|Monthly meetings held at the ‘Ku-ring-gai Centre for Seniors'|
259 Pacific Highway Lindfield NSW 2070 on the third Monday
of the month (except Jan) - all welcome
President's Report July 2014 - Cat Dorey
Welcome to our July newsletter. We’ve passed the half-way mark and are heading out of winter! My hands are freezing in my home as I write this, but at least I’ve found some good news to warm my heart, and hopefully yours!
The City of Sydney has adopted the first-ever Green Roofs & Walls policy in Australia, with the aim of increasing the number of high quality green roofs and walls in the city. We already have about 100, 000 square meters of green walls and roofs throughout Sydney.
I walk past one of these each day on the way to work – the 1st on the new Central Park complex on Broadway, near Central, is covered in vertical gardens. I love it – it’s a great change from the concrete and glass of other buildings in the city. There are always people stopping in the street to take a closer look. As well as looking great, these gardens remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, capture and clean rainwater, provide unused space to grow food, provide insulation and noise reduction, clean the air, provide habitat for biodiversity, and reduce city temperatures.
The City of Sydney has published a Green Roofs & Walls booklet with information about the benefits of these gardens to cities, as well as a map listing publicly accessible gardens – 12 green walls and 9 gardens. There’s also a website with more information including technical guides on how to make your own, and a full map of existing roofs and walls. Check it out here: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/green-roofs-and-walls. It’d make a great day out in the city – perhaps you could organise one with your local group.
Living Skills: Fermented Foods: Winter Vegetables - Saturday 19 July
Fermented foods and cultured drinks are alive, bursting with beneficial bacteria and fungi. In our increasingly sterile environment they help to boost body's immune system and relieve symptoms of some medical conditions.
PSN Monthly Meeting - Monday 21 July
Ku-ring-gai Local Group Meeeting - Sunday August 17
Fermenting is a very old method of preserving surplus harvest. What's more, fermented foods are full of beneficial microbes which help to boost the body's immune system and relieve symptoms of some medical conditions. With winter vegetables maturing now, learn how to ferment them to make delicious sauerkraut, rotkraut and beet kvass.
For more details: Ku-ring-gai Local Group - August 17th - 2.30 pm
PSN Monthly Meeting - Monday 18 August
Pete the Permie - Permaculture Professional & Heritage Fruit-tree Specialist
Peter Allen aka Pete the Permie will speak to us about the issue facing the 'Professional Permie', with illustrations from Peter & Sylvia's own three micro businesses (including a nursery) and their new Professional Permaculture Guild. The Guild was established in response to the tensions that have arisen between the 'community permie' and the 'business permie', the right to make a livelihood from permaculture, the rise of a new young permie generation, and their needs for more formal education beyond PDC.
For more details: PSN Monthly Speaker 18th Aug - Pete the Permie - Permaculture Professional & Heritage Fruit-tree Specialist
Sustainable House Day - Sundays 7 and 14 September
If you are interested in opening your garden for 2014 Sustainable House Day (Sep 7 & 14), please go to the SMD website
Permaculture Northern Beaches (PNB)
In June our Public meeting was on Aboriginal Heritage and Culture in the Northern beaches presented by Laurie Bimson who is a Guringai descendant, the Aboriginal custodians of this area.
Laurie is on the committee for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Manly Warringah Pittwater Aboriginal Support group, Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation, Guringai Festival Committee and owns and operates Guringai Aboriginal Tours. In August our permatour will be with Laurie visiting areas of special significance in the Guringai area. For bookings go to our website: www.permaculturenorthernbeaches.com.au or contact Dan on firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited.
In June we also had our first permabee at the Kimbriki EcoGarden at Ingelside along with an advanced composting workshop. We will be having future workshops at Kimbriki over the next year.
PNB: Want to Cut Down on the Chemicals in your Garden and your Lifestyle?
PNB: July Edible Weed Tour **Fully Booked**
For more details: PNB: July Edible Weed Tour **Fully Booked**
Native Bee Community Grant from Warringah Council
PNB have received for the second time a $5000 grant from Warringah Council. We will be holding a primary school art competition on the importance of bees in our lives and their importance for the planet. [Einstein said humans could not survive more than 5 years without bees to pollinate plants.
Two winning schools will receive stingless native bee hives; as will a community garden; and a place of Aboriginal significance in the area. Winners will be announced on the stage at the Brookvale Show in October. We will also be adding to the get Into Permaculture Education kit with a fact sheet on Bush tucker and native bees.
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