What's Been Happening @ Danawa

Hi Folks!

Hope that you are getting your gardens planted up for winter.. you need to pull out your summer crops (save the green tomatoes!) and plant now so that seedlings can get established and be cropping over winter before the cold weather comes!

Its been a busy time at Danawa, and here is a snapshot of what's been happening:

NEW PLOTS COMPLETED - yesterday the last 3 of the 6 new garden plots that were funded by the Torquay Lions club were completed. We now have 21 plots in the new area, and they are all being used productively. The next area of the garden where plots will be built is in the South Mandala area.

SOUTH MANDALA AREA RENOVATION - a grant has been verbally confirmed from the RACV Club Torquay to fund materials to renovate the South Mandala. This area is currently challenged with a variety of persistent weeds (inc couch, kikuyu and Field Bindweed) which will be covered with plastic and new raised beds constructed on top. Some of these will be private plots, and there will also be a flower garden, aquaculture pond, and berry beds. June 13 there will be a working bee to action this, and we hope to make it a PermaBlitz 

WINTER SOLSTICE FUNDING ANNOUNCED - We have been lucky enough to land a $1000 grant from the Surf Coast Shire to underwrite the Winter Solstice event this year and to support us in establishing a sponsorship program so that next year we can again call on sponsors to support us in paying for the artists. We have run this each winter since 2011, a celebration of the beauty of winter, of going inwards and seeking reflection on the season, the world outside, and the poetry of the soul. 

Performance artists - drummers, speakers/poets, fire twirlers, dancers, musicians and others - will interact with the audience in the spirit of Shoodi Woodi, so everyone’s breath and life is connected to the fire, acknowledging the past, releasing it, and inviting participants to share a story about HOPE and POTENTIAL.

This grant application is to pay for key artists - a fire sculptor, a participation coordinator, and musicians.

We are looking for people to help us market this event and get sponsorship so that it can continue and grow.. we have a draft sponsorship package prepared but need volunteers to lead it! Please call Perry on 0428 848 646 if you would like to pitch in.

MORE FUNDING FOR DANAWA - In the Surf Coast Shire Draft Budget for 2015-16 there is an allocation of $20,000 to undertake drainage and access improvement works at Danawa, focussing on improving vehicle access at the front entry (creating an access directly off the road to the oval) and preventing localised flooding. There is also an allocation of $5000 from the councillors discretionary funds that will be put towards upgrading the portable toilet, creating a wastewater disposal system for the kitchenette sink, and making the shelter more weatherproof in the winter.  We will be making a submission and presenting to council as well to ensure that this funding goes through!

COMMUNITY REWARDS - Don't forget that if you shop at Ryans Supermarket regularly you can join the Ryans Community Rewards program and direct your support towards Danawa.. and if you just shop occasionally you can drop your tokens into our slot on the wall. 

PERMACULTURE PLANNING DAY - A couple of weekends ago a small group of Danawites (hey I just made that up!) attended a Permaculture Victoria event about using the 12 Permaculture Principles in managing community groups. Some learnings that we brought back include that we need to have an agreed vision, to seek feedback, to document what we do so tasks can be shared, and catch and store people's energy.

WEBSITE - plans are afoot to set up a Danawa website to share information about Danawa's background, vision, procedures, projects and other great stuff such as recipes and photos. If you are interested in helping Lexi with the project, or have photos to share, let her know!

THURSDAY MORNING GARDENING SESSIONS - over the last couple of months some of our plot-holders are getting together to share info, seedlings and a cuppa from about 10am- 12midday, and really enjoying sharing their knowledge. Leanne is there to show new members around the garden, and anyone is welcome to drop by and meet up.

SUN BEAR FESTIVAL - this was a very happy and fun event, held in February (on one of the hottest days of the year!), attended by a couple of hundred people and featuring a variety of workshops, music, dancing, music, gardening, food and much more to promote a connection with the plight of endangered animals. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped, the kids had a ball and we all came away with some new awarenesses!

NEW MEMBERS - Hello and a big welcome to everyone who has joined Danawa recently.. hopefully you are getting this email! And thanks to Katerina Yakimov who is stepping up to the plate to help manage our membership database. If you have any queries about your membership please let her know by emailing danawacommunitygarden@gmail.com

COMING UP

MAY

7 Thursday morning gardening session (weekly)

7  Mothers Day Family Night at Bunnings - make a terrarium - free event. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids and a special high tea for mums...Bookings recommended: call 52611 800

9 - Pick'n'Plant Day

17 - Tree Pruning Day 9.00 am – 11 am, Torquay Landcare Group Venue:2115 Hendy Main Road RSVP by 14th May Phone -Terry Cliff 0427676407 or Email laevans1@bigpond.com

23 - Connecting To Country workshops/festival at Danawa.. a rare opportunity to learn about this land, with elders from our local Wautherong community. Enquiries: Katja 0402 901 420 (Pick'n'Plant Day TBC)

27  - Danawa committee meeting

JUNE

13 - Permablitz at Danawa - Renovation of the South Mandala area - a fun and food filled day of activity to make new raised garden beds on the south mandala

20 - Danawa Winter Solstice Celebration - Fire sculpture, bonfire, music, soup and sparklers!

24 - Danawa committee meeting

JULY

19th July - 15th November - Permaculture Design Course in Geelong. Permaculture Geelong are holding a Permaculture Design Certificate course starting 19 July - get in early for early bird prices! 

Tutors include the fabulous Steve Burns from Ballarat, who we met on Saturday. A PDC is a great way to develop your ideas of what sustainability means and how you can bring it into your world. Contact permaculturegeelong@outlook.com 

See you at the garden again soon!

Perry Mills

Posted on May 3, 2015 .