Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Featured in Australian Local Council Yearbook

James Street Reserve Community Garden has been featured in The Australian Local Government Environment Yearbook 2011/2012.

The article explores the creative reuse of public land for community gardens and lists the key benefits as:

1. Access to fresh, local food
2. Opportunity for socialisation
3. Opportunity to learn

Our garden is sited as an example of "placemaking - an approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces that involves citizen participation and capitalises on the local community's assets and inspiration, to create a place that promotes health, happiness and wellbeing".

You can read the full article here.... http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27898893/The%20Australian%20Local%20Government%20Environment%20Yearbook%202011-2012.pdf

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens filming



We were invited by Better Homes and Gardens to participate in a segment about community gardens that will be screened on August 26. An overview of another garden and ours will set the scene for the building of their own community garden.

Thanks to Yvonne and Zareena for participating in the shoot.

By way of thanking us for the use of our garden, Better Homes & Garden have kindly agreed to give each member a copy of the magazine, which will also feature our garden (probably the September issue).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chilly nights need a bit of chilli


The garden has an abundance of chillis at the moment, thanks to the big bed team. Varieties include habanero, naga and chinese bell. WARNING: they are super hot!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Meet our new members


We were delighted to welcome new members to our garden at Saturday's working bee. After a short induction, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work. We were all impressed with their enthusiam and hard work to help build our retaining wall.

They may have thought they would be pruning, weeding or watering but instead were shovelling gravel and hauling sleepers! Max and Cleo did a fantastic job digging a big hole for our new rhubarb patch, after they had finished shovelling alot of the gravel.

Our new members will be assigned to bed teams during our next working bee, when they will have the opportunity to start gardening.

Photos - Left to Right:

1. Madeleine, Robyn, Rene, Melissa (Eileen not shown is another new member)
2. Max, Mungo (showing new members the ropes), Cleo

A big effort delivers a big improvement



Thanks to some VERY hard work at Saturday's working bee, our retaining wall has been built. The extremely heavy and tiring work was well worth it, as it has really improved this back section of our garden.

Thanks to Jon & Kati for all the planning and for their direction on Saturday.

While everyone present really worked hard building the retaining wall, special thanks to Jon, Kati, Chris, Alex, Patrick and Mick, who toiled all day to get the job finished.

Thanks to Twig Cafe for keeping everyone well nourished and watered with a delicious assortment of food and drink.

The next stage will be filling this area with soil, which we will complete next working bee.

Photos from top:
1. Before
2. During
3. After
4. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Trees removed



While we don't like to see trees cut down, we had two trees in our garden that needed to be removed. One tree had been ring-barked and another was suppressed.

Thank you to the City of Sydney for their help getting the necessary approvals and for arranging for the tree removals.

We will position our storage shed in the space of one of the removed trees, once our DA has been lodged and approved.