Tag Archives: Bungendore

Farmers Market Bungendore

We will be running the market every single Saturday throughout April and May! If it works well for the producers and the customers, we will continue!

If you have any shabby old boots lying around at home, bring them in for use at the Boots For Change market day. We’re hosting this very special day on Saturday April 9th, we ask that every WEARS BOOTS on the day, any kind. There will be boot throwing with prizes, planting in boots and other activities.

The First People – Aboriginal Pre-history in the Palerang Region

Who were the first settlers in Palerang and what do we know about them?  This presentation by Alister Bowen, a specialist in historical and pre-historical Australian archaeology,  will look at the Aboriginal occupation of the region and help us to interpret the survival tactics of Aboriginal people. Bookings close 4 April.  Part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

Date: Tuesday 5 April
Venue: The Carrington Inn, 41 Malbon St, Bungendore
Start time: 4.30 pm
End time: 6.00 pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
Contact: 6230 0533
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.au/act


FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box Project

One of the aims of FuturePLANS is to enhance and protect local wildlife habitat. We also deliver education and support for landholders wanting to provide habitat for wildlife on their properties. The nesting box project was developed to assist local landholders to provide suitable nesting sites for birds in the Palerang district which has seen large-scale habitat loss since European settlement. Other pressures on native flora and fauna include the loss of suitable nesting sites, predation by domestic animals, competition for food and nesting sites from introduced species.

The FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box project is a collaboration with the Bungendore Men’s Shed to build bird boxes for two hollow-nesting birds in our district. The building of the bird boxes is now complete. FuturePLANS and Land for Wildlife Members in the Palerang District can order one bird box, we have 10 bird nesting boxes suitable for the Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)/spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) and 9 White Throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea). Further information on these species can be found at www.birdsinbackyards.net

An information sheet about the habitat requirements for these species and the plight of hollow nesting birds written by David McDonald from the Canberra Ornithologist Group can be downloaded here: “Hollow nesting birds and mammals”.

You can also download a copy of the nest box plans and installation diagrams from this link: Nest Box Plans. The website Nest Boxes for the Gippsland Region by Maffra and District Landcare Group has a comprehensive guide to the building and care of bird boxes.

A copy of the press release for the project is also available for down load here: FuturePLANS Bird Box Press Release.

If you would like to reserve your box contact the Land for Wildlife Assistant at landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au.

The bird boxes are given to Land for Wildlife and FuturePLANS members for free, however, a donation for the box would be appreciated so we can continue our work in this area. If you wish to make a donation using paypal, please use the “donate” button below:


For further Information: Please contact our Land for Wildlife Assistant: landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au

About the Lake George Men’s Shed

The Lake George Men’s Shed provides men with a supportive social meeting place to go to talk to others about health issues, share information, experiences, use the wood and metal working facilities, learn & teach others as well as creating opportunities to participate in the community.

The Lake George Men’s Shed operates from the 130 year old railway goods shed just along the track from Bungendore Railway Station.

Contact Gary 0435 255 464.

Bird box builder Steve

Bird box builder Steve from the Lake George Men’s Shed

FuturePlans workshop

J.P. Favre and David McDonald holding the bird boxes at the Bird Box Building Workshop in December 2015


Newsflash: Weekly Bungendore Farmers’ Market in April and May

Bungendore Farmers Market is trialling going weekly through April and May 2016!

Come along, our local market gardens are bursting with produce and we would love to get more local food on more local plates.

Join us every Saturday in April and May 2016 from 9AM to 1PM at the Bungendore Memorial Hall.

The market dates for March 2016 are: 12 March 2016 and 26 March 2016.

Bungendore Community Garden Membership

community garden brochure titleAre you interested in gardening? Would you like to learn more about permaculture, worm farming and food forests?
To find out more about what we are doing and meet other members of the community with interests in local food production and sustainability, download the Bungendore Community Garden brochure and come to our next meeting at the Bungendore Community Garden!

Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you soon.

Celebrate the first year of our Bungendore Farmer’s Market

THIS SATURDAY, the 13th of February 2016, it’s the FIRST BIRTHDAY of our Farmers Market.

It has been seriously fabulous to bring farmers, preservers and eaters all together in one place. The conversations and connections that have been built at the markets have been beneficial to all involved, and we look forward to spending many more moments with you. After the market, we will be lighting the BBQ and sharing some food and stories, we welcome you to bring a plate and join us to celebrate our local food system. If you play an instrument, feel free to bring it along to play a few tunes.

The diversity, honesty and care of our producers is refreshing and demonstrates that a Fair Food future is possible. Isn’t it fabulous to know that we are all playing a part in making it a reality.

This weekend at the market, you will find fresh cheese, seafood and honey as well as wine, native spices, herbs, jams and preserves plus:

Brightside Produce will have pasture raised eggs and maybe some of their seasonal vegetables.Caroola Farm will have Fresh lamb, plus whole and chicken portions (breasts, wings, drumsticks, frames, liver) and beef mince in the freezer.  Also salad greens, zucchini, tomatoes, beans, silverbeet and fresh herbs.

Mamma Rita’s Farm will have freshly picked new season apples (incl. Royal Gala), freshly picked peaches, beans, beetroot, corn, zucchini, cucumber, silverbeet, fresh and dried herbs, apple juice, jams and preserves.

PenDon Farm will have sweet corn, eggplant, beans, shallots, squash, zucchinis, plums, apples, rocket, basil, potatoes, ceylon spinach, zucchini flowers, eggs, bay leaves, flowers and surprises plus plenty of gardening advice.

The Markets Tea House will be serving up eats and drinks made from local ingredients –  build-your-own wraps from local ingredients, salads, quiches, real coffee, tea and cold drinks plus cakes and other treats.

The Community Stall will have the NEW PIP magazine (all about Fair Food), tree-ripened plums from Black Foo Farm, garlic plaits from Millpost Farm and maybe some other produce.

The Home Produce Swap is on at 10am thanks to Totally Locally Bungendore – bring some home grown goodness to swap with others.

Bungendore Farmers Market Saturday 23 January 2016

This weekend at the Southern Harvest Farmers Market at Bungendore, you will find a large range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, including zucchini, shallots, salad mix, rhubarb, celery, beans, silverbeet, kale and radishes, sweet cabbage salad, eggplants and beans as well as peaches and plums!

Also on offer are locally produced fresh cheeses, milk, ice-cream, seafood and honey as well as wine, herbs, jams, preserves, bread and much more.

The Markets Tea House will be serving up eats and drinks made from local ingredients – egg and bacon rolls, pork and bean pockets, real coffee, ice tea, plum fizz plus cakes and Scrumpers Garden bread,

The Home Produce Swap is on at 10am thanks to Totally Locally Bungendore – bring some home grown goodness to swap with others.

The market is on this Saturday, 23 January 2016, from 9AM to 1PM at the Bungendore Memorial Hall.

Check our events calendar for more details!

Birds and Boxes – Building Homes for Hollow Nesting Birds

The Palerang Action Network for Sustainability (Future PLANS) has partnered with the Lake George Men’s Shed to build 20 bird nest boxes. We are holding an information session on the value of providing bird nesting boxes, the plight of hollow nesting birds in a changing environment, how to build boxes and a demonstration on how to put one up.

Guest Speakers will include David McDonald from the Canberra Ornithologists Group who will speak about the bird species we have built boxes for and why providing nesting sites is important in our environment.

Penny Kothe from Caroola Farm will also be at the gathering to provide information on the community garden and talk about growing garlic.