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Never a bad time for pizza

As a member of the PermaPatch community garden the Pizza Oven is available to you to hire for your own function. 

If you're unsure about how it all works, pop by the garden during our Sunday working bees and we'll take you through it. Working bees take place every Sunday from 2pm onwards. 

Also, for some upfront reading and "how to" instructions, please refer to this manual. It also contains all you need to know on how to book the oven for your next pizza party in the garden. 

Not quite convinced yet? Have a look at the tantalizingly yummy pictures below from our previous pizza days.  


Wood-Fired Pizza Oven Progress Report

Who doesn't like pizza? When I eat pizza, I feel as though the chaos of the universe all falls into place; it finally all makes sense, everything is at peace.

It has to be good pizza, ...though everyone has a different idea of what this constitutes. A victim of personal subjectivity, pizza can be a fraught territory, like talking about religion or politics. From the scandalous, yet tasty, Hawaiian, to the purist and minimalist Margherita, even the shape of the pizza can cause conflict among otherwise peace-loving people. 

Cheesy, tomatoey, garlicky, basil-y. Hot and crispy, paper thin, the point of the slice yielding and drooping slightly with lush delicate ripeness. That's how I like mine! Others disagree.

The one thing we CAN all agree on however is that pizza is awesome. 

It's taking shape and is almost finished, our long awaiting dream Wood Fired Pizza and Bread Oven.

Yesterday Andrew and Gary completed the arch and flue for the oven and the final bit of building is this week, when they install the insulating silicone based fire blanket, and render the dome to a fine finish.  The area around the oven will be tiled to provide a clean, washable and smart work surface and then early next week will see a first firing of the oven to put the final cure to the beast.

Soon to follow, an opening event to Christen the Oven. Get your finest pizza dough and sourdough’s underway, there will be a taste test competition for best base, sauciest toppings and best overall pizza chef. Game on!!

Mandy's Open Garden

Hi – As you may already know, my garden is in the Open Gardens Australia scheme on 29th and 30th of this month. The flyer they have made for me is attached.

Would love you to come and have a look at the 150 species of edibles growing here, flowers, natives, edible sharing verge and of course – the chooks! We have talks, home-made lemon butter, jams etc, tea, coffee and cake, home-made elderflower cordial, home-grown (no sprays) plants and some shady or sunny spots to sit and chat or relax. There is also going to be a sculpture trail with some small sculptures for sale. Doug Purdie, The Urban Beekeeper, is coming to talk about his new book – how to keep bees in the city – even on top of tall city buildings!

I would be very glad if you could pass this flyer on to anyone you think might be interested. We are raising funds for our community garden, that we started about 6 years ago and is now going really wellwww.permapatch.org.au. It is completely community run and unfunded, other than a Council grant when we are lucky. Like my garden, it is run on Permaculture lines and a local hub for learning about sustainable living – growing your own food is one great way to reduce your carbon footprint – and eat great food while you’re doing it!  

When my garden was open two years ago, we had a lot of visitors and a lot of fun. This will be the last time, as Open Gardens Australia is sadly folding up next year.

Thanks so much. Mandy Stubbs