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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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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NEW! Seacliff Community Produce Swap

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The Seacliff Community Produce Swap, supported by Sustainable Communities SA, is a monthly event to bring local community together, to share excess homegrown produce, to take home some goodies, to have a chat with neighbours and new friends over a cuppa, to share gardening knowledge, seeds and seedlings, and to connect with others over super local produce.

Starting Sunday 25 February 2018

9.30am-10.30am (swap at 10am)
at Kauri Reserve, 40a Kauri Parade, Seacliff
Then continuing on the last Sunday of every month 
Everyone is welcome!

During the warmer months (February-April) the swap will take place in Kauri Reserve,  corner of Wheatland Street and Kauri Parade, Seacliff.

Bring along any excess home grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, nuts, seeds and seedlings or homemade jams, preserves and baked goods. All goods are placed on the share table as people arrive, then at 10am sharp everyone is welcome to take whatever they would like. It is not a direct swap as such (ie you don’t swap your ‘something’ for ‘something’ else) but an informal swap and share.

Please come along even if you don’t have much or anything to contribute. Maybe you will the following month. Instead you could bake a cake for all to enjoy over their cuppa, or just provide us with a smile and your presence. The produce swap is about connecting with your local community. Everyone is welcome.

Produce swaps are a beautiful way to share and connect and we promise you will go home with a big smile. Newcomers are always welcomed.

Enquiries: Emma 0417 827 319, emma@asimpleshift.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seacliffproduceswap

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