Our Fruit Squad bring an Olive Harvest in

A whole bunch of people from our Fruit Squad rocked up to Karin’s beautiful olive orchard in Stoneville to help pick 500kgs of olives! It definitely wasn’t all hard work though. The food breaks were pretty good .. there’ll be a queue if we ever get invited back here again
Haven’t heard about our Fruit Squad mob? Check it out here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fruit-squad-alerts-tickets-31627838717

Making change happen

These bags are taking off! We’re ready to help take it to the next level and help YOU initiate some bagmaking. We’re happy to help with volunteers and advice to get you started. Get your resources together. Get your kids helping during the holidays.
Can’t spare the time, but love to contribute? Consider a small donation.
Lots of ways to get involved.

Bag makers at work

Not everybody was deterred by the heavy rains on Thursday. We still had a great group  cutting out, sewing, ironing bags and stamping logos. The collection of Boomerang Bags will soon be appearing in local stores as a “borrow & bring back” alternative to single-use plastic shopping bags. Look for them at Woolworths, Hills Fresh and The Wasteless Pantry. Stay tuned for more bag making opportunities soon. Or if you just can’t wait, call in to the Wasteless Pantry to get some pocket logos – or even some cut out kits – to take home and get crafting.

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.

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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