Forest Bee with Swap and Cuppa – Sat 25 May 2019 am

Dear All,
planting season has started again, so we will plant some bushes and start on green leafy vegetables.
Learn about some edible weeds (while you weed) and learn about pruning (while we do some of that),
and like always, get together with other interested gardeners and improve our neighbourhood (and future food security).

…the morning will include hot cups of tea or coffee and a surplus-swap. It’s a good chance to meet the people and swap things you don’t want.

You will work with others, learn things, harvest some food or plants to take home.

New volunteers will get an induction at the start.

All welcome!
Looking forward to it
cheers, Petra.

9am- 12noon
the address: 38 Winton Road ASHBURTON
Playground available, toilet 500m.
Parking in Pitt street opposite
Public transport: Bus 612 Stop corner Pitt St and Winton Road

This is a monthly event


This Weekend: Saturday Working Bee and Water Event on Sunday

Saturday from 9-12 we will start with a swap of surplus produce, then shift A LOT of woodchips to make a better path. Hot drinks available.

Sunday from 11-2 Water for Food & Fun
the talk on water will be from 11.30-12.30
mud and water play set up for the whole event
nibbles and hot drinks available

Water for Food & Fun – get your garden humming – Free Event

 The Food Forest Ashburton Group and Craig Family Centre present: 

 Water For Food & Fun – Workshop, water play, cake

Sunday 28 April 2019                                                                                      11am – 2pm

tree planting November 2012


Growing a humming garden with lots of produce, summer shade and flowers is very satisfying and important for the environment.

Petra will show you how to create or improve a productive garden using minimum water and effort.

Learn how to “drought-proof” your garden as much as possible. You will see what works in our food forest and we will look at little tricks like passive watering (don’t lift a finger once installed!), and getting the most out of your additives like manure, compost, bio-char – natural enhancements, chemical free.

You will go home with a list of possible actions you can easily do at home.

Presenter: Petra Kahle convenes the Food Forest Ashburton Group which looks after the food forest lovingly and thoughtfully. She is the author of the booklet Menu for Good Housekeeping and Planet Care.

For the Kids: Water games and messy mud play, as well as making and serving lemonade.

Also: Coffee, cake and home-grown herbal teas, dips & biscuits will be made and served by the local CWA Ashburton for you.

Bookings : Free but please book so we know you are coming on

Available also:  tap water, a playground, a shelter with seats and tables, toilets nearby (500m).

The Address:     38 Winton Road, Ashburton Victoria 3147

Parking:  in Pitt Street please, not in Winton Rd

Public Transport: 
Bus No 612 Stop Pitt Street/ Winton Road, stops right at the food forest
Train Glen Waverley line between Darling & East Malvern stations



Mobile: 0420 961 695 (Petra)



“This project is supported by grant funding from the City of Boroondara”


Food Forest Gardening Bee, Swap & Morning tea

Saturday 23 March 2019      9am – 12noon

Dear All,
the morning will start with morning tea and surplus swap.
It’s a good chance to meet the people and swap things you don’t want anymore.

Then we will “forest” (the trees are 6 and 2 years old):
some plants have made too many babies –
we will take them out and pot them up to sell at the events we have planned this year.
Some pruning needs doing,
some deep watering.

You will work with others, learn things, harvest some food or plants.

New volunteers will get an induction to start with.

All welcome!
Looking forward to it
cheers, Petra.

This is a monthly event

kid friendly, playground available, toilet across the road.

38 Winton Road Ashburton – Parking in Pitt street just opposite
Public transport: Bus 612 Stop corner Pitt St and Winton Road

Sunday: Family Fun Day @ Chadstone Reserve

We will be there: fun, food and getting connected
Sunday 18 Nov ’18

Come and say “Hi” at the Ashwood College … Garden tent. 3 food forests, one stall.
Chadstone Food Forest is just behind the venue.
Plant sales.

Cheers, Petra.
m zero420 961 695

e foodforestashy    at (replace “at” with @)

Sunday 18 November 2018
Batesford Reserve, Chadstone
(Corner Batesford Road and Power Avenue)

Follow the vibrant and welcoming peace banners (designed by local secondary students last year) to the annual Family Fun Day.

Equinox Celebration Sat 22 Sept 9am

Come on down to our Food Forest to Celebrate Spring Equinox!

