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

Dear Friends of Mullum Gardens,

Well, 2012 is almost over and guess what? We’re all STILL HERE! Woo hoo! Given that the ‘end of the world’ hasn’t arrived yet, we thought we’d plan another fun filled, informative, cram packed month at the MCG (might as well go off with a bang 🙂 and see if we can squeeze a little more out of life before the end of the year.

This year has seen some incredible improvements at the gardens; including the Childrens Garden design coming together, the composting toilet ramp being constructed and toilet walls being beautifully painted, the chooks now live the ‘high life’ in a rotating crop pen with more reno’s to come, the Integrated Resource Centre is coming together and the camphors are slowly dying back making room for more exciting projects. We were visited by Micheal Reynolds (Earthship guru) and learnt how to turn tyres into useful earth building blocks, we held our second annual successful food festival,(thanks to Sainttina and all the volunteers involved), and we’ve held an amazing array of workshops, courses and activities that have all helped our community learn and grow together. A huge thank you to EVERYONE who has helped out in any way, shape, or form even if you haven’t made it down to the gardens, thank you for supporting us and helping this heart of the community grow.

Now we move towards 2013 with a new, professional and extremely capable Board and an enthusiastic, energised Onsite Committee. Thanks to all who came to the AGM and voted on these groups as they will help guide the gardens through the next year of blossoming. Below are just a few snapshots of fun that was had over 2012…

Happy festive season. Have a safe, fun, peaceful, relaxing, exciting, adventurous whatever-floats-your-boat holiday and we’ll see you bright and fresh in the new year!

* Tools have been ‘borrowed’ and so far not returned to the MCG tool shed. These tools were recently bought and donated by a kind volunteer, if you know or have heard of four pick axes suddenly appearing, please let us know. Without tools, we can’t work the garden and small jobs become HUGE ones. Please RETURN ALL TOOLS to the MCG tool shed EVERY time you have finished with them so the next person doesn’t have to spend their valuable time looking for them.
* Food scraps for baby roosters (including cooked food, bread etc) please throw them over the fence in the permaculture garden.
* Also, please keep kids out of the chook cage in the permaculture garden unless Sharon, Andrew or Cecile are there as we have had a few escapees.
* The Last Volunteer lunch of 2012 will be held on Tuesday 18th of December.
* First Volunteer lunch of 2013 will be held on Tuesday the 8^th of January 2013. (Thanks Pippy, you’re a legend!)
* 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.

Earth worms demonstration at the Food Festival 2012

SATURDAY 1 (tomorrow)
Mullum Action CSG submission writing MCG – 2pm in Main Rotunda
Contact Deborah Lilley for details (

Biochar charring @ MCG, 1pm All Welcome, Contact Don 0459 175 729

Mullum Natural Beekeeping Group Field Trip to see Jame’s Hives in Nimbin
Contact Kat – (

Caleb and Eden’s Final Project Presentation @ Linneus, 10.30am
Lennox Head, Contact Jeannette 0412322255 if you would like to car pool.

Natural Therapies from the Garden for Mum’s and Bubs with Loretta,
8-11am – BOOKED OUT – Cost: $18. Please bring exact change if you can
Contact Inica at ( (66843 680, 0415 514 826) to register for next workshop, date TBC.

Transition Towns – Hemp Presentation, at Presbyterian
Church, 6pm (opposite Mitre 10) Assistance required with MCG catering contact Jeannette 0412322255

Earthworks onsite @ MCG
9.30am to instal water tank (a big one!!!) on main pavillion – CAUTION Machinery onsite.

Natural Therapies from the Garden for Mum’s and Bubs with Loretta,(repeated due to high demand)
8-11am, a few positions remain available for some new mum’s and their bub’s.
Cost: $18. Please bring exact change if you can.
Contact Inica at ( (66843 680, 0415 514 826) to register and for more info.

Elders Meeting (for 55yrs +) in Elders Rotunda @ MCG
11am Contact Pippy on 0411 835 663

MCG Board Meeting 6pm @ Martin’s
Contact Jeannette for details 0412322255

Hybrid Adobe Workshop – building raised garden beds in Elders Garden 9 -4pm
Contact Jeannette 0412322255

Natural Beekeeping Workshop II – $50 p/h
Contact Kat ( to book – Filling fast See Flier HERE

Last Volunteer Lunch for 2012

Humane Rooster Harvesting workshop (see ‘Upcoming Workshops’ opposite for more details)
22 Stuart Street, Mullumbimby
8am-12noon followed by Christmas lunch @ MCG at 1pm
Cost: $55 workshop (includes taking chicken home)
$12 christmas lunch @MCG
Contact Sharon on 0434190730 or e:

Onsite Management Committee Meeting 2.30pm All Welcome
Contact Saintinna 0402170846

Byron Community Exchange Market & Picnic
Contact Vivienne to book stall space (

No Volunteer lunch day


Sainttina entertaining the kids at the Food Festival 2012


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- Onsite Management Committee Meeting 2pm



Dec 22^nd Humane Chicken Harvest Workshop
Learn how to humanely harvest and dress a home grown rooster just in time for Christmas lunch. The roosters for the workshop have been raised humanely and currently live in the permaculture backyard at the MCG. Harvesting our own home grown roosters provides a sustainable protein source and is a humane solution to the problem of excess roosters. Each participant will be fully supported and guided through the process of killing, plucking and dressing their chicken before taking it home.

The workshop will be followed by a communal Christmas lunch at the Mullum Gardens where the extra chickens will then be cooked over the coals of a fire and eaten alongside produce grown at the community garden. (the lunch and desert will be $12, not included in the workshop cost).
Bookings and Xmas lunch RSVP Contact Sharon Gibson on 0434 190 730 or e:

Dirt Club-School Holidays, January 2013
Cheri and Saintina will be running holiday activities for children, called Dirt Club!
Wednesdays 9^th 16^th& 23^rd
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm,

Programmed activities will include –
Wed 9th- Dirtgirl fan club . As promised a day of making characters, costumes, cartoons, with a show and tell concert and prizes and give aways.
Wed 16th – mud pies, clay making, seed balls, dirt art, insect trail, planting, building out of bamboo, survival and bush skills.
Wed 23^rd- tipi building, instrument making, arts and crafts, paper mache, natural mandalas, decorating with leaves and paper.

Plus every day, gardening, picking, cooking, eating, mini bush walks and games.
Cost:$20 1/2 day / $30 full day, Conc for families.

Saturday 2^nd March, Jerry Colby Williams forum discussion
As part of the ongoing Living Soil Program, Jerry Colby Williams has confirmed he will be leading a forum discussion. The talk will also include community Q & A. More info closer to the date.

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