Saturday, 24 March 2018

Crowd Harvest: Tomatoes for Easter

                 

Individual excess = Community abundance

Anyone growing tomatoes in their own backyard inevitably produces excess - more than one family can consume. At the end of summertime, gardeners are overwhelmed with tomatoes!
Melbourne food relief providers are currently met with higher demand for emergency assistance than they can manage.
If you would like to help, please take any excess home grown tomatoes to one of the following NFPs at the listed opening times.  From the CBD to Collingwood, from Footscray to Rowville, there will be a place near you ready to receive your excess tomatoes. The NFPs will either distribute fresh or preserve the tomatoes as Passata, Chutney, Sundried or Dell'Olio, and then distribute through their food relief programs.
Please help share the news by forwarding this email to a friend, or pressing 'like' and 'sharing' on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/147261155952738/
A Facebook Group "Tiny Trowellers" has been created.
Please join the conversation at:
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DIVRS & Darebin Fruit Squad
Urban Food Program
285 High Street
Preston 3072
Monday to Friday
9.30am - 3.00pm
http://www.divrs.org.au/#divrs
http://www.darebinfruitsquad.org/ 
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!
Rowville Community Kitchen
Rowville Community Centre

40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Monday to Friday
10.00am - 3.00pm
http://rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au/
Salvation Army,
Project 614
69 Bourke St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Monday to Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/melbourne614
STREAT
66 Cromwell Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066
Monday to Sunday
8.00am - 3.00pm
www.streat.com.au 
Food Is Free Inc.
are excited to be launching a brand new
Food Is Free Green Space at
Western Oval!


Special guest Costa Georgiadis (ABC TV's Gardening Australia/Dirtgirl/Get Grubby)

Corner Ripon St Sth & Urquhart Sts Ballarat
(up the road from Food Is Free Laneway)

Date : Sun 25 March
Time : 10.30am - noon

Come & join the local celebrations! Free entry.

Music, fun & speeches plus a tour of Food Is Free Laneway & Green Space.

Find out more via :
www.foodisfree.com.au
www.facebook.com/foodisfreelanewayballarat/
GARDENING AUSTRALIA FEATURED THE DAREBIN FRUIT SQUAD IN LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE.
VIDEO LINK: 

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/fruit-squad/9580292

Martin O'Callahan at Darebin Fruit Squad has created a wonderful community asset. Many huge fruit trees grow in the city of Darebin, and are in the homes of people who can no longer manage the trees. The Darebin fruit squad volunteers harvest and collect the fruit, then distribute through their food bank to those most in need. All municipal councils need to be doing the same so that waste is reduced and put to good use.
 #DarebinFruitSquad #Gardeningaustralia
https://www.facebook.com/fruitsquad/

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Crowd Harvest THANK YOU

Herbs were shared in abundance for Australia Day!!

People potted, dried and posted herbs of many varieties and donated to the ASRC and Rowville Community Kitchen!
Thank you so much!
All recipients were very grateful.
Many individuals took herbs home to grow their own.
The two NFPs are establishing food gardens to continue to feed those in need.
SHARING VEHICLES
Various modalities to share highlighted below!
Chose your mode, and start something near you!

Sharing 

Home Harvest Share baskets are a great way for communities to share their excess home harvests. 
Baskets can be established in any workplace, sports club, church or neighbourhood house.
Sharing on the verge.  Costa shows how he composts for his veggie patch growing on the nature strip - sharing with the community.

Veggies on the Verge

Verge (Nature Strip) gardens are popping up all over Middle Park, Melbourne. Check out this one in Armstrong Steet.    
Thanks for sharing Poorni

Food Swap

Many people heard about sharing home grown excess produce  through food swaps at the ABC open day.  People were fascinated to hear of this platform of sharing, and look forward to participating in the near future.

Grow Free on GA

Sharing food via a public cart is going great guns in South Australia.  So much so, founder Andrew Barker was recently interviewed for Gardening Australia.  Check it out on the ABC soon.
I will share the Tiny Trowel story at the Urban Agriculture Forum, Ideas Harvest on Saturday Feb 23rd from 3.45pm.
William Angliss Institute of TAFE
Crowd Harvest; Seeds for Valentine's Day
Melbourne, Australia.
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 Valentine's card to one or more NFPs from the list.
Please package seeds in individual and labelled packages so food relief recipients can easily take them home. Experienced gardeners, please send viable, open pollinating seeds. Anyone wanting to purchase seeds for the NFPs, please look for websites and/or nurseries that promote 'heirloom', 'non genetically modified', 'open pollinating', or 'organic'.
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!
 
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.
 
PS. SAM FARBOD
NEWHOPE IRANIAN COMMUNITY
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129

https://www.newhope.net.au/Persian
An Iranian community who fled to Australia due to religious persecution.
 
