PRUNING AGAIN this Thursday !!

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This VERY short notice opportunity has opened up back at the orchard we were going to have the July Pruning Workshop at … before it was seriously rained out!

We’ll be helping Neville, the owner, with more winter pruning, possibly apples & grapes this time.

A great opportunity to help out and gain some skills at the same time. Just rock up at the orchard.

  DATE & TIME   Thur 25 Aug , 9.45am
  LOCATION   565 Bedford Street, Mt Helena (look for MiT sign)
  WHAT TO BRING   Your gloves, secateurs, loppers, branch saws etc

Digging in for Tree Day

SCHOOLS’ TREE DAY at Mundaring Primary School, last Friday 29 July. Students from Kindy to Year 6 commemorated Schools’ Tree Day by planting activities with their buddy classes in the Early Childhood Centre. The day was extra special because it was the first event in which members from Mundaring in Transition (MiT) assisted. Many thanks to Barbara Shepherd and Ken Graham, the volunteers from MiT.

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Clothes Swap & Soup before our movie on Wed, July 27

Our July movie event is a movie about the effects of the globalisation of the fashion industry and some very unsustainable practices.

CLOTHES SWAP & SOUP

We’ll be starting earlier at 6pm with some crusty bread & homemade vego soup (gold coin donation) and a bit of a Clothes Swap. So bring along items you no longer need – kid’s, men’s or women’s. Could be perfect for someone else. It’s a great way to recycle.

MOVIE AT 7PM

THE TRUE COST

Spreading the Plastic Free July message

Lots of people turned up to share the buzz and get some inspiration & support for Plastic Free July. The weather was sunny & bright, perfect for the stall outside at Midland Farmer’s Market and for the speakers and activities inside the beautifully refurbished historical Old Midland Courthouse. It was a great collaborative effort organised by EMRC, Swan Shire, HSG, Wasteless Pantry & MiT. Huge THANK YOU to all the super speakers & demo helpers who contributed to the morning.

3 Ben wicking box demo.with Lachie1a eco faerie paint setting up 5a Nola cleaning diy 4 HSG ladies 6c making wraps 2 PFJ colour & fun 7 Faerie Vanessa helping bag makers 6b Joyce helping wraps with Rebecca 4b pasta maker

 

Plastic Paradise – June movie

The perfect movie to motivate us for Plastic Free July (and onwards). It takes us on a journey to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way, scientists, celebrities, legislators, and activists shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans, and what it may be doing to our health.

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Cider Making Day in Mundaring

Cider Making Day was a blast.

Despite a pretty off-putting weather forecast, chilly morning temperatures etc., our intrepid cidermakers arrived in the early morning mists and rolled up their sleeves for apple action! It helped enormously that Mark & Jodie (our hosts) had a warm, welcoming fire going in the pizza oven. We all gathered around with hot drinks and listened to Peter Lewis-Affleck’s talk. Most of us were quite unaware of what an interesting history cider has. It was once used as currency – part of a worker’s wages no less! No wonder they could labour so hard & long! Today’s carbonated, commercial version is a pale imitation of the original cider. So we are looking forward to some interesting variety coming out of this cider harvest in a month or two, when hopefully we can get together to compare vintages. We’ve had some really positive feedback for Peter’s workshop and LOTS of request for another. Next harvest season maybe …
A huge thankyou to Peter, Mark & Jodie for volunteering their time and resources for a super community initiative. It was the best fun!! Just look at the evidence …

Mark & Jodies house small banner3 the apple bunch around Peter from Regina8 prepping apples 2 from Regina9 prepping apples 3 from Regina10 prepping apples from Regina11 apples ready for the smasher from Regina17 Presses20 Sampling the juice from Regina21 decanting juice 2 from Regina22 decanting juice 3 from Regina24 apple pomace from Regina25 apple juice ready to go from Regina

Visit Mike & Sally’s Garden in Sawyers

Sat 23 April, 10am

House backs on to Sawyers Valley Oval  (park at Oval)
Bring something tasty to share for morning tea.

Lots of good ideas here. Sally & Mike are both artists at heart: a potter and stonemason (he built the fab pizza oven at Glen Forrest Community Garden). This is Mike’s take on Permaculture author Linda Woodrow’s chicken dome tractor. The chooks do the pre-cultivation & fertilisation, then he plants vegies on the spot after the dome & chooks rotate on to the next quadrant. Works a charm! Also, their first edible garden enclosed by impressive rendered strawbale walls. 

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