Grow It, Cook It

Span has an extensive community garden and likes to share and use the produce in our classes and with the community.The garden is going from strength to strength in its varied produce, engagement with the community and developing new sustainable activities that not only benefit Span and our participants but the whole community. Our cooking tutors are skilled and experienced with wonderful imaginations and like to try new and different combinations.

Cooking for Healthy Minds and Cooking for All Abilities (Introduction to Cooking and Hospitality)

Tutor Catherine Donnelly

Learn cooking skills in this hands on and demonstration class. Using fresh seasonal ingredients and garden produce, learn planning, preparation and presentation skills. Family carers looking for a social connection are also encouraged to attend. This class is supported by program staff as well as an experience cook.

Tuesdays 10.00am–12.30pm
Term 3 16 July – 17 September
Term fees Full $408 Concession $371 ACFE $67
Term 4 8 October – 10 December (no class 5 November)
Term fees Full
$367 Concession $334 ACFE $67

Cooking for Healthy Minds

Tutor Catherine Donnelly

Experience and enjoy demonstration and hands-on cooking, sharing recipes and using seasonal produce. This class is for participants living with or recovering from a mental health illness, have a mild disability or a long term condition. Family carers looking for a social connection are also encouraged to attend.

Tuesdays 1.30pm-3.30pm
Term 3 16 July – 17 September
Term 4 8 October – 10 December (no class 5 November)
Term fees
ACFE $67

Introduction to Horticulture

Do you wish you could grow your own food but you’re not sure where to start? This course is designed for people wanting to gain the practical skills necessary to design, plant and maintain productive gardens. You will learn all the stteps involved in creating a garden, from how to select the best site, through to soil preparation, different types of growing methods, organic pest management, companion planting, irrigation, maintenance and harvesting. With the right knowledge and skills, anyone can become a ‘green thumb’ and grow their own beautiful gardens. Come along to this course to find out how! Early bird, 10 working days, 5% discount. Please contact East Preston Community Centre 8470 8107 to register your interest.

Term 1 14 February – 18 April
Thursdays 12.30pm-2.30pm
Where East Preston Community Centre
Tutor Audrey Beard
Fees  Full  $278 Concession $253 ACFE $40

Term 4 10 October-28 November
Thursdays 12.30pm-3.00pm
Where Melbourne Innovation Centre, corner Wingrove St & Parklands Ave Alphington
Tutor TBC
Fees  Full  $278 Concession $253 ACFE $40

Preserving Seasonal Fruit

Tutor Catherine Donnelly

Learn methods, skills and use seasonal produce. Take home your work! Contact Span to register your interest and we shall contact you to let you know when the preserving of the season is ready to go ahead.

Dates, Time and Fees Dependant upon materials and seasonal fruit

Good Bugs Community Garden Group

No garden of your own? Would you like be able to share some fresh produce? Come and join the Span gardening team in Norma’s Thyme Garden, the community garden at Span. Wheelchair accessible, fun and supportive. You just need your skills, or want to develop skills.

Wednesdays 10.00am–12.30pm
Date  ongoing
Free HACC-PYP & CHSP supported

Special Interest Cooking Classes

Span likes to offer classes for those of all ages, who wish to learn more about a particular cuisine
or method. You could join a class, or arrange a class with your own friends and family. Contact Span with a suggestion.

Norma’s Thyme Garden

The community garden is an ever expanding project. We welcome volunteers  and community to assist, share and learn in the garden. Bring your project ideas to contribute to the garden, our natural building projects, composting program and our sustainable activities. This will enable Span and the community to boost our gardens potential. Please contact Span with your interests and ideas for our garden.

Fruit Pick-up

Each week Span is supplied with fresh fruit by Second Bite. Visit Span and share.


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