June update

It’s definitely June and the temperature is dropping. Here is the monthly update.

1 month of Crowd Funding for Seed Studio to go

We have done so well fund-raising $1300 in 1month, donations of 1000’s seeds and 100 glass jars. But we welcome more donations of money, seed and glass jars.  Please donate here

The Seed Studio will open for spring!  It will be open on weekends so you can come and find lots of wonderful things to grow. The seed is free but I would love an exchange of stories, memories, drawings, produce, seed, found objects….. These are the seeds which my art grow from!  We need glass jars and seeds. So remember the 1st August 12am is the opening, all welcome

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Up and coming Events

20th June Road Trip to Dunalley for Dunalley Mid-winter Pumpkin Gala Day
We have been invited to the Dunalley Mid-Winter Pumpkin Gala Day, which will include the Pumpkin Competition!
Who’s planning to join us at Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House Inc on 20 June 10am-2pm?

21St June Colony Vegi Patch Blitz
10.30am-12.30, 432 Elizabeth Street. Come along a spontaneous clean up and planting ready for Christmas. all welcome, please bring gloves, tools and safe shoes

22nd June Paddock to Plate
Join us at the Rokeby Community Centre for the Paddock to Plate expo, 12.30-2pm, all welcome.

1st August Seed Studio Opening 12 noon 3 Charles Street South
Opening for spring! Our seed bank has grown and now has its own home. It will be open on weekends so you can come and find lots of wonderful things to grow. The seed is free but I would love an exchange of stories, memories, drawings, produce, seed, found objects….. These are the seeds which my art grow from!  So remember the 1st August 10am is the opening, all welcome, please invite friends

17th October 2015 12noonUrban Farming Tasmania at Fiesta
We are back for Fiesta this year! We need everyone to start growing and collecting seed so we can one again give away 1000’s edible plants. If you have any time, resources or skills to donate then please let us know? We need plastic milk cartons and growers to start cuttings and seeds now.

New Links

Seed Saving

A library for your seeds

‘Seed Libraries’ try to save the worlds plants

Pelitis Seed Bank

Navdanya Seed Bank

Floredomayo Seed Temple Vimeo

Seed of Trade Natural History Museum Data base of where our food comes from, Wow!

Sowing for Apocalypse New Yorker Article on the Seed Saving

Seed and Nursery Catalogue for US and Europe History article dating back to 1900’s

Seed Jewellery Jamaican Seed Jewellery

Composting

The Urban Death project

Composting Road Kill

Turning Corpses to compost

 

New Food Pyramid– Australia

Foresight obesity Map

MangNutritioneons Local– France

Park(ing) day

Walking Score

The Plant Hunter

Contact details

Facebook: facebook/urbanfarmingtasmania
Website: urbanfarmingtasmania.org
Email: urbanfarmingtasmania@hotmail.com
Twitter: @urbanfarmingtas
Mail: C/O Bracknell Post Office

The Seed Studio is growing

Wow $1000 in donations, 150 glass jars and countless seeds in 10 days, Amazing.

Thank you for your wonderful support, this project is not possible without it. We achieved our donation target in 10 days so now the project is funded but you can still make donations for the next 45 days through Pozible.

All the money will go towards the construction of Seed Studio which will open on the 1st August at 3 Charles street South or be coming to an event near your soon! The seed will be free in exchange for garden memories, ideas, photos, produce, seeds etc. I will be using these as seeds for my art over the summer and will present the harvest in March/April next year.  We will also be help your seed save so we can build the collection for next year.

cheers Bridgette

‘A seed for a seed’

 

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Seeds for change

We are building a community Seed Studio and need you help. We are looking for money, seed and glass jars with glass lids. We are crowdsourcing and crowd funding this project through Pozible, please make a donation by clicking here

Seed Studio will have a permanent base in Launceston with 1000’s seeds from commercial and backyard sources ready for you to plant tis spring. Our seed will continue to travel to community events and be sent by mail to those who are isolated. We would love to make the Seed Studio completely mobile in an old 1960’s caravan but this is currently a dream (hint, hint).  All our seed is given away for free.  Although we welcome donations, we would prefer to exchange memories, stories, photos, seed or produce from your garden!

The Seed studio will open the 1st August 12noon at 3 Charles Street South, South Launceston. All are welcome to the opening so please invite your friends and family. You can also book Seed studio for your spring community event.

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Apologises for sending this information out twice but we had to re-launch the Pozible project

cheers
Bridgette

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What’s going on?

Well it’s been a while but there is lots going on, exciting events, fundraising, a larger seed bank and lots of more!

Crowd Funding for our Community Seed Bank

We love our seed bank and hope you do to! We want to open the Seed Studio in spring and need you help! We have 60 days starting today to fundraise $1000! But the more money we can fundraise the more seed we can give away in spring. Please donate here

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Seed Studio opening 1st August 

Opening for spring! Our seed bank has grown and now has it’s own home. It will be open on weekends so you can come and find lots of wonderful things to grow. The seed is free but I would love an exchange of stories, memories, drawings, produce, seed, found objects….. These are the seeds which my art grow from!  We need glass jars and seeds. So remember the 1st August 12am is the opening, all welcome

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Helen Hayward’s book ‘For the Love of Food’

Bridgette was interviewed by Helen Hayward in her new book and the Urban Farming Tasmania project features.

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Up and coming Events

20th June Road Trip to Dunalley for Dunalley Mid-winter Pumpkin Gala Day
We have been invited to the Dunalley Mid-Winter Pumpkin Gala Day, which will include the Pumpkin Competition!
Who’s planning to join us at Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House Inc on 20 June 10am-2pm?

