Garden & Produce Share on again

Hills Food Share
Got a glut of oranges, or zucchini coming out your ears? Then join us to share your excess garden produce, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, plants, gardening magazines, handmade soaps etc.
Everyone welcome. Bring things to share, take what you can use. No money, just sharing.
Come and meet some locals, share stories, find out what others are growing at the moment and get some tips on how to make your fruit and vegetables happy.
Garden looking a bit bare? Then bring along something for morning tea, or just bring your smile!
Held the third Sunday of every month, 9-10am at

MJ Morgan Reserve (Train Park),
Railway Tce, Glen Forrest.

Subscribe to the newsletter or visit the MiT Facebook page for more details.

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Fantastic Festival — all for Free!

No Money, No Power, No Waste — that was the ethos behind The Festival of Forgotten Skills down at the Glen Forrest Community Garden. We were proud to be part of what turned out to be a HUGE SUCCESS. Congratulations to the organisers for a fabulous community event. Everything donated and free. Free demos of spinning, crocheting, papermaking, pruning, basketmaking, scithing, wicking boxes and heaps of stuff to SHARE: clothes, seeds, plants and garden produce; kids activities and games. As well as the woodfired pizza demos.vanessa-making kids-making-2 joyce-and-kids papermaking-demo sally-and-banner decorated-pendants free-stuff-to-share ross-the-pruning-demo pizzasHope I haven’t forgotten any of the amazing community members who showed up to share their skills AND brought their own shade & gear as well. LOCAL LEGENDS.

Interested in Transition in Kalamunda?

Good News! Transition moves are happening over in the Kalamunda area. Adele has taken the initiative to get it all moving, launching a Facebook page as a gathering point. Well done!! Spread the word.

Here’s the link and part of the first post:

https://www.facebook.com/transitiontownkalamunda/

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“Transition Town Kalamunda has broken out of it’s shell. And slowly this fledgling will make its way to the edge of the nest.

One day soon she will be ready to fly.

In the meantime if you are a Shire of Kalamunda local or a wanna-be, feel free to contact me about plans for the new year and how Transition Town Kalamunda will become a fully functioning entity.”

Email: transitiontownkala@gmail.com

Spring Seed Share

The Down to Earth mob’s Spring Seed Sharing & Planting (Sat morning 10 Sep) was great fun, as usual. Some hands-on seed raising soil mixing, then share, plant & socialise in that order. Vera explained that the e calendula flowers that were growing there in abundance, could be infused in oil for several weeks to be the base of a healing cream (stay tuned for more cream making)

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Very satisfying pruning visit

Amazing weather for our short notice pruning visit to help & learn from Neville & Aglea at their extensive orchard in Mt Helena. Surrounded by mango, avocado, feijoa, grape, kiwi and every description of citrus under the sun … Heaven! Despite the short notice, 10 adults and one little person, tree climber, egg collector 🙂 We started out with a bit of sharpening maintenance then headed to a venerable apple tree to start practicing with Neville’s encouragement “Don’t be afraid to get stuck in!” So we did. Good fun.

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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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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 …

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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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