The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre wishes all our friends a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We appreciate your support and hope to see you in all in 2019. Please click on the photographs below to view our final message for 2018.
The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre will close on Wednesday December 19, 2018 and reopen on Tuesday January 8, 2019 at 9 am.
PLEASE NOTE: The Hills Harvest Exchange will be held on Saturday January 5, 2019 from 10 am – 12 noon, unless it is a catastrophic fire day.
The residents of Uraidla Retirement Village can start planting their summer vegies after two wicking beds were recently installed.
“Many of the residents have moved from large properties where they grew most of their own fruit and vegetables. They miss being self-sufficient, the taste of home grown vegies and getting their hands in the soil”, said Val Hunt, Coordinator of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre.
Val successfully applied for a grant from the Department of Ageing to cover the cost of building the wicking beds and materials needed to complete them.
It was a real community project involving many people: Spring Gully donated the IBC containers that are used to line the beds and the Red Shed at Uraidla made the wooden surrounds. The construction and placement was overseen by Peter Geers, with Lois and Dave Addison organising the plant selection after consulting with other residents.
The beds were filled with quartz and garden soil, with the heavy lifting done by a group of volunteers from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre – Liz Milner, Ann Holland, Seán Wessex- Brown along with Peter Geers and Val Hunt.
Wicking beds are ideal for all home gardens – they can be raised to a level that reduces bending and the system of watering from underneath reduces evaporation and places the water where it is needed most, at the root of the plants.
You are invited to meet Neville Bonney, author of “Knowing,growing, eating edible wild native plants.”
He can answer questions such as
- Which native food plants can you grown in the hills?
- What conditions are needed to grow healthy plants?
- How do you cook them?
- Find out about greens and herbs, fruits, nuts, condiments and fermentation use.
Neville has had a lifetime of growing native plants in a variety of conditions. He is the author of many books and the latest “Growing acacias for food and conservation” will be available for sale on the day along with a selection of food plants. There will be tastings of native foods during the day, including biscuits, Pavlovas and chocolates.
When? Sunday, November 11, 10 am – 2 pm
Where? Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.
REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL. PLACES ARE LIMITED.
For bookings, email email@example.com .The cost is $15.00 per person (pre pay when confirmed)
BYO Lunch – Wattleseed Pavlova will be provided for desert!
IDEAS AND INSPIRATIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS
Be inspired to add a few sustainable ideas to your Christmas this year and enjoy getting creative with the whole family. Learn new ways to create your own gift wrap, decorations and Christmas gifts.
When: Tuesday 9th October 2018
Time: 10-30 am – 11.30 am
Where: The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit
Age: 5-10 years
Cost: $5 per family
T: 8390 0457