First Transition Brunswick Meetup Event

Transition Brunswick Breakfast

Join in for a casual breakfast or coffee to celebrate the launch of the Transition Brunswick Meetup site.

Meet and get to know each other and talk about all or anything Transition Brunswick.

Wear a flower (or something leafy and green) in your button hole to help find each other.

When and Where
Sunday 24th July 9.30am
Jellystone Café
179 Albion Street Brunswick,
(Just east of Sydney Road)—maps


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Transition Brunswick Meetup Site Launched

The Transition Brunswick team have been looking for a better way to keep in touch. The aim is to make the network more open and accessible to all members to participate in any way that they want and help build a more vibrant and collaborative Transition Brunswick

Join Transition Brunswick Meetup

You can post events, pictures and meet ups or just keep up with what is happening. You can contribute as rarely or as often as you want.

Hope to see you there soon!

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Learn Earthbag Building at South Melbourne Commons

If you missed out on earlier workshops and working bees, Earthbag building at South Melbourne Comons continues! It’s not too late to learn a bit about earthbag building for use in projects closer to home 🙂


The South Melbourne Commons Food Garden team invites you to take part in our skill-sharing event on rammed earth building with earthbags. You can come on either or both days!

Sunday 26th June 2011, 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10th July, 2011, 10am – 4pm

South Melbourne Commons
Corner of Bank & Montague St,
South Melbourne

The South Melbourne Commons is a joint venture between the Father Bob Maguire Foundation and Friends of the Earth – a new community hub that reconnects people back to a sense of place and belonging.

What is Earthbag building?
Learn more here

What does the start of our earthbag retaining wall look like at the South Melbourne Commons?

First wall almost complete!

Our 100 meter long curvy retaining wall is inspired by the keyhole design with a view of maximising edge and creating an aesthetically pleasing functional space for South Melbourne Commons café patrons to sit within. Serving multiple purposes, the wall will also serve as a casual seating area and be a fun walking adventure for children. The walls thermal mass should assist to create a microclimate for early Spring planting and an extended Summer growing season. The garden team will talk over their design and invite participants to comment on plant selection for make the best use of horizontal and vertical space whilst balancing a mix of perennial and annual planting to provide colour, beauty and yield in the garden beds all year long.

Concept sketch of café garden

The focus of the skill-share days will be to pass on the knowledge required to make rammed earth retaining walls using earthbag building techniques. By the end of the day participants will have all the knowledge they need to start their own earthbag building project.

We’ll cover the basics of Earthbag building: testing soil, mixing, filling, laying, arranging, and tamping earthbags before applying a render finish in each day.

RSVP essential:
Contact Charlie on 0403 216 252 or
(20 places available for each day)

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Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival

This event has already passed but it’s wonderful to see stories from Darebin veggie gardeners! We should do this in Brunswick too.

Find out more about the festival here:

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South Melbourne Commons Weekend Working Bee

Come and help us construct a 100m long raised garden bed for the Commons using earthbags!

Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 between 10am – 4pm  (come when you can)
South Melbourne Commons – Corner of Bank & Montague St, South Melbourne

Free hot YUMMY lunch

We’ll be putting into practice the skills learned during the previous weeks earthbag workshop to build a 100m long, half meter high curvy retaining wall that will become our café garden beds.  It should be lots of fun and we are happy to share some of the knowledge gained during the previous weekend workshop.  Come and join us –  ‘learn by doing’ – Get active, meet new people and make a difference.

Please RSVP  Martin on 0403 440 996 or [at]

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Earthbag Workshop at South Melbourne Commons!

Learn to transform dirt into walls
under the expert tuition of Guiding Star Creations

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May 2011, 9am – 5pm
South Melbourne Commons – Corner of Bank & Montague St, South Melbourne
** Free evening information session Friday May 20th 6.30pm **

See the event flyer

Anyone can utilise the dirt from beneath their feet to create unique retaining walls – in a manner that is dirt cheap, easy to learn and seriously environmentally friendly!  Join the Commons Permablitz garden team and the experts from Guiding Star Creations in our two day workshop where you will learn how to build garden beds and raised wall structures using Earthbags.

