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Friday, November 23, 2012

Counting down to Big Dig Day#1 - Spread the word! - Sunday 25th November

Here's how our new garden will look (only bigger). Nice hey?
Not long now everyone and the excitement is building. Your community garden needs you (and all your friends and family)! The time is near.

We've put our Sunday event up on Facebook (oh yes, we have a Facebook page!). Share it with your friends and ask them to pass it on. Let's get as many people as possible down there on Sunday to help us have a great time making our new garden and get loads done. Many know the rest.

Here are some things that will make it an even better day for everyone:
  1. It's going to be a beautiful day weather-wise and we don't want your fond memories spoiled by a bad case of sunburn so bring suncream, a hat
  2. Gardening makes you hungry and thirsty so bring along some food to share and a drink
  3. Gloves are a super hero suit for your hands, they help you do things you didn't think were possible, bring some along.
  4. Digging in the dirt with your fingers is fun (when your 2 years old!) it's easier and you can do it for longer if you use a trowel or a fork, bring these along if you have them
Oh, and we're a little short on rakes and big shovels too so bring them if you have them.

Here are the details again:
When: Sunday 25th November - 10-4pm
WhereWest Brunswick Community Garden, Dunstan Reserve (enter via Everett St)

OK, enough. See you soon.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Your garden needs you! Big Dig Day - Sunday 25th November 10 am - 4 pm

Hi everyone,
Well, we're only a week away from our first big day in the community garden and things are picking up pace. Yep, it's finally happening and this weekend we need to see all those eager faces we saw when we got this ball rolling.

Come down this Sunday and help get things started. We're going to make a big start by getting our main paths laid and our first big communal bed planted with vegies. It's going to be good fun and we can all say we were there at the start.

Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary, there'll be something for everyone to help with. Bring a friend (or two)!  Share this with as many people as you can. Don't worry if you haven't been before, come along and get stuck in.

(A few of us will be there on Saturday 24th from 2pm preparing for Sunday. We could use a few extra hands so if you can't make Sunday or you're feeling extra energetic, come along!)

Here's a picture of the final design (we'll have a clearer version for you to look at on the day).

Here are the details for Sunday:
When: Sunday 25th November - 10-4pm
Where: West Brunswick Community Garden
Refreshments: Everyone bring a plate of food to share, drinks will be supplied

What are we going to do?

  • Lay paths and plant first communal bed, prepare seedlings for next time, tidy and water the food forest,
  • Show and explain the garden design,
  • People interested in a personal plot can learn about sizes and costs, confirm details and express your preference.

A few things to remember:

  • If the weather looks bad, check our website on the day and we'll let you know if we're going ahead
  • BYO gloves, hand tools, suncream, hats
  • We need a volunteer photographer to help record the big day
  • you don't need to RSVP but if you can drop us an email at to let us know if your coming that would be great
We look forward to seeing you all down there on Sunday.

Monday, November 12, 2012

In appreciation of our volunteers - that's you!

Hi everyone, hope your Spring is going well.

A quick note to let you know that a little while back we applied for a grant from the Federal Government Community Investment program (set up to support and encourage volunteers). Last week we found out that we were successful and have been offered just under $2000!

These funds will cover the cost of some bits and pieces that should make life a little more comfortable for us all as well as some practical stuff:
  • some gardening tools/equipment, 
  • some outdoor furniture,
  • a decent first aid kit, 
  • a whiteboard, 
  • a backpack sprayer to sprayt the fruit trees, 
  • an urn.
Nice eh? 

Anyway, hope to see you in a few weeks on the 25th November at our first big working bee in the community garden.

Friday, November 2, 2012

25th November - Big Dig Day #1 - the day you've been waiting for!

A quick note to say that we're on track to get started on the community garden on Sunday 25th November - Big Dig Day #1.

This is a truly exciting day for our garden, the one most of us have been waiting for.

We're going to prepare and plant the first of our big communal beds as well as establishing paths. You'll be able to see the final design we're working towards. We'll peg out the personal plots too so you can come along and see how big they'll be.

To put it bluntly though, how much we get done on the day will be up to you. If you haven't been involved over recent months, now is the time to get out of your chair and onto the dance-floor. Don't be shy, come down and share some of the fun. Be part of the start! Make it a day to remember. Bring a friend! There'll be something for everyone no matter what experience or ability.

Please clear the day in your calendar and let us know you're coming. 

More soon, I just wanted to get in and grab the 25th of November in your calendar (go on, do it now before you forget).