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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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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Our Little Working Bee

IMG_20180310_104319709So this weekend gone a bit has changed around the farm! We had an impromptu working bee on Saturday morning and it’s amazing what you can get done in an hour.

Lloyd, our resident handyman, got a few of the boys onto some big jobs moving wood, plastic, and dirt, while the rest of us got stuck into weeding the beds and the surrounding area! The results are fantastic…

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We got a great turnout on such short notice and everyone had a good time tucking into some home baking, tea, and coffee afterwards. Hopefully the kale and beetroots we have planted will welcome the weeding and there’ll be some to distribute in the coming weeks.

In the future we will have more of these days booked in, so stay tuned to our facebook page if you’d like to know about ways you can get involved.

Until next time…

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Planting and Sowing

Hey everyone, Liam again!

Today I’m just doing a wee update on a bit of what we’ve been up to over the last week or so.

On Monday night a couple of us from the farmhouse and community planted out some beet and kale seedlings into the new garden beds. If you are following us on instagram you can see me tenderly planting some kale into our nicely prepped soil:

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Liam laying down some sick beets

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Apart from that, we have some more action going on in the nursery which I promised to show last blog post…

Our wee nursery is just a greenhouse frame with some horticultural film and shade cloth strapped over it until we finish our permanent nursery out back. At the moment we have a whole lot of freshly sown spring onions, purple broccoli, beets, and kale. We also have some basil which has been grown from seed which is going really well, potentially for use in pasta sauce (look out for that). Some of these seedlings or their produce might be up for grabs in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

That’s all from me at the moment… there’s plenty more happening but I wouldn’t want to ruin all the surprises before people can come and check it out in person!

Catch you next time

Liam