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Sustainability Lane 2014

Sustainability Lane is one of the garden's biggest fundraising exercises. It's an exciting day where we get to promote the garden, participate in community and sell some plants and preserves. This year, as always, lots of people pulled together to make the day a success. Our stall looked amazing compared to our neighbours (no offence intended neighbours, but one has to state the obvious:). Lush greenery and gorgeous homemade things spilling out onto the pavement, an oasis of shade and organics along the hot, hard tarmac desert.

 Mandy setting up our stall, Day of the Triffids style!

Mandy setting up our stall, Day of the Triffids style!

 Our very berrylicious stall!

Our very berrylicious stall!

 Front of house, Mandy and Gary.

Front of house, Mandy and Gary.

It was a wonderful, blue sky-ed sunny day. All the plants looked so healthy and tempting – mostly thanks to months of TLC by Jo, Lian-Choo and Gary. We generated a lot of interest in the community garden and in how to grow things in general.

  The preserves made by Pauline, Helen, Gary and Mandy looked gorgeous in their chic labels made by Kim.

The preserves made by Pauline, Helen, Gary and Mandy looked gorgeous in their chic labels made by Kim.

  Cassie helped out and Jane put in amazingly long and cheerful day. 

Cassie helped out and Jane put in amazingly long and cheerful day. 

As a reward for a long, exhausting day in the sun for Mandy, Gary and Lian-Choo in particular, Jo, Helen Smith, Ruth, Jane, Cassie and Colin pulled through with our best total ever - $570 clear. More importantly of course, sharing the magic of sustainable and healthy, happy living.

Honey Bottling!

My very first trip down to PermaPatch was last year on honey bottling day!  It was held at the end of the month on an Open Day and there were about 15 people who attended the garden to help. It was pretty amazing to process a product made in the garden, knowing it was all being done by hand, by a community of people who were connected with their local environment and the food they eat...  and that this was all happening right across the road from where I live made me quite giddy!

There are so many health benefits to eating locally produced honey, not least of all that it reduces the severity of any pollen allergies.

The great news is that Honey Bottling Day is back!  And this time we are ramping up the excitement by having delicious honey laden pikelets to feed and energise the hard workers of the bottling production line!  

You can also buy a bottle of honey on the day! Sunday March 16 from 2 - 5pm.

Pastralia Day - Australia Day Long Weekend

Over 20 members turned up for our Australia Day Long Weekend celebration.  Gary had prepared a lovely spicy cherry tomato sauce from an earlier harvest of our garden's tomatoes and everybody pigged out on that and lots of scrumptious accompaniments that were shared by all.  More tomatoes were harvested and eaten fresh off the vine.  Everybody present decided it was a great success and should become a tradition from here on in!  Hurrah!

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