The theme our Community Garden team chose to present at this year’s event to over 5 schools out of the 40 schools in the shire who attended was Seed to Seed: The Cycle of Life.
Kathi and I brought along all sorts of seeds, from poppy seed size to avocado pip to demonstrate the diversity of Nature and its endeavours to provide the next generation of plants. Also starring were the insects that help with pollination of the flowers into seeds – insects such as the introduced bumble bee along with our native stingless bees and all manner of critters including birds who are attracted to the colour, nectar and perfume displayed by the advertising arm of plants: flowers.
Five school groups interacted with us to learn together about the amazing partnership between plants, insects and birds in the quest for our ecology to sustain and continue.
During the recent school holidays, Moss Vale Community Garden along with On the Grow Railway Street Fresh Food Market presented another “Kids Plant-to-Plate” vegetable seedling activity to encourage our kids to become backyard food growers. Leppington Speedy Seedlings kindly donated a range or seedlings from eggplants and tomatoes to spinach and capsicums.
Lots of keen kids transplanted these seedlings into pots to take home for their vege patch. And with a little TLC from these little gardeners, these seedlings will be fully grown and ready for the table in a few months time!
Students from University Technology Sydney visited the Southern Highlands recently to do some good works. They are a part of a “pay it forward” program called “The Big Lift ” which started in an American university some years ago where students calling themselves The Blue Crew travel to regional areas helping out community groups with tasks they cannot otherwise get completed.
Moss Vale Community Garden were lucky enough to have their company in early October for a morning of energetic gardening activities – namely clearing the back slope of a tenacious weedy groundcover in preparation for a proposed native & bush tucker bed. And with the help of our ever helpful Moss Vale CWA ladies, we were able to feed and water them with yummy home-made fayre.
What a great initiative!
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??