Earlier this year, Megan and I worked with some other local families to start a gardening club called the Jamberoo Family Growers. Unlike traditional garden clubs, this group will have a focus on helping people to grow fruit and vegetables at home, using healthy natural methods and tapping into local knowledge and experience. It will also endeavour to support and promote local farmers and producers and encourage household sustainability.
Talks and/or workshops will be held monthly throughout the year, with guest speakers covering topics such as rotational gardening, organic pest control, garden design, composting, backyard chicken keeping, cooking, sustainable living and more. Kids’ activities are planned to coincide with the talks, so it will be fun for the whole family.
The [JCG launch event](http://green-change.com/2009/09/21/jamberoo-community-growers-a-successful-launch/) went very well, and we now have over 25 families and individuals who have joined up. Now it’s time to get the ball rolling…
Our next meeting will be held at **2:00 pm on Sunday 1st November, at the Anglican Hall in Jamberoo**.
Guest speakers will be Robert Curll and Monique Dare-Ward. Robert will be talking about how to get the most produce out of our smaller spaces, whilst Monique will be pondering the wonders of keeping chooks in the backyard. There will also be organised activites for the children.
This event is free to Jamberoo Community Growers members. Non-members are invited to come along and see what we’re about before joining. Annual membership for families is $15, or $5 for individuals.
Feel free to invite your friends and neigbours.
We look forward to seeing you there!
What a wonderful local initiative! Good luck. I can remember when I was young my gran belonging to a garden club -they seem to be becomming popular again. I love the focus on growing food and that you are organising guest speakers.
Thats fantastic. I was actually wondering if you would be at the next seed savers meeting but you won’t as you will be at your own meeting they are on at the same time. Wish i was closer so i could come. Maybe the next one.. PS.. I don’t mind talking about the Green Loans or you can hand out some leaflets for me… Cheers Donna.
@Tricia: I think it’s great to see so many young families interested in growing some of their own food. We’re doing organised activities with the kids so they can do some fun and meaningful (and maybe even educational! Shhh!) things while mum and dad are attending the grown-ups talks. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and values as well.
@Donna: Yeah, it’s a bit of a bummer that it clashes with SeedSavers. Maybe we can organise a combined meeting sometime next year, and the two groups can get together. We have a lot in common. A talk on the green loans and sustainability assessments would be a great idea.
How did the meeting go. I didn’t end up going to the seed savers i was buggered after a very busy week so i stayed home and rested..
The move is not far off now.
Darren (Green Change)
@Donna: The meeting was great. I took some photos, so when I get a chance I’ll post them.
Just so you know, I had trouble with subscribing to your rss feed.
Who & how do I get in contact with someone regarding the Jamberoo Community Growers – very interested to find out more detail.
@Kerrie: I’ve just sent you an email with some info. Anyone else wanting to know more, just email me.
small gardens are very cute and could be well managed easily. we have 2 small gardens at home.
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