Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hello beans,
 
The blossoms are out! If you’re excited about spring gardening, come on down to the coop and grab some seeds: we’ve got black russian tomatoes, pumpkins, coles dwarf beans (for a late season), coloured carrots, lettuce mix, you name it! All organic. Or, you could get your skills up by attending Barbara’s Spring Gardening Workshop onSaturday 13th October, details below ūüôā
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 28 August, 4:30-6pm
 
Come help us lovingly package the life that goes in the ground – come for the whole time or come for a bit (and take home some seeds).
 
Natural Building Weekend Workshop, 30-31 August @ Caroola Farm (flyer attached)

Roundhouses are an ancient building method dating back to as early as the Bronze Age. These structures are quick, easy and cheap to set up and are a perfect building option to create a guest room, shed space or a studio.

This workshop will be lead by Dan Harris-Pascal who has studied natural building and Bio-construction in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. The wattle and daub roundhouse emerged by blending a range of natural building techniques. Please see flyer for more details.

 
DB hosts Pedal Powered Cinema Meaningful Movies
Tuesday 2 September, 7:30pm (flyer attached)
 
Amnesty Canberra are holding monthly movies at the Food Co-op on the first¬†Tuesday¬†or each month, and in September DB is hosting!! Yay! We’re going to be showing a film about our favourite thing in the whole world, soil.¬†Dirt! The Movie¬†tells the story of soil and its importance and challenges to its good management and survival.¬†
 
The film will be followed by a short talk by ANU academic Dr John Field. Tea and nibblies provided, RSVP not essential but appreciated.
 
DB Native Edibles Bed Workshop, 10am-12pm Saturday 6 September @ ANU SLC Organic Garden
 
This is kicking off¬†Saturday¬†week alongside the regular SLC Garden working bee¬†Saturday¬†week, will involve cleaning up the bed, starting to plan and seeing what’s there! No RSVP necessary.
 
Spring Gardening Workshop @ the Food Co-op (flyer attached)
with Barbara from Backyard Food
Saturday 13 September, 10am-12pm
 
Barbara will be sharing her knowledge on all things for seeds, sprouts, seedling survival, and preparing you for a great harvest!
 
Places are going quickly for this workshop, email or call us to reserve your place and get payment details.
 
Urban Agriculture Australia ‘A City of Food’ Series
 
A series of talks centring around local, sustainable food production will be held on Wednesday nights in September, asking all the questions (and maybe giving answers) to everything Canberra urban agriculture related.
 
Book tickets to one or the whole series here.
 
REGULAR WORKING BEES
 
SLC/ANU Garden Working Bees
Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 3:30-5pm, Lennox Crossing

This lovely educational garden by the lake makes for a great place to spend an hour or two on a sunny Saturdaymorning. Check the facebook page for updates.

DB @ the Rooftop Garden

Food Co-op, 11am-1pm Saturdays, Kingsley St

The Rooftop Garden grows herbs and some vegies in the difficult micro-climate up there in the wind and heat. Great for sunny days, come help and take some produce home.

 
OTHER NEWS/OPPORTUNITIES
 
Free kombucha and kefir!!
 
If anyone is interested in making their own kombucha, the tasty, fermented ‘miracle fungus’ drink your guts will love, DBer Rodney has offered to give a free scoby to anyone who is keen to try their hand at it. Contact him at rodney_martin2006¬†at yahoo dot com dot au.¬†
 
We also have another member, Sadie, who is making lots of milk kefir and has offered it for free (maybe in exchange for something else yummy!) to anyone who might be interested. Contact her on u4469589 at anu dot edu dot au.
 
Volunteering with Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA) at Floriade
 
UAA are once again doing an exploratory pathways display at Canberra’s annual flower festival, Floriade. This exciting initiative puts food production into this massive festival, and there are plenty of opportunities to help out!
 
Floriade is held 13 September Р12 October, but there are opportunities to volunteer before and after. Fill out the survey and get on board!
 
Lyneham Commons Food Forest Project
 
Lyneham Commons is a community gardening project happening in the inner north, and it’s happening! Concerned about peak oil, food security and sovereignty and sustainability, the Commons are tackling these issues in the most local way – by encroaching on previously unused land to grow food. Check out their¬†blog¬†and¬†Facebook page¬†here.
 
