If there's a time your available to spend time at the garden and you want company, let us know. Here are the times people will be there in February.
A special mention for 21-22 Feb, don't forget, even if you aren't volunteering to help at Karen's Open Garden in Pascoe Vale, come along and check it out for inspiration and information!
Sun 8th Feb 10am - 1pm - Communal Crew working bee **
Fri 13th Feb 10ish - Friday Meetup **
6pm - dark - Food Forest - Summer Fruit-tree pruning tutorial (and practice)
Sat 14th Feb 2-5pm - General pottering**
Fri 20th Feb 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sun 22nd Feb 9am - 1pm - Garden & Gather and Food Swap **
(note the time change for Dec, Jan & Feb)
Fri 27th Feb 10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 28th Feb 10am - General pottering
Sessions marked with ** will have someone who can provide advice and direction on Communal Crew activities.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Communal-Crewer Kim provides this delicious recipe that the WBCG sampled at the last Garden and Gather.
Cinnamon Banana Muffins
1 tsp ground Cinnamon
40g of Coconut Sugar or Rice Malt Syrup to taste
300g ground Almonds (Almond Meal)
80g Coconut Oil
2 ripe Bananas
Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
Divide mixture into greased muffin baking trays.
Cook at 180 degrees for 15-25 mins (cooking time depending on the size of the muffin tray)
|Welcoming new faces, saying goodbye to Thomas and cake|
|The incredible Compost Cake|
Below: Apple Cake make with
Apples from the Food Forest
Thomas has been the stalwart of the Composting Crew who has coaxed, crooned and lovingly aerated the WBCG to a fecund chocolate richness for over two years. Thomas now is moving back to his native UK. He will be sorely missed. In honour of the day, Libby created her own 'compost cake', which was a incredible feat of baking-based engineering. The compost cake joined a hot of other treats which where proffered by the attendees.
Now, it should be said that we don't spend all the time at the Garden and Gather eating.
This month, the list of jobs wasn't long but it was full of important and lengthly jobs - namely watering, turning the compost, attaching hessian sacks to the fence, harvesting zucchini the size of toddlers and cleaning up and tending the Food Forest next door.
|Wind-breaking Hessian Sacks|
|The one that got away|
The 5-year-old-size zucchini was left to its own devices and will be harvested for seed.
The next garden and gather will be on the 22nd of February.
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Our a 100% volunteer-based non-profit community group currently manages two community gardens in West Brunswick and Pentridge a food forest (also in West Brunswick).
Stop and think for 1 minute and you'll come up with at least one good reason for having community gardens all over the place. In case you don't have a minute or need some help, here are our top five!
- To bring people together.
- To hold on to Moreland's character and gardening knowledge.
- To provide somewhere where people can do some physical activity, relax and enjoy themselves
- To encourage sustainable gardening
- To make it easy for people to get hold of healthy locally grown food