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: 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!
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/
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!
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
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.
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.
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 Foodbankvolunteers 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!
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/
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.⭐️"
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!"