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.
We visited the newly opened Poatina Community Garden – such amazing veggies growing already and so many zucchinis!
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
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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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Pop-up Collins Court

Starting tomorrow 11am the Collins Court Pop-up school Holiday activities. The garden days in the pop-up are below but there will be activities in the patch every day from 11am-12.30pm, its all FREE.

– 11am Tuesday 30th Sept the planting of the vegi patch
– 11am Friday 3rd Oct seedling giveaway and
– 11am Tuesday 7th Oct garden chalk drawing

Thanks to the Hobart City Council, Us (Urban Farming Tasmania) and Hobart Mum’s Network

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Pop-up Patch

We are doing a pop-up patch for the school holidays in Collins Court, Hobart CBD. There are activities each day but we have three main events:
– 11am Tuesday 30th Sept the planting of the
– 11am Friday 3rd Oct seedling giveaway and
– 11am Tuesday 7th Oct garden chalk drawing
Please join us, bring plants, friends and family. We will bring the seed bank, lots of chalk and plenty of fun! Thank you to the Hobart City Council for this opportunity!


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Spring events and City Pop-up Patches

Spring is a busy time we have 3 big events and 2 pop-up patches in the city, very exciting. Let us know is you would like to be involved or help!

30th September-14th October Pop-up Patch- Hobart 11-1pm we are doing a pop-up patch and lots of fun activities for the School Holidays in Hobart. come along to help, get involved and have some fun.

16th October Colony Share Market and workshops Celebrate World Food day and Anti-Poverty week! 432 Elizabeth St Hobart 10-2pm

18th October Fiesta Pop-up Patch Launceston 12noon-7pm We are building a pop-up patch for the Fiesta celebrations, yippppee


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