Wednesday, 24 August 2011

New community garden brewing at DNC

Patrick was asked to draw up a design for a safety fence that is to be included in the community garden at Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre. DNC has been working away on establishing another community garden with an emphasis on sustainable food production. DNC run a certificate program in horticulture, and many other related courses and workshops from edible wild plants to cooking. Many of us can see all of Daylesford's community gardens being networked not only as a community food system, but doubling as educational resources.

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Oh, joyous day

Daylesford Community Food Gardeners' first planting day at Rea Lands Park. Film by Artist as Family, music by Souls on Board.

Many thanks to the community, the neighbours, Hepburn Shire Council and especially sustainability officer Jill Berry

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Access and Inclusion Plan (and a little something else)

Patrick worked on a couple of drawings today. The first being an Inclusion and Accessibility draft plan for Rea Lands Park showing a proposed all access path and picnic table, and an all access composting toilet (with water tank) and parking. This drawing is in preparation for our meeting on Friday to discuss possible funding potentials for such dreaming...

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The second drawing, well, it speaks for itself really...

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Thanks so much to Kim, Kevin, Digby and Morgan at Designscope, who scanned the drawings.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Sow What When (Daylesford)

Ian Robertson has produced a beautiful year round guide to sowing vegetables in Daylesford.

Click here to see what's ready to go in now. You might be amazed how many things can be planted in the colder months.

Access, generosity, planning and planting

We've been pretty busy getting ready for the first big community planting day this Saturday. People have been so generous, offering time, money and labour. Kevin Slattery donated $100 towards fruit trees, Hepburn Shire Council has donated $1000, and many others have been giving their time to get Rea Lands Park ready for this coming day. Jill Berry, such an apt surname for a sustainability officer, has been remarkable in her efforts to assist this project. Thanks Jill!

Paul Dempsey, our community gardener extraordinaire, has been busy collecting leaf mulch from around the shire, either on bicycle or on foot, and planting berries and fig runners from various local permaculture gardens. Thanks Su, David, Maureen and Steven.

Today a small group of us met at the garden to discuss accessibility to the site. It was agreed a design for an access path will be drawn up and a staged plan of requirements to make the space more inclusive.

Jim Hammerly, Bev Watson and Fiona Porter