Thank you to the generous Melbournians who have taken boxes of citrus to the ASRC Foodbank in Footscray! They have received 2 boxes of Lemons, and 4 boxes of Grapefruit so far!!! 4 boxes of Grapefruit!! Further, boxes of mandarins, lemons and oranges went to Dandenong!
Thank you so much, Melbourne!!
All our 'tiny' donations of excess aggregate to a BIG difference in the lives of those doing it tough #foodisfree#FilthyRichHomeless Everyone's little, goes a long way . Great stuff! Keep it coming in - don't let your fruit rot on the tree - let it have a greater purpose . Bless and Opa!
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!
You might like to set up a collection point at your work, club, school or church and take one larger donation on behalf of the group.
On air last month!! The Tiny Trowel story went live last month on Light FM "In Conversation With Clayton" With a large audience, the news connected with the audience and boxes and boxes went from people's backyards to the refugee centres! Podcast can be heard here: http://lightfm.com.au/shows/in-conversation-with-clayton/cath-lyons-crowd-harvest/
NEW WAYS TO HARVEST AND SHARE THE BACKYARD BOUNTY! Over the last few months a few initiatives around sharing individual backyard harvests are emerging, and discussed in today's July ENews..........keep scrolling!
GROW FREE is an evolution on the Ballarat #FoodisFree movement. Andrew Barker and friends, evolved the concept to include a reciprocal relationship within the community. So expectations are published on a portable trolley - allowing the installation to be moved for protection at night or in poor weather. A Victorian branch has commenced, and hopefully other States will follow. Any individual, work place, church, scouting group, sports club or any club can do the same. All it needs is a cart, and the poster asking home growers in the community to leave their excess produce, and only take what they need home. Stories of people receiving enough food to cook up a nice dinner for the first time in a long time are coming through to the group with great appreciation. Trinity Baptist Church in South Australia have taken up the initiative. If every church in Australia put a 'Grow Free' cart on their property, everyone would have enough. The roll out would help anyone under the weight of food insecurity, and contribute to feeding women and children living in cars xx Speak love, Grow Free!
Crowd Harvest: Spices for the Solstice
Thank you to all the generous back yard gardeners who took spices to the refugee centres. The foodbank was overjoyed to receive a box of home grown garlic!!! THANK YOU MELBOURNE!!
SEEDS!! Do you have spare food seeds? Folks flooded out in NSW are wanting to re establish their food gardens. Any help would be gratefully received. Please send to: Nortec Volunteering 6 Main Street Murwillumbah NSW 2484
CULTIVATING CONNECTIONS A PILOT PROJECT FUNDED BY THE CITY OF BOROONDARA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALAMEIN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND LEARNING CENTRE AND 3000 ACRES The project aims to connect older people with food gardens who can no longer care for the area, with food gardening volunteers. Volunteers give time and energy to caring for the older person's garden in exchange for a share of the harvest, and a new friendship.
The Green at St Columbs has closed. Sadly we all heard the news via social media. The cafe was a ministry empowering at risk and homeless youth with job ready skills and food gardening. The Hawthorn community will miss the people and the service. As will we at TT. Praying for all concerned, particularly the young people.
Cultures who have based their food security on sharing abundance have thrived for thousands of years.
The Burnley Fruit Squad will be launched on 13th August along with a workshop on fruit trees and harvesting. The squad will be a group of volunteers who harvest excess fruit from households in Burnley and share with the community. The project is supported by the Richmond Community Learning Centre, Richmond Community Garden Group and the City of Yarra. Its aims are: to reduce food wastage in Burnley; to enable skill sharing between householders and volunteers; and to foster social connections in the community. The Darebin Fruit Squad supported and consulted to assist with start up! Contact Martin if you wish to start a Fruit Squad in your locality. http://www.divrs.org.au/
To my delight, the concept of CROWD HARVEST is catching on! Two stories, where each contacted their own local NFP independently! Chokos: A co manager of the Ashwood College Permaculture Garden contacted a local NFP helping older folks with an offer of vegetables and Chokos. They were overjoyed, as many of the older folk originate from Italy and lloooooovvvvee chokos! Tomatoes: Ceres took 16 boxes of Tomatoes to Lentil as Anything earlier this year. GOOOOO MELBOURNE!!!!!!
FIVE FABULOUS WAYS!!!
Constructs to harvest the abundance in Melbourne's back yards are now available. Groups and individuals can use any or all of the approaches individually or in partnership with groups and/or NFPs: CULTIVATING CONNECTIONS FRUIT SQUADS CROWD HARVESTS GROW FREE CARTS FOOD SWAPS Establishing any or all of these approaches in communities will support a culture of sharing, develop sustainable food practices, and provide a buffer to Melbourne's community against adversity.
On June 7, Tiny Trowel was the honoured recipient of a Whitehorse Council sustainability award!! . Pretty plant, certificate and a gift voucher from Organic Angels . Yeah!! It's so nice for the efforts around promoting sustainable practices towards food relief to be recognised. Sharing now with all you wonderful people who have gotten on board, shared the link and given excess food plant produce to people in need! Teach a person to garden (not fish), and they will eat forever! Thank you Whitehorse Council!
Good!!! Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund invests in public food gardens targeting those most in need. COSTA as patron!