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
Flyer here: International Composting Week – May 2018
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.
This was the second breadmaking workshop we have run for the community, but this time the emphasis was on sourdough. Elissa took us through the theory and process behind sourdough starter and breadmaking. Ian had been busy cranking up our community-sized pizza oven in preparation for the baking.
The sourdough was made and kneaded then left to prove for a couple of hours (it was a reasonably cool day). In the meantime, we rolled out our sourdough pizza bases and prepared the toppings which all of the participants had contributed. Then into our wood-fired pizza oven they went, and after a brief hiccup getting the temperature right, the pizzas were cooked and consumed.
The bread dough was punched down and quickly kneaded for the final time then placed in bread tins or on metal trays to prove again – this time in the back of Elissa’s warm car to speed up the rising. Much chatting and information sharing went on during the proving period. Unfortunately some of our participants had to head off, so they took their bread dough home to bake. The stayers put their bread into the oven and it seemed to be cooked in no time at all.
It came out looking scrumptious. We tasted some that Elissa had baked and it was delicious.
We took home a small portion of starter for us to feed each day until we tried our hands at home baking sourdough bread.
I have twice baked sourdough bread since from Elissa’s starter and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is. You just need to be at home for a good part of the day. You can get on with other things whilst your bread rises.
We will probably run another breadmaking workshop in early 2018, and will post the date in the new year.
Long time permaculture teacher and practitioner, Debra Hebbard Keyes, travelled down from Grafton to demonstrate how we can use garden materials to construct baskets. In this case, we had at our disposal, picked from our community garden as well as local Highland gardens, strappy leaves of red hot poker, lomandra, fairies fishing rods, daffodils & jonquils and NZ flax.
The low hum of chatter ceased as participants got into a meditative state and wove small baskets using garden leaves, raffia and string to make cords that will come together into the final item.
Judging by the response from participants, a good time was had by all and I suspect this may just be the beginning of a new hobby for some of them.
We think we will be running another basket weaving workshop in 2018 so watch this space!
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!