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WHAT TO PLANT NOW
29th October, 2015

What to Plant and Spring Activities at the Community Gardens, North Katoomba –

It’s a super busy time in the garden. Getting seeds in the ground is the most important thing, otherwise before you know it the season is half gone and it’s too late to try that larger tomato or get long beans off to a good start. Here’s what we’re planting and the jobs we’re getting on with in Katoomba’s community garden in October. Come along and learn how to get growing by doing, or use our calendar as a guide for what to plant in Upper Mountains gardens.

Community Gardens

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THE MAGIC OF HENNA
28th October, 2015

Evidence of henna use for cosmetic purposes dates back over 9000 years, both as a pigment for the hair and skin and as a cooling soak for the palms of the hands and feet. Since then it has become  popular as a chemical-free alternative to conventional dyes and bleaches. Henna is  safe to use while pregnant and breastfeeding and it adds shine and condition to your hair.

Henna

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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK
28th October, 2015

Contemplate the Carrot, and the Apple

The Co-op 2015 Survey is ready and we’d love to hear your thoughts about the Co-op.

Last year we asked how you’d like the Co-op to communicate with you. As a result of that information we’ve been able to bring you this regular monthly e-newsletter full of ideas and what’s new, seasonal and tasty in the Co-op.

This time we want to get to know you a little better, to understand your values and discover how you decide what to buy and eat. We’d also love to hear the kinds of things you’d like to learn more about about. The information you provide will help us shape our future purchasing policy and education program.

The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

We’d love it if you have time to fill out the Co-op 2015 Survey by October 31st

If you’re a member of the Co-op you can also go into a draw to win $100 Co-op vouchers.

Illustration by Amy Bell-Daisychain

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 24th NOVEMBER 2015
27th October, 2015

Click here for info about our upcoming AGM

All members are invited to nominate for an honorary position on the Board of Directors. THE CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS IS 5PM 5TH NOVEMBER 2015.

Please see the documents below for all the information you will need.

Directors’ Package:

2015 Nomination form

Letter for Nominees

Co-operative directors fact sheet

Governance Policy

Packages also available in the shop.

NATURAL HEALTH SESSIONS
26th October, 2015

Danielle is qualified in nutrition, iridology and herbal medicine. She loves inspiring others to get excited about the food that they eat, to discover food as medicine, and to make positive changes in their lives. Her formal qualifications include a Diploma in Classical Herbal Medicine from Dorothy Hall and a Diploma in Ryoho Yoga Therapy, but her whole life has been a journey of studying and experiencing whole food and its effects on the body. Formerly a cook and founding partner of Manly’s One Earth Organic Café, Danielle now teaches yoga to kids and adults, works as an holistic health and wellness coach and runs a wholefood consulting business.

DANIELLE O’DONOGHUE

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BOOK REVIEW – COMMON THREADS: WEAVING THROUGH COLLABORATIVE ECO-ART
25th October, 2015

 

Common threads : weaving community through collaborative eco-art

 

This book is full of ideas for art and community projects using unwanted natural materials, especially invasive species and green waste. It is written by Canadian artist Sharon Kallis and is based on Canadian plants and seasons, but because a number of invasive species are also familiar to us in Australia, the ideas are relevant to Australian conditions as well.

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The cacao tree is thought to have evolved in Peru and spread throughout the deep tropical regions of South and Central America. It is a small tree, reaching about five metres, and prefers to grow in shade, where it flowers throughout the year. The flowers are inconspicuous and give rise to the oval-shaped fruit or pod. The pod contains a number of seeds encased in a juicy, sweet matrix, and it is these seeds that are the source of chocolate.

Cacao pod

 

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BULK SEEDS
1st August, 2015

Rob Lawrence is a Co-op member and a volunteer at the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens. He is interested in getting the most out of the food we eat and here he writes for us about  using our bulk seeds for planting purposes.

Coriander seeds - a great option for planting

We all love food! It brings us together. Our emotions and memories, our whole lives, are punctuated by the food we eat. What brings us all together at the Food Co-op is our passion for ethical, healthy food, but our bodies need so much more than food. They need the nourishment that can only come from growing our own food.

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INTERRENTYE BUSH RUBS
31st July, 2015

New Product in the Co-op Annex shop

You can support an Indigenous community social enterprise and your own health this winter.

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ROBIN’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COMPOST
31st July, 2015

Meet local grower Robin Johnson. Before moving to the mountains, Robin was the head gardener of Parliament House in Canberra. Now he’s head gardener of one of the most inspiring and productive suburban gardens in the mountains.

 

Robin and his wife Marilyn chose their house for its excellent north-facing aspect and sunny back yard. In the six years they have been there they have transformed a fairly typical dry mountain block into an oasis, based on Robin’s dedication to compost, hard work and a clever watering system. The garden is divided up into numerous raised beds that are packed with veggies, herbs and flowers. There are also three polytunnels which give added protection to plants during the cold Blackheath winters.

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