Gardening Workshop: Growing vegetables from seed, successfully

Presented by Sustainable Communities SA – Unley groups
When: Saturday 9th August, 2.00pm
Where: Unley Community Centre, Arthur Street Unley (opposite Unley Shopping Centre).
Cost: free
Registrations by email to Peter.
Please let us know if you plan to come to the workshop – so we can plan for afternoon tea!

growpicThis workshop is for growers who want to grow vegetables from seed.

The workshop will be led by Vivian Curro and Pat Wundersitz – experienced seed savers and gardeners.

The first 40 registrants attending the session will receive a seed raising kit. Other attendees will receive some seeds to start their seed-raising.

The Unley Council has generously provided a grant to support this workshop as part of a series of workshops to help the local community grow more of its own food.

We will have a Q and A session too – so bring along questions you have about your garden and we will (collectively) work out a solution. No one grower has all the answers.

The subsequent workshops, in September and October, will include:

  • September 6: a followup session on growing from seed, and planting out seedlings
  • October 11: propagating from cuttings and perennial food plants

Let us know if you have any topics that you would like covered at future workshops.

You are very welcome to bring friends and fellow growers to all of these workshops.

See you soon!

Save Our Food Bowl, Water and Tourism Rally

by Catherine Pye (Community Action for Sustainability – Mt Gambier)

Join us this Saturday, 2nd August 2014 from 9:45am at Parliament House. We are holding a rally on the steps of Parliament House and marching to Victoria Square with farmers from the Yorke, Eyre, Ackaringa, Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and Limestone Coast of SA to stop open-cut mineral and coal mining, and both conventional and unconventional gas and oil in areas of sustainable agriculture.

Community Action for Sustainability and Limestone Coast Protection Alliance invite you all to help us raise awareness of the dire situation in our rural areas.

  • 90% of the Eyre and Yorke Peninsula are under open – cut mining leases. The Eyre Peninsula supplies 45% of all our wheat and the Yorke Peninsula 25% of all grain grown in SA.
  • The Limestone coast which is totally dependent on underground water in aquifers – is covered with petroleum licenses for gas and oil and there is a risk of an open-cut coal mine near Kingston SE.
  • This is highly productive farmland and 60,000 people live in this region and are dependent on groundwater.
  • BP and Bight Petroleum are exploring for oil and gas around Kangaroo Island and only 10Km offshore of our pristine coastland.


Stepping Lightly on the Earth Film Festival

I went to the mini-film fest last month organised by Friends of the Earth Adelaide and Seed Freedom Food Festival. They screened several excellent short films which can be watched online:

WASTE DEEP by Sustainable Table is made in Australia and looks at the incredible amount of waste that is generated by the food system. The focus on plastic waste ties in nicely with the Plastic Free July challenge that is happening now. It also looks at several exciting initiatives that have been developed address food waste.

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Workshops – growing more of your own food

Sustainable Communities SA Unley groups ran a pruning workshop on 21 June 2014. Over 70 people came to hear Steven Hoepfner describe how to prune fruit and nut trees to achieve long-term productivity. Many questions and lots of interest! We are also running a follow-up pruning workshop on 5 July 2014 for those who couldn’t make it to the first one and to answer some of the more detailed questions.

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