THE LAST WORD
 
What happens with food production in areas torn by war, occupation or natural disaster? Agriculture can help people to have control over something again, save money, give fresh healthy food to their family, and maybe even make a small income from selling excess. In the Gaza Strip, an export-oriented market has created food pressures for the densely-populated, arid piece of land, and a resultant lean towards urban agriculture has followed. For women, who in many places cannot move out of a domestic setting, agriculture can be an empowering activity, as this project taking placing in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon shows. Post-earthquake Haiti has had to grow food in urban settings to supplement food supply, much from the UN.
 
Another take on agriculture on this topic is about compassionate farming, which the film¬†Sustainability in Exile¬†shows in under half an hour. It’s about sustainable agriculture and permaculture projects in four refugee camps, and mixes economy, spirituality and gardens.
 
 
In gardening love,

 

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Newsletter August 2014.
 
Hello beans,
Time to start getting ready for spring! It’s ‘officially’ spring in exactly two weeks time, so start thinking about punneting in the joy of the warm weather – artichokes, beetroot, melons, even zucchini, capsicum and tomato can be started early. Check out¬†COGS (Canberra Organic Growers Society)¬†planting calendar and growing guides, they’re a valuable resource in our temperate climate!
 
This week we’ve got some good events in the making, including a spring gardening workshop in September for anyone looking to improve their gardening knowledge.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 28 August, 4:30-6pm
 
Come help us lovingly package the life that goes in the ground – come for the whole time or come for a bit (and take home some seeds).
 
DB hosts Pedal Powered Cinema Meaningful Movies
Tuesday 2 September, 7:30pm (poster attached)
 
Amnesty Canberra are holding monthly movies at the Food Co-op on the first Tuesday or each month, and in September DB is hosting!! Yay! We’re going to be showing a film about our favourite thing in the whole world, soil.¬†Dirt! The Movie¬†tells the story of soil and its importance and challenges to its good management and survival.¬†
 
The film will be followed by a short talk by ANU academic Dr John Field. Tea and nibblies provided, RSVP not essential but appreciated.
 
Spring Gardening Workshop @ the Food Co-op (flyer attached)
with Barbara from Backyard Food
Saturday 13 September, 10am-12pm
 
Now with a new date, this workshop will *almost* definitely run! The amazing Barbara will be sharing her knowledge on all things for seeds, sprouts, seedling survival, and preparing you for a great harvest!
 
Places are limited to 12 people to book early… email us to confirm your place and get payment details.
 
Urban Agriculture Australia ‘A City of Food’ Series
 
A series of talks centring around local, sustainable food production will be held on Wednesday nights in September, asking all the questions (and maybe giving answers) to everything Canberra urban agriculture related.
 
Book tickets to one or the whole series here.
 
REGULAR WORKING BEES
 
SLC/ANU Garden Working Bees

Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 3:30-5pm, Lennox Crossing

This lovely educational garden by the lake makes for a great place to spend an hour or two on a sunny Saturdaymorning. Check the facebook page for updates.

DB @ the Rooftop Garden

Food Co-op, 11am-1pm Saturdays, Kingsley St

The Rooftop Garden grows herbs and some vegies in the difficult micro-climate up there in the wind and heat. Great for sunny days, come help and take some produce home.

OTHER NEWS/OPPORTUNITIES
 
Free kombucha and kefir!!
 
If anyone is interested in making their own kombucha, the tasty, fermented ‘miracle fungus’ drink your guts will love, DBer Rodney has offered to give a free scoby to anyone who is keen to try their hand at it. Contact him at rodney_martin2006¬†at yahoo dot com dot au.¬†
 
We also have another member, Sadie, who is making lots of milk kefir and has offered it for free (maybe in exchange for something else yummy!) to anyone who might be interested. Contact her on u4469589 at anu dot edu dot au.
 
Volunteering with Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA) at Floriade
 
UAA are once again doing an exploratory pathways display at Canberra’s annual flower festival, Floriade. This exciting initiative puts food production into this massive festival, and there are plenty of opportunities to help out!
 
Floriade is held 13 September Р12 October, but there are opportunities to volunteer before and after. Fill out the survey and get on board!
 
DB Native Edibles Bed @ ANU SLC Organic Garden
 
We’re going to start sprucing up the natives demonstration bed in the next few weeks, if you’re interested and want to be involved, send us an email and we’ll give you deets.
 
