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Launching Kyneton Future Forum

If you want to read the report you can find it here.
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Working, chatting and refreshing at Simeon’s Garden Gathering

~ Lots of ivy gone, a couple of wicking beds built and planted and a large native garden mulched ~

People afterSimeon thanks everyone for coming along on such a hot day in November – and during a Kyneton Music Festival event!

It was a small lovely group, and we were happy to welcome some new neighbours as well as some visitors from Melbourne.

Despite the heat, lots got done and we were rewarded with tasty treats and icy drinks. This included elderflower cordial and home-grown oranges. Yum!

Everyone had a great time chatting as we worked and while refreshing at the end.




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Have your say in a sustainable future for Kyneton

KTH Community Forum Poster - Dec 2014

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Kyneton Community Climate March – this Sunday 21st September

 

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On Sunday, September 21st, just days before a landmark climate summit at the UN, people across the planet are taking part in a World Climate March.

The Kyneton March will start at the Quarry Reserve which is at the river end of Piper Street. We will then move up Piper Street to Mollison Street and then along Mollison to the Mechanics Institute.

If your kids (or adults) would like their faces painted turn up an hour earlier at  noon at the rotunda in Quarry Reserve.

If you intend to make a sign or banner go for it! The symbol of our concern is a green heart.

After the march there will be speakers at the Mechanics who will not just reiterate what we already know … this is a dangerous situation for everything we love and cherish.

World leaders don’t believe enough of us care about climate change, that’s why they’re still not yet rising to the challenge of saving our planet. But on September 21, we have an unprecedented chance to prove them wrong, with the largest climate mobilisation in history.
We also need volunteers to help make this event a success. Contact Rob on 54221808 or Marcus on 54235254.  Email: robbakes@mudbrickcircus.com.au.
The Kyneton March is supported by Kyneton Transition Hub, Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group, Trentham Sustainability Group and Riddells Creek Sustainability.
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Kyneton Open Edible Gardens on again this Saturday 6th September

26102012402 After the great success of our first event in March it is now time to throw our garden gates open again and welcome all edible gardening fans. It’s a chance for you to check out what local edible gardeners have been doing and what they’ve learned along the way.

You can learn about lots of gardening topics including: worm farms, hugelkultur, earthworks, water harvesting, soil testing and improvement, companion planting, wicking beds, native bee hotels, integrating flowers and art work, seed saving, biochar and many aspects of permaculture.

Nine very different edible gardens around Kyneton are opening their gates on Saturday 6th September and this time it’s part of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival. Some of you may have already seen the Festival program, but please note that three new gardens have been added since the program went to print so check out the map and descriptions published below to help plan your day.

The gardens will be open at various times with the first opening at 9 am and the last closing at 4 pm. The gardeners will be happy to share what they have learned from their gardening experiences, and this time some are having talks at specific times.

If you’re an edible garden fan, we suggest you make the time to visit all nine 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.

KTH Edible Gardens Open Day Map - Sept 2014

KTH Edible Gardens Open Day Details - Sept 2014

PDF version (1.9 MB and better resolution): KTH Edible Gardens Open Day Map – Sept 2014

 

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Sunny Sunday in Cecilia’s garden

31082014169What better way to spend the last official day of winter than in the garden, especially in wonderfully sunny weather and surrounded by friends?

It was great to help Cecilia put the finishing touches to her garden in readiness for Kyneton Open Edible Gardens next weekend. We weeded between her garden beds and then put down cardboard and straw as pathways.

There were about fifteen adults (and numerous kids) who enjoyed gardening, chatting and sharing afternoon tea together. We also brewed some compost tea and spread it on Cecilia’s garden with lots to spare to take home to give our own gardens an early spring boost. Cecilia is also an active seed saver and swapper and she had some of her own seeds as gifts for her helpers on the day.

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Cecilia also provided a delicious afternoon tea – the highlights were the homemade hummus and banana bread.

It was especially great to have some first-timers at this Garden Gathering.

