Follow the seasons as we involve ourselves in the garden in October.
We have some very exciting news.
We are soon to have power on site – but not just power, solar power from the universe! And not just solar power, but off-grid battery power, the first such project for C.O.R.E.N.A. in partnership with our local climate action group, CANWin . Citizens’ Own Renewable Energy Network Australia (C.O.R.E.N.A.) is a non-government organisation which has a revolving fund to help community organisations like us with an interest-free loan to fund our solar panels, inverter and batteries.
Crowd funding allows not just our local community, but all Australians to donate to the project to help pay it off. Once fully paid for, donations go towards funding the next C.O.R.E.N.A. community energy project. We are community energy project No.8. We hope that you, as part of our local community, will support this project and help us set up renewable energy at Moss Vale Community Garden to allow us to further develop our sustainable living program.
Our off-grid system will be a showcase for other individuals and groups who are thinking of going solar and would like to see a working model. Manuel Cilia of Cilectric is kindly donating his time to installing the system he designed for us – such a magnanimous gesture! We are planning to run some info days and workshops about off-grid solar in 2016. So if you feel you would like to chip in to help crowd fund this Moss Vale Community Garden solar system, please click the link below
We thank you for your donation.
Coordinator, Moss Vale Community Garde
On April 11th members and friends of the community garden descended on the Garden site to carry out a “barnraising” (working bee). We got all three projects completed, thanks to our wonderful volunteers on the day.
Thanks to a grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust, Moss Vale Community Garden has installed a new fence behind our recently installed container/secure shed in the front area of our licenced area. We are in the process of completing the development of this area in line with the
development application approved by Wingecarribee Shire Council. This area will be open to the public at all times and we intend that it will be full of organically grown fresh fruit & veges by next summer. The fence bed will be planted up with more espaliered fruit trees that we have propagated ourselves, with edible groundcovers like white & pink-flowering strawberries and low growing berries like white currants, gooseberries and goji berries. Why not pop down and check it out. We are there every Wednesday & Friday and welcome visitors and prospective members.
The hothouse was lifted and moved across to a prepared base (thanks to Jim Skillen and Diny Jones for all of the work leading up to the event).
Axel Richter, Ed Messiah and John Marks put in a solid day to clad one wall of our container with mini orb, thanks to funding from the state government’s Community Building Partnership grant.
Then there are our regulars – those who not only keep the garden going from week to week, but also gave up a Saturday to pitch in and provide the muscle power to complete all of these projects as well as provide a scrumptious home-made lunch made with veges & fruit from the garden.