AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2014

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AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2014
26th March, 2014

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GROW YOUR OWN AND FEED YOUR COMMUNITY
12th February, 2014

As many of you become more concerned about your carbon footprint and future food security, we hope that you might be inspired to grow lots more food and share the excess with others. We’d love to be able to increase the sales of locally grown food at the Co-op. Fancy becoming a market gardener?

SO WHERE DO OUR FRUIT AND VEGGIES COME FROM?

 Sydney organic markets 81%

Certified organic market garden in Windsor 15%

Certified organic growers in Bathurst and Bilpin 3%

Local Growers 1%

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IN SEASON ON THE LOCAL STAND -SUMMER 2013
30th January, 2014

 Summer starts the season of abundance with most days with loads of lovely local luscious abundance greeting you at the front door of the Co-op.

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SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2013
23rd January, 2014

 

SUMMER PLANTING TIPS FROM LOCAL GROWERS
21st January, 2014

 

Colins summer harvest

A great find on what to plant through the seasons was recommended by keen gardener and one of the Co-op staff,  Louisa. It’s a website that can send you email reminders on what to plant seasonally in your region and it is called Gardenate.

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COME ALONG TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013!
20th November, 2013

We’d love to invite all members and friends of the Co-op to this year’s Annual General Meeting! It will be a friendly affair in the Blue Mountains Food Co-op Office with friendly faces, and refreshments available.

The Details:

Tuesday 26th November 2013

7pm – 9pm

The Blue Mountains Food Co-op Office

Suite 8 (upstairs) 181 Katoomba St, Katoomba (Above Fresh Cafe)

Not been to the office? The entrance is in Ha’Penny Lane, just down the lane from the Co-op shop and up the marble stairway. Walking down the lane the entrance is on your right. Next time you go to the Co-op, check it out. If you can’t find the entrance, feel free to ask one of the Co-op staff and they will happily show you so you don’t get lost on the night.

The Official Stuff:

Co-op Members nominated for the 3 Director Positions and 1 Employee Position:

Georgia Page (renominating)

Will Maclean (renominating)

Helen Langsford (Beeby)

Leanne Eagle (Employee Director)

If you are curious about how the Co-op has been going and would like to know more details, or want to contribute by voting for next year’s Board of Directors, then come along to the AGM.We’d love to see you.

 

ANN NIDDRIE

SMOOTHIE MAKING AT THE CO-OP
19th November, 2013

This wednesday, 10 to 12 Emily Yates: Naturopath, will be in the Co-op:-

 

This week she’ll be talking about and making wholefood smoothies – the simple way to increase your nutrients through smoothies for the whole family!

 

Emily is a Naturopath, Healer and Mama who was born and bred in the Blue Mountains. She is passionate about digestive, reproductive, child and family health  and has been deeply inspired by Kay Ridgeway.

 

She practiced in Sydney for 7 years and now works from her home in Leura.

 

For more information on Emily here is her website –

emilyroseyates.com

 

 

LEARN TO MAKE BLISS BALLS
5th November, 2013

Naturopath Kay Ridgway will be in the Co-op this Wednesday the 6th of November from 10 to 12 noon.

 

She will be showing us how easy and economical it is to make your own Bliss Balls.

These Bliss Balls are gluten and sugar free.
They are made with coconut, coconut oil, chia seeds, raw nuts, cacao powder and  dates There are many options and variations, just ask Kay.

Come in and enjoy a sample!

 

WHAT’S IN SEASON ON THE LOCAL STAND? SPRING 2013
13th October, 2013

It’s spring, greens season and it’s a great time to eat salad! After winter where the garden moves slowly, this burst of warm weather has brought out growers laden with delicious greens to fill our bellies.

Fruit is limited locally at this time of the year, though there are still lemons and grapefruits. Rhubarb is also starting to come into use. But as you can see many fruit trees have just flowered, so the fruit needs time to develop. It’s a great time to enjoy the apple walk down at Katoomba’s Community garden and look forward to the up coming summer and autumn crops.

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THE ANCIENT ART OF CLOTHES SWAPPING
22nd September, 2013

For some people a change of season is a good time to clear out the wardrobe of all the things they don’t wear, that don’t fit or just plain don’t suit them. As the saying goes ‘one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure’, and what better way to share the treasure, save the planet and have an excuse for a tea party than to organise a clothes swap? Get together with a few of your friends or acquaintances that you suspect might have amazing hand-me-downs and let the swapping begin!

For me, swapping clothes for the past eight years or so has created opportunities to connect with a circle of cherished friends, meeting new ones as the circle grows, and a time for sharing or storytelling. Our clothes have stories, some more than we wish: the jumper your grandmother made you but you never wore, the shirt from an ex-lover you can’t bear to wear again, the dress you can’t believe you ever wore. As our clothes move on, these stories move with them and take on a new life.

Clothes Swapping Guidelines (optional – this is how we do it!)

Around ten people are invited to the swap. The venue can be swapped between homes to share it around. An invitation goes out and the date and time are booked in. We allow around three hours for the swap (time for lots of tea, chat and food). Once an invitation is received we reply and then gather the clothes we wish to swap. Naturally we all bring along a plate of food to share! After about half an hour chat time we sit in a circle with our bags of clothes to swap. One person shows their wares at a time. At this point people can express interest in the items – if only one person wants item they get it! If more than one person wants the item it goes in the ‘fight pile.’ If no one wants the item it goes in a bag for charity or is saved for a future swap. Once everyone has swapped their stuff we move on to the fight pile. This is the time when we pull out our ‘blue steel’ (for those familiar with the film Zoolander), strut our best poses and facial expressions to win the desired item. Don’t forget to help the host to clean up! Then just enjoy seeing your friends wearing all your old clothes and looking fabulous!

AMANDA QUINN

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