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

 

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

Natural Face Cream Workshops

Learn how to make quality natural skin creams. Our dear friend Vera Ross is an experienced Aromatherapist and has offered to guide some hands-on, natural skin cream making workshops.
Cost will be strictly to cover materials used, around $10 – $15 depending on the size jar you bring and oils you choose. The venue is Vera’s kitchen in Parkerville, with numbers limited to about 10. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR NEXT WORKSHOP.
Bookings & Enquiries:
Vera   0401 403 451     OR    vera4harmony@gmail.com

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