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What #Action4theLand will your local councillor take?

FromLandcare Australia:

With over 5,300 registered Landcare groups across the nation, even the smallest of actions from a single Landcare group can add together – across the Landcare movement – to make a large difference.

As part of our World Environment Day 2016 activities, Landcare Australia will be running a fundraising and environmental awareness initiative, where we ask every individual, business, government agency, politician and media outlet we engage with across the nation “What positive #Action4theLand will you take?”

It is our hope that the #Action4theLand campaign can create a groundswell of awareness, and accompanying activity – where every dollar collected through our fundraising efforts will make a difference, by supporting Landcare groups and projects across Australia.

We’re reaching out across our network to encourage each and every one of you to start a positive #Action4theLand conversation. Over the next few months, get out there and ask your friends, family, colleagues, and local representatives, “What #Action4theLand will you take?”

In particular, we encourage you to reach out to your local councillors, and state and federal elected representatives to invite them to join your Landcare group for a day to see the positive #Action4theLand you have taken in your local community.

LLS’ ‘South East Circular’, April 2016 issue

The April 2016 issue of the South East Local Land Service’s newsletter South East Circular has now been published. The topics covered are:

Improving worm control in sheep
Local disease watch
Autumn feeding guide
New wasps in the Bega Valley
Recognition for District Vet
Thinking of purchasing a property in the bush?
Grazing management courses start soon
Do you know the size of your paddocks?
From the garden to the plate
Landcare Australia field visit
Innovative partership tackles marine pest
Partnership protects endangered perch
LLS Seasonal Conditions Report
Feral Fighters 2016
Weather and Climate Risk Management
Local Annual Report 2015
The benefits of electronic identification in cattle
Narooma littoral rainforest field day
South Coast Industry Dinner 2016
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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.

Bungendore Farmers Market: Boots for Change

The Southern Harvest Farmers Market in Bungendore will be held 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.

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.

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!

Bungendore Spinners and Grinners

Spinning, Knitting, Weaving, Lace-Making

There are many reasons why the practice of Traditional Crafts has an important place in contemporary life. spinning1
Bungendore Spinners and Grinners commenced in August 2013 in recognition of the desire to explore a craft that employed simple tools to create yarn out of natural materials.

Survival of human populations in the 21st century may depend not just on the creation of new technology to replace the old polluting juggernauts of the industrial era, but on knowledge and tried-and-true skills from past eras when fossil fuels were not available to supply all our energy needs.

At a time when many people don’t know how to cook food let alone grow it or hunt it, knowledge of traditional survival skills is at an all-time low. Most of our consumer goods are imported and local manufacturers have been unable to compete, closing down and relinquishing skilled workers who take their trade secrets with them. Once there was an economic imperative to engage in creative pursuits. Thirty or forty years ago mothers made clothes because we couldn’t afford to buy what was in the shops.
Nowadays it is just as cheap to buy new clothes in huge chain stores such as K-mart (made in Bangladesh) as it is to buy them second-hand in Op-shops.

spinning and weavingTotally-Locally: Palerang is the home to lots of sheep, alpacas and goats. The wool from these animals is seldom processed locally, or even in Australia. The raw product is sent to the other side of the world and Australia imports the finished product such as blankets (woollen, rapidly being replaced by polyester) and woollen garments which are highly priced compared to artificial fibres.

FuturePLANS is the umbrella organisation under which Bungendore Spinners and Grinners is helping to revive the craft of spinning and associated processes such as dyeing, knitting, crochet and weaving. This is just the start.

The list of important skills that need to be passed on to a younger generation is endless: wood work, leatherwork and tanning, book-binding, basket weaving, sourdough bread making and food fermentation, yoghurt and cheese making, budding, grafting and tree propagation, mud-brick making and pise building, dry stone walling, scything, and blacksmithing.

The urge to make useful things is very strong in the human psyche and participation in arts and crafts can benefit the mind, body and soul. Our era is marked by mental and physical ill-health on a grand scale, at least some of which may be prevented by fostering our creative urges to feed our starving souls.