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What’s on at the Mullum Community Gardens this month? How can you get involved? Read on…

** Dear friends, members and volunteers,
Here’s your monthly newsletter from the Mullum Community Gardens for November…

The month of October has seen a buzz of activity preparing the gardens for our second annual food festival (tomorrow). A HUGE THANKYOU to all the amazing volunteers, POD leaders, members and ring-in’s for working so hard to get your area at the gardens looking its best for the big day.
Living food and soil festival poster Sat 27th 10-4pm @ MCG
The line up of workshops, entertainment, stalls and food is looking amazing! CLICK HERE for a FESTIVAL SNEEK PREVIEW ( at the exciting line up!

It’s not too late to get involved, the more hands on deck, the more fun to be had. Get in touch with Sainttina to find out how you can help on 0402 170 846, or, if you’re interested in helping out with any of the following areas, contact the appropriate person below…

Here’s how you can help and who to contact:
Volunteers in the lead up and on the day Contact Pippy on 0411 835 663
Entertainment contact email Sarah Jane Potts on 0415 034 024
Promotions contact Sarah Jane McGrath 0415 167 284
Stall holders (food and Info) Contact Kirsten Redmond at 6684 372
Pippy Wardell picking herbs for tea Terry our volunteer Site Manager
Pippy picking herbs for volunteers tea and Terry having a hard-earned break from the whipper snipper!

Following the festival this weekend, we have a number of activities and meetings we’d love you to get involved in. Our AGM is on November 14^th and we’d love to have you there (see calendar below for details). The organisational structure of MCG will be changing to meet DGR status (Deductible Gift Recipient) to attract more funding opportunities. With this structural change there are a number of volunteer positions available which will help the gardens run more efficiently and sustainably. Click on POSITIONS AVAILABLE below to see position descriptions and if you are interested in one or more of the positions fill out a NOMINATIONS FORM ( and hand it into the office or email it to ( BEFORE Wed 14^th November.

1) President ( , 2) Treasurer ( , 3) Secretary ( , 4) Members Representative ( , 5) Public Officer (

1) Strategic POD description (

1)Accounts Manager ( , 2) Book keeper ( , 3) Membership Coordinator ( , 4) Chief Communications Officer ( , 5) Allotments Manager ( , 6) Volunteer Coordinator. (
1)Site Manager ( , 2) Site POD description (

1)Promotions POD description (
1)Research & Development Description (

Click here to see the Draft ORGANISATIONAL CHART ( (Draft) (

* MCG AGM is on Wed 14th Nov ALL WELCOME. Position descriptions above, please check them out and fill out a nominations form (link above) for expressions of interest.
* Natural Bee Keeping workshop has been postponed until November 18th. See ‘Calendar of Events’ below for more details…
* Minutes from all MCG General and Committee Meetings are available on request. Please send an email to ( with the subject line “Committee/General Meeting Minutes Request” if you’d like to receive them.
* Bales of straw available onsite for $5.50. Please pay using the FFA donation boxes, so mulch can be delivered regularly by Byron Tree Service.
* Biochar is now available at the Safe Seeds Shed $10/kg.

Loretta & Stephanie preparing seeds for festival sales

LIVING FOOD AND SOIL FESTIVAL 10-4PM @ MCG end of Stuart St, Mullumbimby
Workshops, Kids activities, Info sessions, Stalls, Great food, facepainting and MUCH MORE! For the SNEEK PREVIEW line up CLICK HERE ( .


SUNDAY 28^th
Biodynamic Farming Working Bee 1:30-4:30pm
Shearwater, the Mullumbimby Steiner School and Biodynamics Northern Rivers join hands…
Meeting point: Car park of the Rosewood Cottage, 200m past the new school, Hall 349 Left Bank Road Mullumbimby.
We’ll start with an introductory talk on the basic principles of Biodynamic Agriculture, working with planetary rhythms and BD preparations. There will be; restoration of the Dairy Bails, work in the school farm such as pruning, mulching, composting and a mix of 500 made and spread over the land.
More info 6684 3223.

