A round-up (not the trademarked kind) of SAGE’s activities and progress in 2010 from President Stuart Whitelaw.
Culminating in the wonderful open day in November, 2010 was very kind to SAGE. The start of a new la niña cycle saw some regular rainfall which gave us a helping hand in establishing our new row crops.
The focus of the work has been on establishing the commercial gardens, and starting to market produce. Most of the rows have now been “adopted”, and some are onto their second rotation.
Produce is being sent to 2 local restaurants – the “River Moruya” and the “Blue Heron” who regularly feature our vegetables and herbs on their specials. SAGE produce is also regularly available at the Moruya Country Markets on Saturday mornings.
A policy for sharing produce is being trialled. People or groups who “adopt” a bed are entitled to 20% of the produce, which they may keep or swap.
Our infrastructure is beginning to become a reality:
- The irrigation ring main has been installed
- The bore and solar pump are commissioned and the 22,000 litre holding tank is full
- A covered area for vegetable washing and packing has been added to the shed
- A compacted road base floor has been placed for our rainwater collection roof and hardwood poles installed to support the roof
- A path for the front garden of the Block has been built.
- Our first wicking bed has been completed, and the second is 90%.
The SAGE enthusiasm has spilled over to the rest of Eurobodalla, and we have been able to assist with the formation of groups in both Narooma and Tuross Heads. We hope to be able to work with these and several other groups on both physical and organisational planning in 2011.
In addition to the workshops that are a part of most working bees, 2010 saw our first formal education spot. Fraser Bailey held a 2 hour corn workshop, exploring both the history of this staple and the cultivation. Plantings of both hybrid and heritage varieties were done, and the plants are almost ready to harvest.
We will be conducting regular workshops on a variety of subjects during 2011.