Earth Goddess and Woman of Great Splendour, Wit & Beauty
What a fortunate day it was for us in 2012 when Rosina Buckman came to Moss Vale Community Garden, bringing with her a bounty of information about Permaculture practices, propagation, seed-saving, seed-raising and soil improvement strategies, amongst other things. She soon whipped us into shape!
She immediately took on the role of Education Officer on our committee and sprang into action at our Open Days, volunteering to run worm farm demonstrations and seed saving talks. Her depth of knowledge on these things was such that she was approached by the Wingecarribee Council Waste Education Officer to run talks and demonstrations at the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre. I believe she substantially increased the use of backyard worm farms in the Shire with her “Mrs Chop Chop” worm farm demos, empowering people to play their part in reducing waste. She also made a splash with her worm demos at the Bowral Home & Garden Shows.
At the Community Garden, Rosina also took on the task of setting up and managing our seed raising and seedling production, streamlining it using moon planting techniques to create healthy, happy food plants. She would take seeds and materials home also and raise seedlings in her hothouse to bring back ready for sale on our market stall. Plant sales being our main source of income, Rosina was instrumental in helping us stay afloat financially. And every one of our members knows about “Rosina’s Magic Potion”, now an integral part of our seed-raising process.
Not only was she a woman of integrity and intellect, she was great fun and liked to be a little wicked with her sense of humour. She did love a party and cooked up a storm when we were having a celebration. We really missed her company when she was off jet setting to the Green School in Bali to run workshops or heading up north to catch up with friends from a previous life.
So, it is with great sadness for us that the world has lost an amazing lady who had enough lust for life and environmental activism to put a teenager to shame. We will undoubtedly miss the sight of Rosina and her partner in crime, Vallee, wandering into the Garden, arms full of seedling trays brimming with healthy, soon-to-become organic veges.
On behalf of all her friends at Moss Vale Community Garden
9th May 2018
The Carbone family came to our rescue last week when Tom (chef at a 5-star Qld restaurant), his partner Gaby and his Mum, Rosie put together a spectacular lunch from our garden beds for our hot & hungry members.
Meanwhile, our new members, Andy Carbone, Candice, Banjo & Tex joined us in the midday sun, weeding & re-mulching our side path. Looks great, in time for the Grow Cook Eat festival in March.
Sue and David Campin spent a hot couple of hours mulching our impressive mountain of detritus ready for our next-compost making activity.
The theme our Community Garden team chose to present at this year’s event to over 5 schools out of the 40 schools in the shire who attended was Seed to Seed: The Cycle of Life.
Kathi and I brought along all sorts of seeds, from poppy seed size to avocado pip to demonstrate the diversity of Nature and its endeavours to provide the next generation of plants. Also starring were the insects that help with pollination of the flowers into seeds – insects such as the introduced bumble bee along with our native stingless bees and all manner of critters including birds who are attracted to the colour, nectar and perfume displayed by the advertising arm of plants: flowers.
Five school groups interacted with us to learn together about the amazing partnership between plants, insects and birds in the quest for our ecology to sustain and continue.
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!
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!