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 🙂
 
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).
 
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-12pmTuesday 3:30-5pmLennox 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!
 
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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