1st August Seed Studio Opening 12 noon 3 Charles Street South
Opening for spring! Our seed bank has grown and now has its own home. It will be open on weekends so you can come and find lots of wonderful things to grow. The seed is free but I would love an exchange of stories, memories, drawings, produce, seed, found objects….. These are the seeds which my art grow from!  So remember the 1st August 10am is the opening, all welcome, please invite friends

17th October 2015 12noonUrban Farming Tasmania at Fiesta
We are back for Fiesta this year! We need everyone to start growing and collecting seed so we can one again give away 1000’s edible plants. If you have any time, resources or skills to donate then please let us know? We need plastic milk cartons and growers to start cuttings and seeds now.

What have we done this year?

International Permaculture Day Westbury Community Garden 3rd May 2015
We celebrated international permaculture day on the 5th May at Westbury Community centre with a share market and pizza day, a big thanks to our hosts and those who came to support this event

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Mercury article about our public fruit map 13th March 2015

Food Forest Map, Mercury March 13th 2015

Food Forest Map, Mercury March 13th 2015

Seed Party 1st March 2015

We met on the 1st March for a seed party, seed collecting, harvesting and packaging! What a party.  It is through these events that our seeds end sup in those cute little packets and then to you garden, so thank you everyone

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New links

Mona 24 Carrot Garden

The Stop Community Food Centre

Contact us:

Facebook: facebook/urbanfarmingtasmania
Website: urbanfarmingtasmania.org
Email: urbanfarmingtasmania@hotmail.com
Twitter: @urbanfarmingtas
Mail: C/O Bracknell Post Office

 

 

 

 

 

Poatina Community Fair

Urban Farming Tasmania was invited to attend the Poatina Community Fair in January hooray!
Heather, Nick and Kym had a fantastic day talking gardening, seeds, worms, permaculture and community gardens.
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We visited the newly opened Poatina Community Garden – such amazing veggies growing already and so many zucchinis!
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Each garden had two worm towers which are pieces of pipe with holes drilled in them. Food scraps and worms are added to the pipe – the worms go in to feed and then back to the soil to add their compost and make it healthy!
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We had worm starter kits and  Nick did a demonstration on how to make a cheap worm farm at home. You can use white foam boxes available for free from many veggie shops – easy!
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Heather and Nick did a no dig garden bed demonstration workshop.
This is layers of seaweed, cow manure, cardboard, potting mix and straw to make a big no dig compost garden.
Small pockets are made in the top using newspaper and potting mix to put the plants in.
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And we were serenaded by the Tongan community with a gardening song “The Vineyard” while we planted the beetroot, silver beet and broccoli into the new garden!
We had a great day and look forward to coming back again to see how the garden is growing! Thanks to Hannah and the Poatina Community Garden for hosting us.
Do you have an upcoming event that you would like Urban Farming Tasmania to attend with a stall or activities? Let us know!
We have volunteers who may be able to come with the seed bank, worm starter kits and do some demonstrations on gardening and would love to meet you.
Blog author and photos: Kym Blechynden
 Contact details
Facebook: facebook/urbanfarmingtasmania
Website: urbanfarmingtasmania.org
Email: urbanfarmingtasmania@hotmail.com
Twitter: @urbanfarmingtas
Mail: C/O Bracknell Post Office

Award and Fiesta

I would like to thank you for your support in the last 18 months for this project. I am so excited that I am a finalist for the Tassie @AustralianoftheYearAwards for 2015. I am honoured to be considered amongst this great group of people. Can’t wait for the presentation on 30 October. http://bit.ly/1pagFLH Thank you so much Bridgette Watts

This Saturday is Fiesta and the pop-up garden in York Town Square from 12noon to 6pm. Lots of free fun for all the family

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Fiesta and Share Market

We have two more big events  this Spring, Hobart Colony Share Day and Launceston Fiesta on George, Launceston.  These are both free events where you can help build a garden and take home free seedlings to help start your own. We are looking for more scarecrows, community groups to be involved, and donations of materials. So if you think you can help let us know!

Colony Share Market- Hobart
–  Thursday 16th October 11am-2pm, 432 Elizabeth Street
Come along and support this event for Anti-poverty Week, World Food Day and Fair Food Week. We will have a share market for skills, produce, seeds, materials. We will have our bank of free seed and seedlings to share. There are also some guest coming along to share their special skills
– 11.30 A compost demonstration by Hannah Maloney from Good Life Permaculture
– Talking Beans by  Tanya Murray from Suburban Jubilee
– Worm farming by Nysha Munro from Avant Garden Tasmania
– Carving Fruit and vegetable sculptures by Sharon Sue

Fiesta on George- Launceston
– Saturday 18th October, 12noon-6pm York Town Square
There is a wonderful food and wine festival in George Street Launceston and we are doing a Pop-up patch in York town square. We are working with Feeding the Futures and the Royal Botanical Gardens to build a Pop-up patch and demonstration area in York Town Square. We have a few very special guest and events, but we are happy to have more, let us know

– No Dig gardening and hot compost by Marcus Ragnus from the Botanical Gardens
– Paper Pop-up garden construction by Urban farming Tasmania artists
– Scarecrow competition, entries allow right up until the day!
– Cooking demonstration by Chef from the vegetarian cafe, FRESH
– Community market and activity section run by community groups, more welcome!
– free spring seed and seedling giveaway!
– Seed swapping and saving by Heather Thorpe
Worms by the Worm Wranglers of Launceston
– backyard chicken display

We would love volunteers for help with the set up at 10am and pack up 6pm. All the garden display will be donated to school and community gardens at 6pm so bring your trailer and take home some materials to help with the patch.

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