Think Global – Grow Local was our theme for World Environment Week this year.
And the weather gods must have been paying attention, as the rain stopped and patches of blue sky encouraged locals to come down and tour the sustainable features of our community garden – 3.7kW solar power with battery storage, a substantial bio-swale to capture and hold our storm water for use in growing productive food crops, our strawbale shelter (the hearth of our Garden), our resource recycling compost bays and substantial worm farms, not-to mention our community built pizza oven which was the centre of attention around lunch time.
What a lovely atmosphere it was, enhanced by the participation of families with their children
One family won the worm farm donated by the Moss Vale Resource Recovery centre and raffled off after the worm demo. We were treated to a scrumptious morning tea provided by the local CWA ladies followed by wood-fired pizzas for lunch.
In the end, an altogether enjoyable way to start the June long weekend.
We have been entering our produce in the local Moss Vale Agricultural Show for the past eight years. Despite the challenging summer and autumn weather this year, starting with months of very hot and dry conditions followed by weeks of constant rain, we were thrilled to win 10 blue ribbons and 4 red (second prize) ribbons. But to top it all off, we also received the “Most Successful Fruit Exhibitor” sash for 2017.
So we just had to have a little brag……..
This Seniors Event was hosted by the Four Seasons Community Garden in Bowral in early March.
It featured plant stalls by our two local community gardens along with food tasting provided by Meals on Wheels and a most enjoyable short concert by our local Ukele band, featuring our own Rosina Buckman. Even the ongoing wet weather didn’t stop the people coming along to enjoy the event.
As with most Christmas parties, our members enjoyed a table bulging with cold meats and fresh Garden salads, followed by a variety of desserts including cherries picked that very morning, berry pavlova (berries from the Garden so only “food metres” rather than “food miles”) washed down with locally brewed elderflower champagne, pink (rhubarb) champagne and fruit punch bearing golden & red raspberries, and cherries.
Don’t you just love the abundance of an organic garden, especially when your combined labours throughout the year, in all weathers, culminate in such a healthy and delicious celebration?
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.
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 paradeas well as for the Agricultural Show.