Moss Vale Community Garden Hosts Another Cheesemaking Workshop

In November 2016, with the support of our local Wingecarribee Shire Council Smartygrants, we organised our second cheese workshop for the year.

Our specialist cheesemaker, Nathan Burke, guided us through the process of making Halloumi, quarg and sour cream.  After a shared lunch, we headed next door to the Community Garden to choose some tomato seedlings to take home and grow on.  Mmmmmm…… Grilled Halloumi & tomato on toast.

Sterilising the equipment and materials
Sterilising the equipment and materials

Moss Vale Community Garden Christmas Party Dec 2016

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.

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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?

Team Effort – Keeping out the Aerial Pests

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.

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Solar and Battery Bulk Buy Opportunity: Tues Nov 15, Moss Vale

When: Tue, 15 Nov, 6 pm for a 6:30 pm start
Where: Moss Vale Services Club auditorium, Argyle Street, Moss Vale, NSW 2577

There’s still time to RSVP at: www.suncrowd.com.au/southern-highlands

More than 200 Highlands locals have already booked for this event, in order to:

  • Receive 1-on-1 expert advice,
  • Experience world leading solar & battery brands, and
  • Learn all you need to know about solar & batteries to help you make an informed decision on the best home energy solution for you.

You too can meet the suppliers and your local installer. Ask them whatever questions you may have!

What you need to bring

  • A copy of a recent electricity bill (so that we can size your system to your personal energy needs)
  • Photos of both your meter and your meter switchboard – printed or on your mobile. Some tips:
    • Make sure that the resolution is sufficient so that we can read the meter specification. These photos will be attached to your personal application form on the night.
    • Information on the system size of your current solar power system (if you already have one installed)

You’ll have the unique opportunity to receive independent, expert advice from a Local Solar Mentors on the right home energy system for you. 
Bring a recent electricity bill for an optimal experience! 
Get friends and family involved!

The more the merrier

Invite fellow solar homeowners, your friends, family and colleagues to RSVP and join you at The Garden’s Suncrowd event!? They can RSVP here: www.suncrowd.com.au/southern-highlands

The greater the number of people that join your local campaign – the greater the savings for everyone involved. You don’t want your neighbours to miss out!

You can invite them by email, Facebook or knock on your neighbour’s door!

Tonight! Renewable energy bulk buy campaign begins on the Highlands

Mittagong RSL, 6 pm tonight (26 October)

Your opportunity to access world leading battery technology from brands including Tesla Energy LG Chem, and solar panels from Tindo Solar, Australia’s only Australian made and owned solar company. Reposit Power is also on board, helping bring the future of energy to people today. By harnessing their collective purchasing power, participants have the opportunity to access these leading technologies at $1k-$2k below average market prices.

Local community groups all over southern NSW are partnering with social enterprise SunCrowd, to enable one of the biggest renewable energy bulk buy campaigns ever seen in this country. The bulk buys will cover 5 regions, with free events in the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven, Goulburn, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong.

Hand-picked community energy leaders from each region, trained by SunCrowd, will provide local, independent expert advice to enable individuals to find the right home energy solution for their household or small business.

One bulk buy of this kind took place in Newcastle throughout July of this year. The campaign was run in partnership with local community group, Climate Action Newcastle and was a roaring success – with over 998 solar panels and 201 batteries purchased by the local community. 193 households in the Newcastle region took part, benefitting from trusted technology and lower prices by working together.

The free Southern Highlands launch event, organised in partnership with community groups Climate Action Now Wingecarribee (CANWin) and Moss Vale Community Garden (MVCG) will be held in Mittagong next Wednesday 26th October. To secure your free ticket and get involved visit www.suncrowd.com.au/southernhighlands.

If you can’t attend tonight’s launch event you can still register your interest and find out more about how you can get involved in this exciting campaign.

By participating in the bulk buy you’ll not only benefit yourself, but enable your community to benefit as well through SunCrowd’s unique Community Benefit Scheme – which sees a portion of the revenue flow back into your local community to support the campaign partners and boost renewable energy projects.

SunCrowd is a movement of Australian households taking the power back into their own hands. The aim is to remove the decision-making complexity and confusion associated with new energy technologies, whilst using our collective purchasing power to lower prices.

Miles Lochhead, spokesperson for CANWin, explained: “With thousands of solar panel installations already in the Southern Highlands, we’re excited to provide locals with the opportunity to jump on board with the latest renewable technology, and in turn reduce our community carbon footprint. Even better, partnering with SunCrowd will enable locals to save money in the process and provide useful funds to support both CANWin and Moss Vale Community Garden”.

“With five communities joining this bulk buy spanning along the south coast from Ulladulla to Wollongong, and inland to Goulburn, the Southern Highlands and Blue Mountains in the west, there’s a real opportunity to benefit from a big discount off the normal retail prices.”

Chris Cooper, Chief Energy Officer at SunCrowd, also commented,

“For the first time in human history, we can create an energy system which is sustainable, affordable and democratic. But to make this dream a reality, it’s up to us – the people – to show leadership, act together, and take the power back. RSVP for your local event and let’s take the power back to the people!”

Find out more and RSVP for our local Southern Highlands event at suncrowd.com.au/southernhighlands