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)
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.
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.
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 http://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Village-garden-idea-blooming/7679670
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.
WED, JUNE 17, 6.45pm for cuppa & help set up – movie at 7.30pm
The Connection Centre,
1470 Stoneville Rd, Mundaring
A film which is optimistic but clear-sighted. It makes clear that these current and impending crises are, in fact, positive challenges! Voices of Transition is an inspiring, award-winning movie about how to achieve a better (food) system. The film showcases community-led action in Cuba, innovative farming methods in France and the powerful Transition movement in the UK.