Working Bee — 12 December, 2010

After the November and December rains, the growth has been phenomenal. As always, the weeds are doing well, but the vegies are thriving. Being our last working bee for the year, and the first after the monumental effort of the Open Day, we did a fairly modest morning’s work.

The first 4 rows of the commercial beds were ready for replanting. The first 2 beds of broad beans have produced huge crops. They would be a great mainstay as a storable protein, although the pods we had left on for next year’s seeds had become mouldy due to the high humidity.

The silver beet was going to seed finally, but still produced about 50 bunches of good stems. The beetroot had a few surprises lurking in the undergrowth.

A young SAGEr struggles with an unbelievably huge beetroot

The attack of the giant beetroot

The first 4 rows were made ready for replanting. The silver beet was made into a mulch.

SAGE members work together to clear commercial cropping beds of spent produce and prepare them for new crops

The trellis for our climbing beans can be seen in the background with the "Moruya" beans beginning to head upwards

The broadforks got a good work out (or perhaps gave a good workout) in the morning sunshine, with the moist soil making it a satisfying task. The beds were then cultivated and reformed to a string line for the next rotation. The thankless task of whipper-snippering was tackled again by Peter and Chris, and the grass already needed mowing 4 days since it had last been cut.

While the garden work was happening, the crockery and cutlery from the River Feast that had been washed by our members was resorted and packed in boxes for next year. Harrison’s Produce once again came to the rescue with free storage space (thanks Tubby).

SAGE members sort and pack for storage the donated crockery that was used for the annual River Feast fundraiser

Boxes and boxes of "repurposed" crockery for the River Feast

With the temperature climbing and t-shirts getting sweaty early lunch was declared by common consent.

John and Jenny Bourne produced a wonderful beetroot soup from the garden and Stuart Whitelaw drew a crowd with the pocket bread making on the old ploughshare.

A row of SAGE kids watch Stuart cook pocketbread on the plowshare over a small fire

The kids enjoyed seeing their pocketbread made from scratch

The children once again had a ball. They made cubby houses, art works and installations, graded woodchips, played with water, climbed the grapefruit tree, and generally did what kids should do.

SAGE kids show off their "grass dolls" made from long cardboard tubes with grass stuffed in the top

These are grass dolls

SAGE kids creating their own imaginery world in the grapefruit tree

The grapefruit tree provided shade, a climbing challenge and possibilities for play

Lunch was shared at the long table, and some bottles of wonderful organic Rosnay wine were produced. The perfect end to a ground breaking year.

A view of hungry SAGErs crowding the long table for lunch

The borscht made by John & Jenny with SAGE beetroot and veg was a big hit

SAGE members relax and socialise at the long table after the working bee

After every working bee, SAGE members share food, relax and enjoy each others company

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