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 August4:30-6pm
 
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 – 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.
 
 
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 🙂
 
In gardening love,
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