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 …

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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Our 2nd 100 Mile Meal @ Kinfolk (local as!)

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND for one last outdoor gathering in the Kinfolk Cafe Gardens.

February’s 100 Mile Meal was our first attempt to socialise and collect new ideas with catering. It worked! One exciting outcome was an offer by Vera Ross to run a workshop to show people how to make their own natural skincare creams (booking details further down). Some people reportedly were disappointed there wasn’t more opportunity to mix & mingle so we’ve taken that feedback on board as well. Once again, $20 pp with meat or vegetarian options (and don’t forget, Kinfolk are always willing to cater for special dietary needs. Just contact them to make arrangements) BYO favourite drinks as well.

MENU  (coming soon)

Vegetarian OR Meat option (plus catering for special dietary needs by private arrangement)

BOOKINGS  (see Eventbrite RSVP link on right sidebar of page)

100 Mile Meal – a very mellow evening

The inaugural 100 Mile Meal @ Kinfolk was a brilliant, relaxed success!

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Our very first free range gathering (ie. purely social, no agendas or even movies!!) It was a wonderful combination of great venue, great company, and a superb, balmy, summer evening. If there was a tiny agenda, it was to widen the conversation about what Hills people envision locally in the transition to a more sustainable, life-centred future. Big tick there!

So … lots of discussion and ideas for future local projects (and not too late to send in yours either).  Jenny invited people to join in the support team (along with having initial dialogue with Mundaring Shire about Divestment of funds from fossil fuels; Vera offered to show people how to make their own natural skincare creams (that one filled up fast!); Selene spoke about the gathering of Transition groups from around the Metro area; Amanda from Wasteless Pantry joined in and shared how much support locals have given to their bold packaging-free venture in Mundaring.

Possibly the best part of the evening: being able to come together to share ideas, good food, nice wine AND support businesses with similar values-based vision.

Especial Thanks to the amazing Kinfolk team JODIE, MARK & CHEF JIM who went above & beyond the original brief. Just look at all the amazing information they provided about the local food suppliers.

100 Mile Meal Kinfolks suppliers and ethos

Breaking ground soon … in Chidlow

Nothing is closer to Transition’s heart than people creating food together locally. It is a radical act of reclaiming and healing our broken food system. So how happy are we that another Community is sprouting it’s own village veggie plot. VERY HAPPY! Just look at this photo of them … a good looking bunch (and that’s referring to John’s silverbeet !!) You can read all about their vision – and how to join in with them – in this Hills Gazette article


Chidlow community gardeners , ready to dig in

Food that’s fresh as …

Well, we had our first fresh Food Share in the park @ Glen Forrest this morning. It was a great start with lots of interesting herbs, veggies, fruit, plants etc to share. We started around 9.45a and it was all done by 10.30a. It doesn’t take up your whole morning, still with plenty of time for chatting! Thankyou to Lizzy & Jonny for keeping the flame alive for this great sharing event.

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