Members will have received emails, in the last few months of 2018 and early in the New Year, informing them of progress at the Garden, fundraisers, Christmas greetings, a schedule of summer planting and invitation to the Christmas end of year get together.
Our small fundraiser on Saturday 22 September was a BBQ at Woolworths, Torquay. We found it a fun way to raise a modest amount of money ($280 profit) and decided to try for a Bunnings BBQ in January. This was held on Saturday 5 January and twelve people volunteered for the roster. It all worked brilliantly and we raised over $1000. There will be a repeat of this on Saturday 16 March - with hopefully a similar result.
The Surf Coast Shire supports the Garden by mulching woody material, pruned branches, and supplying extra mulch when needed. This was eagerly applied to beds and pathways in preparation for a hot summer.
In addition a Shire representative is working with the Surf Coast community gardens to help us develop links and a shared calendar of workshops/events/information.
In October, Bunnings donated outdoor paints to replenish and add to the totem pole signs identifying communal beds. We had one or two sessions where children and then a budding artist began the process. It proved to be quite a project - 22 totem poles - which was completed by a committee member. All signs are now installed.
At the December social, while some members joined guests providing some live music, others discussed ideas for 2019. At the next committee meeting it was decided to develop these ideas: including planting at each working bee, draw up a schedule of seeds to be raised and planting for the whole year, conduct short workshops or talks at each working bee including mushrooms, carrots, compost, bee keeping, etc.
New members have joined us and more ideas are flowing in. An official newsletter was put out in February with a request for someone to take it on. This is happening and the new look newsletter will come out each month and be linked to the INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS page.