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Garden Blitz – Saturday 28th June 2014 – Willaston – POSTPONED

UPDATE: Due to bad weather being forecast for this weekend we are cancelling the Garden Blitz for this weekend and will hopefully reschedule it for a weekend with weather more conducive to being out in the garden.  

Ok its time for another Transition Gawler Garden Biltz, this will be the second one for Transition Gawler.

These events are great opportunities to not only lend a helping hand to others but is a great way to get meet and get to know some of your fellow community members.

This Garden Blitz will be held on the Saturday afternoon (28th June 2014) and will focus on planting out 100 tubestock plants from the  Understory Project (being run by the Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre), spreading some mulch and then have a shared meal afterwards.

If anyone is interested feel free to comment here or contact Andrew and Miriam on 0427316976 or email miriamyip@esmedia.com.au email for more information.

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May 2014 in the Virtual Community Garden

Here’s some photos of whats been happening throughout May 2014 in the Virtual Community Garden.

Cooler weather and rains have meant that most summer plants have finished for the season and the weeds have taken the opportunity to burst to life

Remember if you would like to be part of this “Virtual Community Garden” feel free to email your photos to

TransitionGawler@gmail.com

If you would like to talk “gardening” or ask any questions, have weeds or insects identified, find out what to do with your excess produce, what to plant now,  or just get to know others in our community come along to the fortnightly Gawler Garden and Produce Share every second Saturday at Apex Park, (at the picnic BBQ’s and tables on Julian Tce, Gawler) and/or join our Facebook Group “Transition Gawler Chat Group

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Community Garden update from the Gawler Community House

 


We have recieved news from the Gawler Community House that the Community House Board decided at their last meeting that they would no longer pursue the Community Garden to be located on the parklands at the rear of the Community House.

News is that there had been issues with the council giving permission to have the soil tested as was required to progress with changing the land behind the Community House into a Community Garden.

The Community House has decided instead to create a Kitchen Garden within the current boundaries, running it as a training venture for the community, utilising the current raised garden beds and turning them into wicking beds.

The Kitchen Garden will be used to educate the Community about how to build and grow, and use edible produce using sustainable methods. It is anticipated the Community house will use the produce grown to teach Basic Cookery, as well as for Community Lunches, Xmas Dinner and possibly marketing through the Op-Shop.

If you would like to find out more or volunteer and help with the Gawler Community House’s Kitchen Garden, contact Colleen Moyne at the Gawler Community House on (08) 8522 4601 or email gawlerch@bigpond.com or via their Facebook page

 

Get On Your Bike Gawler (GOYBG) brings you…….. High Tea On Wheels – Community Bike Ride – 1st June 2014

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January to April 2014

Here’s some photos of whats been happening in the gardens which make up the Virtual Community Garden from January to April 2014.

Remember if you would like to be part of this “virtual community garden” feel free to email your photos to

TransitionGawler@gmail.com

If you would like to talk “gardening” or ask any questions, have weeds or insects identified, find out what to do with your excess produce, what to plant now,  or just get to know others in our community come along to the fortnightly Gawler Garden and Produce Share every second Saturday at Apex Park, (at the picnic BBQ’s and tables on Julian Tce, Gawler) and/or join our Facebook Group “Transition Gawler Chat Group

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Come and visit our Virtual Community Garden

We have set up a Virtual Community Garden and would love to hear your feed back. We would like it to be an interactive place, which may mean that some changes are made in the future, but this is a starting point.

Come and visit the Virtual Community Garden here

If you would like to be part of our Virtual Community Garden please feel free to email your photos to us at TransitionGawler@gmail.com.

If you would like to talk “gardening” or ask any questions, have weeds or insects identified, find out what to do with your excess produce, what to plant now,  or just get to know others in our community come along to the fortnightly Gawler Garden and Produce Share every second Saturday at Apex Park, (at the picnic BBQ’s and tables on Julian Tce, Galwer) and/or join our Facebook Group “Transition Gawler Chat Group

Garden Blitz planned for Saturday 26th April 2014 – Willaston

Is anyone interested in helping out with a bit of a “Garden Blitz” on Saturday 26th April, from about 1:30pm, in Willaston?

General plans are to fix up some wicking beds which have developed some leaks, re-organising some irrigation, and some general tidying up, then have a shared meal afterwards.

If anyone is interested feel free to comment here or email jillysue51@hotmail.com for more information.

