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What’s on at the Mullum Community Gardens this month? How can you get involved?
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MCG March Newsletter

Dear magnificiently, muddy, mullumites,
Here is the Mullum Community Gardens Newsletter for March 2013. February was a lively month despite the weather, with eager volunteers involved on a weekly basis. The garden has taken a little battering in the wild and woolly weather, but non the less has survived well and truly. Our Volunteer’s Harvest Celebration was a success, with everyone feeling fat and contented last Tuesday afternoon. Jerry Coleby Williams was met by 70 brave souls who didn’t let the torrential rain stop them from hearing some informative discussion and learning how to make compost with Sharon Gibson beforehand.

If you’ve been hoping for an affordable, quality yoga option in Mullumbimby, Pippy is now running regular classes on Monday mornings in the main rotunda (or at 26 Coolamon Scenic Drive if weather is too wet) for a $5 donation. Volunteer Tuesdays continue no matter what the weather so make sure you wear gumboots and bring a raincoat or umbrella. There is always something to do at the garden and soup and chai will be on the stove to warm you up after the mornings work.
A BIG FAT welcome back to Cecile, our diligent chook POD leader who has been in France for the last month for family reasons. The chooks aren’t the only ones happy to see you back.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS/NOTICES
* Allotment holders- If you haven’t made it down to the gardens in a while, please check your plot soon as some structures were blown down and much produce is awaiting being picked.
* Bale Twine causes grief!! Please collect and store your bale twine responsibly, it creates huge problems for whipper snippers and wildlife.
* Donations of Hardwood needed to finish(weather proof) the tools shed container roof. Please contact Terry with any supplies on 0466 691 721.

* 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.
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Photo:Mums & Bubs Permaculture Group

REGULAR ACTIVITIES
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MONDAYS
Yoga Class 9.15-10.15, $5 donation, deceptively simple, ‘seduces’ your body no forcing, Contact Pippy Wardell 0421 926 785
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TUESDAYS
Volunteers Day with Communal Lunch at 1pm. Contact Pippy on 0421 926 785
Mums & Bubs play group is back on Tuesday mornings 10am -12pm. This is an informal play group for mothers and toddlers who would just like to get together in the garden to play and have fun. Participants can also stay till 1:30 and have lunch with the volunteers (for a donation).

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.
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WEDNESDAYS
Qi Gong 9.15-10.15am ($2 donation), @ MCG, Contact Kaye 6684 4248
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THURSDAYS
Mums & Bubs Permaculture 8-11am with Sharon Gibson
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FRIDAYS
Mums & Bubs Permaculture II 8-11am with Sharon Gibson
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SATURDAYS
Office is open 11am onwards, Pippy is onsite for volunteers and members of the public.
1st Saturday of every month- Biochar charring 1pm (2nd this month)
4th Saturday of every month- Onsite Management Committee Meeting 2pm (23rd this month)
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** UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
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Koonyum Visions Permaculture Workshops (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/e2d39506a7a20e224ef6aaa5b/files/workshops.pdf)

Sat March 9th Plant Guardians and Holistic Seed raising techniques, $85, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included.

Sat March 16th Wild Food Harvest, $85, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included.

MORE INFO CLICK HERE (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/e2d39506a7a20e224ef6aaa5b/files/workshops.pdf) or go to www.koonyumvisions.com
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Build a Chook Tractor
Sick of all that weeding, fighting pests and hauling bags of manure? We can use chickens in our gardens and orchards to work for us.
They love to scratch and will gobble up every weed, seed and bug and their poo makes a wonderful fertiliser. Come and learn how to build chook tractor at the Mullum Community Garden
date: Sat 9th March
time: 9am -3pm
cost: $60/conc $48
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Organic Gardening for Beginners
Learn how to plant and maintain a productive vegetable garden using organic principles. Find out how to convert your lawn to food using no dig methods. Improve your soil, sow seeds and choose the right plants for our climate as well as learn strategies to deal with common pests and disease. All held in an inspiring back yard.
date: 3 Tues 12/3/2013-26/3/2013
time: 9.30-2.30
cost: $149/concession $119

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Funding Workshops
9:30 – 10:30 General Talk about all the types of funding that are currently available to individuals and or landcare groups.
10:30 – 10:40 Land for Wild Life & Koala Connections Information
10:40 – 11:00 Morning tea
11 – 1 pm Questions and assistance with specific applications including help with maps, plans and partnerships.

Location: Conference Room Byron Shire Council Offices Station Street Mullumbimby
Date: 13 March 2013
Time: 9:30am – 1 pm
Bookings or more information: Wendy 02 6626 7028 or email wendy.gibney@byron.nsw.gov.au (mailto:wendy.gibney@byron.nsw.gov.au)
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Next Month…
HARVESTING WHAT WE SOW
Adaptation ● Food Security ● Resilience
Learning in the Garden National Seminar (LITGNS)
WHERE: Brisbane
WHEN: 3-4 June 2013

Dear school garden, healthy food and sustainability education practitioners and enthusiasts,
Growing Communities is excited to announce the second LITGNS, to be held in Brisbane’s sunny winter, on 3 and 4 June this year.
Six years have passed since we last met for a national seminar. Growing Communities believes it’s time to bring the Australian school gardens community together again, to find out how school gardens are germinating, growing and harvesting in times of such extreme and volatile weather.
The LITGNS will bring together educators, health professionals, parents, individuals and organisations for a two-day journey of gardens-based education and professional development exploring how school gardens can equip school age children to respond positively and proactively to a continuously changing world.

This year’s seminar presents a unique opportunity to meet other school gardens practitioners from around Australia, learn from their achievements, and together explore the role of school gardens in helping to bring about a more sustainable future.Please mark the conference dates in your calendar, and forward this email to your school and community garden networks. More information will soon follow.

For enquiries please phone Growing Communities on 0424 985 383 or email litg@growingcommunities.org.au (mailto:litg@growingcommunities.org.au)
Growing Communities website (http://www.growingcommunities.org.au.)

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