Saturday, 31 October 2009

Djerriwarrah Festival

November 7th, our Sustainable Living Group has a stand at the annual DJ festival.  We will be located in the Environmental Hub which I believe will be on the grassed area near the Honey Shack across High Street from the Community Hall.  We will be there from 0900 - 1700. 

The stall will be manned by willing volunteers (members & friends) who are more than willing to share their own sustainable living journeys with anyone who pays us a visit.  We will also be selling some vegetable seedlings with all proceeds going back into the group. 

We will have educational displays and many donated handouts about the following themes;
  • Growing your own food
  • Water saving (rain water harvesting/grey water use)
  • Renewable energy
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Urban poultry
  • Energy conservation,
  • and much more!
Come along, drop by and you will learn to save money and preserve the environment.  You may even want to join our group!  New members are always welcome.

Warm regards,

Gavin Webber

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Local Cheese Making Courses

Hi Members and Friends,

Great news for those who expressed interest in cheese making courses.  There will be two courses held at the Melton South Community Centre in November 2009.  Here are the details from the Melton Shire Learning Directory Term 4:

Cheese Making - Basic Class

Make your choice of either Wensleydale, Feta, Haloumi, Parmesan or Cheddar. You can then add your own spices and flavours to personalise you cheese.
Date: Sunday 8 November 2009 from 10.00am - 3.00pm
Cost: $55.00 includes lunch
Contact:    Melton South Community Centre

Cheese Making - Mould Course
Choose from Brie, Camembert, Blue Vein or Stilton. These soft cheeses have the addition of either white or blue mould and have a slightly different preparation technique.
Date:    Sunday 15 November 2009 from 10.00am - 3.00pm
Cost:    $65.00 includes lunch
Contact: Melton South Community Centre

To book call the community centre direct during business hours.
Melton South Community Centre Inc
26 Exford Rd, Melton South

Be quick as these courses fill up fast.  I have previously attended both courses and found them fun and stimulating.  As most of the members know, I went on to make many cheeses and it is now one of my main hobbies.

To read about the cheese making courses I attended, have a read of "Homemade Feta, or Gromit I Found the Cheese!" which describes my experiance at the basic cheese course, and "Stilton, or I Got The Stinky Blues!", which describes the mould course.  Like I said, I had a ball and the instructors were knowledgable and helpful during both days.

I hope that you find the time to give it a go.  Artisan cheese making was a skill that until a few years ago that was nearly dead in this country.  There has been a big resurgence of late to relearn these disappearing arts, so lets help revive it further.  Wouldn't it be great to have a MSLG meeting next year just to sample home made produce and cheese?  You can't get much more sustainable by making your own cheese, other than owning your own cow or goat that is!


Tuesday, 6 October 2009 - 24th October 2009

As discussed at the last meeting, here is some more information about campaigns in our local area.  Click on the links for more information.

The Big Picture hosted by BREAZE in Ballarat.

ATA's 350 Photo Challenge.  Danni, and I have already submitted photos to this campaign.

and finally, on Friday 23rd October, MGC Pedal Powered Launch Party.  They are powering the event using Future Spark to generate enough electricity into the grid to power the show.  Comedian Rod Quantock will MC the entertainment and perform his show, “Bugger the Polar Bears, this is serious” starting at 7pm.  I wrote about Rod Quantocks show on a post called "Rod Quantock's Guide to Climate Change". 

As for our own campaign, I am all ears, but we will need to act fast!  Post ideas for a local Melton event via comments so that we can organise something quickly, or if we can't organise quickly enough then I can contact the Melbourne Girls College for tickets to the show on Friday, and contact BREAZE regarding attendance at the Big Picture.  Car pooling where we can of course to get to these events if that is what we choose to do.

For an explanation of what all the hullabaloo is all about, click the graph above for a simple explanation of the science of climate change and what the number 350 is all about!

I have dual posted this at both the Melton Sustainable Living Group site and The Greening of Gavin in the hope to capture the hearts and souls of concerned Melton Locals.