Archive for February, 2012

FareShare: looking for volunteer market gardeners

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 29th, 2012

FareShare, formerly known as One Umbrella, is an innovative, energetic organisation, rescuing food and fighting hunger.

Since 2001 we have given away healthy, nutritious meals to the hungry and the homeless in Victoria, using food donated by businesses. By ‘rescuing’ food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products. (See our environmental report prepared by Hyder Consulting.)

We are a small, not-for-profit community organisation operating on a very small budget, and with no operational funding from government. But through the tremendous passion and commitment of staff, volunteers and supporters, we continue to increase the amount of food we rescue and nutritious meals we prepare and give away to charities.

We want to establish a crew of volunteers to work in a market garden in the Oakleigh/Clayton area on Wednesdays from 9am to about 4pm. The vegies you will be cultivating and harvesting will be donated back to the FareShare kitchen. This could be each Wed, or fortnightly or monthly. Healthy exercise in the fresh open air – a great way to give back to the community!

Please email to find out more information and to get you started volunteering with FareShare.

Stonnington and Port Phillip: WSUD Tour

Posted in Events by Clearwater on February 28th, 2012

23 March , 2012
9:00 amto2:00 pm

Clearwater offers a number of capacity building initiatives that can help broaden your skills and knowledge in sustainable urban water management.

Tour Overview
The tour highlights an array of WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems across the City of Stonnington and Port Phillip. Council experts and design consultants will be onsite to provide insights into the development and management of each project, discussing challenges, learnings and outcomes from concept to completion.  This tour will visit tree pits, raingardens in both commercial and residential areas, stormwater harvest systems designed for open space irrigation and vehicle washdown sites.  You will gain an insight into project goals, costs, engineering, landscaping and maintenance considerations and community engagement.

Suitable for anyone involved in sustainable water planning or asset maintenance / design, including developers, planners, architects, environment and maintenance staff.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Course completion will contribute CPD points to programs with the following organisations: Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGIA), Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Engineers Australia, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

Date: 23rd March 2012, 9am – 2pm

Friday 16 March

Register now at the Clearwater website

Registrations now open to help Clean Up Australia

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on February 27th, 2012

4 March , 2012

Mark your calendar – the annual Clean Up Australia Day will be 4 March 2012 and the Clean Up Team has their sights set on increasing the number of site registrations. In 2011 more than 565,510 volunteers across 7,400 sites removed an estimated 16,464 tonnes of rubbish across Australia.

Clean Up Australia’s Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO, is confident that 2012 will be even bigger. “We’re urging all Australians to take notice of clean up hotspots in your local area and let us know where they are – whether you can help out on the Day or not,” said Mr Kiernan. “Your local park, waterways, beaches, road sides or back alleys are key areas and we are asking you to join the team by letting us know where these areas are.”

“Everyone can do their bit for Australia, individually or as part of a team. Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way you can clean up, fix up and conserve our greatest resource – Australia.” “Think of the places that are important to you – your local park, sporting fields, beaches, walking tracks, neighbourhood streets and bike ways – and pull together your own team to join Team Clean Up.”

In 2012 hundreds of thousands of volunteers will take to the streets with white and yellow bags and don their gloves to clean up their local community.

Registrations for Clean Up Sites are now open to join Team Clean Up in 2012. To register go to:

Over the last 21 years an estimated 237,500 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from our environment on Clean Up Australia Day. But with every Australian still producing approximately 2 tonnes of garbage a year, we still have a long way to go.

Clean Up Australia Day March 4, 2012

Building an Outstanding Green Home: Free Online Seminar

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on February 24th, 2012

29 February , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Learn what went into building and designing a new 9.1-star home in Melbourne’s north at a free webinar held by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

The webinar will be at 11am on Wednesday, February 29, with Jeremy Spencer of green design and build firm Positive Footprints and the owner of the Preston home, Elizabeth Wheeler.  Passive solar design and sustainable material choice will be two of the items discussed.  It will finish with a Q&A session.

The webinar will be the second in a series of free online presentations by the ATA in conjunction with bankmecu, sharing practical knowledge about energy efficiency, sustainable building and water conservation at home. Webinars are broadcast live for view over your web browser, and will be available for playback on demand afterwards.

When: Wednesday February 29

Time: 11am

Click here to register.


Zero Carbon, Pedal Powered Moonlight Cinema

Posted in Events by Jessica Bird on February 23rd, 2012

24 February , 2012
5:00 pmto10:00 pm
Source: Melbourne Girls’ College

Lock in the 24th of February 2012 for a night of relaxed, sustainable fun at the Melbourne Girls’ College 100% Carbon neutral, pedal powered cinema night!

Gates will open at 5pm and patrons are encouraged to pre-book a 10 minute timeslot to pedal their own energy for the event to run.
There will also be opportunities for patrons to ‘pedal for a fair-trade, carbon neutral latte’ and low carbon, vegetarian food will be available- or BYO food and drink for a relaxing night under the stars watching a film that didn’t cost the earth to run.

Tickets: $10 adults / $6 concession (students/health care card holders/pensioners)
Groups of 10 or more- $5 each
Kids under 10 are free!

Book a riding slot (free), 5pm – 10pm – email Andrew Vance Riding sessions are booked in 10 minute intervals. Please arrive at the pedal generator station 5 minutes before your riding begins.

