While the weather has been warm and the days long, a few of us have been gathering at the garden in the late afternoon midweek. This week, and for the next few weeks, we’ll meet at the garden from 5 pm on Tuesday evenings for some weeding, planting, and feeding of the garden beds in preparation for our next season of planting. This is in addition to our Sunday morning gardening bees, which continue as usual..
We know Sundays don’t suit a lot of people, here’s hoping you can make it along on Tuesday for an hour or so? Also on Tuesday, Kaz is keen to propose and discuss a strategy for where and how we source our seeds to ensure they are good quality. Please bring along your ideas and suggestions.
And last, Jenny, our compost co-ordinator extraordinaire, will be out of town (indeed out of the country) for the last couple of weeks of February, and the first week of March. This means we need a volunteer to fill in for Jen on her weekly compost collecting run – every Thursday or Friday from Cucina, Beanstalk and the Flame Tree Co-op. for a few weeks in February/March (and ideally, if you could share the job with Jen when she gets back I’m sure that would be a great help to her).
Can anyone help? Please let us know now, so Jenny can show you the ropes before she leaves for vacation.
See you down at the garden tomorrow!
We had a great time at our Open Day on September 23rd. Thanks to everyone who attended.
We would also like to send our sincere thanks to Peter Button for welcoming us on behalf of the Dharawal custodians of the land, and for his music.
Thanks to all of the other musicians who donated their time:
- The Emma Kelley Trio: Bertie Mcmahon on bass, Patrick Kell on keys, Emma on Sax
- Rockin’ Russ and Josh Smith (thanks Josh too for being the super-roadie! and thanks to a local Hotel for loaning sound equipment)
- China and his band: China Pingnam bass, Andy Matthews guitar/vocals, Dave Deeds drums
We would also like to thank the local businesses who donated bread rolls and sausages for our barbeque, and plants and tools for our herb spiral and garden.
And a huge thankyou also to our marvelous neighbours Anne and Trevor for donating the electricity and putting up with us – not just on the open day, but 24/7 supporters and guardians of our garden!
The materials for the herb spirals – the lucerne, straw, hay and cow manure – were purchased for us by Wollongong Council from a fund allocated to helping purchase resources for Wollongong community gardens. And huge thanks in particular to Vanessa John for not only informing us of this funding opportunity, but purchasing and arranging delivery of the materials direct to our site.
And last but not least the hard-working members of the Thirroul Gardeners (you know who you are! But a special shout out to event organizers including Kazie, Kade, Paul, Robert, Camille, Paddy, Julie, Jenny, Vicki, Alex, Colin, THANKS!) and their friends and family (Maree! Pete!, Mark, Yoshie, Karen!, Peter, Lisa, Lani, Stuart, and more!) who worked so hard to make this happen.
Photos by Camille
An inspiring TED talk by Pam Wahurst of Todmorden England. Community vision, communication and determination.
LINK TO RESOURCE INFO – http://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/resources/incredible-edible-starter-kit
Spring is here there’s plenty to do, so its time to get some more hands on deck.
Now we have Team Leaders for our sub-committees we need you to get involved with an area of garden development that interests you.
If you live in the local area and neighbouring suburbs of Thirroul and would like to be involved in the grassroots development of the garden then please join one of the sub-committees below by emailing your details to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sub-Committee Team Leader
Fundraising and Events Kazie Bent
Bushcare Vicki Marchant
Water Ian Miles
Documentation and Arts Camille Favoloro
Soil Health/ Compost Paddy Lane
Site Co-ordinator Robert Haley
Education Paddy Lane
Communications and social media Julie Reed
Structures Andrew Saunders
A film for you to watch and contemplate. Helping you to understand the impending global crisis – who controls the food and your nutrition.
Big Government will do what Big Business wants them to do – keep Big Farming alive. But on closer examination that Big System is falling apart at the very foundations – the soil itself.
Petroleum Companies supply Chemical companies that force feed mono-cultures with chemicals that ultimately destroy soil life and vitality which in turn produce food of poor nutritional value.
Please take time out from the mainstream to learn about whats going on today.
This film is about local communities taking control of the food they eat.