Dear Members & Friends,
Here is our groups latest news,
including a report on our exciting first Vegeblitz, plus
the delicious pumpkin soup recipe we served at our June
Market Stall. We hope you enjoy!
If you would
like to contribute to our monthly newsletters (perhaps a
seasonal recipe!) please contact Shelley via our website.
|We are so excited to share with you the absolutely
fantastic news that the NSW Government's Department of
Human Services, Community Services, have just granted
the Warners Bay Community Garden $52800 towards
materials, administration, and a part-time caretaker for
the future garden.
The grant (funded by the
Community Builders Program) was applied for in December
2009 and we have just been told of our group's success!
A representative from the Dept will be meeting with the
group in Charlestown on the 25th August to discuss the
finer details of the grant. If you would like more
details please don't hesitate to contact us.
was great fun! |
Report by Maree
Well, I reckon the first Warners Bay
Community Garden's organised VEGEBLITZ (Sat 10th July
2010) was such fun - and wasn't the weather just
I wasn't sure if anyone would come, but I made a
pot of pumpkin soup and fresh loaf of bread anyway... at
least I would eat it if no-one else came. I
wondered if I should tidy up the garden - but I thought
its probably better to see the 'before' and then
(after the 1hr of work) the 'after'.
I shouldn't have worried though - right on
time at 1pm, I opened the door to see the first
VEGEBLITZ team member - Tony, standing there ready for
action with his own spade and pitchfork. We got
stuck straight into the clean-up of my vege garden and
were joined shortly after by several other friends
(team members: Dani, Heidi, Lani, Sonia and Steve) -
pulling out the ageing pumpkin vines, putting in my bags
of manure and digging it through.
diggings were quite interesting - with several strange
bones and old gardening gloves etc found. I'm not sure
they believed my stories about the bones....
Suddenly, George the Dragon appeared. I'm
glad someone spotted him before stepping on him - I know
I had trouble seeing him as he is so
earth-coloured. We must have disburbed his sleep I
suppose - mind you, he always likes to come out and have
a chat when I'm around, so I suppose with the sun
shining today, he thought it might be nice to pop out
for a while. We just worked around him and
saved some Pea Straw mulch in a pile ready for spreading
in his area later when he'd gone back to
Heidi and Lani helped with the Yacon (Peruvian
Ground Apple) harvest and found some wonderful clay
which they promptly began to sculpture into miniature
clay Dragons - with the famous George modelling for
My camera died last week but I looked up and there
was Steve with his camera taking pictures of
So - when's the next VEGEBLITZ, and where?
Maybe next weekend at your place!
If you want to be a part of this - just email or
call me. The idea is just that we all help each
other to get more food growing. Its a lot more fun
to work in a garden with friends anyway! It
doesn't matter how much space you have or don't
have. Its amazing what you can do in pots.
0305 M: 0410 405
1st August 2pm
Our next group meeting is on Sunday 1st August at
2pm at the Lions club hall, Sweet St Warners Bay. All
As always, afternoon tea is provided
free of charge. Please come along and meet your
neighbours, share your ideas and see how you can get
more involved with the group.
The focus of the
August meeting will be planning for WBCG's stall at the
Lake Macquarie Smart Living Festival at Speers Point
Park in September, progressing the Vegeblitz garden
working bees, updating everyone on Council's site
assessment progress and the grant allocation(!) and
discussing ideas for other gardening and community
related activities and opportunities for our group.
A gold coin donation is welcome to assist with
hall hire costs.
Stall 8th August|
Our next market stall will be on Sunday 8th August
at the Warners Bay Lions Club Markets in John St. We'd
love to see you there!
Why not stop by
for some home grown organic seedlings for $1 each (or 6
for $5) ready for planting, and have a chat with other
members and friends of the Warners Bay Community Garden
Seedlings are grown in recycled newspaper
pots ready to pop straight into the garden, eliminating
transplant shock. If you would like to join the seedling
growers group (all materials provided) please contact Trish (ph
Why not join in the fun for an hour or
two behind the seedling counter, or help setup or pack
down the stall? You'd be made very welcome! For details
about the August stall and to register as a volunteer,
please contact Ruth via our website.
funds raised from the market stall go toward Warners Bay
Community Garden activities such as seedling growing,
materials and garden building!
large Jap Pumpkin peeled seeded and cut into
6 carrots peeled and chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 tbls olive
1 tsp curry powder
1 small tin of coconut
2 cups water
and garlic in olive oil then add carrots, pumpkin and
curry powder mixing well. Pour in 2 cups of water and
bring to the boil, stir well and then cover and simmer
until pumpkin and carrots are well cooked and easily
squashed with a spoon. Add coconut milk and puree
with a stick blender adding more water until desired
consistency is reached. Finally add salt to taste. Serve
with sour cream and
Save the date! Sunday 12th
Our September (spring!!) market stall will be
hosted at the Lake Macquarie Living Smart Festival in
Speers Point Park on Sunday 12th September, from
9:30 am - 5:00 pm.
We'd love to see you there! We
will have lots of organic seedlings ready for spring
planting in your garden (herbs and vegies!), plus some
interesting gardening displays, and an activities
If you would like to be involved with the
stall, have some ideas for displays or activities or
would like further information on what we have planned
so far, please contact Shelley via our website.
more details on what to expect at the festival please
visit the Festival's website: http://www.lakemac.com.au/page.aspx?pid=1050&vid=14
You guessed it! Council are still deliberating on
the new assessment process for determining the site of
the Warners Bay Community Garden. Fingers crossed the
process is determined this month. We'd all love to be
able to start planting in Spring.
If you would
like to visit another community garden while we wait, a
great place to find one (and a host of wonderful
- just click on
'Around Australia' at the top of the
The Operating Committee
Warners Bay Community Garden Inc.
WBCG Monthly Meeting, 2pm, Lions Club Hall
Warners BayAugust 8th
Monthly Market Stall, 8am-1pm, John St Warners
Toronto & Districts Garden Club
Meeting, Toronto Scout Hall, from 9.30am, featuring
talks on gardening challenges and tips, an early soup
lunch. For Toronto garden club contact details please click here.
adult gardening day workshop at Bunnings Glendale store.
Begins at 10am. A representative from Yates will also be
at the store. Details: 4954 7722.August 26
& Districts Garden Club visit to the Medowie
Macadamia Farm, 672 Medowie Rd, Medowie to see the
trees, harvesting if it is not raining and husking and
packing under shelter. Cafe on site and products for
Did you know..
Department of Human Services, Community Services have
just granted $52800 toward WBCG!*
WBCG donated a garden
to Jacaranda Pre School in June. Photos are in our
are over 200 registered members and over 100 registered
friends of WBCG.
* 31 local businesses
have registered their support for WBCG.
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