|Thanks to support from Bellingen Shire Council’s Environmental Levy, our EYE Food project will continue through 2012. EYE is working with Bellingen Community Garden Association on the amazing High School Community Garden. We run workshops for sport each Wednesday of term to look after the garden and share skills, food and smiles!
A great group of young people have already become involved, with new people coming along each term, the energy and creativity are inspirational.
We have built our pizza oven and held a number of pizza-fueled events; crafted an amazing outdoor setting from local timber; and continue to harvest & cook delicious fresh food every week…Everybody is welcome, so come along and get involved!
A grant from the NSW Government’s Better Futures Program allowed us to establish this project, but we need your help to keep it going!
Visit the Garden
You can find the High School Garden by taking the Crown St entrance to the school. On the right-hand side of the driveway you’ll see the shed, pizza oven and flourishing plants.
Davidson’s Plum Jam
Davidson plum or Davidsonia Jerseyana is native to the sub-tropical rainforests of Northern New South Wales. The fruit of this tree is extremely tart and only the very brave would attempt to eat it raw. It’s also very low in pectin so to make a nice thick jam you’ll need to add some. Rather than add the commercial stuff, we experimented with green apples. The following recipe works quite well and the resulting jam has a tangy/sweet taste which goes particularly well with toasted macadamia and fruit bread …
As the weather cooled down, thoughts turned to soil, food and creativity to keep us warm.
There are plenty of pumpkins, citrus and Davidson’s plum around the valley to satisfy our bellies.
The gallery has plenty of great pics… and there might even be a little video on the way… stay tuned!
Wow, Term 1 came and went so fast I haven’t had time to brag about all the amazing stuff that has been happening at the garden!
Gardening as sport continues every Wednesday, with new faces getting involved all the time. We have been cooking most weeks and Olivia has put together a great little cook book from the simple recipes that we trialed… Using as many ingredients from the garden as we could get our hands on :)
Check out the galley Term 1 2012 for more great pics!
The weather is definitely heating up, so our attention has turned to nice, shady, inspirational spaces for both people and plants through the summer.
We have been designing shade-houses, frog ponds and seating circles. Most garden bed areas are nearing completion, so next term, as things heat-up, the only way is up, baby!
This week we took inspiration from Masanobu Fukuoka, author of “The One-Straw Revolution” and founder of Do-Nothing Agriculture. Fukuoka would make clay seed-balls to scatter his crops in the field, this would protect them from birds and rodents, while the seeds would sprout from the balls after a good rain… We thought it sounded like a fun idea, so we are giving it a shot.
Our table is looking shiny and so close to being finished and there is more produce than ever to take home.