January – June 2021

We have been repairing one of the raised gardens beds, weeding the labyrinth path, removing some of the vigorous native raspberry, planting silverbeet, onions and beetroot, doing path and drain maintenance. We have some great new workshops planned for the rest of the year. Time for some more planting, cooking and eating!

the Chili plant went to a new home
Rob and Vince with repaired raised garden bed
Norm made a new lid for the worm tub

We hosted 120 students from Central Coast Sports College who took part in ADAM activities to understand the essential things to make good compost – ALIVENESS, DIVERSITY, AIR & MOISTURE.

PEG Nature Playgroup has visited the ECO garden on several occasions.

We played the EARTHCARE game – see www.earthcaregame.org to check it out.

SUP & Yoga with Tina started Wednesday morning yoga in the garden at 9.30am

Central Coast Quakers meets at the garden every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 10am.

Troubadours meet at the garden every 1st Sunday from 1pm for folk music.

October 2020 – January 2021 news

We would love to see you at the 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of Kariong Eco Garden.

  • Date: Monday 26 October 2020
  • Time: 11:00am
  • Venue: Kariong Eco Garden, 2 Dandaloo Street, Kariong 2250

All positions will be declared vacant.  Would you like to join us?

Positions/Responsibilities – current and proposed:

Vice President
Bush Kids
Repair Cafe
Boomerang Bags
Eco Office & Library
Media Team – newsletter, website, facebook
Public Officer

Kariong Eco Garden Vision

To be an inspiring example of how to live with nature and promote sustainable living.

Kariong Eco Garden Mission

To provide a point of reference for the local community on sustainable living, environmental awareness and the employment of ecological principles by providing learning opportunities and supporting established programs run by others.

Out last monthly volunteer working bee for 2020 will be on Saturday 14/11/2020, 10am – 1pm and the last Repair Cafe and Boomerang Bags will be on Sunday 15/11/2020, also 10am – 1pm.  Let us know if you are interested in a Second Hand stall/ Car Boot Sale on that weekend. 2nd Saturday Working bees and 3rd Sunday Repair Cafe + Boomerang Bags will resume in February 2021.

Weekly garden volunteering will continue on Monday mornings until 21/12/2020 and resume on Monday 18/01/2020 with Muddy Monday 10am – 12noon for children with their grown ups. The garden is available for school holiday activities, small events and parties – book with Lisa on 0429 431 889.

We have a CovidSafe plan and ask that if you are unwell, please stay home and get well soon.  We provide hand sanitiser and eucalyptus spray for tool handles. Please BYO gloves if you would prefer. We ask everyone to maintain 1.5 metre spacing.

Fundraising: please donate any unwanted bottles and cans eligible for 10c refund. You can take them direct to the Envirobank Automated depot at 311 Manns Road, West Gosford and ask them to credit the ‘Kariong Eco Garden’ account. Every little bit helps!

Wishing you all well for late spring and summer.

August/September News

Dear Kariong Eco Garden members and friends,

We hope you are all keeping well in these strange times.  Remember if you have cabin fever the garden and other places in nature are relatively safe places to be!

It is easy to maintain safe physical distance at the eco garden.  You are welcome to wear a mask if you choose to.  You can BYO gloves or use ours and the hand sanitiser provided. We have eucalyptus spray to spray tool handles as needed.  It is nice to keep in contact with people and nature, and good for our mental health.  Pop in on a Monday morning or other times as detailed below.  If you would like to donate eligible Return & Earn bottles and cans we can cash them in to raise funds for the garden! KEG annual membership is $5 or 50 refundable bottles also accepted.

Breaking News: We are holding an online ECO TRIVIA NIGHT on Monday 31/8/20, 7-8pm – the last night before spring!
This in keeping with our annual August fundraiser.  It will be free to join but if you are able to make a donation, tickets are usually $10 and we raise more with a silent auction. We are with Bendigo Bank and our BSB is 633-000; Account No: 154480586
You will have to BYO pizza on the night this time – or eat what you like.  Join on your own or with family or friends from your home. Have paper and pencil handy.

Our lovely ECO Trivia host is Alex Lynch, Sustainability Educator, Total Environment Centre.

Register through Eventbrite and you will receive the Meeting ID and password via email: https://kegtrivia2020.eventbrite.com.au

Here is some info about Zoom if you haven’t done it before: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting

Any questions feel free to call or message Lisa on 0429 431 889.

We will open the Zoom Room at 6.45pm. 

Our Repair Cafe, held every 3rd Sunday of the month, 10am – 1pm, is gaining some momentum and we welcome more volunteers and people with things to fix! Contact Wanda 0414 832 162.  We hold our Boomerang Bag working bee at the same as the Repair Cafe, also in the Kariong Progress Hall. More helpers needed. We have fabric and sewing machines if you would like to sew a mask for yourself or family members. Bring and share best patterns and BYO elastic.

