Mar
19
Thu
Free Inaugural Event for Friends of SGA (FOSGA) and Members @ The Chapel, Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield.
Mar 19 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Free Inaugural Event for Friends of SGA (FOSGA) and Members @ The Chapel, Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield.

This is a free event for Members and Friends of SGA (FOSGA).  If you have not yet joined Friends of SGA (FOSGA) (more details) you can join at the door by paying the $25 membership fee.

Join us over refreshments to meet other Friends of SGA, Members and some behind-the-scenes staff and volunteers.

Then Richard Rowe will lead us in a discussion on Climate Action in the Garden.  Come along to this event to explore what you can do in your garden to help reduce your personal CO2 footprint and also how to adapt your garden to the changing climate.  This will be an opportunity to share your ideas with us and other Members and Friends of SGA.  We look forward to hearing your contributions and feedback on this important topic as it will be helping Richard develop a new workshop to be offered to the wider public.

For catering purposes, please register to reserve a ticket (top right of web page).

For location of the event venue see The Chapel at Melbourne Polytechnic, Fairfield.

Mar
22
Sun
Using Sustainable Building Materials in the Garden @ Templestowe College
Mar 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Using Sustainable Building Materials in the Garden @ Templestowe College

Simple garden structures can make the garden a more comfortable and productive space, protect plants from the elements, contribute to a harmonious garden design, and help attract wildlife and beneficial creatures. However, all too often the materials and techniques used to build these structures can cause environmental damage.

Many common commercial building materials can be toxic or energy-intensive and negatively impact the environment when sourced or manufactured. Construction can also contribute to carbon emissions or damage your garden and local environment.

You can reduce these consequences through careful design, selecting environmentally friendly materials, being creative with waste products and using simple techniques which minimize earthworks and transportation.

Join Drew in a  Master Class where you will learn about:

  • Energy intensity and other environmental impacts of building materials
  • What to be aware of when using and sourcing pallets
  • Secondhand timbers, where to get them and how to use them
  • Bricks, pavers, slabs and other masonry items
  • Using  scrap  metal in garden structures and ornaments
  • Designs and materials for creating micro-climates

Masterclass Presenter : Drew Barr

Drew has twin passions of earth building and food gardening. He learned wood work and building from his father, began growing veggies, keeping chooks and milking his cow at age 12, and worked as a mud brickie after leaving school.

During a 30 year diversion, he achieved a Masters Degree in the History and Philosophy of Science and held senior sustainability roles in the corporate sector.

Having discovered the importance of being unimportant, he now works at Templestowe College, mentoring students, gardening, looking after animals, and building stuff.

Apr
19
Sun
The Art of Watering @ Macleod Organic Community Garden, Somers Ave, Macleod VIC 3085, Australia
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Art of Watering @ Macleod Organic Community Garden, Somers Ave, Macleod VIC 3085, Australia

Water is essential for plant health, but knowing how much, how often and when to water can be a challenge.

Learn how to assess the watering needs of various fruit and vegetable plants in the beautiful Macleod Organic Community Gardens.

Robin and Paul Gale-Baker will explain how to provide plants with the water they need to thrive while also conserving this precious resource.

About the Presenters

Robin Gale-Baker is a former nursery owner and co-founder of Sustainable Macleod and the Macleod Organic Commuinity Garden. She was named the 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year (Healthy and Active Living Category) for her work within the community.

Paul Gale-Baker is a qualified permaculture designer and former director of Urban Shepherd, an edible garden design business. He is a founding member of Sustainable Macleod and the Macleod Organic Community Garden and is passionate about assisting people to become successful edible gardeners.