June 21 marks the winter solstice in Australia. What better way to keep warm than to add a bit of spice to life. We all buy Spices, but do we use them all? How many times has your Cumin, Turmeric or Paprika reached used buy date? Middle Eastern refugees here in Melbourne would love your excess spices! What better way to bring a rice recipe to life! Show asylum seekers we care, clean out your pantry and take your excess spices to your local ASRC drop off point for the solstice.
Gardeners grow ginger, turmeric and garlic. Many produce excess either as produce or the plant growing beyond capacity. Refugees are growing their own food in pots or land. Why not contribute to self sustaining food security approaches and share some with those building a new food garden while facing financial hardship.
The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.
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MELBOURNE DROP OFF POINTS The Alphington Community Centre 2 Kelvin Road, Alphington, VIC 3078 Accepting all goods Thursday 10am to noon Or non-perishables Monday to Friday 9.30am – 3pm
CERES Visitor’s Centre Cnr Roberts and Stewart Sreet, Brunswick East, VIC, 3057 Sunday and Monday 8.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday to Saturday 8.30am – 3pm
Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre 157 Union Road, Surrey Hills, VIC, 3127 Monday to Thursday 9am – 3.30pm Friday 9am – 2.30pm Items can be taken to reception
Elwood/St. Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre 87 Tennyson Street, Elwood VIC 3184 Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm Items can be taken to reception
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!
Aussies affected by the flood crisis earlier need our help! Seed banks are being established to circulate food seeds to folks getting their lives back together after the floods. 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 to folks wanting to grow their own food. Let's give them a hand up, after the natural disaster. Variety is welcome!
Nortec Volunteering 6 Main Street Murwillumbah NSW 2484
One of the reasons Tiny Trowel was founded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t5mc44fEdw The Salvos do a great job, and permaculture approaches made them stronger this year. After a TT consult, they installed wicking beds and worm farms in the Hanover cafe creating a closed food loop. Saving on the financial bottom line means they can feed more women and children living in cars. Why not line your street facade with fruit trees. Ornamental cumquats, mandarins and olive trees line many street frontages in Melbourne. If we all plant out a front fence line with beautiful looking edibles, women and children living in cars can access fresh fruit as they move around the city. Long term, we can do better - long term, in a country as wealthy as Australia, women and children fleeing DV need a home.
Seeds heading to Qld to help rebuild food gardens after they were destroyed by the floods earlier this year
Once a month I head to my local Persian church with Tiny Trowel donations. Iranians who fled religious persecution worship at my local Baptist church. Many struggle to find work, and few find work in their original professions. Iranians love pomegranates and parsley - currently in season. They were very pleased to receive this culturally appropriate donation. There may be a local church, mosque or synagogue with folks who have run for their lives and now reside in Melbourne seeking asylum. Why not make a regular visit and bless them with excess from your home garden. Throw kindness like confetti
TT was hosted by Local Food Connect at the Eltham Farmer's Market. A community sales table is availalbe for home growers to sell their excess produce. It was a great day! Met lots of lovely people, and sold all the produce in only 2 hours. Get on it! Email Guy Palmer: email@example.com, and get involved in selling your excess.