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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Announcing our monthly "Garden & Gather" sessions starting 23rd September

Bee on Dandelion
Working Bee
Over the coming months there will be plenty happening down at the garden and food forest but whatever else is happening, starting on Sun 23rd Sept, we'd love you to come down on the 4th Sunday each month between 11am and 3pm.

These Garden & Gather sessions will be a chance for us all to catch up, share something to eat and drink and take care of some of the stuff around the garden to keep it looking good and running smoothly and we'll obviously have fun while we're at it.

Go on, mark your calendar now so you don't forget.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Continuing the food forest fun on Sunday 19th August

Some eating, drinking and being merry.
We made HUGE progress with the weeding and pruning in the food forest a few weeks back (the pics below don't really do it justice) and in a couple of weeks we'll head down there again.

Date: Sunday 19th August
Time: 1.30 - 4.30 pm
PlaceDunstan Reserve/West Brunswick Food Forest (between community garden and sports pavilion)

Jobs we'll take care of this time:
  • finish weeding and pruning
  • replace diseased trees that council removed
  • mulch, mulch, mulch
  • begin planting plants on our planting plan (betcha can't say that 5 times quickly)
  • some other bits and pieces
  • eat drink and be merry!

PLUS added bonus stuff:

  • We'll show anyone who wants to know how to plant a fruit tree
  • The food forest plans will be available to take a look at and provide feedback
  • Swap any excess home grown food, seeds or plants you might have at home

Come down and help or just drop in and say hello and have a chat about the food forest and community garden.

If you can come along, let us know so we can provide enough food and drinks (If you're reading this on the website, add a comment below or go to the Contact Us page. If you're reading this as an email, just reply.)

Food Forest before Weedfest 2012

Food Forest after Weedfest 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Progress Update & Community Gardens Tour (Sat 25th August)

You've been waiting very patiently to hear what's going on. Here's a bit of an update on where things are with the community garden. You'll also find details of a special tour of 4 other community gardens in Moreland that we've organised to give us all ideas for our final plan.

Progress Report
Before we can all start work, a few things need to be sorted out, including:
  • We need a lease for the garden. We've reviewed a draft and passed this back to council last week. We hope to have a version to sign this week. 
  • We're waiting for Council to clear stuff from inside the garden and remove the old fence in the next few weeks. 
  • Council have helpfully agreed to make us a new fence after the site has been cleared. 
  • We need to know exactly what we're building so we need to finalise our plans. 

Garden tour to help planning
Although there are some things we do know about our garden (e.g. a mix of communal and personal plots, no-internal-fences), there's plenty we haven't locked down yet, like how big will plots be? How many personal plots will there be?

Below are some steps that we'll all take to get to a final plan for the garden and answer these questions and more:

1. See examples and gather ideas
Most of us haven't designed a community garden before. We haven't seen the different ways that different gardens do things. With this in mind, we've organised an opportunity for everyone to visit 4 other community gardens in Moreland to see how they do things and hopefully meet some of their members.

When: on 25th August, 
Starting at 11am, stop for lunch at one the gardens, finish up at around 3pm.

Mark this on your calendar and please RSVP by post to PO BOX 59, Pascoe Vale South, VIC 3044 or by replying to this email ASAP if you're interested in coming. We'll work out transport and finer details once we know numbers.

2. Pool our ideas and make choices
We'll organise a workshop to share our ideas and make some decisions. This will be where we iron out the details and answer questions like those above. The date and venue will be confirmed, we expect to announce this before the tour happens.

3. Draw up a plan and refine it
These ideas and decisions will be collected, a plan will be drawn up, we'll refine it and then we can get building!
Sound like great fun eh? I for one can't wait. This will be an important part of us getting to know each other so it would be great for lots of people to get involved. We'll all need to be prepared to share ideas, patiently listen to others, find solutions to any problems and eventually reach agreement.

In the meantime, if you have concerns about the future plans or ideas, here's what you can do:
  • Add your comments to this post on our website (make sure you say who you are)
  • Come along to our get-togethers and we can talk about it
  • Email
  • Drop us a line at PO BOX 59, Pascoe Vale South, VIC 3044
Thanks for your patience and we hope to see you soon.