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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.


Jill Cockram

On behalf of all her friends at Moss Vale Community Garden

9th May 2018

FREE Events at the Resource Recovery Centre

Celebrating International Composting Week Sunday 6th May to Saturday 12th May.

Green Waste Processing Tours – Monday and Friday- 10am or 2pm Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre.

Composting Workshop and Garden Tour – Thursday 10th May – 1.30pm – 3pm – Moss Vale Community Garden- Railway St Moss Vale


Thursday 10th May 2018 – Composting Workshop and tour of Moss Vale Community Garden Monday

7th and Friday 11th May – Green Waste Processing Tours at the RRC

Phone 4868 0888 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required For more information visit

Flyer here: International Composting Week – May 2018

Recent Sourdough Workshop

Participants learned the process of making sourdough bread at Moss Vale Community Garden recently.   Considering that many of the loaves got drenched with water when the irrigation inadvertently came on in the hothouse (oops!) whilst they were in there proving/raising, everyone still got to go home with a loaf baked in our pizza oven.

Thank you to all of our good-natured participants.  It was an enjoyable day.

Bread Making Workshop 22nd April

10.00 – 3.00pm, Sunday 22nd April, 2018






Local sourdough baker, Elissa, will take us through the sourdough breadmaking process in our wood-fired pizza oven.

Cost: $50 for the day (lunch included)
Participants will take sourdough bread home.

Lunch: We will make some pizzas along with a platter
of cheese & salad from the Garden

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Payment details upon application.
Bookings close 16th April, 2018.
Numbers limited to 10

Flyer here: Breadmaking Flyer April 2018

new members digging in

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. 

Thanks folks.