MCG December Newsletter 2014

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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2014
Dear gardening friends,

It’s December already and what a year it’s been! A huge thank you to all, volunteer’s, members, friends and family who have joined, contributed, weeded, planted, studied, taught, mentored, fund raised and participated in any other way to helping our gardens continue to flourish (despite minor set backs like our office burning down.) You are the gardens and without you getting involved, we wouldn’t be as fantastic as we are!

Saying that, here is a personal invite to the MCG Brunch from our lovely el presidente; enjoy this months newsletter,

Anneke 🙂
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Dear fellow gardeners,

The past year has entailed many exciting and surprising times at our community garden. We’ve grown and learnt a lot along the way, and now the year has almost cycled past. THANK YOU for your the wonderful support you provide the garden!

I take this opportunity to invite you and your family to Brunch in December, to come together with members and volunteers of Mullum SEED, past and present. This will be an intimate and laid-back morning where we will come together, meet new people and share some delicious food.

The brunch is on this Sunday 7th December, 10am at the Mullumbimby Community Garden. Pancakes, breakfast muffins, fruit and refreshments will be provided (with GF and DF options). Please feel free to bring something to share (please Nude Your Food! ie. no packaging preferred), and a picnic rug. There will be some activities for the kids and we’ll set up shaded areas to ensure we are well-protected.

This is a community garden get-together, so I ask you to please pass on the invite to any member or volunteer that you know, and welcome them to come along. Also, any extra helping hands are much appreciated.

It will be a lovely way to wind down for the year, and a comforting way to begin the next.

I look forward to relaxing in the garden with you.
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Don’t forget to RSVP please.

Wholesome and nutritious regards,
Hannah Forrester
President
Mullumbimby S.E.E.D inc.

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Looking for the perfect, sustainable, local Gift this Christmas?

Wondering what the perfect gift for a loved one or friend would be?
Forget the last minute, just-for-the-sake-of-it kind of gift.
Why not give not only to the receiver, but to your community garden as well.
A membership to Mullum SEED is a thoughtful and loving gift that invests in an abundant and vibrant year of gardening to come.
What’s more is that you won’t even have to leave the house, just follow the link: Membership here (http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/membership-form/)

Share the love this Christmas!
Other MCG gift Ideas:
* A local Planting guide
* A packet of locally sourced Safe Seeds
* A punnet or two of MCG Seedlings
* A bag of Biochar

See the Safe Seeds Shed on site for these and other options
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Community Garden of the Year Award Gardening Australia

After a successful Living Community festival this year, Mullum Gardens have made it into the finalists for the Community Gardens of the year award through the Gardening Australia magazine. Make sure you keep an eye out in the January edition (out in December) where they will be announcing the winner!

We are one of the finalists, but we are yet to see who will take the golden spade home.
Thanks again to all who helped make the festival such a success. Good luck to us!
http://www.gardeningaustralia.com.au/
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Why not get more involved in your community?
Join a POD in time for the New Year

The pods are always open for new members to come along and join the fun.You will learn many new skills and knowledge by joining up with one of our pods.There’s the Chook pod, Worm Farm pod, Bio-Char, Education, Elder’s Pod, Youth, Children’s Garden and the list goes on.
Feel free to get in touch if you’re interested in being involved. Click HERE (http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/get-involved/projects/) for more info.

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Site Management Meetings
For all those who are actively involved in ongoing projects on a regular basis at the gardens, (POD members, FFA gardeners, Social Enterprize owners, Daily Supervisors, regular Educators) we would like to invite you and encourage you to attend our monthly Site Management meetings. This is an opportunity for you to communicate your projects needs and to keep informed and in touch with the team on the ground. Our next meeting will be held on Sat 13th December, at 2pm-3.30pm (sharp) in the Rotunda. Hope to see you there 🙂

More info? Contact Anneke 0420 379 860.

