MCG January Newsletter 2015

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JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2015
Happy 2015 friends, members and volunteers,

It’s official!
We are winners of COMMUNITY GARDEN OF THE YEAR 2014!
A mighty big thank you to you for growing our award-winning community garden! The Mullumbimby Community Garden wouldn’t be what it is today without your input and participation. Our garden offers a diverse array of many wonders for many people of our community and beyond.
It has taught, inspired and enthused others to grow organic, healthy food, amoung many other brilliant offerings. Thank you. Together let’s continue to grow a spectacular, vibrant garden! By the way, you can pick up a copy of the magazine in the January edition of Garden Australia (out now).
Well done everyone!
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Want to get more involved in your community?

The pods (or project groups) at the gardens 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 24th January, at 2pm-3.30pm (sharp) in the Rotunda. Hope to see you there 🙂
More info: Anneke 0420 379 860.
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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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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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Call out for a BIKE RACK!
If you have a spare bike rack that you could donate to the gardens… we’d love to take it off your hands.
Contact Hannah: 0403 685 869 or learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org (mailto:learn@mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org)
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Watering Consciously
If you haven’t heard yet, we now are responsible for paying our quarterly water bill.
Water is an incredibly valuable resource, more than just a few pennies.
Our last water bill was substantially higher than bills previous. Not only is this a major hit to our pocket, but it also means we need to be conscious of all the water we are using.
So, the best way to prevent water wastage is to get yourself a trigger nozzle to pop on the end of your hose. We now ask that all plot holders get themselves a trigger nozzle, which will not only save water, but give your plants a better water.
Be water-wise!
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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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EVENTS/ WORKSHOPS (http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/event/)
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Freemite Bamboo Treament workshop (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e2d39506a7a20e224ef6aaa5b/files/Freemite_flyer_v3_1_.pdf)
Sat 17th, 221 Kennedys Lane, Tyagarah,
Contact: Jim 6556 3098 Kaye 0400 696 264
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Shara Gardens Play Group (https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e2d39506a7a20e224ef6aaa5b/files/Playgroup_poster.pdf) Tuesdays 9-11am
A great opportunity to meet other parents and carers in your community.
Where: Shara Community Gardens, Shara Boulevard
(Next to Shara preschool)
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Two Part Veggie Gardening Workshops
Subtropical Seasonal Veggie Gardening
Learn the fundamentals of vegetable gardening as a divine union of the
elements of nature – Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Discover how we can
utilise this knowledge along with other cycles of nature – includingcrop rotation, companion planting and planting with seasonal rhythms -to help to build the fertility of your garden and protect it from weeds, pests and diseases.
11am- 2pm
Saturday 17th January
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Establishing and Maintaining a Veggie Garden.
This hands-on, practical workshop will teach you the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden. Learn the art of planting, growing and maintaining your own home vegetable patch.
3 – 6pm
Saturday 17th January
Individual classes $30/$25 members
All day $50/$45 members
Bookings Bunya Halazs: growingrootsgarden@gmail.com (mailto:growingrootsgarden@gmail.com) or 0415 147 999
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Food Forests – the Tao of Ecological Repair
We live in a beautiful region of the world with the capacity to produce a huge variety of fresh foods all year round – we simply need to learn from natures patterns. This workshop is a creative blend of ecological theory and hands-on practical tools to help you to gain knowledge of natures way of repairing its damaged ecosystems and learn how we can make use of free resources from our natural environment to create of abundant forests, overflowing with food.
Sunday 18th January, 10am- 5pm.
$50 full day/$40 members
Bookings Bunya Halazs: 0415 147 999 or growingrootsgarden@gmail.com (mailto:growingrootsgarden@gmail.com)
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There’s plenty more exciting workshops coming up, check them out on the web: http://mullumbimbycommunitygardens.org/event/
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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 Jan 24th, 2pm
Contact Anneke 0420 379 860

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