Friday, 22 June 2018

June working bee

Despite the cold, we turned up.

Despite the chill, we warmed ourselves,

we took responsibility for our actions,

we dug holes to plant more life,

we got down and dirty,

we worked together,

we laughed,

we shared,

we taught,

we learned,

we looked deep into the future,

we planted,

we explored,

we held hands and joined in,

we pondered,

we uncovered secrets,

we shared longings,

we dreamed,

we united,

we restored,

and we were wondrous.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

May Bee, Baby...

What does community resilience look like on a wet autumn day?

It looks like Mara's enthusiasm for being a participant in life.

It looks like Patrick's drive to make organic food accessible for everyone.

It looks like Woody's wanting to create the world he wants to live in now and when he's older.

It looks like Meg celebrating all that is free in the world.

It looks like Cam encouraging his sons Otto and Rennie to be gift makers in the community that supports them, and Joseph (left) distributing broad beans for future meals.

It looks like a healthy being like Zero, (who has never eaten food from a packet or can).

It looks like Ian, in his 70s, who has come along to share his elder wisdom with us all.

It looks like non-monetised gifts shared from Mara's home garden.

It looks like a place of learning, participation, sharing and belonging.

It looks like a place of quiet contemplation, where everyone is welcomed and accepted.

It looks like a place where skills are shared.

It looks like Kirsten's home grown seeds + seedlings that were loved into being and will continue to spread love in the world.

It looks like an artwork where creativity is expressed and hopes for the future will sprout.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

February Working Bee

What another joyous bee! Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate the soil, and the collective spirit of the communities of life. Thank you to Mara Ripani for facilitating the bee, and for taking these photos:

See you all on March 10 for another bee as we prepare the beds for the cooler months.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Biodiversity-biointensity: New Year's Eve Parade 2017

For we community gardeners this year's theme for the Daylesford New Year's Eve Parade was Biodiversity-Biointensity, so we got to work, made signs,

found treasures at the Daylesford Community Opshop,

got dressed and ate together,

made last minute costume adjustments,

took some group pics,

then walked the short 1km up to the parade.

We banged, drummed, and crashed our way up,

practising staying close together.

We were joined by more goodly crew,

and took more happy snaps,

only to become this entire mob of radical earth lovers.

Then we set off

Photo by Nicholas Hansen

with much ado. Busy bees and whistles and screams from the many worlds of life we were carrying, performing and representing.

Photo by Nicholas Hansen

Clanging and clapping, chanting and drumming,

Photo by Nicholas Hansen

dancing and jumping,

Photo by Nicholas Hansen

swinging and signing down the main drag of Daylesford, Vincent Street.

Photo by Karen Brothers

We were composting bankers,

Photo by Karen Brothers

bugs, peas and moths,

Photo by Karen Brothers

we were pathogens, disease and biological pest controls,

Photo by Karen Brothers

and flower queens,

Photo by Karen Brothers

worms and caterpillars and many more fertile things besides.

Photo by Karen Brothers

Thank you to all who joined us for this year's parade. We were awarded runner-up for Best Decorated Float and received $100 for our troubles. This money will go into our account at Wombat Hill Nursery to help keep us in the black.

See you all at the January working bee on Sat 13th. Oh, and if you're passing by the garden and you have a spare 15 mins please give it a soak. The hose is around the back of the library building.

We hope you have a great year in 2018!