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Newsletter #3 | February 2022

A Fantastic February! The heat is on!

 

We visit North Brighton CG, run a Fundraising BBQ, talk to our Council, welcome our visitors, anticipate elections and make plans.


Our North Brighton Community Garden Visit


Kaarin, Julia, Lisa, Jack and Wayne visited the North Brighton CG on Sunday 6th Feb. We were amazed by their achievements in just over 2 years and were fortunate to be able to listen to co-founder Beau who gave us a tour of the garden and answered our questions. They have created a remarkable garden on an unloved, run-down space and we came away with some great ideas for our community garden.Thanks to Beau and Jack for setting up our visit!

While we are on the subject of gardens, three of our committee, Tony, Lisa and Wayne will attend a Permaculture workshop at the Aldinga Eco-Village on Sunday 6th March.

 

Planning, writing policies, much talking and maybe soon some action?

Dedicated committee members Jack, Julia, Tony and Nicole work into the night on the community garden design

Many of you will be aware that a project of this scale requires careful planning. Gardens (especially community ones) need a good design, suppliers of materials have to be found, budgets must be calculated, grant applications have to be written, stakeholders consulted etc. In addition we have been working on policies for Risk Management, Child Protection, Membership of the Garden, and the Council Lease. At this stage the jigsaw is nearly completed with only the last piece to be added. We are hopeful that Council can finalise the garden lease so we can begin construction of this fantastic project.


 

We run a successful BBQ thanks to our great volunteers

Dino, Rory and Narrah ready for their first customer

Our first fundraiser was at Seaford Bunnings on Sunday 13th Feb and was very successful both financially and socially and in the promotion of the garden. We were well supported by a great team of volunteers and told the story of the community garden to all of our customers through the day. Many thanks to our suppliers, Seaford Gourmet Butchers and Brighton Jetty Bakery, our bank, Bendigo Community Bank at Aldinga, our volunteers Narrah and Dino, Rory, Penny, Ellen, Sherilee, Sue, and Jay, and our committee members Kaarin, Julia, Tony "Onions", and co-organisers Lisa and Wayne.


We raised nearly $600 on the day and with surplus stock we have a head start on the next BBQ on Sat 2nd April.


Please contact Wayne via the website if you would like to be involved.


Two of our excellent supporters

As State elections approach, we recognise and applaud the support we have had from both sides of the House. Chris Picton, Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing and MP for Kaurna and David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water and MP for Black have given us excellent backing for the project from its inception. We thank them and wish them both success in the coming election.


We welcome our visitors

Visitors to the Seaford Wetlands often surprise us! This Western Grey Kangaroo visited last week and continued on its journey towards Port Noarlunga, crossing several busy roads in his journey. They can live for up to 20 years but keep an eye out for them as you drive through Seaford.


We're involving local schools

Following the excellent Community Garden Expo presented by Seaford Secondary College students and their teacher John Jamieson last year, we have also discussed the participation of Seaford Independent Learning Centre young people with Case Manager Mark Orr. At this stage they are preparing to propagate suitable coastal natives which will be planted in the community garden and as the project begins they will also be involved with construction and art projects using recycled materials.


Meanwhile, dust off those work boots, gardening gloves, aprons, BBQ tongs and trailers - we will be needing them (and you) soon!

 

This project was seeded by

The Seaford Wetlands Community Garden is seeded by Green Adelaide.

You will find some excellent gardening advice on the Green Adelaide website

and in its newsletter online - just click on the link above for many useful resources.

 
Our Committee

Our committee is Jack Clarke, Kaarin Wilkinson, Nicole Fickling, Tony Watkin, Lisa Schuyler, Zoe Brooks, Owen Symes, Julia Hayden and Wayne Good. If you have any questions or ideas please contact Jack or Nicole via Facebook or our website. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Wed 9th March.

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