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Balcony Gardens and Newspaper Pots

A huge thank you to Chrys and Chris from The Addington Timebank. Both keen local gardeners who came over this afternoon to run a workshop on gardening. Chrys started off by showing everyone how to make an easy biodegradable pot for seedlings out of newspaper. These pots rot away when planted, minimizing waste and the trauma to the seedling as it is transferred.
Afterwards, Chris shows us his locally famous balcony gardening method. Using nothing but a bag of potting mix and seeds he was able to produce a productive vegetable garden on a small concrete balcony.

There was a great turnout and we all enjoyed Kathy Viney’s amazing baking afterwards!

 

Our New Nursery

Have you ever wanted a sauna in your own back yard? Well now we have one – for plants at least.

In the weekend we finished putting the last of the transparent covering on our nursery and we noticed the warmth straightaway. This building is going to mean that we can start growing earlier in the Spring and give more seedlings a better start. That means more veges!Β This building wouldn’t be here without the dedication of heaps of people, especially those with a bit of practical know how. So we want to say a big THANK YOU to our community.

You may be interested in getting involved, or you may just want to have a nosy around the place. Either way we’d love to meet you. Everyone is welcome at The Addington Farm and there will always be someone to pour you a cuppa on a Saturday morning. So come on over to 29 Parlane St and say hi!

 

Harvest Day

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On the sunny afternoon of Saturday June 30th, The Addington Farm had it’s first ever harvest and we hoped to involve as many people as possible. With our freshly painted sign, we were ready to go.

The day started with pulling up the vegetables, setting up stalls and putting up bunting. We had a sizeable crop for the middle of winter with plenty of beetroot, kale and bok choi. A crew from South West Youth Community showed up to help us prepare our veges for sale by washing and bunching it all.

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It was fantastic to see so many of our neighbours coming to our home, we met heaps of new people and reconnected with lots of old friends. Overall we reckon that over a hundred people came to visit, of all ages stages and walks of life, mostly from around the neighbourhood. All our produce went for a gold coin, and with coffee for sale as well people stayed to chat with their mates. It was great to the number of children the came along and we were very impressed with all of their rock painting creations!

The Addington Farm exists to nurture community as well as plants, and those networks of relationships that already exist in our neighbourhood were so clear on our harvest day, we feel very lucky to call Addington our home.

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More photos from day the are still to come.

If you are keen to get involved or just want to have a wee nosy around, we’d love to meet you! Anyone is welcome to our farm, and there will always be somebody to meet you on a Saturday morning. So come on over!

Harvest Day Soon

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Do you love veges, coffee and meeting your neighbours?
The Addington Farm is pulling up our first harvest! We’d love you all to be a part of it, so we’re gonna have a celebration on Saturday June 30th. Come and join the party!

Starting at 2pm we’re going to be selling some of our own Addington grown veges and we’ll have the coffee cart ready to make you a coffee for a gold coin! So bring some cash. There will be plenty of opportunities to have a look around and get stuck in to gardening as well.

Find us on Facebook. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

The Big Bee

20180414_0034On Saturday (the 14th) we had an enormous working bee. So much work got done with the help of some good music, good mates and excellent food.

Around fifty volunteers of all ages and all walks of life showed up. People came from all over Addington and beyond. Quartly and Andy got busy with constructing an awning for our break area and our new nursery. Another crew finished painting the house.

We’ve been really lucky to have the help of a team of volunteers from Arizona, who have put a huge amount of time into a beautiful new coat of paint for the 31 Parlane St house among other things, we were sad to see them go πŸ˜₯

There was plenty of weeding to be done and lots of plants to clear, we were amazed to see how much space was hidden away once we’d finished. We also finally got around to cutting our fence in half, so we can see the street properly and the street can see us!

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More and more we are seeing the power of growing and working to bring people together, it was awesome to see how many people showed up and were keen to get stuck in, lot’s of people we met lived just around the corner, or even right over our back fence.

We just want to say a big thanks to everyone who came along, you made all the difference!

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