GROW, GROW, GROW your own

Fifth of the 2018 free workshop series, held Sunday 19 August 2018 at Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley.

Chris Bryant and John Boland presented a fantastic workshop to over 75 people including Dr Lewis O’Brien – Kaurna elder.

Chris outlined the native edible plants in their garden: purslane in pots, macadamias, kangaroo apple, finger lime and native orange – amongst many. Kangaroo apple wood can be chopped into short lengths and tied in bundles to make homes for native bees. She had cooked wattle-seed bread prior to the workshop using wattle-seed from their garden and shared a loaf.

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Several key sources of plants include the Belair nursery, Diggers and Perry’s at McLaren Flat for fruit trees. Produce available from the Central Market at Wild Foods. She recommended a tossed macadamia nut and pasta dish, as delicious.

John talked about the regeneration that they have undertaken at their 53 hectare block between Monarto Zoo and Murray Bridge: about 800 metres by 800 metres. It contains extant vegetation which is one of the few remaining pre-European sites of Monarto Mintbush. John and Chris have, over 30 years  regenerated much of the property and eat many items from it including spinifex seed, old man’s beard, clematis aerostat, apple berry and ruby saltbush. They are now looking for an organisation which can manage the property in perpetuity and may gift it to Monarto Zoo.

Afterwards, there were many conversations, and the seed and sharing tables were  busy.

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The presentation for the workshop is via NativeFoods.

For more information on Grow Grow Grow contact peter.croft@mmc.com.au

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Plastic Free July 

By Jane Paterson

In May 2017 I was roped into attending a Living Smart course with two of my best friends that I’d know for over 30 years. Little did I know it would change my thinking and life forever. It was during the course that I learnt about Plastic Free July (PFJ) which also coincided with the War on Waste on ABC TV.

I was so horrified at learning of the amount of plastic pollution globally – a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, 500 billion to a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, billions of straws and a billion coffee cups a year in Australia alone – that I knew I had to do something about it. I joined up to the Plastic Free July challenge in 2017 to say No to the Top 4 single use plastics; plastic bags, water bottles, takeaway coffee cups and plastic straws.

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Marvellous Microbes

Sustainable Communities has hosted two talks recently on the microbes found in our soil: the first, at the One Planet Market in May, focused on the diversity of fungi; and the second, a Grow Grow Grow workshop in Unley covered what makes soil so productive, and needing to be treated with care. They fit into a growing awareness of the importance of microbes and their role in biological interactions.

The sheer diversity and abundance of microbes on this planet is astounding. A gram of soil contains thousands of species of microbes. I’ve known that bacteria can exist in many harsh ecosystems around this planet, but I was surprised to find out that fungi too have been found in extreme places such as deep ocean beds, in thermal springs and high in mountain ranges.

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Unley Repair Cafe

Sustainable Communities is supporting the Unley Repair Cafe, run by Ruby Wake and funded by a Fund My Neighbourhood grant. The Repair Cafe’s mission is to repair household items; reduce landfill; share knowledge, skills and cups of tea; save money; make friends & create community. These were certainly fulfilled at the inaugural event in April. There was a range of expert repairers on hand to help fix broken household items and teach these skills to people bringing in their broken items. Items fixed included shoes, furniture, jewellery, clothes, bags, electronics and bikes. There were lots of happy customers with items fixed on the day, while others learnt the necessary skill and took their item away to fix themself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next Unley Repair Cafe will be Saturday May 26, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
at the Clarence Park Community Centre (72-74 East Avenue,  Black Forest). The centre is next to the Clarence Park train stop, or the W90 bus stop 10. For more details see the Unley Repair Cafe Facebook page or email Ruby. There is a swap and share produce table at the Cafe and the Clarence Park Food Co-op is open if you want to do your shopping while your items are fixed. And if you can’t make the Unley Repair Cafe, the Adelaide Sustainability Centre is running the next Adelaide Repair Cafe on Saturday 19th May (111 Franklin St, Adelaide, 10-1pm).