PRESIDENT'S UPDATE - OCTOBER 2021

PRESIDENT'S UPDATE - OCTOBER 2021

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Moruya Community Garden opens

Moruya Community Garden opens

Moruya’s new community garden is now in business! At the launch last week, Veggies for All coordinator Kathryn Maxwell thanked Lachlan McDonald, Manager of the IMB Bank Branch in Moruya for the IMB Bank Community Foundation’s generous grant of $20,000, and the Anglican Parish for their generous contribution of land, room in the garden shed, assistance from the caretaker Michael and the strong support and encouragement of Linda Chapman.
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Leanne’s life: the penultimate post

Leanne’s life: the penultimate post

From SAGE member Trevor Moore

The SAGE garden is moving into hibernatory mode. At least, much of the greenery of the last few weeks has served its time, the produce has been harvested and sold. Yet it has more time to serve for it will now help with restoring the soil for the next intern. The corn that two weeks ago stood tall and proud (with an Apple of Peru towering above it) has been razed to the ground. It lies there waiting to be ploughed in thereby helping to rejuvenate the soil. ...

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Leanne’s life: leaving the garden

Leanne’s life: leaving the garden

From 2017-2018 SAGE Market Gardener Intern Leanne Nicolle

Sitting down in the garden to write my little piece on being the 5th intern while overlooking the growing green manure. Thankfully, this year Trevor Moore wrote a fortnightly blog on what I had done in the 17/18 growing season…

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Leanne’s life: down in the weeds

Leanne’s life: down in the weeds

From SAGE member Trevor Moore

I have remarked in previous blogs about Leanne how happy she always seems to be and today was no exception. I found her weeding … and happy in spite of this Sisyphean endeavour. She had taken her eyes off the ball last week and, given the recent rain, she was now paying the price. In fact, she was finding it hard to tell the weeds apart from the plants. She pointed at the corn she planted a couple of weeks ago: “look at that,” she said, “I can’t tell what’s corn and what’s weed.” Kyle Levier, he of Fulcrum Farm, is Leanne’s mentor and he’s getting her to keep a weed catalogue. 

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Leanne’s life: back to the broadfork

Leanne’s life: back to the broadfork

From SAGE member Trevor Moore

I look forward to visiting Leanne at the SAGE garden every couple of weeks because I always receive such a cheery welcome. She says that she never knows what she’s going to talk about and yet for twenty minutes or half an hour I say nothing (which is a rare thing indeed) and she talks me through what she’s thinking and what’s going on in the garden. 

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Grow your way to health and happiness

Grow your way to health and happiness

New and experienced gardeners are invited to a series of four half-day workshops on backyard veggie gardening run by SAGE, Sustainable Agriculture and Gardens Eurobodalla. This is the fourth year SAGE has offered the workshops which teach how to establish and maintain a successful vegetable patch at home.
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Growing Our Farmers

Growing Our Farmers

Prior to this year’s SAGE AGM and probably over one or 2 beers, a couple of SAGE members tossed around ideas of how we can continue to contribute to the SAGE vision in the limited time available to us. What could be our focus? SAGE has many arms of activity and a requirement for people power to pull it off effectively. However it is difficult to say the least to be across all those activities and so we wanted to focus on one area that we felt needed some attention.
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From concept to prototype: The SAGE Farm InCUBEator

From concept to prototype: The SAGE Farm InCUBEator

You may have noticed some works going on at the SAGE Garden and wondered: what is going on and what is that thing?

SAGE has been run on a shoestring budget since we started in 2009. The initial infrastructure at the SAGE Garden was cobbled together mostly from found materials by generous volunteers and it has suited us well enough. However, one limitation to the site development has been the lack of an accessible toilet. The money required to build this critical piece of infrastructure has always been hard to find and hence has taken many years of figuring out how to afford the materials and find the volunteers with enough time to take on the task. The garden has also needed other works to the site, such as more paving, to improve the safety and accessibility for our workshops and events

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Farm forestry workshop at Millpost Farm

Farm forestry workshop at Millpost Farm

From SAGE member and market gardener Fraser Bayley

While we at Old Mill Road BioFarm may have a reputation as market gardeners primarily, growing vegetables is just the beginning when it comes to our farm plan. As well as having livestock components to our whole farm enterprise, for some time I have been wanting to integrate some type of forestry. 

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Farm forestry providing income for small farms

Farm forestry providing income for small farms

From SAGE member and market gardener Fraser Bayley

A social media post from a person I respect and admire, forester Rowan Reid really pricked up my eyes.

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Eurobodalla

Eurobodalla

We aim to strengthen connections within the community through growing and sharing food and knowledge… and have fun while we do it.

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Education Spot — Lime Sulphur & Bordeaux Spray Mixes

The education spot during the July Working Bee was conducted by Fraser, who explained and demonstrated the use of lime sulphur and Bordeaux spray mixes. He has kindly put together this comprehensive information for everyone’s reference.
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