For the second year running, Neil Barraclough of the Rare & Heritage Fruit Tree Association (Vic) has traveled country NSW skilling up interested locals on how to graft and maintain heritage varieties of fruit trees, some on the endangered list. Not only did he share his knowledge and skills in the grafting process itself, but he brought along a huge selection of scion (grafting wood) to our community garden for participants to graft and grow on to maturity.
At the Garden, we hope to keep a register of which varieties are now growing in our shire for sharing wood at future events.
Neil also demonstrated how to set up a rootstock bed so that in the future, the community garden can be a limited source of local rootstocks for locals to graft wood from their desired trees onto.
A big thanks to Neil for his generosity. And thanks also to all participants. It was a pleasant and interesting day.
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.
In November, well-known local chef, Geoff Jansz dropped in to see us at the community garden and brought a lovely spread of fresh food to share for lunch. Geoff has long been a vege grower, garden-to-plate chef and is in the process of developing his Bowral acreage as a community garden. He has a range of initiatives in the pipeline and being devotees of local food production, we hope to see some of these projects on the ground soon.
Geoff has promised to come back in 2017 and do a demonstration of his 3-Greens Dish, a particularly wholesome and delicious meal that is quick and easy. What more could you want from a meal?
Every Thursday on the Greens
Cnr Railway & Spring Streets, Moss Vale
After a short break over the Festive Season, the Railway Street Fresh Food & Produce Market resumes trading every Thursday from 3pm till 6pm right through to winter.
You will find locally grown aquaponic & certified organic produce, preserves made from local produce, Curly’s Compost, sourdough bread, patisserie-style pies and quiches, locally propagated seedlings and food plants grown by the Community Garden, local wines, fish, free-range eggs, Snax-on-Trax coffee van with delicious home-baked cakes & biscuits, Japanese pancakes and more. Be entertained by local musicians as you shop…..
Come and join us and help support our local growers to produce seasonal fresh food through sustainable farming methods.
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Railway St. Fresh Food & Produce Market Moss Vale
No point growing lots of fresh fruit if the birds and bats make off with the majority of it.
In December, Community Garden members formed a posse to stretch bird netting along the 30 metre length of fence bearing our espaliered apples, cherries, pears, plums, plums and walnuts. We are expecting that this will prove the easy part of the process, as experience has shown that in the ensuing months before we can safely remove them, the trees will send new branches through the fabric.
Oh well, we await the development of a better system.