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??
In his tenth year of hosting cheese workshops for us, Nathan Burke once again took a group of interested locals through the process of making a variety of cheeses. These workshops are always popular and we have generally run at least two each year.
The day is fun and informative and participants took their three parcels of cheese home, the ricotta and quarg almost ready to eat, but the camembert requiring a few weeks of nurturing before it can be scoffed. There is no doubt that, in my opinion and that of a few previous workshop participants, it is the nicest camembert that you will ever taste!
Following on from the ABC’s WAR ON WASTE program and encouraged by our intrepid secretary Diny, a small contingent of community gardeners gathered to learn to make a natural replacement for clingfilm – “ecowraps” – which are made from cotton fabric saturated with natural beeswax, pine rosin & jojoba oil.
These can be wrapped around veges or over the top of leftover food bowls to keep the food fresh in the fridge, then wiped clean ready for ongoing re-use. No one-use plastic film being thrown in the bin to become tomorrow’s waste problem.
Diny has been demonstrating these ecowraps at our local farmers’ market where we hope people will make a choice to join us in phasing out the use of plastic cling film.