army,
Project 614
69 Bourke St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Monday to Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/melbourne614
STREAT
66 Cromwell Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Monday to Sunday
8.00am - 3.00pm
www.streat.com.au 
Food Is Free Inc.
are excited to be launching a brand new
Food Is Free Green Space at
Western Oval!


Special guest Costa Georgiadis (ABC TV's Gardening Australia/Dirtgirl/Get Grubby)

Corner Ripon St Sth & Urquhart Sts Ballarat
(up the road from Food Is Free Laneway)

Date : Sun 25 March
Time : 10.30am - noon

Come & join the local celebrations! Free entry.

Music, fun & speeches plus a tour of Food Is Free Laneway & Green Space.

Find out more via :
www.foodisfree.com.au
www.facebook.com/foodisfreelanewayballarat/
GARDENING AUSTRALIA FEATURED THE DAREBIN FRUIT SQUAD IN LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE.
VIDEO LINK: 

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/fruit-squad/9580292

Martin O'Callahan at Darebin Fruit Squad has created a wonderful community asset. Many huge fruit trees grow in the city of Darebin, and are in the homes of people who can no longer manage the trees. The Darebin fruit squad volunteers harvest and collect the fruit, then distribute through their food bank to those most in need. All municipal councils need to be doing the same so that waste is reduced and put to good use.
 #DarebinFruitSquad #Gardeningaustralia
https://www.facebook.com/fruitsquad/

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Crowd Harvest THANK YOU

Herbs were shared in abundance for Australia Day!!

People potted, dried and posted herbs of many varieties and donated to the ASRC and Rowville Community Kitchen!
Thank you so much!
All recipients were very grateful.
Many individuals took herbs home to grow their own.
The two NFPs are establishing food gardens to continue to feed those in need.
SHARING VEHICLES
Various modalities to share highlighted below!
Chose your mode, and start something near you!

Sharing 

Home Harvest Share baskets are a great way for communities to share their excess home harvests. 
Baskets can be established in any workplace, sports club, church or neighbourhood house.
Sharing on the verge.  Costa shows how he composts for his veggie patch growing on the nature strip - sharing with the community.

Veggies on the Verge

Verge (Nature Strip) gardens are popping up all over Middle Park, Melbourne. Check out this one in Armstrong Steet.    
Thanks for sharing Poorni

Food Swap

Many people heard about sharing home grown excess produce  through food swaps at the ABC open day.  People were fascinated to hear of this platform of sharing, and look forward to participating in the near future.

Grow Free on GA

Sharing food via a public cart is going great guns in South Australia.  So much so, founder Andrew Barker was recently interviewed for Gardening Australia.  Check it out on the ABC soon.
I will share the Tiny Trowel story at the Urban Agriculture Forum, Ideas Harvest on Saturday Feb 23rd from 3.45pm.
William Angliss Institute of TAFE
Crowd Harvest; Seeds for Valentine's Day
Melbourne, Australia.
NFPs supporting, enabling and empowering those in need to adopt self sustaining food gardening practices are looking to establish Seed Banks. By a central body establishing a seed bank, people facing difficult circumstances can access the seeds and establish food gardens.
Gardeners everywhere harvest more seeds than can be stored, and need to be used before they expire. In this Crowd Harvest, Australian gardeners with excess seeds are invited to send them in a Valentine's card to one or more NFPs from the list.
Please package seeds in individual and labelled packages so food relief recipients can easily take them home. Experienced gardeners, please send viable, open pollinating seeds. Anyone wanting to purchase seeds for the NFPs, please look for websites and/or nurseries that promote 'heirloom', 'non genetically modified', 'open pollinating', or 'organic'.
Each of the NFPs listed below has a certified horticulturalist employed, and ready to look after the seeds, either to start the seeds, store the seeds or distribute to others facing crisis yet know how to start seeds :-) You can be assured the seeds will be looked after.
Variety is welcome!
 
ASRC Foodbank
Level 1,
214 - 218 Nicholson St
Footscray VIC 3011
Monday to Friday
10.00 am - 5.00 pm.

https://www.asrc.org.au/
 
DIVRS & Darebin Fruit Squad
Urban Food Program
285 High Street
Preston 3072
http://www.divrs.org.au/#divrs
http://www.darebinfruitsquad.org/

 
FOOD GARDEN - The Craig Family Centre
7 Samarinda Avenue
Ashburton 3147
http://craigfc.org.au/
Food Gardens for Low income Australians.
 
PS. SAM FARBOD
NEWHOPE IRANIAN COMMUNITY
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129

https://www.newhope.net.au/Persian
An Iranian community who fled to Australia due to religious persecution.
 
 
Nortec Volunteering
6 Main Street
Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

https://www.nortec.org.au/community-solutions/volunteering/
Helping Aussies flooded out re establish food gardens.
 
Alex Salmon
CARRINGTON HEALTH
Level 2,

43 Carrington Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
Food Gardens for Low income Australians

www.carringtonhealth.org.au
 
Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Food kitchen distributing and growing fresh food for low income Australians.

http://rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au/
 
STREAT
66 Cromwell Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Monday to Sunday
8.00am - 3.00pm 

www.streat.com.au
 
FOOD FOREST ASHBURTON GROUP
C/O The Craig Family Centre

7 Samarinda Avenue
Ashburton 3147https://foodforestashy.wordpress.com/

 
NEWHOPE COMMUNITY CARE
Relief Care @NHCC
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129

http://www.newhopecare.net.au/food-pantry
Food Relief Centre looking to apply sustainable approaches to food resilience care.
The Sustainable Living Festival is NOW ON in Melbourne.
Check it out here: http://slf.org.au/