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The time has arrived!

I hope you enjoyed watching the You Tube footage of the 2011 Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival. This is a wonderful initiative by the Darebin City Council to celebrate sustainable foods, and homegrown gardens.  

The Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival shares the knowledge, passion and skills of local families who generously invite you into their homegrown vegetable gardens. The 2013 Backyard Harvest Festival is coming up soon. There are open gardens, workshops and much more. Get behind this wonderful initiative and be inspired!
With Spring in the air, it's time to start thinking about planting your summer crops for your vegetable gardens  There is nothing more satisfying than  harvesting your own fresh vegetables that you have grown and nurtured from seedlings.There really is no comparison in taste and freshness. If you're not sure what you should be planting and when, you may enjoy this local Melbourne Blog on Spring Vegetable Gardens, called "Yummy Gardens".  Included in the blog is a really handy list and timetable of vegetables that are suitable to plant in Spring.
Free 10 Minute Consultations with Agricultural Sciences & Technology Expert
To get you started with this years crop, we are very excited to announce our new Home Make It initiative in our Reservoir Store! We have invited Francesco Varrasso from Spazi Verdi (Italian for "Green Space") to provide free 10 minute consultations on Saturday 21st September, 2013 between 10am and 1pm. So if you are looking to start up a Veggie Garden, want to improve your crop from last year or simply want to know more about when to plant, what to plant and best systems to use, then take advantage of this opportunity to gain free advice from Francesco our expert in Agricultural Sciences & Technology. Bookings are essential. Please book your free 10 minute consultation directly with Francesco on 0421 238 449 or email him on francesco.spaziverdi@gmail.com
Local project celebrating the local cultural heritage of preserving at home

Being passionate about home grown and homemade food, we are also only too happy to promote a local initiative that is currently underway that may be of real interest to you. This project shares our passion for preserving the food traditions from different cultures. We hope to see some of your stories exhibited at the 2014 Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival.  

"Hi, I’m Anne Thoday from Northcote. 
I’d like to invite you to be part of a creative project celebrating the local cultural heritage of making preserves at home in Darebin. As the focus of my studies at Melbourne University, I am interested in the powerful link between food and cultural memory. It’s astonishing how the smell or taste of something can remind us of the past.  
 I’m hoping that you, as someone who makes preserves, will invite me and my photographer (also a local) to your home so that we can have a conversation while we preserve together. It could take from two to four hours, depending on how long it takes to do the preserving. Our conversations will be recorded and photographs will be taken. These will form part of an exhibition to be launched during the Darebin Home Made Food and Wine Festival in May 2014. The exhibition aims to celebrate the extraordinary knowledge and skills of people in our community, especially older migrants who settled in Darebin in the ‘60s and ‘70s. It also aims to share knowledge and enhance understanding across generations and cultures. Keeping these time-honoured traditions alive is good for communities, and it may also help us ensure food supplies in the future.  All recorded conversations and photographs will be made available for participants to view before they are shown to the general public. If you would like to meet and discuss being involved in the project please contact me on:
Mobile: 0407 887 099         Email: anne@annethoday.com "


It's arrived!  The 2014 Melbourne Salami Festa is here!  Have you purchased your ticket for the Festa on Sunday 15th September? Tickets are still available on-line.  You can also purchase General Entry tickets on the day with a gold coin donation. The official count of Entries for the best homemade salami competition is 63.  That's a lot of salami!

Which homemade salami will be crowned "Best Homemade Salami"? The Judges Choice has been made. Now it's up to you to cast your vote for the best homemade salami. Come along, taste some salami, cast your vote, enjoy the gourmet food and beverages, watch a salami making demonstration, and enjoy the live entertainment.  It's going to be a massive afternoon, celebrating one of our most favorite food traditions - the beloved "Salumi". Be sure to come past our exhibition to say hello or heckle Steve and Frank during the Salami Making Demonstration :)