This workshop will teach you how to design your project, test dirt, plan it out, and do all things earthbag: Mix, fill, lay, arrange, and tamp them down before applying a render finish. Participants will help begin construction of a long curvy raised garden bed at the South Melbourne Commons

Bookings essential.
Only 5 places out of 30 are left for the weekend workshop.

Early Bird Price:
Adult $150. Student / Concession: $100 (valid before Friday May 14th for Friends of the South Melbourne Commons on our email list)

Normal price:
Adult $200. Student / concession: $150.

For bookings or more information contact:
Martin on 0403 440 996 or [at]

The FREE information evening on Friday May 20th 6.30pm at the South Melbourne Commons will present a slide show and talk by Guiding Star on their work with earthbags.  Come along and see what is possible and be inspired.  RSVP preferred.

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Growing Abundance ABC Radio National Bush Telegraph Report

A fantastic story about a group of passionate gardeners in Castlemaine in Central Victoria and their work on harvesting and preserving excess fruit from private and public fruit trees.

This is Bush Telegraph story webpage:

But for perhaps a limited time (maybe another week?) you can listen to the story as a download or podcast from here:
See Tuesday 22 February 2011,
1141 Growing abundance in Castlemaine

And the groups page on the Castlemaine Community House website:

I would love to be working on something like this!

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Night Eyes helmet lights ‘instructables’ workshop 1pm March 19, 2011

Night Eyes helmet lights ‘instructables’ workshop
1pm March 19, 2011 (At Ceres in Brunswick).

In this workshop, we will be teaching you how to use “electrickery” to make your own cool helmet lights. All you need is a helmet with a fairly horizontal visor and $12 for the parts. All other equipment supplied. You will learn how to wire up a simple parallel circuit, how to solder, mount the lights on your helmet and come away with a set of fully operational, and very original (and bright! – each 18,000 mcd) lights.

RSVP:     by March 12 essential: Geoff 0418 864 398
COST:     $12 for the parts. (All tools supplied)
VENUE:  The Merri Room, below the Van Raay Centre, CERES in East Brunswick.
BRING:   Your helmet. and a small afternoon tea snack to share.

• Organised in conjunction with BikeFun Melbourne, Transition Brunswick
• Venue funded by Zero Carbon Moreland – Thanks ZCM!

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Luscombe Street Community Garden Gig – Sunday 20th February 12–7pm

Check out the Luscombe Street Community Garden gig coming up this Sunday!

The event is to raise funds and awareness for the garden so they can continue their  commitment to local, fresh and healthful produce.

“It will be a lovely afternoon hanging out in the garden to the tunes of live local bands, while you chow down on a luscious lunch made fresh from the garden, and swig away at some beers, wine and cider.” (from Nicole and Permaculture Inner North)

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A Café Culture of Community

A cosy little café Kitchen Kultcha on Glenlyon Road in Brunswick is doing something extra special. Head chef Daniel buys local for his kitchen. Not just ‘market garden’ local, but produce from home gardens in the neighbourhood!

The town where Daniel grew up in New Zealand had a strong sense of community. “Most of the food we ate came from our backyard and from neighbours and friends.” Now Daniel wants to recreate this through the culture of the café.

Daniel points out that not long ago very few cafés sourced free range eggs and customers had to specifically ask where eggs came from. The balance has shifted and now free range are the norm in most cafés. He now hopes to do the same with organic pork and by sourcing food from the community. He hopes these actions will help will build a trend towards sustainable living being the norm.

Kitchen Kultcha’s local produce initiative is advertised only through a small sign in their window, and most people find out by word of mouth. Most days see people bringing in something for the café, usually from the immediate neighbourhood. After checking it for quality and price, Daniel finds it is easier to barter produce for something of equal value from the the menu. This avoids issues with paying and people trying to make a quick buck, but mainly it fosters building relationships and a sense of community in the local area.

Posted in Stories of Brunswick