 
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
CARRINGTON HEALTH
Level 2,

43 Carrington Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
Food Gardens for Low income Australians

www.carringtonhealth.org.au
 
Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Food kitchen distributing and growing fresh food for low income Australians.

http://rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.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 3147https://foodforestashy.wordpress.com/

 
NEWHOPE COMMUNITY CARE
Relief Care @NHCC
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129

http://www.newhopecare.net.au/food-pantry
Food Relief Centre looking to apply sustainable approaches to food resilience care.
The Sustainable Living Festival is NOW ON in Melbourne.
Check it out here: http://slf.org.au/

Friday, 12 January 2018

Crowd Harvest: Herbs for Australia Day

Crowd Harvest: Herbs for Australia Day

Jan 16 to Jan 31, 2018

Australia Day celebrations are a great time to express the generous Australian spirit towards asylum seekers and those in need.
During the summer time, herbs are flourishing!
Many home gardeners find their herb plants outgrow their pots/land in the summer time, and usually split the plant to share with their family and friends. Split plants donated to those facing food insecurity can make them feel the generous spirit of Australia Day.
Such a gift would provide an ongoing, self sustaining way for people to enhance their own nourishment.
Sophie from Gardening Australia shows how it can be done with ease in this engaging video: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s4570418.htm

Small pots are the best way to present your wonderful gift, with a label to identify the plant.
The ASRC and Rowville Community Kitchen have clients who could use some home grown herbs in pots. People receive great joy when gifted with herbs! Strawberry and pepper plants are also greatly appreciated.
Just pop in and say "Hello" from Jan 10 to Jan 31 during their opening times and help celebrate Australia Day.
Remember, all NFPs are closed on Australia day - Jan 26 - a public holiday!
SHARE THE NEWS ON FACEBOOK!
Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Foodbank
Level 1, 218 Nicholson Street
Footscray VIC 3011
Open Monday to Friday
10 am to 3 pm.
Closed on public holidays.
Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Open Monday to Friday
9 am to 4 pm.

Closed on public holidays.
The ASRC Foodbank volunteers loved receiving the first round of herb pots and cut Rosemary 😊.  The cut Rosemary was immediately bundled for many refugees to take home! The flat parsley, thyme, oregano, chocolate mint and rosemary pots went home with refugees! Such a great way to empower people with food resilience.
Bless and Opa!
OPEN DAY
Saturday February 3rd, 12pm - 4 pm
88 Kooyong Rd, Armadale VIC 3143
Stalls - BBQ - Face Painting
FOODSWAP - 12PM - 2 PM

This will be the ABC garden's first food swap, so get along
and encourage the volunteers!
http://www.armadalebaptist.org/

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL
Local Food Connect - Golden Seedling Award
Tiny Trowel was honoured in the 2017 LFC awards list!
A Golden Seedling nomination for entrepreneurial efforts
THANK YOU Local Food Connect!!!
http://localfoodconnect.org.au/

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Thank you!! Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas


WE DID IT!
Together we provided hundreds of seeds to those in need!

And 21 thousand views via 'likes' and 'shares' on Facebook!
 
NFPs supporting, enabling and empowering those in need to adopt self sustaining food gardening practices are grateful to the gardening community for contributing to their 'clients' looking to start their own food gardens!
THANK YOU!!!

We as gardeners, can send excess seed at any time of year.
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!
Please help share the news on social media.
A Facebook Group "Tiny Trowellers" has been created.
Please join the conversation at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1283951395005787/
STREAT cafe, Collingwood says: "A lovely surprise package of seeds arrived today Tiny Trowel and Diggers Club SA. Thankyou for this lovely initiative. Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas"
The Whitehorse Urban Harvest Food Swap and ESPG have participated in Crowd Harvest: Seeds for Christmas. A lovely packet of seeds arrived at the ASRC Foodbank this week. Individuals will now be empowered to grow their own self sustaining food gardens. Thank you so much!!
Newhope Community Care says THANK YOU!! :  "Got such a lovely surprise 😍as l opened the NewHope Community Care mail today! There was a lovely 🎄Christmas card from Tiny Trowel filled with so many packets of seeds ! 🌱🌱🌱
Thank you to all who gave generously to those in need. 💕💕🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱💕💕
I look forward to passing them on to families to grow and share. 👭👭👭
⭐️🎄Merry Christmas to all.🎄⭐️"
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
PS. SAM FARBOD
NEWHOPE IRANIAN COMMUNITY
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129
https://www.newhope.net.au/Persian
An Iranian community who fled to Australia due to religious persecution.
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
CARRINGTON HEALTH
Level 2,
43 Carrington Road
Box Hill VIC 3128
Food Gardens for Low income Australians
www.carringtonhealth.org.au
Rowville Community Centre
40 Fulham Road,
Rowville VIC 3178
Food kitchen distributing and growing fresh food for low income Australians.
http://rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.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/
NEWHOPE COMMUNITY CARE
Relief Care @NHCC
PO Box 255
Kerrimuir VIC 3129
http://www.newhopecare.net.au/food-pantry
Food Relief Centre looking to apply sustainable approaches to food resilience care.
Vicky sent seeds and said "I have some seeds to donate and will do it tomorrow! A friend gave me a Spaghetti Squash, I saved the seeds, and planted some. 5 weeks later the vines are nearly a metre high with plenty of flowers developing, so it seems they are viable. It is such a substantial food!"
Next up - Crowd Harvest: Herbs for Australia Day!
Jump on Facebook and get sharing!
https://www.facebook.com/events/391411171296319/
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