CORENA’s “One Dollar Challenge”

One of Tansition Gawlers recent projects has been to connect CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia) who were looking for small scale projects (they have already completed one), the Gawler Community House, who wanted to install solar power to reduce their costs, but didn’t have the funds to be able to do so on their own, and a local (small scale) company, Down to Earth Sustainable Solutions, who are doing energy audits and designing the Solar PV system they require. The result is that it was picked as CORENA’s second “quick win” project!!!!!!

Now its just a matter of waiting for the funds to build up so they can go ahead.

The concept of this is that CORENA (Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia) are currently crowd funding (looking for donations) to enable these projects to go ahead – they don’t rely on government handouts or grants.

Once enough money is raised and the project goes ahead, the organisation (in this case the Gawler Community House) then pays back the money in the form of an interest free loan from the savings they are making on their energy bills.

That money which is paid back then is re-invested into the next project, allowing another community organisation to install solar power and/or energy efficiency measures, and so the cycles goes, eventually becoming self sustaining.

Already the first project (7kW Solar power installed at Tulgeen Disability Services, in Bega NSW) has started to pay back money ($1000) which will go towards this next project in Gawler, and the money the Gawler community house then repays will go to fund the next project and so on, eventually becoming self sustaining.

An anonymous donor has promised to donate $2000 if 2000 people donate $1 each, currently the count is at 225 people (as of 29/3/14) so there is still a way to go yet.

If you can donate (even just $1) please do, and also feel free to help spread the word.

Remember that “If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late, if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little, but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time”, so lets act as a community and get the word out there and make these projects happen!!!!

See http://corenafund.org.au/one-dollar-challenge/ for info on how to donate.

Welcome to our Virtual Community Garden

We know that there is a big interest in the community for Community Gardens, and while there is some work being done by others to create an “actual” Community Garden in Gawler, we thought we would utilise what people are already doing in their own yards and create a “virtual” Community Garden.

So here are some photos of what is happening in some of our Transistion Gawler member’s gardens which combined together make up the “Transition Gawler Virtual Community Garden”

If you would like to be part of this “virtual community garden” feel free to email your photos to
TransitionGawler@gmail.com

If you would like to talk “gardening” or ask any questions, have weeds or insects identified, find out what to do with your excess produce, what to plant now,  or just get to know others in our community come along to the fortnightly Gawler Garden and Produce Share every second Saturday at Apex Park, (at the picnic BBQ’s and tables on Julian Tce, Gawler) and/or join our Facebook Group “Transition Gawler Chat Group

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Joe’s Connected Garden

Visit Joe’s Connected Garden this Saturday and Sunday (8th and 9th of February) for a wonderful day of information, entertainment, connection with other gardeners and low cost plant sales. Transition Gawler and Gawler NRC will be there.

Here at Transition Gawler we love seeing things like this happening, and encourage others to support people and projects like this, we hope they have a great open day, and inspire others to do something similar.

Here’ what Joe and Rosanne have to say about the connected garden (from the Joe’s Connected Garden Facebook Page):

This is a new kind of community garden where neighbours have joined together to link their gardens and share the harvests. It is not just about growing food but creating community and fostering respect for the earth and each other.

The gardens are lovingly tended by Joe Kielnerowski and Rosanne Parker assisted by friends, neighbours and local community gardeners and follow permaculture and organic principles.

We are increasingly understanding that is is impossible for two people to manage so much garden so are looking at ways of greater community involvement. We currently have some wonderful helpers who always go home with some plants or produce from the garden and hopefully information to enable them to set up their own gardens at home. We especially love mentoring families with young children.

Joe has formal tertiary qualifications in urban pemaculture design and is available for garden design projects.

In February 2013 nearly 1000 people came through as part of Open Gardens Australia and we would like to put on other events with an educational and conscious living focus. Please let us know what you would like! Suggestions are short courses on gardening and permaculture, film, music or meditation gatherings, discussion groups etc. There is also a small nursery specialising in warm/dry climate fruits, succulents and bromeliads. This is not a commercial operation but to raise money for the considerable expenses, especially water, of maintaining large gardens. We are members of the Rare Fruit Society of SA and grow a very large variety of fruit including Mediterranean, native, subtropical and exotics.

For inquiries re events in the garden, speaking engagements or to arrange purchases from the nursery please call Rosanne on 0402 140 219. Location of gardens is Elizabeth Grove, half hour north of Adelaide, South Australia.

Next Open Garden opening on 8 and 9 February 2014 – join us for a wonderful day of information, entertainment, connection with other gardeners and low cost plant sales.