Invite anyone who wants to get to know the Food Forest, or wants something fun and meaningful to do on a Saturday morning!

Coffee & Morning Tea for gold-coin donations
with coffee from Habitat cafe and homemade hazelnut biscuits

A talk from a local gardening guru:
“Using Weeds and Tricks to reduce them”

Home harvest swap
bring your left over produce and products or just have a look

Get in touch with nature by planting, weeding and digging together with passionate food-growers

Plus trees/herbs for sale at bargain prices

– Meet other interesting locals

– Gardening: If you feel like lending a hand in the forest:
we are planting greens, weeding, and digging compost holes

In case you’re new to the food forest:
There is a playground next to it for little kids, a climbing tree and lots of grass.
Cold water available, we will bring hot water and cups.
The shelter seats about 20 people.
Toilet available nearby.

9am to 12 noon
22 September 2018
38 Winton Road ASHBURTON 3147
Parking: in Pitt St opposite (not in Winton Road unless you really have to)
Bus: number 612 bus stops right in front of the food forest.
Train stations: Alamein (Alamein line) or Darling or East Malvern (Waverley line).

RSVP Please, let us know if you’re coming at or on zero420 961 695

looking forward to meeting you
cheers, Petra.

Forest Celebration Saturday 25 August 2018

Come and celebrate your Food Forest with us:

  • a Little Talk about
    Towards Plastic Free Living – ideas and products – show us yours too if you have any
    Sustainability is easy, we can do it    🙂
  • Free soup (August) or cake (September) and hot drinks for members (donation for others),
  • Explore the plants
  • bring something to Swap or Share
  • 3 trees want to be replanted (mulberry, feijoa and probably an avocado) and somebody strong is welcome to take off a tree.

You’re welcome!

9am – noon

9.45 Talk

38 Winton Road Ashburton

opposite Pitt Street

Holiday Break-up 3 Events this week

Being the fourth week of November means the last time we have 3 events this year:

working bee on Thursday 23 November 10-11am

Ashburton Home Harvest Food Swap and Share Saturday  25 November 9-10am

followed by

working bee from 10-11am.

Cold drinks available if you rsvp.

cheers, Petra.

mobile zero420 961 695

foodforestashy @ – remove spaces before emailing

lots of PLANTS available TOMORROW at the Craig centre Birthday Party

again, some little strawberry plants,

slightly bigger seedlings now: Curry leaf bush   and   Yellow Strawberry Guava

and many herbs

also: Scarlet runner bean also called 7 year bean

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Craig Family Centre 60th Birthday and Open Day

The Craig Family Centre is celebrating its 60th year serving the community with an Open Day and free community celebration.

There will be lots of fun activities for families including a sausage sizzle, vegetarian Afghan food at the Kabul Kite Social Enterprise Café, music, face painting and a community market.

For more information, phone 9885 7789 – (that might be office hours, mobile below)

When: Sunday 19 November 2017 from 12pm to 3pm

Where: 7 Samarinda Ave Ashburton

Plants available (profit to Craig Family Centre):

               SMALL          $2 each

3     Aloe vera (this type grows larger and is easier to grow)

3     Chia seedlings

4     Comfrey

9     Curry leaf bush

6     Beans Scarlet Runner

4     Everready onion

5     Feverfew

1     Lavender

5     Lebanese Cress

1     Lemon balm

5     Lemon thyme

5     Marjoram Golden

2     Oregano

12   Pennyroyal

5     Pineapple Sage

5     Plectranthus

18   Pyrethrum

6     Raspberry

1     Rosemary

2     Strawberry, Siberian Wood, small, running

3     Strawberry small white, running

11   Strawberry, Alpine white, small

9     Strawberry, other small

2     Yarrow

9     Yellow Strawberry Guava (sweeter!)



                                MEDIUM           $3 each

5     Loquat, seedling

1     Pineapple Sage

4     Yellow Strawberry Guava (sweeter!)



                                     LARGE               $ 15

3    Hazelnut pair – White American & Cosford (pollinator)



SEEDS 50 cents per packet



20 Hiko Cell Trays

great for planting many seeds for seedlings,

40 cells of 90ml in each tray

$8 each ($7 each for 3 or more)

* Food Forest used to be everywhere – we’re planting them back *

Cheers, Petra (mobile 0420 961 695)