Apologies for the lack of news on our website lately.
Once the drought, fires and floods had passed this summer, we surveyed our community garden beds and found that many of the veggies that had come to a standstill, trying to cope with the weather conditions, dust storms etc, had sprung back into life and were bearing well.
Just in time for our local Moss Vale Agricultural Show, in fact. We love supporting our local show!
So, we gathered all manner of organic fruit & vegetables that we could submit as entries in the Pavilion. Although we felt our chosen exhibits were not up to our usual standards, we were aware that everyone else growing backyard food in the Shire was in the same boat. And it is exciting waiting in anticipation to see how many 1st and 2nd prizes we have won. We even won two sashes this year for the “Most Successful Exhibitor – Vegetables” AND “Most Successful Exhibitor – Fruit”.
Here are photos of some of the other results! There are even more on our Facebook page.
Why don’t you join in and submit some veggies of your own next year?
“Grow Cook Eat” is on again. Come and join us as we celebrate local food production.
There will be market stalls, cooking demonstrations, food growing demonstrations, lots of fun activities for the kids and wood fired pizzas with fresh garden produce.
Find us all on The Greens -cnr Railway & Spring Sts. Moss Vale
10am – 3pm,
Sunday March 18th.
Think Global – Grow Local was our theme for World Environment Week this year.
And the weather gods must have been paying attention, as the rain stopped and patches of blue sky encouraged locals to come down and tour the sustainable features of our community garden – 3.7kW solar power with battery storage, a substantial bio-swale to capture and hold our storm water for use in growing productive food crops, our strawbale shelter (the hearth of our Garden), our resource recycling compost bays and substantial worm farms, not-to mention our community built pizza oven which was the centre of attention around lunch time.
What a lovely atmosphere it was, enhanced by the participation of families with their children
One family won the worm farm donated by the Moss Vale Resource Recovery centre and raffled off after the worm demo. We were treated to a scrumptious morning tea provided by the local CWA ladies followed by wood-fired pizzas for lunch.
In the end, an altogether enjoyable way to start the June long weekend.
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.
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.
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?