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