Monthly Archives: September 2014

Hello beanies,

Well hasn’t the weather been gorgeous – hope your frost-sensitive seeds have been punneted, and the sun has given you inspiration! If not, there’s still time… otherwise, for non-frost sensitive vegies, pop in some beetroot, celery or leeks.
 
We have lots of exciting news this week – the beginning of the spring excursions calendar, back at last, talks at Floriade, and most importantly, seed packing! Also, we have another of Barbara’s fantastic workshops on, so if you’re keen check it out and send us an email.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Thursday 25 September4:30-6pm

This week we need lots of helpers! 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 @ Floriade
Tuesday 30 September, 10am
 
We’re there next week talking about building healthy communities and doing a tour of the Urban Agriculture Australia display – come say hi, check out the flowers and the AMAZING urban agriculture beds – they have aquaponics, no-dig beds, composting systems, food forests, chickens, everything…

Garden Planning Workshop @ the Food Co-op (flyer attached)
with Barbara from Backyard Food
Saturday 18 October, 10am-12pm

We have another one! Last one was a great success, thanks to all who came and demanded more. This time Barbara will be looking at the physical aspect of gardens and at soil health – two very important factors in growing good vegies.

Please email us to reserve your place – payment is required by Friday 10 October.

Eatology: The Science of Eating

6-8pm, Thursday 25 September, Manning Clark Theatre, ANU
 
Brought to you by the Environment Centre, this event comprises of three knowledgeable speakers who are going to talk about soil, health and food. It’s on this Thursday, so book your tickets here: it’s free!!
 
DB Spring Excursion Calendar
 
First excursion: Rooftop Garden Tour @ Lena Karmel Lodge (Food Co-op building). 12pm, Saturday 4 October. No RSVP necessary, meet in the co-op at 11:55pm, 3 Kingsley Street Acton.
 
Full calendar details coming out early next week, stay tuned

REGULAR WORKING BEES

SLC/ANU Organic 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 Bush Foods Bed @ the SLC Organic Garden
10am-12pm, every second Saturday @ Lennox Crossing
 
Thanks to everyone who helped last Saturday – the bed’s looking clean and beautiful. Next working bee will be onSaturday 4th October, might even do some planting!

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 DB – Film Organiser
 
So there’s this great Pedal Powered Cinema we have access to at the co-op (some of you will be acquainted with it already), and of course there’s many, many wonderful garden and earth-health related films out there, which we’d love to show! If you’re an organising person who loves films and plants and has some time to invest, we want to hear from you! Can be short or long term, email us for details.

Shhhhh….. secret gardens

 
Guerilla gardening may be back. Email us your phone number to go on our very secret list, we’ll text you when there’s action.
 
Free Thai Massage
 
Our lovely blogger Saaro needs people to practice massage on for a course! If you’re interested send us an email and we’ll put you in touch.

THE LAST WORD

Weeds, perhaps the most underrated and under-utilised plants around! Many of these plants we see as pesky annoying invaders of our gardens are actually tasty, free, and sometimes medicinally useful greens! And of course, there’s lots of them.
This great article on edible weeds calls them the ‘rock stars of the plant world… they live fast, procreate a lot and die fast’. Because of that, they tend to not spend much energy on producing toxins (mostly), and also have to harvest nutrients, often from poor soils, making them hardy and nutrient rich. Ribwort, for example, a common weed in Canberra, is high in selenium and calcium! Or dandelion, which has a million medicinal uses. You can even make liquid fertiliser from weeds. Get out there and start harvesting your new friends!
 
In gardening love,

Hello dirt-lovers,

Hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine and getting out into the garden – we have been! Rooftop garden is looking excellent, as is the SLC garden, lots of lovely produce coming out with the blossoms. If you’re wondering what to start seeding now, check out this great blog post from Milkwood Permaculture on different tomato varieties, it’s inspiring 🙂

Thanks to all who made it along to the Meaningful Movies screening of Dirt! at the Pedal Powered Cinema last week, it was a great night.
 

Also for anyone wanting to come along to this week’s seed packing, it’s been changed from Thursday to Tuesday, sorry to change, hope you can still make it!

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Seed Packing @ the Food Co-op 
Tuesday 9 September5-6pm

This fortnight the day has changed to Tuesday! 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).
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 have filled for this workshop, but if you’re still interested we have decided to take more people still and run a second workshop if we get numbers. Email us to get details.

Urban Agriculture Australia ‘A City of Food’ Series, September

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.

 
DB Spring Excursion Calendar
 
It’s coming back! We’ll be doing excursions to exciting gardens and garden-related places on a few Saturday afternoons this spring, watch this space.

REGULAR WORKING BEES

SLC/ANU Organic 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 Bush Foods Bed @ the SLC Organic Garden
10am-12pm, every second Saturday @ Lennox Crossing
 

Thanks to everyone who helped last Saturday – the bed’s looking fantastic! Next working bee will be on Saturday 20th September, come on down 🙂

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 DB – Film Organiser

So there’s this great Pedal Powered Cinema we have access to at the co-op (some of you will be acquainted with it already), and of course there’s many, many wonderful garden and earth-health related films out there, which we’d love to show! If you’re an organising person who loves films and plants and has some time to invest, we want to hear from you! Can be short or long term, email us for details.

Volunteering with Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA) at Floriade

UAA really need volunteers right about now, Floriade starts this week! So if you were thinking about signing up, now is the time. 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

Universities, as a microcosm of the city around, are great experimenting grounds for sustainability. Indeed many universities around the world have ‘green campus’ sustainability programs, and the sustainability rankings of universities are becoming many! Both Tufts University in the US and Universitas Indonesia have developed sustainability meters for universities. University green offices are springing up in all kinds of places, such as South Africa and Ecuador, and apparently, all over Australia. 
 
There are networks like the the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, and almost every campus seems to have a sustainability office, ACUAdelaideUQ and Macquarie to mention a few. Of course, ANU is known to have a very good green office at ANUgreen, who work on energy efficiency, student outreach and behavioural change. Go universities! Next they just have to get all their investments out of fossil fuels, source good food and support their community gardens, and set to go.
 
In gardening love,