• What to do Melbourne? Sustainable Living, Environmental, Eco Events

    August 19, 2020 • GUIDES, LIFE

    Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Veggies by My Smart Garden

    What’s happening in Melbourne today, this weekend, this month to help you live more sustainably, feel more in touch with nature and your neighbourhood, and support locally grown and made.

    Events are currently only being offered online during the coronavirus lockdown, but there is plenty you can partake in from the comfort of home from drop and swap clothing to no waste cooking and virtual garden tours!

    Biome’s Melbourne eco store is located at Burwood Brickworks, Burwood East, and we love to support the community around us.  Please let us know if you have an event to list.

    Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens virtually
    Experience the Gardens from the comfort of your home with a selection of videos, workshops, talks and tours. Highlights include natural journaling, harp meditation, aboriginal knowledge and climate change summit talks. Join virtual events here >

    OCTOBER 2020

    2 – 4 October – Yarra Valley Garden Party

    Celebrate all the wonderful reasons people visit the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges with the Yarra Valley Spring Garden Party online event! Events include yoga class, sourdough making workshop, garden tours, plant care workshop and more. View the full program of events here >

    3 October – Cooking Up Compost Workshop
    Zero Waste Victoria and Compost Depot present Cooking Up Compost workshop. Join this free workshop and learn the simple process of turning kitchen scraps into compost. Whether you have a small space or a rural property, this workshop will cover the materials, processes and tools you need to make great compost. Book here >

    3 – 24 October – Virtual No Waste Cook Club

    Attend this virtual No Waste Cook Club workshop and learn how to reduce food waste in your home.

    Four Saturday sessions are available each month, and will feature the following essential food waste reducing recipes & topics:

    3rd October @ 11.30am – Veggie Scrap Fritters + Composting

    10th October @ 11.30am – Whole Citrus Fruit Cake + Worm farming

    24th October @ 11.30am – DIY Mayonnaise & Salad Dressings from Scratch + Storing produce to last

    Register here > 

    10 October – Environmental Anxiety – Turn the Overwhelm into Empowerment
    Zero Waste Victoria and Rachel Sietzema present a free workshop that will teach you strategies to turn overwhelming feelings from environmental anxiety into empowering actions to make being environmentally conscious and waste-free easier. Transform yourself, your friends and family, and your world. Book here >

    10 October – Follow Your Waste online tour
    Learn about what happens to your waste. Visit a closed landfill to learn about power generation from landfill gas, find out where your food and garden waste goes to and what happens to it, what can and can’t be recycled, and more. Register here >

    15 October – Backyard Bird Talk
    Celebrate National Bird Week with Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia. Holly will teach you how to ID birds and participate in this year’s Aussie Backyard Bird Count, an activity for all-ages that involves observing and counting the birds that live near you. Register here > 

    16 October – Climate Change and the Future of Montane Birds in the Northeast
    Explore how climate change is forcing northeastern flora and fauna to rapidly adapt, with a focus on the future of montane birds. Register here >

    18 October – Knox City Council Stringybark Festival

    Stringybark Festival celebrates home grown creativity, sustainability stories, backyard projects and the local community, offering patrons a unique mix of virtual programs including workshops, presentations and performances. The main program will be live-streamed to Facebook  on Sunday 18 October from 9am – 9pm. This virtual program includes Backyard Kitchen, Bush Foods, Sustainable Homes – Indoor Plant Design & Care, Beeswax Lip Balm Making, Family Yoga, Reptile Encounters, Nature Play Journaling and more. Also book free workshops presented via Zoom. Workshops include ‘Your path to sustainability’, ‘Thinking green when building, renovating and decorating’, ‘Your gardening questions answered’, ‘The age old art of preserving’ and ‘Kids backyard science’.

    View the full program here >  or register your interest on Facebook here >

    21 October  – Attracting Small Birds
    An introductory webinar on attracting small birds to your garden. Hosted by Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia. Register here >

    28 October – Inviting Small Birds to your Garden
    Learn what you can do in your garden to attract and protect small playful birds. This online webinar is presented by Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia. Register here >

    NOVEMBER 2020

    10 November – Follow Your Waste online tour
    Learn about what happens to your waste. Visit a closed landfill to learn about power generation from landfill gas, find out where your food and garden waste goes to and what happens to it, what can and can’t be recycled, and more. Register here >

    Sustainable Living Resources:

    Repair Cafés
    Need an item repaired? Save it from landfill by getting it fixed at a Repair Café. View Melbourne Repair Café locations here >

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