Category Archives: General

Kids Plant-to-Plate

During the recent school holidays, Moss Vale Community Garden along with On the Grow Railway Street Fresh Food  Market presented another “Kids Plant-to-Plate” vegetable seedling activity to encourage our kids to become backyard food growers.  Leppington Speedy Seedlings kindly donated a range or seedlings from eggplants and tomatoes to spinach and capsicums. 

Lots of keen kids transplanted these seedlings into pots to take home for their vege patch.  And with a little TLC from these little gardeners, these seedlings will be fully grown and ready for the table in a few months time!

THE BIG LIFT

Students from University Technology Sydney visited the Southern Highlands recently to do some good works.  They are a part of a “pay it forward” program called “The Big Lift ” which started in an American university some years ago where students  calling themselves The Blue Crew travel to regional areas helping out community groups with tasks they cannot otherwise get completed. 

Moss Vale Community Garden were lucky enough to have their company in early October for a morning of energetic gardening activities – namely clearing the back slope of a tenacious weedy groundcover in preparation for a proposed native & bush tucker bed.  And with the help of our ever helpful Moss Vale CWA ladies, we were able to feed and water them with yummy home-made fayre.   

What a great initiative!

Making our fresh fettucini for lunch at the Garden

We are at the community garden two days per week throughout the year and make and share lunch together each time.  Having been gifted a pasta making machine, it was time to try it out.  And a friend, Deb from the north coast, an experienced kitchen coordinator for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden scheme, just happened to pop in and get involved, with some help from Imogen and Geordie.

Wow!  Who knew that freshly made pasta could be so delicious??

Cheesemaking Workshop – camembert, ricotta & quarg

In his tenth year of hosting cheese workshops for us, Nathan Burke once again took a group of interested locals through the process of making a variety of cheeses.  These workshops are always popular and we have generally run at least two each year.

The day is fun and informative and participants took their three parcels of cheese home, the ricotta and quarg almost ready to eat, but the camembert requiring a few weeks of nurturing before it can be scoffed.  There is no doubt that, in my opinion and that of a few previous workshop participants, it is the nicest camembert that you will ever taste!