The long awaited photos from our last amazing group event in July! Thank you to all who came along, it was definitely a highlight for the committee to see such a wonderful turnout and I think we all learned a lot from our shared experience. Please share any snaps you may have of the day or other TCOGG pics in the comments or on Facebook. We'd love to see them! Thank you also to Brett for giving us his time and sharing his knowledge on the day and to Mark Treneman and the Local Aboriginal Land Council for granting us permission to access the site.
Now is the time to give your apple trees a good pruning! Our workshop (and some sneaky afternoon tea) on the 28 May was a great introduction to the art of short back and sides-tree style! Thank you to Yvonne for hosting the club at her home and offering up a very needy specimen!
Our calendar seems to be back working now and in the correct timezone! This month is a little quiet for us, besides our weekly Growers' Market slot every Saturday. We won't be at Taste Tamworth this year but it is always worth a bit of a look on Sunday 30th April and enjoy all that NW NSW has to offer. There is also a Stop Adani Documentary screening tomorrow evening at 6pm at the Community Centre in Tamworth in association with the New England Climate Action Group.
Next month we will have a pruning demo at the home of one of our committee members, Yvonne. More information will follow on this (see calendar for date and time). So members! What else would you like to see? We want to arrange educational talks of interest. If you know anybody or have some ideas, please get in contact with us. In the meantime, please keep bringing your beautiful produce to our Backyarders' Table every week. Word to the wise: it's got some of the best fruit n veg around!
Some of you may have noticed a few changes to TCOGG over the last few weeks. Both of our community gardens are gone! Don't fear, we're here to stay and you can still reach out to us online or every Saturday at Tamworth Growers' Market. We have made many amazing memories in both spaces and enjoyed getting to know our community in the process.
We hope to continue this relationship through continued sharing of knowledge and moving working bees to members' properties. Consider this a return to our roots and an investment in the future of TCOGG. A native bee workshop is in the...'works' so stay posted.
We have a few important events coming up over the next few weeks! On the 16th November, there will be a working bee at 63 Denne St. from 16.00. This will be followed by our AGM! Fancy being on the committee and helping shape the direction of our group? Come along and tell us! The AGM starts at 17.30 and will be followed by a pizza firing (did we catch your attention?!). Our Christmas Party will be on the 7 December. Location TBC so watch this space.
Join us at any time on Saturday
in the garden behind Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar,
Kable Ave (opposite Hill St) Tamworth:
8am - Harvest:
A chance to pick and sample, some for yourself and some for the Backyarders' Stall at Tamworth Growers' Market. Peas, Kale, Broccoli, herbs, salad greens, salad flowers and more.
All funds raised go towards seeds and materials for the garden.
9am - Making Pathways:
With all the rain our ground is beautifully wet and everything is growing well, our wonderful Council is bringing down some pathway material so that we can define our garden beds and keep our feet mud free. Meet our horticulturist and feel free to ask questions about gardening in spring time. Bring a shovel, wheelbarrow, fork, mattock, or just yourselves and join the fun!
10am - Morning Tea:
Bring along a picnic morning tea, or purchase something from the Hopscotch Kiosk and join us for morning tea on the green, (the space above the garden next to the levee bank).
Joey's baked banana muffins!
Bring the kids - Explore the market - Have fun in the playground - Go home with a bounty!
We had a wonderful potting workshop last month: learned heaps and recorded a video for those of you who couldn't make it (coming soon so check back to us!). Hether scored a wonderful dumpster dive-our new seedling bench and we reassembled it in the twilight drizzle. Thanks Hether! We also had a jumbo committee meeting so thank you to all who came, we really value your input for the future direction of TCOGG (remember we're only young).
Thanks again to all the wonderful Backyard growers, it's so inspiring to slowly see our table change with the seasons and create a little local pride and enthusiasm for Tamworth organics. We fired up the dragon oven again this week and had an uber tasty pizza evening. Pics to follow as soon as I can get them from our president John Simpson (may take a little while!!).
I would like to call out for volunteers again, if anybody has a spare hour or even two or three on a Saturday-we could really use your help at the Growers' Market stall. It's a great way to meet other like-minded individuals and learn something new about plants and produce-especially now the weather is warming up and spring is on the way!
That's all for now lovely Tamworthians!
Long time between blog posts-my apologies! We've had all hands on deck these past couple of weeks with markets, meetings, brainstorming and workshops. We have another workshop for you this Wednesday at 17.30 at 63 Denne St (our HQ) where you can learn all about pot sizes for you plants, what you can grow in pots and how to deal with root bound plants and potting on. Basically everything about pots you always wanted to know but perhaps you were afraid to ask!
Feel welcome (but not necessary) to bring along a few nibbles/snacks for an enjoyable evening.
Also we're always brainstorming for new workshop ideas-is there anything you'd really like to learn about? Connect with us on social media and we'll see what we can do!
We hope to see you there!
Winter is finally here and it's bringing a little much needed rain! We've had plenty of growers' market furore and welcomed lots of new local growers to our backyarders' table. I still have a bowl of slowly ripening persimmons sitting in the fruit bowl awaiting the perfect degree of squishyness! Did you make it to our insect hotel workshop last month? We have an informal general meeting every month and are at the Tamworth Growers' Market every Saturday if you'd like to learn more about us and what we do. We look forward to seeing you!