 
Lyneham Commons Food Forest Project
 
Lyneham Commons is a community gardening project happening in the inner north, and it’s happening! Concerned about peak oil, food security and sovereignty and sustainability, the Commons are tackling these issues in the most local way – by encroaching on previously unused land to grow food. Check out their¬†blog¬†and¬†Facebook page¬†here.

THE LAST WORD

Landscape restoration is something the world really needs right now, especially in food-producing lands. John D. Liu, a Chinese-American who decided to become a soil scientist, has taken restorative practices to many degraded landscapes around the planet, including windswept plateaus and desertified areas. Considering he’s also a film-maker, his work is quite interesting!¬†
 
Watch his full-length ‘Green Gold‘ documentary,¬†short film on forest restoration¬†narrated by Jane Goodall, or ‘Hope in a Changing Climate‘, a half-hour film on agriculture projects in desertified areas, and be swept into a world of inspiration and soil ūüôā
 
In gardening love,

Newsletter August 2014.

Hello beanies,

August is S month – silverbeet, spinach and snowpeas are all splendid planting right now, in preparation for spring harvest. They don’t mind frost too much and you can plant them straight out, thought they may do a little better when we’re not in the depths of snowball earth. You can also start growing spring seedlings indoors soon, and at our seed-packing later this week we’ll be putting out some lovely spring varieties in the co-op for sale in anticipation!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op
Thursday 14 August, 4:30-6pm

Come help us lovingly package the life that goes in the ground – come for the whole time or come for a bit (and take home some seeds).

DB hosts Pedal Powered Cinema Meaningful Movies
Tuesday 2 September, 7:30pm

Amnesty Canberra are holding monthly movies at the Food Co-op on the first Tuesday or each month, and this month DB is hosting!! Yay! We’re going to be showing a film about our favourite thing in the whole world, soil. Dirt! The Movie tells the story of soil and its importance and challenges to its good management and survival.

The film will be followed by a short talk by ANU academic Dr John Field. Tea and nibblies provided, RSVP not essential but appreciated.

Edible Gardening Workshops @ the Food Co-op with Barbara from Backyard Food (flyer attached)
Saturday 30 August, 10am-12pm

This workshop may not run due to low numbers – if you’re interested in participating, please email us and we’ll see if we can get enough people together.

REGULAR WORKING BEES

SLC/ANU Garden Working Bees
Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 3:30-5pm, Lennox Crossing

This lovely educational garden by the lake makes for a great place to spend an hour or two on a sunny Saturday morning. Check the facebook page for updates.

DB @ the Rooftop Garden
Food Co-op, 11am-1pm Saturdays, Kingsley St

The Rooftop Garden grows herbs and some vegies in the difficult micro-climate up there in the wind and heat. Great for sunny days, come help and take some produce home.

OTHER NEWS/OPPORTUNITIES

Free kombucha!!

If anyone is interested in making their own kombucha, the tasty, fermented ‘miracle fungus’ drink your guts will love, DBer Rodney has offered to give a free scoby to anyone who is keen to try their hand at it. Contact him at rodney_martin2006 at yahoo dot com dot au. Information on what kombucha is and how to make it attached, and if you’re feeling super keen you can also register for the Environment Centre’s kombucha and kefir making workshop being held on 19 August.

Volunteering with Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA) at Floriade

UAA are once again doing an exploratory pathways display at Canberra’s annual flower festival, Floriade. This exciting initiative puts food production into this massive festival, and there are plenty of opportunities to help out!

Floriade is held 13 September – 12 October, but there are opportunities to volunteer before and after. Fill out the survey and get on board!

DB Native Edibles Bed @ ANU SLC Organic Garden

We’re going to start sprucing up the natives demonstration bed in the next few weeks, if you’re interested and want to be involved, send us an email and we’ll give you deets.

THE LAST WORD

Ah, the challenge of building resilient food communities – it’s all mixed up with homesteading, urban agriculture, permaculture, every kind of culture, and the most important, human culture. Efforts at changing human culture to local food economies (or at least a bit more balanced) are definitely happening in Australia, just have a look at the Open Food Network, our own Australian Capital Region Food Hub, as well as any number of other initiatives around connecting paddock to plate.

Designing this behavioural change around local food systems is also very interesting, just check out this great talk from University of Vermont! Or… watch this other great talk about building sustainable food communities… need some more inspiration…? The Environment Centre have an informative page on how to transform your house and garden, or how to connect into the local food community. Go go go!

In gardening love,