Sunday, June 2, 2013

Super special Garden & Gather with Permablitz in the West Brunswick Food Forest (Sunday 23rd June)


You may not know about this amazing food forest, right on our garden's doorstep. A terrific companion to our community garden, it provides a stable, long term perennial counterpart to the garden's mostly seasonal, transient, plant-harvest-replant cycle. A unique place that will only get better as it becomes more established and we invest some love and attention. You can also read a bit more about it here.


We'll be back in the food forest for the day in a big way for our June 23rd Garden & Gather and it's going to be a bit special, not only for those of you who helped last year to rejuvenate the food forest but also for our new friends who haven't had anything to do with it yet.

the plan
So what are we doing on 23rd June?
To give us a bit of a boost at the end of this rebuilding phase and to spread the word a bit about what we've got happening down at Dunstan Reserve, we're teaming up with the incredible Permablitz crew (if you haven't come across their work, check it out).

They're inviting lots of friends to help give us a last push over the line and prepare the food forest for a soon-to-be-established band of dedicated food forest rangers (more on this soon).

It'll be an extended day (9.30am-4.30pm) 'cos we've got plenty to do and plenty of fun to be had. Amongst other things we'll:
  • prune anything that needs it
  • plant out understorey plants and maybe some trees
  • mulch and weed
  • work on the pergola for the climbing vines
  • help in the community garden if there are enough volunteers
At various points during the day there'll be workshops on:
  • pruning
  • planting
  • food forest design
  • edible plants
  • composting
There'll be lots of us there, come and be a part of it. We'll provide a great lunch for everyone who comes to help.

All you need to bring are your gardening gloves, secateurs, hand tools for planting, sensible footwear and clothing, and a readiness to get stuck in.

Mark your calendar now and we'll see you down there.