AUGUST MCG Newsletter 2015

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Dear friends of Mullum gardens,

We have some exciting news! Through a successful grant application we were able to hire two full time people to run two seperate programs with teams of work for the dole people for 6 months! One program will be focusing on landscaping projects onsite and the other team will focus on creative projects to brighten the place up even more and preserve our precious abundant produce. Congratulations to Robyn and Greg who were the successful applicants. There is one more position going now, a part time admin support role which will work with both teams. If you are experience with admin and are passionate about working at our beautiful gardens with our diverse crowd of workers, get your application in asap. Click here for full details. (

Welcome and Thank you to Michael Hutley

Michael has recently taken on the task of Allotment Manager and Chook Palace-make-over-master! He has been working keenly around the clock to get our chooks healthier and happier, and I dare say, now that they have aromatherapy nesting boxes, I think he’s their chosen rooster! A huge thank you Michael from the Chook Pod (and the chooks), for your endless energy and commitment to making things happen fast! Good luck with your new role as Allotment Manager. If you own a plot and you have any queries or fee’s due, he’s your man. You can find him onsite Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings.
The end of another Financial Year already!
Yes that means…
Membership and Allotment fees time
Membership and Allotment fee’s are one of the few stable revenues that help the gardens continue to function. Yes, we greatly appreciate your volunteer work too of course, but we would LOVE you to join (or renew) your membership and annual allotment fee’s on time as this reduces paper work for the volunteers behind the scenes 🙂

The best and easiest way to do this is online here:
Membership (
Allotments (
Thank you for your continued support, we cannot exist without it
Win Mullum Music Fest Gold pass!!

Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) has received an Office of Environment and Heritage Grant and is designing 2 community owned renewable energy projects for Mullumbimby. As part of their community engagement COREM wants your input. Complete the survey ( to be in the draw to win a Mullum Music Fest Gold Pass! For more info about COREM and to be part of the Community Power movement to help decarbonise, democratise and decentralise our electricity network visit ( and the COREM Facebook page.
Free Energy Efficiency Workshops Byron Community College August 10 (
Byron Bioenergy Conference

Dear Friends,

After two successful Bio-charfest’s at Mullumbimby, I would like to invite you to Purchaseyour tickets to this year’s Byron Bioenergy Conference at Byron Eco Park, Tyagarah on Saturday September 12 & Sunday September 13. The Key Note Speaker and Demonstration Programme will fall under the headings of Biomass, Bioenergy & By Products with a particular focus on Biochar Production.

Featuring “The Biochar Movie”, the story of a couple that moved into the middle of a flailing forestry plantation to start a Biochar Project and how their grass roots style of living has changed things forever. Also featuring Doug Pow, the Avocado, Dairy & Beef Farmer from W.A. who has been feeding his cows biochar for four years and has witnessed both economic and biological outcomes far beyond his expectations!!

As well as this we have Kaye Wood from Byron Bay Bamboo, Bob Doyle, the largest grower of Industrial Hemp in Australia who has just bought the Old Timber Mill at Dungog to make Hemp Pallets. Euan Beaumont from Energy Farmers Australia, Dr Joe Herbertson, the Award Winning Engineer of the “Continuous Biomass Converter”, World Leading Soil Scientist Dr Lukas Van Zweiten from NSW DPI, Dr Stephen Joseph (visiting Professor of 5 Universities) will demonstrate the new Kontiki Kiln which is taking the World by storm and Chad Sheppeard, Director of Wood Vinegar Australia, whose Company is rolling out an exciting Agricultural Biochar Water Product, PyroAg across Australia.

Last year we invited speakers from all over the World to present, this year we invite the World to listen. With a Live Streaming option you can watch all the presentations from the comfort of your home. Come and purchase early bird tickets and share this information throughout your networks as Bioenergy is the King of all the renewable energies and one of the major solutions to global warming!! To view the full speaker and demonstrator programme under Product Description and purchase online 1or 2 Passes or Live Streaming visit


Biodynamics in a Nutshell (
* Biodynamic agriculture originated as a response to an observed decline in the vitality of food, pasture, seed stock and soil following the use of artificial fertilizers made partially from unused chemicals of first world war explosives.
* European farmers and gardeners approached Rudolph Steiner for help and the series of lectures he gave in the 1920s became the foundation for this natural organic practice.
* Companion and rotation planting, soil health and seed stock are amongst the more practical considerations for producing nutritious and delicious tasting food.
* On a more cosmic level biodynamic practice considers the ability of Sun, Moon and planetary cycles to influence plant growth and nutriment absorption from earth, air and water.
* Steiner spoke also of the interaction of elemental beings, naming the gnomes of the earth, sprites and undines of the water, sylphs of the air and salamanders of fire.
* Manures are not applied raw to the earth unless suitably aged or treated, eg making a Cow Pat Pit which will offer a rich humus within three months, composting or the making of the Cow Horn Preparation 500.
* The Compost Preparations individually made from yarrow flowers, chamomile flowers, stinging nettle, oak bark, dandelion flowers and valerian flowers are either encased in various animal parts, buried or infused and interactive with time and cosmic energies. They are all so energetically potent that quality rather than quantity means that very little substance is needed for a noticeable effect.
* Each farm or garden is treated as an individual entity and effort is given to help it be synergetically sustaining.
* Balance between polarities is a significant aspect of biodynamic philosophy. For example the Cow horn preparation 500 assists earth and calcium energies to nourish root and plant growth whereas the Quartz preparation 501 assists sunlight and cosmic energies via silica to assist plant growth and fruition. It is when plant consciousness finds the balance between these energies that optimum growth flourishes.
* Mullumbimby Community Garden embraces and utilizes biodynamic principles and practice.

