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WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION – OPEN DAY

Our pallet bed in flower.
Our pallet bed in flower around our compost bays.

WINTER SOLSTICE
OPEN DAY INVITATION

Our community garden is becoming more productive every year and we like to celebrate a good harvest on the shortest day of the year.  Why not come down for a tour and celebrate with us as we demonstrate making compost and pruning our deciduous fruit trees?

When: 10.30am – 2.30pm Sunday 22rd June, 2014

Cost: Gold Coin donation: M/tea provided

A morning of activities including demonstrations of:
11am: making a hot compost pile
12.00 noon : winter fruit tree pruning

Lunch: Wood-fired Pizzas using local tomatoes
Members – No charge
Non members – $7

For further details: Jill (0414) 545735
www.mossvalecommunitygarden.org.au

Our Wheelbarrow Float – NSW Bush Week Parade 2014

Lots of our regulars at Moss Vale Community Garden turned up to walk behind our wheelbarrow float in the NSW Bush Week Parade 2014.  We gathered in Leighton Gardens with our barrow loaded with seasonal veges and fruit along with the potted dwarf apple tree we grafted last year.  Polly Wolly, our sulky doll, upstaged the proceedings as usual.

Nikki, Dini, Jo and Dennis with our float awaiting the start of the Parade up Argyle St.
Nikki, Dini, Jo and Dennis with our float awaiting the start of the Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 2pm, along with all of the other floats and parade groups we headed up Argyle Street towards the Moss Vale Showgrounds.  Onlookers lined the streets showing their appreciation as the groups passed.  It was good fun and the weather was great for a parade as well as for the Agricultural Show.

Ed wheeling our float full of organic veges & fruit on the Bush Week Parade in Moss Vale - March 2014
Ed wheeling our float full of organic veges & fruit on the Bush Week Parade in Moss Vale – March 2014

Lots of Prizes for our Organically Grown Veges & Fruit

For the last few years we have entered our best quality fruit and vegetables grown at the community garden in the Moss Vale Agricultural Show This year we entered 29 exhibits in the pavilion and won 22 prizes, including the sash for most successful exhibitor in the Fruit category.

Look at all those winning entries!
Look at all those winning entries!

It’s a fun thing to get involved with and, we think, an important tradition to support.  Hopefully, over the coming years we will see more locals getting back to growing veges and fruit in their own backyards and entering them in the local agricultural shows.  They used to engender lots of hot competition between regular exhibitors (the biggest pumpkin or the best compost) which can only lead to improved quality of food crops exhibited.  The thrill of seeing a blue ribbon attached to your exhibit is not to be underestimated!

Moss Vale Community Garden will be there again next year, hoping for lots of prizes and also hoping that the pavilion tables will be spilling over with impressive specimens of locally produced fruit & veges of all shapes and sizes.

It’s a great activity for all the family!Basket of Organic Show Veges  Everyone, all ages, can get involved!

Our basket of six distinctly different types of vegetables.

Bug Motels at Schools Environment Day

In October, the Community Garden was invited by Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environment & Sustainability Department to present a couple of activities relating to gardening and the environment.  And what a great day it was, with a wide diversity of activities being presented to a large number of local years 5&6 school children from around the Shire.

Fantastic interactive display of Australian native birds to entertain kids and adults alike!
Fantastic interactive display of Australian native birds to entertain kids and adults alike!

We decided to:

a)  Build a Beneficial Bug Motel that the kids could take back to school and put into the school garden to create habitat for predatory and pollinating insects.  The main benefit is that kids can understand that there is no need to spray pesticides when there are natural means of pest control like this.

A proud group of years 5&6 display their newly made beneficial bug motel.
A proud group of years 5&6 display their newly made beneficial bug motel.

b)  Build a worm tower and discuss the benefits of keeping worms in your backyard to help with soil fertility in your garden whilst recycling amazing amounts of diverse organic materials that are often seen as waste and sent off site.

All set for the Build a Worm Tower activity
All set for the Build a Worm Tower activity

What a great surprise when Costa Georgiadis turned up on the Day and inspired the kids (and the adults) with his enthusiastic pep talk on the role of the kids in the protection and enhancement of our local environment!

Costa Georgiadis captured the attention of the school kids with his enthusiastic approach to the environment.

Costa Georgiadis captured the attention of the school kids with his enthusiastic approach to the environment.

It was an enjoyable, educational and well-executed event which will hopefully be repeated in the years to come.  Here is one of the groups of students proudly displaying their newly-completed Beneficial Bug Motel.

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Spring Open Day 2013 – All Welcome!

Moss Vale Community Garden invites you …..

 to our spring open day 

no-dig garden demo and

pizza lunch from the wood-fired oven

Where:  9-13 Railway Street,  Moss Vale

When:   Sunday  20th October, 2013 from 11.00am

Cost for pizza lunch:  $5 members,  $8 guests, $10 family  (please RSVP if you would like to come along so we can organise catering)

No Dig Garden demo commences around 11.30am followed by lunch.

All welcome!!!

Our new Solar Pergola, solar panel and productive garden beds.

Our new Solar Pergola, solar panel and productive garden beds.