Bag It! (in style)

Our next Sewing Day back in the lovely surroundings of Helena House Hall at Helena College Darlington Campus. First Tuesday of the month. Please check in at the Admin. Building first before coming to the Hall on the Lower Ground Level entrance from the rear is best.

TUES Sept. 5
10AM – 2PM
Helena College Darlington Campus, Helena House Hall
145 Ryecroft Road, Darlington, WA 6070

We need lots of these alternative bags to help our community transition to the plastic-free shopping habit of bringing their own bags. Come and join in some creative fun (with a social purpose). There are plenty of non-sewing jobs, but these things are always needed:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • overlocker
  • material (to donate)
  • cotton

These community-created Boomerang Bags are placed at participating local shops and are available free to Borrow & Bring Back. They encourage a habit of re-use amongst local shoppers and are part of a transitional strategy to encourage the use of natural alternatives AND Ban Single-use Plastic Bags in our Shire (and the world)!

This is a joint campaign by the Wasteless Pantry and Mundaring in Transition.
Hope we see you soon, so sign up for Workshop Reminders.

Giving Back – Service & Action

Boomerang Bag making with just a few days notice, a rainy day and yet … we had a hugely productive day. Especially thanks to the younger generation “doin’ time with Nan”. That’s Community Service time, an idea we’re keen to see replicated all over the Shire. Will these Facebook pics do as proof for Helena College, or do we need to sign your logs. Bonus …. there were yummy cookies as well! What are you waiting for? Organise a sewing group soon. We can help you. Contact transition@mt.org.au

No waste, no worries … make cider

Thanks to our wonderful MiT volunteer apple pickers, a large proportion of the 700kg we sourced for our Community Apple Cider Making Day were windfalls. Saved from the waste pile, but perfectly fine for cider.
A whole bunch of Hills locals gathered at Jodie & Mark Hutton’s characterful home on the rural outskirts of Mundaring to be part of the hectic, hands-on buzz of transforming a huge trailer load of fruit into wonderful cider juice. Peter Lewis-Affleck did a fabulous job of explaining the history & the processes of cider making, and coordinated all the energetic activity. An impromtu (and incredibly generous) donation of organic pears by Rob of POP – Parkerville Organic Produce was wildly popular, adding to the great community spirit of the day. Still plenty of time for sharing stories, making new contacts, swapping food ideas, drinking good coffee and best of all: having hosts who just kept the woodfired pizzas coming for hours! Legends.

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.

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.

Pruning with ducks sitting Pruning listening to Neville Pruning 1 Pruning Lachie with dog and eggs Pruning lachie in tree Pruning in grape arbor Pruning frank jim gail before

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

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

 

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