For the third year in a row, Moss Vale Community Garden had a stall at the two-day Bowral Home and Garden Show.
Despite the challenge of the event being held one month earlier than last year, resulting in a smaller range of vegetable seedlings ready to Spring-plant in our frosty climate, we had a good outcome for the effort involved.
Our members and volunteers manned the stall on a roster and chatted to keen gardeners and potential new members. And the pack up on Sunday afternoon was done in record time. Good work, one and all!
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??
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!
Following on from the ABC’s WAR ON WASTE program and encouraged by our intrepid secretary Diny, a small contingent of community gardeners gathered to learn to make a natural replacement for clingfilm – “ecowraps” – which are made from cotton fabric saturated with natural beeswax, pine rosin & jojoba oil.
These can be wrapped around veges or over the top of leftover food bowls to keep the food fresh in the fridge, then wiped clean ready for ongoing re-use. No one-use plastic film being thrown in the bin to become tomorrow’s waste problem.
Diny has been demonstrating these ecowraps at our local farmers’ market where we hope people will make a choice to join us in phasing out the use of plastic cling film.