The gathering held on 24th February was able to weed and mat (cardboard layers) and mulch the rest of the Bush Tucker Garden –
Harvest over 7 kgs of cucumbers, capsicum and tomatoes (see more photos below); harvest and turn 3 compost bays (the first full harvest of compost which will be used by the Table to Table course students (Holsworthy HS) in building their first garden bed this week. The pond area was cleaned of litter and several areas of the SCRAP Centre and the garden were mowed.
Our next gathering will be a Special Event to be held on Saturday 16th March from 8am to 1pm which will welcome visiting Quechua Elders, Tayta and Sasha and renowned Argentinian filmakers Prof. Pablo Ratto and Hernan Pepe.
To celebrate the event, Glen Pritchard will put on a Lamb BBQ using one of his specially designed spit roasts
(accompanied by salads from the garden).
All welcome but a cost of $12 per head applies, to cover costs.
Please call Peter on 0400 982 516 to book as numbers limited to 30 people.
Our gathering on 9th February started early with harvesting, turning the compost, mulching and weeding with around 14 people attending.
A total of around 25kg of food was harvested with most going to participants and some to the High school canteen.
Photos by Kath Hope & Peter Carroll capture some of the activities and produce.
SCRAP conducts a number of environmental workshops for councils, schools, community gardens and others. Here participants utilise recycled plastic to build a (mock-up) no dig garden edging. Then we fill it with layers of cardboard (at the bottom), then compost, straw, worm casting, coir, more compost and finally mulch ready for planting. We can help you to do this type of garden at your home or workplace as well. Contact Peter 0400 982 516 for a free quote.
SCRAP is pleased to announce that we are nearing completion of another first –
at Kincumber PS on the NSW Central Coast we have installed KISSS (Kapillary Irrigation Sub-Surface System) into the school field using supply from Gosford Council’s recycling plant which converts sewerage water into recycled water. While recycled sewerage water has now been used for a number of years it will be the first time it has been used in such a way within a school.
With the NSW state government moving towards a scrap tax for those of us who continue to send organics (especially food) to landfill we are moved to remind people of two solutions which could help solve this seemingly intractable problem while offering them free organic materials with which to grow some of their own food.
Worm farming and composting are the solutions and local, small scale action is best. Why? Because it means the materials are dealt with onsite at your home, school or workplace and the products (worm liquid, worm castings and compost itself) can be utilised immediately and constantly to fertilise your own foods.