MCG October Newsletter 2015

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** October NEWSLETTER 2015
Looks like Spring…
or is it Summer knocking on our door?

** Hello Mullumbimby Community Garden Community!
I’m putting together this month’s newsleter from the ‘big smoke’ where it is scorching Summer weather one day and Winter the next! I know the fruit trees in the community gardens are being productive because I collected a small container of ripening mulberries and raspberries just before I drove to Sydney last week. They survuved the overnight drive, as did I (supervising my 18 year old learner for some of the trip reminds one of the slogan “Survive this Drive”). The mulberries transformed a delicious vanilla cheesecake into something special. It has gone down well with my hosts!

What’s your favourite recipe for spring produce? What do your children like to cook – or pretend to cook in their play?

Being out of town for a couple of weeks I am missing seeing how the volunteers are enjoying their Tuesday lunches, the energy that comes from the fantastic MCG team, the smell of the earth after the first thunderstorm of the season and the happy smiles on the children’s faces as they explore the playground’s strawberry patch while their parents chat over a cup of chai, tea or coffee.

Continuing the transformations are new ‘Food For All’ plot number signs, an upgraded ramp to the toilets, footing work for the commercial kitchen as part of the rotunda extension, and the new office building – yay! There are also great fundraising ideas and activities happening with all details below.

** Happy Spring gardening ~ Alexandra (Ed.)
Note: Mullumbimby Community Gardens is also on Facebook:

Mullum SEED AGM postponed until 25th November,
6pm at Civic Hall.

Change and re-save the date!

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Have you considered being on the Mullum SEED board committee?
Now is the time to think about it and nominate!


Terry from the Men’s Shed at the MCGardens has kicked off a fantastic fundraiser to attract $’s and raise awareness about their projects.
The first prize, a Marin mountain bike (pictured) can also be viewed on site.
Come by and pick up a ticket or three, Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm, or any day at other times by arrangement.
* 1st Prize: Marin TCXR Mountain Bike. Carbon 29″ 20.5 cm XT Rockshox
* 2nd Prize: 2 x Pony Rides from Sea Horses
* 3rd Prize: $50 voucher from ‘Spice it Up Thai’ or ‘Coolamon Tree Bistro’.
* 4th Prize: $30 voucher ‘Two Wheels Cycle Shop’
* 5th Prize: $20 voucher ‘Mullum Motor Cycles’

Drawn: Tuesday 3 November, 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens

Tickets: $5 each or 3 for $10.
It’s worth it!




The children’s garden bamboo shelter play kitchen
is ready for the kids to practice their cooking skills…
Mud pies anyone?

*Please remember the children’s play area is a dog-free area.

** THE NEW OFFICE… is progressing nicely!


** Catherine is looking forward to the completion of the new office…This is where she’ll be 4 days a week from 9am to 1.30pm to answer your questions, take membership and allotment payments, provide you with forms and paperwork if you need it, direct volunteers to the daily supervisors and generally be the friendly face of the gardens for visitors.



** Reminder: Membership and Allotment Fees
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
Site Management Meetings (October 24th, 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 October 24th,1.45pm-3.30pm (sharp) in the Rotunda or (the learning curve).
Hope to see you there 🙂
More info: Anneke 0420 379 860.
‘Intro to Hands on Permaculture’ weekend

Growing Roots Permaculture consider the essence of our work is in offering participants the hands-on skills and critical analysis to feel empowered to make choices and actions that lead towards food security, healthier, more creative people and a healthier planet. This essence is distilled into our 4-day Introduction to Permaculture Course, run over 2 weekends in the Byron Shire. For participants who wish to continue to study further with us, these two weekends are the foundation of our Hands-on Permaculture Design Course, and can be accredited to and discounted from the price of further studies in our Internationally Accredited Permaculture Design Course Curriculum.


** ***WANTED***
Seeking volunteers for the…
‘Living Community Village’ at the Mullum Show Nov 14th & 15th, 201 ( 5 (
Contact Jeannette on 0412 322 255 Or email:
Newsletter Contributions

Relevant content is welcomed and appreciated for this monthly e-update. 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 month’s email.
If photographs and attachments can be sent as .jpg files it makes it easier to upload into the program.
Don’t forget to include the name of the photographer and subject/event etc so we can give due credit!
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. Cheers – Ed.

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


Meeting Minutes- Site Committee MinutesHERE (

** 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.
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 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)
-old golf balls (for the chicken laying boxes)
-food scraps (for the chickens and worms)
– quality building materials
Warm Weather Means Snakes are Awake!
Please take care when walking around the sunny spots in the gardens as local snakes may be out basking and could be a bit cranky. Keep your eyes open and footwear on!




** Its a little quiet on the workshop front this month, but check out the local Byron Community College website HERE ( for sustainability related courses and workshops.
We had our first Crop Swap ( on Saturday 17th Oct and it was a delicious success!

We’ll be meeting every 3rd Sat of the month at 10am for a 10:30am swap, followed by a Kensan.

** Check out the full calendar of workshops and events here

MONDAYS (office closed)
Mullum SEED Board Meeting-
2nd Thurs, 8th October

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 Supervisors: vegie gardening,
mowing, building, nursery, seed
Communal Volunteers Lunch provided
(for a gold coin donation)

9.30-11am Chook Palace Make-over
2nd Tues, – 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
Michael 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

Crop Swap & Kensan
(3rd) Sat, 10am for a 10.30am swap followed by a kensan.
Leave your money at home this is a money free event!

Site Management
(4th) Sat, October 24th, 1.45pm
Contact Anneke 0420 379 860
Astrology Talk Circle at the Elders Rotunda
1st Sunday of the month,
Gold Coin donation
to the Gardens.
All Welcome.
Just turn up or text
Kaye: 0411429942 for a return call


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