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Raspberries and afternoon tea in April

~ Come along to our first garden gathering for a while ~


Join Kyneton’s own “Raspberry Queen” to:
·     Get some free raspberry canes to grow in your own backyard
·     Learn about raspberry growing from the “queen”
·     Help to stop the raspberries taking over the whole of Jan’s veggie patch
·     Weed around the raspberries

But mostly:
·      To have some fun chatting with other garden-loving locals
·      Enjoy a yummy afternoon tea
·      Bring your kids to run and play (or garden if they really want to)

Why? It’s an opportunity to share your garden dreams and challenges, ask questions, learn and help others.

When: Sunday 23rd April from 2pm to 4pm
Where: 10 Granite Hill Lane, Kyneton (from Kyneton take Edgecombe, Pipers Creek, Baynton and Black Hill Roads, then first right past the Kyneton Golf Course)
What to bring: gloves, sun hat (or beanie), water bottle, tools (especially spades for digging up raspberries)

No need to RSVP, just turn up. 
Any questions please call Julie on 5422 3023 or 0425 724 156. 
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Produce swap at the Kyneton Farmers Market – Saturday 7th April

March Produce Swap matched February’s with great variety, quantity and quality of produce. The chats with locals and visitors were also a lot of fun.

This Saturday’s April market may be the last of the big ones before our seasonal slow down starts. Remember we also do swaps of egg cartons, seedlings, seeds and cuttings.

Bring your produce along on the second Saturday of the month to the Kyneton Farmers’ Market or just drop in for a chat about what’s going on around Kyneton and especially in our gardens.

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Boomerang Bags’ Excitement

We have enthusiastic members on the Boomerang Bags steering group to do the organising. This makes the load fairly light, but we would love to have some more people on board to further lighten the load and to spread the word further.

Next meeting of steering group is on Wednesday 29th March at 7 pm at the Kyneton Community & Learning Centre.

First sewing bee is scheduled for early May to allow us to get past school holidays and get everything organised.

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Boomerang Bags coming to Kyneton

For more information about Boomerang Bags check out their website or facebook page or join the community facebook group.

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Our submission to local council for next four year strategic plan

Submission to MRSC Strategic Plan from Kyneton Transition Hub – February 2017

Kyneton Transition Hub is a part of the international transition town movement and is concerned with sustainability issues in a broad sense. Our special focus is on building strong and resilient communities in a future of peak oil and climate change.

Our vision for the Macedon Ranges region includes initiatives to make our region more resilient and sustainable and also ways to contribute to a more resilient and sustainable world. For these reasons we recommend the following issues are included in the next council strategic plan:
• Divestment – ensure MRSC does not have investments in fossil fuel and other unsustainable industries. Adopt an ethical investment policy for all money held by the council.
• Invest in renewable energy for council owned buildings and encourage and facilitate the same for community-owned buildings in the region. Encourage and support community-owned renewable energy initiatives like the solar and wind farms in Woodend.
• Urban agriculture should be encouraged through edible trees on nature strips, a clear and positive nature strip garden policy, support for community and neighbourhood gardens, and encouraging edible gardens on under-utilised council land and open spaces.
• Support for local agriculture that recognises the importance of resilience and equity not just economic issues. Help build links between producers and their local customers, but also address the issue of food insecurity as it affects the disadvantaged in our community.
• Resilience and sustainability can only be achieved if equitable solutions are sought. This relates to food security issues, but also homelessness and access to housing. Council should work with other groups to help secure equitable outcomes for all.
• Work with local communities and community groups to preserve and enhance our local parks, botanic gardens and nature reserves.
• Bring sustainability issues to the fore in all council decision-making. This may require a sustainability reference group that includes community members and experts to ensure sustainable outcomes.
• Enhance council decisions by embedding community consultation into the processes. This is likely to be some form of deliberative democracy such as citizens juries.
This is only a brief outline of our key concerns. We would be happy to discuss this in more detail as the council plan takes shape.

Contact details:
Julie McLaren, Community Liaison
Kyneton Transition Hub
(03) 5422 3023

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Edible Gardens Open Day here again

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Once again a selection of local edible gardeners are throwing open their garden gates to welcome visitors. It’s a chance for you to check out what they have been doing and what they’ve learned along the way.

You can learn about lots of gardening topics including: wicking beds, bird and insect attracting plants, native bee hotels, fresh local produce, organic gardening, vegetables, fruit, nuts and herbs, companion planting, free range chickens, composting, water saving, hugelkultur, water harvesting, soil improvement, seed saving, biochar and many aspects of permaculture.

Eleven very different edible gardens around Kyneton are opening their gates on Saturday 3 September 2016 as part of the Kyneton Daffodil andArts Festival. Some of you may have already seen the Festival program, but please note that several new gardens have been added since the program went to print and one garden has become unavailable. For a complete list check out the map and descriptions below or pick a copy up from your first garden for the day or at the Festival or Visitor Information centres.

The gardens will be open at various times with the first opening at 10 am and the last closing at 4 pm. The gardeners will be happy to share what they have learned from their gardening experiences.

If you’re an edible garden fan, we suggest you make the time to visit all the gardens we have lined up for you. There are some exciting new additions since the last open day, as well as a few favourites open again.

If you are visiting Kyneton for the Festival we suggest you squeeze at least one or two into your busy schedule.

Our local Kyneton edible gardeners look forward to making you feel welcome.

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Schedule of Kyneton Community Garden workshops for 2016

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