Prizes will be awarded to the most watts generated. Form a team and pedal for honour and team prizes! Prizes generously donated by The Freedom Machine Prahran, IKEA Richmond, and Ecoswitch

Please note: We have a full undercover wet weather backup, so please do not let poor weather forecasts prevent your bookings! All electricity will be pedal powered regardless of venue!

Hot Diggity: Fundraising music festival for Luscombe St community garden

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 23rd, 2012

26 February , 2012
12:00 pmto8:00 pm
Source: Moreland Food Gardens Network

All Tomorrow’s Potatoes and Mountain Goat Beer proudly present Hot Diggity: a free music festival in the lush surrounds of Luscombe Street Community Garden, Brunswick.

Seven amazing bands have been handpicked to get you dancing on the grass…

  • Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs (Syd)
  • Abbie Cardwell & The Chicano Rockers
  • Mikelangeolo & The Tin Star featuring St Clare
  • Merri Creek Pickers
  • Sib & Eddie James
  • Coral Lee & The Silver Scream
  • Frank Lee Darling

There will be a brightly painted food truck plus Mountain Goat Steam Ale, Kelly Brothers cider and bike-powered smoothies on tap to wash it all down.

Sunday February 26th.  Gates swing open at midday and close up at 8pm.

Entry is completely free so bring your best friends and make a day of it. All bar profits will be used to grow the garden in coming seasons.

>> Hot Diggity on Facebook

Our Say: Support crowd-sourced democracy

Posted in Movements, Policies, Seeking by CBiggs on February 22nd, 2012

The locally grown democratic media start-up ‘OurSay‘ is currently competing with 50 other companies from around the world to get into the Unreasonable Institute, a six-week, high-intensity program for entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.

OurSay enables people to get important issues on the public agenda. It locks in public decision-makers such as CEOs, politicians and community leaders and gets them to answer tough questions about the issues you care about most. The aim of OurSay is to inform better decision-making, slow down the media cycle to engage seriously with challenging issues, provide more direct feedback between decision-makers and the people they affect, and help people own, influence and take responsibility for the issues they care about. In just under 2 years, OurSay has grown a strong community of users from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Their vision is to see this model of crowd-sourced democracy operating in every city around the world.

Now, after 2 gruelling rounds of vetting, competing against more than 300 organisations from 60 different countries, OurSay is the only Australian organisation left with a chance to make one of the only 25 places at the Unreasonable Institute. By achieving this, OurSay will have the opportunity to build its profile and learn from some of the best organisations for social and environmental good.

To get through, OurSay needs to demonstrate a base of supporters that are willing to support financially. They need to raise raise $10,000 in just 22 days (they are already halfway there).

If you are passionate about using social media for societal change and would like to help this little Aussie start-up, you can donate here in the Unreasonable Institute Marketplace.

“Transition To Sharing” Micro festival

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on February 22nd, 2012

25 February , 2012
11:00 amto3:00 pm

For a fun filled day for the whole family come along to “Transition To Sharing” micro festival and join us in celebrating community connectedness, collaborative consumption & sharing culture.  Activities include: Summer harvest food swap, ‘world cafe’ cultural exchange, worm farm & composting workshops, book swap & storytelling, vegetarian cooking demo, eco crafts, fun for the kids, yoga, croquet & games in the garden.

Sat 25 Feb, 11am-3pm @ Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

FREE event co-hosted by Transition Port Phillip & The Sharehood as part of the Sustainable Living Festival satellite event program. Supported by City of Port Phillip & Port Phillip EcoCentre.
Delicious organic vegetarian lunch by donation.
Don’t forget to bring your homegrown & homemade goodies or a preloved book to exchange.
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Sprout Community Markets in 2012

Posted in Events by Zanni on February 21st, 2012

1 March , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
5 April , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
3 May , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
6 September , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
4 October , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
1 November , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm
6 December , 2012
3:00 pmto7:00 pm

Sprout holds a diverse and vibrant local Community Market on the first Thursday of each month (except winter & Jan/Feb) at Sprout Community Gardens – corner of Clapham and Watt Sts, Thornbury (Mel ref 30 F4) from 3pm-7pm.  Sprout Market has a variety of stalls (organically grown produce, seedlings and plants; tasty Sprout made food & drink; kids activities/ workshops; local crafts, arts and designs), as well as great local  music. We sell produce that has been produced on site as well as offering stalls to vendors from the wider community, encouraging local community strength, connection and community enterprise with a focus on sustainability.

Sprout Open Gate – Each non-market Thursday from 1-4pm Sprout Opens the Gate for people to buy organically grown seedlings, dried and fresh herbs, plants, fresh produce from the site and other items produced on site or just to have a look around.

If you are interested in having a stall, volunteering or looking to sell local surplus produce, or just want general information about Open Gate or the Market, please contact us on 9484-5565, or 0424 029 180 or email

Markets for 2012 are:
  • March 1st
  • April 5th
  • May 3rd
  • Sept 6th
  • Oct 4th
  • Nov 1st
  • Dec 6th

Seed Saving Workshop

Posted in Events by kheffer on February 17th, 2012

4 March , 2012
11:00 amto1:00 pm