Saturday, 4 February 2017

TT February ENews No. 1

Crowd Harvest: Herbs for Australia Day SUCCESS!

We saw amazing donations go to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre from 'Food not Bombs'.  The group donated 15 trays of herbs, strawberries and pepper plants.  Each tray had at least 20 pots of food plants!!  Fabulous!  Thanks so much!
FareShare also donated boxes of herbs!  Thanks so much!
Recipients are thrilled that they can grow their own food at home.  Such a gift provides an ongoing, self sustaining way for people to enhance their own nourishment. Folks can continue to donate small edible plants in pots at any time.  The food bank in Footscray is open from 10am - 3 pm Monday to Friday


The Green Cafe at St. Columbs Hawthorn operates as a social enterprise.  The workers train homeless youth in hospitality skills in order to assist towards employment.  The Green uses the land on the church property to grow the food for the cafe.  Chris sits here in the food produce garden holding a donated Goji Berry plant.  This Crowd Harvest campaign brought a small amount to The Green, yet they were very grateful.

If you are in Hawthorn, pop in for a cuppa and support the work assisting young people to get on their feet.
Open Monday to Sunday from 8 am - 3 pm.
Closed on public holidays.

Sustainable Living Festival - COSTA!!!!

Tiny Trowel has drawn interest from the Sustainable Living Festival organisers!!  I have been invited to meet my hero Costa at The Great Local Lunch!!   You Grow It, We Cook It.
A Crowd Sourced share lunch, attendees will take a home harvest to an agreed drop off point prior to the event, and then share in a Crowd Feast at the Sustainable Living Festival.  I am thrilled to have been asked to attend and meet my hero - Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia :-)

Ashburton Home Harvest Swap/Share

Come along to the inaugural Ashburton Home Harvest Food Swap/Share!

Winton Road Food Forest,  38 Winton Rd  Ashburton 3147
Date: Sat Feb 25 
Time: 9.00 am - 10.00 am

Located near the Malvern East RSL, diagonally opposite. Park in Pitt St.
Bring your homegrown produce, plants, preserves, seeds, seedlings, garden hardware, empty jars for preserves, etc. to share with other local food gardeners at our first Home Harvest Food swap/share-meet at the Food Forest in Ashburton.

We meet at 9.00 am and share the produce at 9.30 am after a brief chat. At this our first meet, Petra will give a guided tour of the food forest. Stay for a cuppa if you wish, and/or bring some morning tea to share.
We will run the event every 4th Saturday of the month under the shelter, except December. But if the weather becomes too unfriendly, we will let folks know if the event is postponed/cancelled.

EcoCity Storytelling Night

EcoCity Storytelling will be staged on Feb 21, where Tiny Trowel will be on the bill!   Join us for this fun and innovative storytelling event and hear from locals making change in our community!  Listen to 8 people share their vision for a more sustainable Melbourne.
The event will run in the style of Pecha Kucha, where storytellers speak to 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. This fast paced event will be educational, inspirational and hilarious to attend!
There will be free snacks and an opportunity to meet our sustainability storytellers in an intermission. FREE!!  Register now for your free tickets.

DATE AND TIME: Tue 21 Feb 2017 @ 5:30 – 8:00 pm

VENUE: Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour, Docklands

The Armadale Baptist church Community Garden, 88 Kooyong Rd, Armadale.
The open times for the garden are Thursday and Saturday from 7am -10am during summer.
Complete with Babaco, Ballarina Apples and Tamarillo Trees the garden is a must to visit!
The committee is considering starting a Home Harvest Swap/Share at the garden - watch this space!


 Sunflowers and veggies.                              Wicking Beds.

STREAT Cafe Garden - flourishing!

After the Crowd Farming event in September, and the Crowd Seeds event for Christmas, the food produce garden in the STREAT cafe is a thriving happy place!  Architectural artichokes soar towards the sky, leading the eye up towards the row of seedlings in repurposed milk bottles hanging from the stairs.
beautiful layers of colour surround the hammocks and deck chairs, and a new grape vine creeps up the iron frame where it is destined to be the canopy for the al fresco cafe.
The folks at STREAT sowed many seeds right away. Layers of food plants growing, ready for harvest straight into the cafe kitchen. It's as fresh as you can get  Thanks so much to all the wonderful individuals, and The Diggers Club for generously contributing to helping young people up and off into a new life!





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