Growing Abundance Events….

Here’s some upcoming events that may be of interest from Growing Abundance….

Pruning Sessions Thursday 11th October, 1-3pm, Maldon (meet and carpool from Castlemaine) Come along and brush up on your pruning skills by pruning side by side with our experienced volunteer team. Learn skills and techniques you can use on your own fruit trees and whilst helping us give back to the people and trees we harvested from last season. Meet south end of big IGA car park, under the wisteria, near ray Bradfield Rooms FREE!!! Harvest now has a phone, so if you can’t find us on the day, call: 0478 807 319

Eat Local, Feed Global- Arvo Tea and Seed Swap You are invited to a special afternoon tea and seed swap at the Hub Plot. We are inviting everyone involved with the Hub Plot, Growing the Harvest Festival, Growing Abundance Harvest Group, CAKE (Castlemaine Abundance Kitchen Enterprise) and Castlemaine Oxfam.* THis will be a great Chance to catch up with each other. 14th October, 3pm – The Hub Plot, Behind the Good Table, Templeton St, $5 Donation to Oxfam We will be serving Tea and Coffee and swapping seeds. If you are able to bring a plate of locally sourced, seasonal food to share, that would be wonderful. As it is a fundraiser for Oxfam, we are asking a $5 donation, (or more if you can manage) Bring along your veggie seeds to swap and help our community celebrate International Seed Freedom Fortnight of Action

Working Togetether: Effective Communication and Good COnflict Resolution Presenter; Sam Luxemberg – Sunday 14th October, 10am-3pm, Ray Bradfield Room, Mostyn St, Castlemaine, $20 per session including light lunch Succesful groups are ones that can work together, putting aside and respecting difference and minimising the damage and disruption that badly handled conflict can create. This workshop will help you to develop strategies and increase awareness of how we can communicate effectively and employ good conflict resolutino skills.

Edible Weed Walk and Book Launch, Saturday 3rd of November, 10am. Meet at secret location near Wesley Hill Market (more details on registration). Course price: $20 ($16 concession) and a 10% discount for groups of three or more. What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat: higher in vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries? Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. A gastronomic adventure awaits the knowledgeable forager, and a free living pharmacy… Join Adam Grubb and Annie Raser-Rowland authors of the soon-to-be-released full colour field guide, The Weed Forager’s Handbook: Edible and Medicinal Weeds of Australia, on a walk near the Wesley Hill Market. The book will be available on the day for $21.95, with identification, edibility, medicinal notes and intriguing historical and folkloric stories about the weeds. Local experts Nikki Valentini and Sam Downing will be there too. Register here:  www.veryediblegardens.com/vegucation/upcoming-courses?controller=event&task=options&eventId=51 More info: www.eatthatweed.com

Growing Abundance is a partnership between Castlemaine Community House, Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, Mount Alexander Volunteer Network andTransition Mount Alexander

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