TREE PLANTING @ MCG (9-1pm) with local bush regenerator Dave Rawlins
The partnership with MCG, Brunswick Valley Landcare, Byron Shire Council and the Mullum Music Festival continues. We have already planted near the creek and are establishing a bush tucker garden. To further improve ecological values and protect the riparian area we will plant on the banks of Saltwater Creek to the east of the bush tucker garden. Come help us on Tuesday October 30th plant and nurture the trees. Anytime from 9am to 1pm, followed by the delicious volunteers lunch. For more info call Dave 0410019997.

MCG Stall @ Mullum Farmers Market 7-11am
We need four people to help set up tent, hand out flyers, provide local sustainable information, sell planting guides, local soap, loofah’s, safe seeds and assist with pack down at 11am. Contact Sarah- Jane on 0415 167 284.

The week of 5^th Nov (date TBC) MCG Committee Meeting

Tues 13^TH
Our last Chook POD working bee was a huge success! Thanks to our helpers and artists Georgie and Sainttina for their art work, the shed looks beautiful! Last working bee we fixed the nesting boxes, planted out one section of the pen with ‘old women’s meet and gossip’ cabbage, wheat, silver beet and spinach and the garden out the front of the pen was planted with corn, beans and zucchinis. Shade cloth was hung on the pen, penny royal planted outside the pen to use as a mite repellent in the nestboxes and some new beautiful artwork has spruced up the shed.

Our next working bee, we will be EXENDING THE PEN on the south side on November 13th, 10am to 3pm, everyone welcome! Put it in your diary.
We’ll appreciate all your help on that day, it’s a big project !
Come along with family and friends, lunch provided as every Tuesday for volunteers !

Contact Cecile on 0434 156 117

Wed 14^th
MCG Annual General Meeting 6-9pm
Civic Hall, Mullumbimby ALL WELCOME, dinner, nibblies and tea and coffee provided.

Sat 17^th
MEETING OF THE ELDERS @ Elders Rotunda 10am-11.30pm
If you are 55 or elder, come gather to discuss the direction, design and approach to growing and developing the elders garden, surrounding the elders rotunda. We want this to be a special, comfortable and relaxing place for our elders to meet, socialise, garden and enjoy which means we need your input and guidance.
Bring a plate, something to share, tea and coffee provided RSVP to Pippy 0411 835 663.

Sun 18^th
Natural Bee Keeping @ MCG 10am-4.30pm
Taking about 15 people only, so bookings are required
You will learn:
* About bees
* How the hive works
* Safety aspects of working with bees
* Pests and diseases of bees
* Natural beekeeping
* Top Bar Hive
* Demonstration of building hive boxes
* Building frames
* Attaching wire and foundation to the frames
* Where to and how to set up a hive
* Ways of Introducing bees to your box
* Opening a hive
* Looking for brood, honey, queen cells, drone cells

Cost: $50
email: (
phone: 0402438833

Sat 24^th
MCG (Regular) GENERAL MEETING 11am-12.30pm
All Welcome. Come along and contribute. Tea and nibblies after.


Volunteers Day with Communal Lunch (for volunteers or by donation) @ 1pm, All Welcome, Contact Volunteer Coord: Pippy on 0411 835 663
The office is open from 10am-4pm, so Tuesdays are also a great day to come down and sort out allotment, membership paperwork or payments.
Qi Gong 9.15-10.15am ($2 donation), @ MCG, Contact Kaye 6684 4248
Volunteers Day with Sharon Gibson and the permacultrue POD, come along, help out and learn from Mullums local budding permaculturalist guru’s, Text Sharon on 0434 190 730​.
Office is open 11am onwards, Pippy is onsite for volunteers and members of the public.
1^st Saturday of every month- Biochar charring 1pm
4th Saturday of every month- MCG General Meeting 11am-12.30pm

Sarah Jane preparing signs for the festival
Sarah Jane painting promotional signs for the festival

Cecile at the refurbished Egg Shed
Cecile displaying the Chook PODs, local, organic fed chook eggs and the beautiful new art work of the chickens life cycle

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