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Thinking about studying Cert III in Permaculture next year? Have a look at all the fun you’ll be getting into HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVO4imiqBCw)
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Newsletter Contributions
Content is welcomed and appreciated for this monthly e-update (as long as it’s relevant of course). Simply send an email with all content & SPECIFIC DETAILS (times, dates, contact person and details) directly to annekedegraaf3@gmail.com by the 5pm of the last Wednesday of the month for the following months email. Thank you 🙂

Current contributors… if you have content in the regular activity section, please be sure to inform me if details change month to month.
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Check out MCG’s facebook site and website,follow us,like us,share us and enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mullumbimby-Community-Gardens/424223888008?ref=hl
www.mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org (http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/)
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Meeting MInutes Available Here:
Site Meeting 29th Nov (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e2d39506a7a20e224ef6aaa5b/files/SITE_291114.doc)

WANTED- Daily Supervisors
We’re on the look out for more Daily Supervisors!
You will guide volunteers through the various jobs at the garden.
It is a fantastic leadership role that is vital to the team morale and growth of the garden.
Please contact Hannah: learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org (mailto:learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org) or 0403 685 869 for further details.
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WANTED- Site Manager
This is a vital role that helps the every day running of the garden run smoothly. If you have a few days spare in your week, are handy on the tools and like working with a diversity of people, get in touch with us, you may be just what we’re looking for.
Please contact Hannah: learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org (mailto:learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org) or 0403 685 869 for further details.
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Voice of the Garden!
Our new gardening magazine, straight from our very own garden. Keep your eyes peeled for this special, free, but very valuable gardening resource, it’s out on the streets now! We have created a gardening magazine that you and our community can pick up and take home with you. The Voice will be out seasonally (next 1st September). We’re always looking for more inspiring gardening and health material. So please, feel free to write us an article. Send to: learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org (mailto:learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org) . Let’s share the voice!
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BioChar
We want your bamboo, coconut and hardwood waste particularly!! We also need Nitrogen for the bio-char compost pile. If you have any plant based nitrogen such as food scraps and green grass clippings please contact Don on 0459175729.
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Garden Goodies
For sale:
eggs- 50c each or $5 for a dozen
mulch- $6 (for onsite plots only)
chicken poo- $3 bucket or $7 wheelbarrow
biochar- $10 bucket
seedlings- $3 punnets, $5 pots
food for all- by donation
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The Gardens Wish List:
The garden is in need of a few bits and pieces…
If you have any of the following that you don’t need, please bring to the garden! But please don’t just drop it off, do come and ask whereto put it first.
-egg shells (the chickens will eat them to build up their calcium)
-cardboard
-newspaper
-food scraps (for the chickens and worms)
– quality building material
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REGULAR WEEKLY
ACTIVITIES
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MONDAYS (office closed)
Mullum SEED Board Meeting-1st Mon (of the month)
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TUESDAYS
8-9am Worm Care Time. We feed and nurture our worms in the early morning light.
Contact Sam or Jacqui on 6684 2340

Volunteer Day – 10-4 pm with Sue as Daily Supervisor
vege gardening, mowing, building, nursery, seed saving and Eco Centro Project
Free Lunch for volunteers, (Thank you Loretta) (by donation for public)

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WEDNESDAYS
Volunteers day
10am-3pm with Eva as Daily Supervisor

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THURSDAYS
Children’s Playscape
The Children’s Garden is underway to becoming a natural learning playscape with a performance platform to entice the performers big and small to share! Volunteers are welcomed to take part in this creation and are needed to gather materials and undertake creating this space already underway! You may wish to come and plant food, paint, create stone paths or play music and there is always something to create.

Volunteers are welcomed on Thursday mornings 9am onwards.
See Paul at the gardens or contact 0431 868 449 for more info. Come create for the fun times for the little folk of our community!
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SATURDAYS
Volunteers Day-
Sue Disney as Daily Supervisor from 10am (0429 197 648)

Bio-char @ Eco Centro: Working Bees every last Saturday of the month from 9-1PM. Contact Don on 0459175729.

Vegan Picnic in the Garden
2nd Sat of the month
@ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
BYO meal to share
Meet @ Rotunda
By donation 🙂

Site Management Meeting
Sat Dec 13th, 2pm
Contact Anneke 0420 379 860

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