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March fun!

March working bee was more about raising seeds, planting and having fun – we welcomed 4 new members and Kristy worked with volunteers to plant potatoes and go through the Fig Tree seeding , planting and growing way.

Many thanks to Kristy for offering her vast knowledge and experience and also many thanks to the people who attended. 


Feb success!

Wow, we managed to get through some great work at the Feb working bee on the 26th Feb, we welcomed 5 new members and also managed to weed.. weed… and weed… which was great.. our busy bees also planted some seedlings and with this great weather lately watering is not a chore.. 

The next working bee will be on the last Sunday in March and we will be completing membership volunteer inductions as well as tours of the garden, explaining its history, how it works and sometimes how it does not work and how you as a valued member can make the most out of your time and effort seeding, planting, weeding and harvesting.. 

See you on March the 25th – check out Facebook for RSVP’s we are happy to put the pizza on and share some food if we get over 10 people at the Working Bee and new members signing up are always welcome.. ! 

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July Bee

Well, it seems Spring has decided to make an early appearance and everyone took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed down to Fig Tree to get their hands dirty.

The chicken palace got a good spring clean thanks to some lovely volunteers.

The chickens also got some volunteer cuddles.

There were wheelbarrow loads of fresh compost to spread over our new raised beds.

And lots of new seedlings were planted in preperation for a spring harvest.

The kids (and the big kids amongst us) got their hands dirty in a different way…by designing and painting their own garden bird as part of the Octapod mural grant work.

And everyone else got busy with their bird painting.

After all that hard work, it was time to get some lunch prepared.

And have a cook up in the wood-fired oven.

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New Garden Beds

The Fig Tree Community Garden Working Party have been busy installing new garden beds over the last couple of months, thanks to funds made available via the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program. This grant enables Fig Tree Community Garden to not only upgrade garden beds, but also build wheelchair and pram friendly pathways and upgrade the outdoor kitchen. The first stage of the grant works is building the beds, then we will move onto the pathways, then the kitchen. All works will be completed by the end of 2011.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with any major works, the Working Party are at the garden every Thursday from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Feel free to drop by and introduce yourself. Any spare hands makes a huge difference to getting our grant work completed on time, which is greatly appreciated.

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Getting Tanked

In preperation for the hot summer ahead, we are installing a new water tank at the far end of the garden as part of our drought-prevention plan, made possible by our partnership with mentoring program JobQuest. This will bring the total number of water tanks at Fig Tree to three.

It was all hands on deck as the Working Party, with the help of volunteers, shifted barrowloads of cement from truck to formwork to form the base for which the tank will sit.

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With generous support from Newcastle City Council we are bringing you two more sustainable living workshops. A big thanks to Trish for continuing to bring us some great topics. To book in for either contact Trish on 0438 209 951.

Bee Keeping

16th October

• Have your own HONEY at home!
• Learn about : Pollination + Box Construction
Saturday 16th October, 9am – 11am
Presented by Ted Flowers
Cost: $15
Book Now – numbers limited.

Pickling & Preserving

13th November

• Make and take home JAM
• Learn about food preserving
Saturday 13th November, 10am – 1pm
Presented by Alice Lees
Cost: $20
Book Now – limit 8 people

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Play group excursion

Figtree hosted a playgroup excursion today. What better way to inspire the next generation of green thumbs? Bring together wheelbarrows, shovels, seedlings, enthusiasm and lots of small hands.

Followed by a picnic and more play. Perfect. Thanks to all of the mums and dads that came down and joined in some fun at the garden. As is often the case, it really is the more the merrier.

Come, and grow with others.

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