There are also some lovely groups using the garden – every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 1pm the Troubadours come and make music.  All welcome.  $3 donation.  Regular storytelling is also planned on some Sundays by Tangerine Elephant Storytelling – contact Gab at eagleartsyouth19@gmail.com.

If you are part of a group with a newsletter please feel free to share the following far and wide:

Kariong Eco Garden is the oldest community garden on the Central Coast. It has been sustained by volunteers thinking globally and acting locally since 2005. The garden is a place where people can learn about caring for the earth, providing habitat for wildlife, harvesting rainwater, generating renewable energy, recycling organic matter and growing food, naturally. Our garden includes an herb spiral, veges, bush tucker, fruit trees, no dig gardens, a wicking bed and ponds. We also have a mosaic snake path, murals about permaculture, Tiddalik the greedy frog, the elements of the earth, and life cycles of birds, snakes, butterflies and frogs!
Regular volunteer mornings are back on Mondays 10am-12noon. Children are very welcome – please bring a grown up. We have children’s tools, watering cans and gloves.
School visits welcome by appointment, eg teachers and environmental leaders seeking hands-on composting and worm farming advice.  We also have a monthly working bee in the garden every 2nd Saturday of the month: 10am – 1pm during Spring and Summer, 11am – 2pm Autumn and Winter. Bring some food to share for lunch if you are able.  We are registered with Centrelink as a Volunteer Work Provider. Extra volunteer days can happen if we get 3 volunteers who want to come on a different day.

Some schools require senior students and leadership applicants to do community service.
We offer the opportunity for students (aged 14-17years) to give their time and energy as community volunteers at our monthly 2nd Saturday working bee.
Parent consent required. Regular Eco Garden volunteers all have current ‘Working with Children Checks’ and a First Aid certificate.

The next three working bees:
Saturday 12 September 2020, 10am-1pm
Saturday 10 October 2020, 10am-1pm
And Saturday 14 November 2020, 10am – 1pm
Gloves, tools and guidance provided as well as refreshments.
Other volunteer opportunities are on every 3rd Sunday at the Boomerang Bag working bees in Kariong Progress Hall, 10am – 1pm.
Next Repair Cafe and Boomerang Bag dates:
Sundays 20/9/20, 18/10/20 and 15/11/20.
Where are we?
Kariong Eco Garden, Dandaloo Street (Turn off Woy Woy Road at roundabout, Kariong (behind community hall).
For more information:
Lisa Wriley 0429431889

New Worm Tub for Sale $250
Made by Peninsula Mens Shed

See info in our Resource page re setting it up – we can help with this. Call Lisa to discuss or pop in and have a look.

June 2020 news

Troubadours are having Folk music session in the Eco Garden on 1st & 3rd Sundays from 1pm during winter. $3 donation (which they donate to KEG)

Volunteer mornings – on Tuesdays for the time being – 10am – 12noon.  (current limits are 10 people which is not usually an issue – unless we have an event or guest speaker)

Repair Cafe – 3rd Sundays, 10am – 1pm – so Sunday 21/6/20 – in Kariong Progress Hall. See details in What’s On. NSW Health guidelines will be followed re limits on number of people in hall but we will make it work. Volunteers helping to repair your items (not electronics yet but all sorts of things – sewing, jewellery, small household goods, tool maintenance and bicycles.

Boomerang Bags – 3rd Sundays, 10am – 1pm – so Sunday 21/6/20 – in Kariong Progress Hall. Volunteers sewing cloth bags to reduce plastic bag use & pollution.

Weekend working bees in Winter: 2nd Saturdays, 11am – 2pm – so Saturday 13/6/20, soup provided for lunch. Bring something to share if you are able.

Sunday 28/6/20 marks the 15 year Anniversary of our “Conception” ie the day we were created by a Motion of Gosford Council. Shared lunch 12-2pm (subject to NSW Health limits in outdoor spaces)

April-May Retrospective

During the COVID-19 restrictions on movement and gathering, things have been quiet at the Eco Garden.  We have stopped our regular Monday morning volunteer mornings and only visited occasionally to feed the worms and give a little water when needed. The garden has been happily going wild.

Just before the ‘lock-down’ we had started dismantling the compost bays, made of recycled pallettes, along the back fence.  We moved them to their new location next to the water tank outside the Dandaloo St end gate.

In several two-person efforts, Norm Harris and myself worked on the new compost bay, using the pallette timber, corrugated iron and keeping a safe distance (we considered the task our exercise – allowed by two people outside).  Norm finished off the fronts of the compost bays, re-using the old gates.  We owe him a great thanks.

On 4th May we officially announced the Compost Bays open as a timely way to mark the beginning of International Composting Awareness Week.

We have also had regular visits from some locals who have been busy planting seedlings – thanks Nate! And whipper snipping, weeding and fixing our tap – Thanks Jason.  Other weeders I do not know by name but it has been lovely to pop in and see evidence of helpful visitors – and wonderfully, no damage worth mentioning.