MCG Monthly Update Sept 2013

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Whats on this month down at the Mullum Gardens? How can you get involved? Read on…

MCG September Update 2013

Happy September and Welcome Spring!

Wow and what a way to kick start Spring? The Living Earth Festival boasted the largest and most vibrant yet! A huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in such an amazing, enriching, educational and inspiring community event! In case you haven’t seen this summary video of the day, check it out at echo net daily HERE ( .

If people have photo’s they would like to share of the beautiful colorful day, please upload them to the Mullumbimby Community Gardens Facebook page ( or to get them uploaded on theMCG website ( gallery, please email them directly to Aneira at In the meantime, here are a few photos received so far.
(http://Living Earth Festival Parade) (http://Living Earth Festival Parade)

http://Living Earth Festival Parade

Announcing the Allotment competition winners…
At the end of a beautiful festival day, our illustrious judge, ex president and black thumb expert gardener Greg Dutton toured the allotments with myself as allotments coordinator. The criteria was appearance and beauty of plants and garden design and performance for food production. Greg reached a short list of two amongst several beautiful and productive little spaces and roped Dan from Starseed Gardens in to help. He loved both spaces and raised the problem of pitching gardens against each other. When asked which garden excites him more his response was “I like that one more, but this one has something magical about it….” So accordingly, the prize goes to both. Thank you Jason from allotment 24 for and Tim from allotment 67 (the magical one) for the inspiration. I’ll be in touch with your prizes! -James Nash

Allotment 24 (Joint winner) Allotment 67 (Joint winner)

Biochar Fiesta at the Living Earth festival
We had a great Biochar-Fest with a number of speakers including Lukas Van Zweiten from Department of Industry and Investment in Wollongbar. Demonstrations of different types of kilns, concluding with a bonfire charring in the evening. In celebration there is a free Biochar Mix up the back for members. A mix of Biochar, char, potash and woodchip. Best to soak in water and then mix in with same amount of compost and let sit for a week or 2. Dig into the topsoil or spread as a top dressing at an initial rate of 200g per sq/m. It will last up to a thousand years in the soil!! Next charring and working bee will be Saturday October 5. 1-5PM


Scrubbers Ball – Creatures of the night (
this Saturday (7th) at Dorroughby Hall from 6pm!!

We have revised the ticketing so that our primary aim of having a fun inclusive gathering of scrubbers will be achieved. Due to some distribution challenges of tix, a recently announced election and other clashing events the ticket prices on the door will still be $30 for super supporters but $20 for those who still want to attend, and by donation after 10 pm for those coming from election get togethers, scrutineers etc.

We have a great raffle of a free ticket to the Mullum Music Festival which super supporters will automatically be entered in to.

The entertainment is a jam packed 7 hrs, til 1 am. Acoustic tunes to welcome early birds, a cabaret set, a stage full of musicians from “green house” to get you dancing and 2 DJ sets with Dame Jiggy Diva and Kristin on the decks as “Sorry No Dj’s”.

All money raised goes to Rainforest Information Centre for the campaign to expand a Gibbon conservation area in Sumatra by purchasing land under immediate threat from logging.


** Cape Byron Steiner Spring Fair (

** Saturday Sept 14th
10am-3pm, Balraith lane Ewingsdale

* Biochar available 1kg bag for $10 from the MCG Safe Seeds Shed.

* Chooky, chooky, chook, chooks… Do you want some but can’t have them at your place? All’s you need is 30 minutes free per week and a love of our feathery little clucky friends! Join our Chook Pod today and help look after our beautiful flock in return for cheaper eggs, new friends and the love of the clucky ladies (and spunky rooster). 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. For any things chooky call Cecile on 0434 156 117.

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Whats on this Month?
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: (


This course will teach you where to source good vegetable seed and then how to save your own. You will learn about collecting, cleaning, and storing seeds, different plant families and basic principles of seed saving. So come along and discover the importance of saving seeds for yourselves, your family and others.

Cost: $108 ( $98 conc)
Sat 7th Sept
10am-4pm Mullum
Byron Region Community College
Phone: (02) 6684 3374
Email: (
Food For All Signage


MONDAYS (office closed)

Volunteers Day with Communal Lunch at 1pm for a $2 donation.

WEDNESDAYS (S/visor Eva Matthews 9am-4pm: )

THURSDAYS (S/visor: Terry Gray 9am-4pm: )

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

SATURDAYS (S/visor: pm-Eva Matthews e:
1st Sat Biochar charring, 1pm Conact Don, 0459 175 729
4th Sat Site Management Meeting 2pm Elders Rotunda

SUNDAYS (office closed)

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