Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What's been happening at the Dunstan Reserve community garden and food forest

Nice to meet you
A BIG thanks to everyone who came to our meeting at the West Brunswick Community Garden on Saturday 16th June. Around 50 of us showed up which was fantastic to see!

What a terrific range of people of all ages, backgrounds and different levels of gardening experience. It was nice to see that pretty much everyone was very local. We made lots of new friends who want to share the garden and help make it happen and some who're just interested. It was great to see so many of you who have gardened here before, signing on to be part of the future of the garden.

The rain held off so we could all have a chat. Our food swap table was groaning under the weight of food (we'll run this each time we meet down there). The draft plans for the garden were up for viewing and we took down some good ideas.

I know you're all keen to know what the news is with the garden, I'm putting together an update on the community garden which I hope to get out to you in the next few days.

Sizzling Sausages
We had a very successful sausage sizzle at Bunnings a few weeks back. Thanks to the people who gave so much time to organise and make it happen. Until you've done one of these, I don't think you appreciate how much goes into it! The money we raised will go towards the garden, it's a great start.
Food Forest Action!
Last Sunday (22nd July), about 20 of us got down to the food forest beside the community garden to do some weeding, pruning and general cleaning up. As well as doing all the hard work, we heard about what a food forest is, discussed what we're planting and learned about sharpening our secateurs and pruning trees. It was another beautiful day and we got lots done then finished off with a cup of tea, lovely homemade lemonade and some awesome lemon slice. Most of the trees are now looking fantastic and it was very exciting to actually get down there and do some work after so long planning and waiting.

Thanks to all who attended and organised. Although we mentioned it at the June 16th meeting, our invitation didn't reach everyone. I'll spare you the reasons why and just say next time we'll make sure we get to everyone. Sorry if you missed out, we'll get better at this.

What's next?

While we wait to get on with the garden, we'll be down at the food forest again in the next few weeks to finish off the pruning and weeding and to start planting (hooray!). We're just getting a few things organised with Council then we'll let you know the date. Come down and get stuck in, meet your neighbours!

Food forest planting plans and a plant list will be posted here soon and you'll have an opportunity to give your thoughts/ideas.

As I mentioned I aim to send an update on the community garden in the next few days.

More soon!