MCG Weekly Aug 12-19

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What’s on at the Mullum Community Gardens this week? How can you get involved?
Read on…
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August 12th-19th 2013

Dear Friends of Mullum Gardens,

Here is your weekly update to remind you of all the fantastic, exciting, and fun things that are happening this week.
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Announcements
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* Are you interested in Chooks? Do you want some but can’t have them at your place? Perhaps you should join our Chook Pod at the gardens. We have a large healthy flock that need care and we’re also starting some exciting new projects including constructing a new chook house in the near future, so come get involved! Contact Cecile TODAY on 0434 156 117.
* Site Management Minutes from July 27th meeting available HERE (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/e2d39506a7a20e224ef6aaa5b/files/site_management_meeting_27_July_13_01.pdf) .
* Calling all allotment holders! In case you haven’t heard, there is a comp on for best allotment to be judged on the day of the festival. We are looking to create luscious little oasis’ in the allotments section for the spring, and NOW is the time to rip out the weeds and mulch before the warmth gives the weeds a run. Don’t forget for your paths too, pulling weeds and sheet mulching is the way to go. Prizes include free allotment next year, seedling and plant hampers, and the über kudos of having the most awesome garden :+) So get down and dirty in your allotments, and enjoy the last of winter. Cheers, James.

* We are looking for a new, reliable, dedicated Volunteer Coordinator ( as Pippy is resigning from her volunteer coordinator position at the end of the month). Please contact Jeannette Martin;jl.martin@bigpond.com (mailto:jl.martin@bigpond.com) and/or Pippy Wardell; pippyrose@yahoo.com.au (mailto:pippyrose@yahoo.com.au) , phone 0421926785. (Pippy is happy to train and pass on her experiences.)

* Chook POD eggs for sale (50c ea or $5.00 a dozen) collect from the ‘eggs shed’ and pay in the honesty box.
* Chook POD is looking for donations of timber and corrugated iron for the new chook shed call Cecile on 0434 156 117
* Old boot donations for a planting workshop being held at the Living Earth Festival. There is a collection box at the entrance to the gardens. Contact Dianne on 0415 498 753.
* Biochar available 1kg bag for $10 from the MCG Safe Seeds Shed.
* Reminder that content contributions for these emails is due every Wed 5pm for the following week. Send clear emails with all details directly to annekedegraaf3@gmail.com. Thank you.

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LIVING EARTH FESTIVAL PREPARATION ‘on-the-ground’

Kids Activities:
Here’s the finalised program for the kids activities at the festival…looks VERY exciting. ClickHERE (http://) to preview.
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Biochar Preparation:
There will be a Biochar Fest as part of the Living Earth Festival on Sunday September 1 with a morning speaker programme, kiln workshop programme in the afternoon and a bonfire charring in the evening. If anyone would like to get involved there will be working bees on Saturday August 17 24 & 31 to get prepared.
Contact Don on 0459175729 or email doncoyne@westnet.com.au (mailto:doncoyne@westnet.com.au) for further details.
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Street Parade:
All those interested in being a part of Mullumbimby’s history in the Living Street Parade can contact Jeanette via e: mullumcommunitygarden@gmail.com or by phone –66844876 or 0412322255. There is also information and applications forms on the website (http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/living-earth-festival-2013/living-community-parade/) .
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The Living Earth Festival is funded solely by Sponsors for this entry-by-donation event. All proceeds will be used to build a Community Kitchen and forward the Sustainable Education Center at the Mullumbimby Community Garden. There are numerous levels of sponsorship, and terrific opportunities for Sponsors to promote themselves via this event. Please visit the MCG website (http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/) , http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/ and contact Greg Dutton: greg@skaramooj.com (mailto:greg@skaramooj.com) or 0411125939.

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Join our Living Earth Festival Facebook page (https://m.facebook.com/TheLivingEarthFestival)

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Check out MCG’s new facebook site, follow us, like us, share us and enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mullumbimby-Community-Gardens/424223888008?ref=hl
Whats on this Week?

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Mums & Bubs Class @ MCG
Cob Oven Patch up Workshop
Thursday 15th, 8am-12noon
Contact: Anneke @ annekedegraaf3@gmail.com,
0420 379 860
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ORGANIC GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS with Sharon Gibson
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 for dealing with common pests and diseases. All held in an inspiring back yard.
cost $149 concession $119
3 saturdays
Sat, 17/08/2013 – 31/08/2013
“Great course – gave me fundamental knowledge and skills to begin my own garden”
“Inspiring” – Andy
“Sharon is such an enthusiastic and inspiring teacher” – Christine

** Byron Region Community College
Phone: (02) 6684 3374
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Email: admin@byroncollege (mailto:admin@byroncollege.org.au) .org.au (mailto:admin@byroncollege.org.au)
www.byroncollege.org.au (http://www.byroncollege.org.au/)

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Food For All Signage
REGULAR ACTIVITIES

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MONDAYS (office closed)

Yoga 9.15-10.15am, $5 donation, deceptively simple, ‘seduces’ your body no forcing, Contact Pippy 0421 926 785
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TUESDAYS (S/visor Pippy Wardell 0421 926 785, 9am-4pm)
Volunteers Day with Communal Lunch at 1pm for a $2 donation. Contact Pippy 0421 926 785

Qi Gong 9:15 -10:15am, gold coin donation to assist the biodynamic pod.
We do a Korean form called the Eight Treasures, It is a
sequential system approximately 1000 yrs old. Contact Kaye 6684 4248
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WEDNESDAYS (S/visor Eva Matthews 9am-4pm: )
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THURSDAYS (S/visor: Terry Gray 9am-4pm: )
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SATURDAYS (S/visor: pm-Eva Matthews e: matthewseva@gmail.com)
1st Sat Biochar charring, 1pm Conact Don, 0459 175 729
4th Sat Site Management Meeting 2pm Elders Rotunda
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SUNDAYS (office closed)
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UPCOMING COURSES

BACKYARD CHOOKS with Sharon Gibson

Keeping chickens in the backyard is fun and easy. They eat our kitchen scraps, will happily scratch up every weed, seed and grub as well as give us eggs and manure for our gardens. This workshop will cover every-day care, feeding, popular breeds, problem solving and housing. Keeping even a few chooks has many benefits for living a more sustainable lifestyle.

“Clear and concise information, tutor very friendly and easy to talk to, knows her subject” – Joelle

“I love this workshop” – Manuela

“Really interesting, so much material too much to cover in a short time!” – Christine

“Great to have low cost, practical solutions”

Cost: $60 ($48 conc)
Sat 7th September
Time: 9.30-3.30pm
Byron Region Community College

Phone: (02) 6684 3374

Email: admin@byroncollege.org.au (mailto:admin@byroncollege.org.au)

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