Monthly Archives: April 2017

Our Coffee Beans have been roasted!


We have about 300g of coffee from the two plants in the garden, which have gone through the long process from harvest to roasting. Certainly a learning curve for us.

Drew and Dave from Delano’s in Montague st, are excited to taste coffee produced locally and at low altitude.

If anyone can come today to taste the coffee at their cafe, call me. 0467640833 . I will bring the coffee to the garden to share. It would be great to brew┬áit up on the rocket stove….


There are plenty of cherries on our two bushes, which will ripen in the next few months. Process:

  1. Harvest only the very deep red cherries, weekly for a few months. (Keep some aside for propagating).
  2. Soak -remove floaters,
  3. hull (Delanos have a little hand cranked machine),
  4. sun/air dry carefully, hull again (different machine) to remove parchment,
  5. test moisture content,
  6. roast.





While I’ve remembered how to do this blogg thing……

You have probably noticed that a few of the chickens are moulting – they are ok- feathers will be back on by winter proper, egg production will go down.

One black chicken is broody- and looks terrible- not eating etc not sure what to do about her. I lift her off and put her near the food




Casual meeting

5.30pm Wednesday, 12th April @ 44 Moore Street, Austinmer

If anyone would like to come and share some food, and discuss garden issues, welcome.

On the agenda will be- the Environmental Trust Environmental Education Expression of interest, that SOL (mudfun) and the Uni put together. Relates to increasing activity at the garden

– the grassed verge that council manages

-a poo trip, chicken coop and other future projects…..

Rhiannon (0467640833)