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A message from Cecilia: “THANK YOU SO much to everyone who came along to my garden last Sunday for the working-bee organised by Kyneton Transition Hub. With your help I got everything done that I had hoped for and I cannot believe the ‘mountain’ of weed that we all managed to remove from the yard. I am so happy and cannot express my gratitude enough and I will repeat myself: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! xxx”

At Garden Gatherings we do a small job in someone’s garden, share some afternoon tea, and on this occasion had some compost tea to take home. You only need to attend two or three Garden Gatherings to be eligible to host one at your place.

(Photos: new sculpture delivered during the garden gathering with the new straw pathways in the background; weeding; two first-timers at the Garden Gathering)

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Invitation: Garden Gathering on Sunday 31st August

You are invited to: Cecilia’s Garden

Join us for a (hopefully) sunny Sunday afternoon Garden Gathering.

ceciliaActivities include:

  • Some work on the paths between the garden beds – weeding and laying down newspaper and straw.
  • A yummy afternoon tea
  • Chatting with other garden-loving locals
  • See compost tea brewing, spread some on Cecilia’s garden, and take some home to give your own garden a wonderful early spring boost!

Cecilia’s garden is relatively new, but you’ll be amazed at what she’s achieved in less than two years. She will be participating in her second Open Edible Garden event just a week later.

Remember our regular Garden Gatherings are approximately monthly and are usually between 2 and 4 pm on Sundays. They wrap up with afternoon tea provided.

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

 When: Sunday 31st  August from 2pm to 4pm

Where: 16 New Street, Kyneton

What to bring: gloves, water bottle, weeding tools & watering cans to spread compost tea – also bring some clean milk or juice bottles or similar to take some compost tea home

~ Kids welcome ~

Any questions please call Amanda Blinkhorn on 0447 002 275

No need to RSVP, just turn up

If you know someone who would be interested in joining us, please send this invitation to them. If you can come, please don’t forget to add it to your diary.

And if you’re interested in hosting your own garden gathering you just need to attend two or three to qualify. Please contact us for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you there

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Garden Gathering a great success

This month our regular Garden Gatherings restarted successfully after a recess.

It was a beautiful sunny winter day helping the Kyneton Raspberry Queen, Jan, with weeding and thinning her raspberries. There were plenty to take home for all our gardens, and a yummy afternoon tea to share. It was especially good to share raspberry plants with someone who lost theirs in the Malmsbury fire in February.

At Garden Gatherings we do a small job in someone’s garden, share some afternoon tea, and on this occasion had some new plants to take home. You only need to attend two or three Garden Gatherings to be eligible to host one at your place.raspberries 1 jan annas raspberries

A message from Jan, our Garden Gathering host:

“Thank you to all who participated in the garden gathering at my place on Saturday. It has given me a great start in getting the raspberry patch organised and will make it much easier to pick the berries in the spring.“I would especially like to thank Julie who coordinated the garden gathering arrangements. It really does help to have someone else looking after emails, lists etc.

“I hope others enjoyed the day as much as I did, and I look forward to offering some ripe berries when they are ready to pick: maybe a harvesting gathering?”

(Photos show working in the raspberry patch; afternoon tea and a chat; some raspberries in their new home)

 

 

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Invitation: Garden Gathering on Sunday 3rd August

You are invited to Jan & Doug’s Garden

raspberriesJoin 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 where those pesky little things manage to pop up around the raspberries

But mostly:

  • To have some fun chatting with other garden-loving locals
  • Enjoy a yummy afternoon tea
  • Share some ideas for our involvement in the Kyneton Agricultural Show in November
  • Restart the regular Garden Gatherings that have been in recess for some time (Garden Gatherings will be monthly from now. They’re usually between 2 and 4 pm on Sundays, and wrap up with afternoon tea provided).

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

 When: Sunday 3rd August from 2pm to 4pm

 Where: 10 Granite Hill Lane, Kyneton (take the first right after the Kyneton Golf Course)

 What to bring: gloves, water bottle, tools (especially for digging up raspberries)

 Any questions please call Julie McLaren on 5422 3023 or 0425 724 156
No need to RSVP, just turn up

 If you know someone who would be interested in joining us, please pass on this invitation. If you can come, please don’t forget to add it to your diary.

And if you’re interested in hosting your own garden gathering you just need to attend two or three for others to qualify. Please contact us for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you there ~