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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Fundraising - Your help needed at Pascoe Vale Open Garden (Feb)

The last few years we've been lucky to partner with Karen Sutherland of Edible Eden Designs, when she has welcomed the public in their hundreds into her amazing edible garden in Pascoe Vale as part of the Open Gardens scheme.

In exchange for volunteering at the Open Garden we've shared in the gate takings. These funds (over $1000) have helped keep your annual fees low and our garden going.

Over the weekend of 21-22 February, Karen will open her garden once more. This time, as well as covering the gate (and sharing in these takings), we'll sell tea, coffee and cakes and perhaps a few pots of jam as well (money raised from this part all goes to the garden).

This is one of our key fundraising efforts each year and your help is needed. If you haven't helped yet this year, here's your chance! With 300 people on our mailing list including 80 members surely we can manage this.

What's involved?
As fundraising goes, this couldn't be much easier. You either get to: 
  • hang out for a few hours (Sat or Sun, morning or afternoon) in Karen's lovely, edible garden, chat to people who're interested in lovely, edible gardens while raising money for our lovely edible community garden, or
  • make some jam, biscuits or cakes in advance for us to sell
If you're up for helping to organise it then let us know.

Volunteers should email Mark at

This year the Open Garden scheme is winding up so you really should go and check out Karen's garden while you can. More details close to the time.

What's on when in January

January is a quiet month as far as planned sessions go, lots of people on holidays.

If there's a time you're available to spend time at the garden and you want company, let us know.

Fri 9th Jan         10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sat 10th Jan      12 - 2pm - General pottering **
Sun 11th Jan     10am - 1pm - Communal Crew working bee **
Fri 16th Jan       10ish - Friday Meetup **
                           6.30pm - dark - Twilight Gardening **
Sat 11th Jan       9 - 11am - General pottering
Thu 22nd Jan    10am - 12pm - General pottering **
Fri 23rd Jan       10ish - Friday Meetup **
Sun 25th Jan     9am - 1pm - Garden & Gather and Food Swap (note the time change for Dec, Jan & Feb)
Fri 30th Jan       10ish - Friday Meetup **

Sessions marked with ** will have someone who can provide advice and direction on Communal Crew activities.