Kaye Groves
MCG Biodynamic Pod




Seeking volunteers for the…
‘Living Community Village’ at the Mullum Show Nov 14th & 15th, 2015 (
Position Vacant- Work for the Dole Admin Support
Mullum SEED is currently seeking applications for:

Work for the Dole Administration Support
16 hours pw for 6 months
$27.48 per hour + super
To work in collaboration with 2 Work for the Dole supervisors providing
admin support for Landscaping and Creative Enterprises (Arts and Crafts)

Responsibilities include:
 Payroll
 Reporting client Work for the Dole participation
 Managing project budgets with Excel spreadsheet
 Purchasing project materials

For detailed position description see attached Position Description. (
Please send your resume and a cover letter matching the position criteria to

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 10th August 2015

Site Management Meetings (next 22nd August, 1.45pm)
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 25th July,1.45pm-3.30pm (sharp) in the Rotunda or (the learning curve).
Hope to see you there 🙂
More info: Anneke 0420 379 860.

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 by the 5pm of the last Wednesday of the month for the following months email. Thank you 🙂
PS Alex, a new volunteer has kindly put her hand up to take on the task of the newsletter, thank you Alex!

Check out MCG’s facebook site and website,follow us,like us,share us and enjoy! (

Meetings Minutes
Site Meeting Minutes July 25th 2015 (
Positions Vacant (
Work for the Dole Admin Support
Click here for full job description (
Incident Report Book
We’d like to bring awareness to our incident report book. If you happen to encounter an incident at the garden (eg. receive abusive language, be bitten by a snake, an injury), please can you report it in the Incident Report book located in the Seed Shed. It is really important that we keep a record of what happens. Take a photo if possible of the incident and send an email with the details to: (
Spread the word and spread the awareness. Let’s work together for a safe and positive environment.
Water Use on Site @ MCG
Please ensure you turn all taps off once finished using them as we are PAYING for the town water and please supervise your children to ensure none are left on accidently.
Dogs at the Gardens
All dogs must be on leash within the gardens & NO dogs are to be allowed inside the children’s garden, due to a traumatic recent dog bite incident. Please respect these rules for the enjoyment and inclusion of everyone. Signage is now installed on site.
Garden Goodies
For sale:
seedlings- $3 punnets, $5 pots
food for all- by donation
eggs (first in best dressed)- 50c or $5 dozen
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)
-food scraps (for the chickens and worms)
– quality building material

6-18 Aug Permablitz Skill Set
Thurs & Fri Aug 6-Aug 18
Price $80 (conc) Full fee $249
Call Byron Community College 02 6684 3374
10 Aug Free Energy Efficiency Workshops Byron Community College August 10 (
15 &16 Aug Intro to Permaculture @ MCG
22 & 23 Aug Intro to Permaculture @ Yarrakoora Main Arm
Principle Tutor Bunya Hazard
Price: $380
More Info: 0415 147 999
15th, Plant Propagation Workshop (
MCG Mullum, 1.30pm – 5pm
Explore simple plant propagation techniques CUTTINGS &SEED RAISING ROOT DIVISION
Cost: $35
This can be accredited to a Permaculture Design Course – enquire for details. Principal tutor: Bunya Halasz For more info: Phone: 0415 147 999
16th Seed Saving Workshop (
MCG Mullum, 1.30pm – 5pm,
Learn a range of techniques to save & store your seed for FOOD SECURITY & DIVERSITY Develop & evolve food varieties for optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your home garden
Cost: $35
This can be accredited to a Permaculture Design Course – enquire for details. Principal tutor: Bunya Halasz For more info: Phone: 0415 147 999
Sept 6 The Rad Dads Fully Fun Fathers Day out
10.30am-2.30pm Mullumbimby Skate Park & Surrounds
Kids activities
Big Air skate comp
Fathers day ceremony
Silent Disco
Community Stalls
Big Daddy BBQ
More Info:

Check out the full calendar of workshops and events here

MONDAYS (office closed)
Mullum SEED Board Meeting-
2nd Thurs, June 11th

8-9am Worm Care Time-
We feed and nurture our worms
in the early morning light.
Contact Sam or Jacqui on 6684 2340

9am-2pm Volunteers Day- Sol as
Daily Supervisor: vegie gardening,
mowing, building, nursery, seed
saving. Communal Volunteers Lunch provided
(for a gold coin donation)

9.30-11am Chook Palace Make-over
2nd Tues, Aug 11th- We clean, feed, fix things and improve the chooks yard and house. Come along to learn more about chooks.

3.30pm Feldenkrais in the Garden

9am-2pm Volunteers day
Eva as Daily Supervisor
9am-2pm Volunteers Day
Stuart as Daily Supervisor

8am-2pm Volunteers Day
Mike as Daily Supervisor
Bio-char @ the gardens 8am-12noon
Volunteer Friday mornings up the back in the old recycling bays. You will learn, what bio-char is, what are it’s uses and benefits, how to make it, how to apply it and how to make your own kiln. Come along and join us from 8-12 Noon. Free off the grid coffee & tea provided.

9.30am-12.30am Volunteers Day
Sanden as Daily Supervisor

9am-12noon Biochar 101 Workshops
$10pp, Don 0459 175 729

Site Management Meeting
(4th) Sat, August 22, 1.45pm
Contact Anneke 0420 379 860
Astrology Talk Circle
1st Sunday of the month, 2pm-4pm
Text Kaye: 0411429942


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