Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas


Individual excess = Community abundance
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 :-)
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!
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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
ASRC Foodbank
179 Lonsdale St,
Dandenong
Monday to Thursday
10am – 3pm.
https://www.asrc.org.au/ 
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
CARINGTON HEALTH
Level 2,
43 Carrington Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
Food Gardens for Low income Australians
www.carringtonhealth.org.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 3147

https://foodforestashy.wordpress.com/
TINY TROWEL
P.O Box 4076
Box Hill South 3128
Victoria
Twitter: @Tiny_Trowel
 http://mylittletrowel.blogspot.com.au/
ANNOUNCEMENT: Tiny Trowel is one of 5 Finalists in the 2017 Banksia Foundation Sustainability Awards: Communication for Change :-)
http://banksiafdn.com/39-award-worthy-sustainability-ideas-announced/ 
I am humbled, and grateful to be honoured by Banksia! Bless and Opa! 😍
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Thursday, 5 October 2017

Crowd Talk for Fair Food Week


Crowd Talk on Crowd Harvests - Fair Food Week Melbourne

Come here the founder of Tiny Trowel and the crowd sourcing projects
'Crowd Harvests' during Fair Food Week.

When: Saturday October 14
Time: 2.00 - 2.30 pm
Venue: Ashburton Rd Food Forest
38 Winton Rd
Ashburton 3128

Cath will cover:
What's a Crowd Harvest?
Who can participate?
Who benefits?
How do these efforts contribute to food resilience?
What effect have these community projects already had?

Individual excess = Community abundance
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FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

http://fairfoodweek.org.au/
7th-16th October 2017
Read More
Crowd Harvest:
Seeds for Christmas

Start saving your food seeds!
As home food plants turn to seed in late spring, early summer - save those seeds! Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas will be running again this December!
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Monday, 21 August 2017

Crowd Harvest: Father's Day



Every father wants to feed their children - yet many struggle daily to put food on the table. Your back yard could be producing a bounty in the winter through to Spring. Share the love with those in need :-)
Anyone growing produce in their own backyard inevitably produces excess - more than one family can consume. Why not take some down to your local Food Relief provider and help those facing food insecurity and homelessness.
Filthy Rich and Homelss on SBS has highlighted the plight of Melbourne's homeless. 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. #filthyrichhomeless

In season now: apples, all citrus, rhubarb, asian greens, avocados, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip.

Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road, Rowville VIC 3178
Tel: 1300 363 723
Email: info@rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au

Kingston City Church
387-405 Old Dandenong Rd,
Dingley Village VIC 3172
Monday to Friday
8:30am - 2:00pm
Ph: (03) 8551 6600

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
or
ASRC Dandenong
179 Lonsdale St,
Dandenong
Monday to Thursday
10am – 3pm.
Closed on July 6
t: 03 8772 1380
e: dandenong@asrc.org.au
https://www.asrc.org.au/
Food seeds welcomed at both venues!

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 Fair Food
20 Water Rd, PRESTON
Monday - Friday 8.00 am - 4.30 pm

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 and 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


GEELONG DROP OFF POINTS
Torquay Neighbourhood House
14 Price St, Torquay VIC
Mon - Thurs 9.00 am - 3.30 pm

Cloverdale Neighbourhood House
167 – 169 Purnell Road, Corio VIC
Call for opening hours – Ph 5275 4415

Apollo Bay Neighbourhood House
6 Pengilley Ave, Apollo Bay VIC
Call for opening hours – Ph 5237 8500
Mon - Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Bellarine Living and Learning Centre
20 Worden Court, Whittington VIC
Call for opening hours – Ph 5248 1926

Saturday, 22 July 2017

TT July ENews

TT July Enews
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Crowd Harvest: Winter Citrus  THANK YOU!!

     
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 Fair Food
6/198 Beavers Road, Northcote
Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm

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!

ASRC Dandenong
179 Lonsdale Street,
Dandenong VIC 3175.
Monday to Thursday
10am – 3pm.

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/
Tiny Trowellers FB Group
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
 
Bless and Opa!
Twitter: @Tiny_Trowel
Bloghttp://mylittletrowel.blogspot.com.au/
One of the reasons Tiny Trowel was founded: Regenerative Community!
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t5mc44fEdw
Based on the principals of European Village life, communities can see all in the locality sustain food security by growing a diversity of food in back yards,
and sharing excess!
Regenerative sustainability - teach a human to love the land, and humanity will eat forever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl0kJRTkReU
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.
Launch: Burnley Fruit Squad!!
http://localfoodconnect.org.au/event/launch-of-the-burnley-fruit-squad/

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!


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Crowd Harvest: Winter Citrus


Crowd Harvest: Winter Citrus

Individual excess = Community abundance
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, Limes, Cumquats, 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.
Filthy Rich and Homeless on SBS has highlighted the plight of Melbourne's homeless. 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. #filthyrichhomeless
Please help share the news by forwarding this email to a friend, or pressing 'like' and 'sharing' on Facebook.
A Facebook Group "Tiny Trowellers" has been created. Please join the conversation at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283951395005787/
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!
ASRC Foodbank
179 Lonsdale St,
Dandenong
Monday to Thursday
10am – 3pm.

https://www.asrc.org.au/ 
ASRC are happy to accept most home grown produce.
Food seeds are welcomed!
STREAT
66 Cromwell Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Monday to Sunday
8.00am - 3.00pm
www.streat.com.au 
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