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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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 http://www.communitynews.com.au/news/Village-garden-idea-blooming/7679670

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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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Want to be part of a Garden & Produce Share?

LOVE REAL FOOD? HATE WASTE? LOVE TO SHARE? Well so do we!!!
On Wed 21 Oct – along with the Fair FOOD documentary – we’re testing out our first GARDEN & PRODUCE SHARE before launching a Sunday morn event. Bring along your surplus: plants, seeds, produce, garden mags, egg cartons, jars etc. All free to share (movie as usual by donation to support venue costs ) Discussion also after doco.

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Our June Meetup Movie “Voices of Transition”

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.

Voices of Transition

 

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