The date of the monthly Hills Harvest Exchange (HHE) coordinated by the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) has been changed to Sunday 2 December 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm at The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. Everyone is welcome!


FROM LEFT: Lois and Dave Addison, Peter Geers, Annie Holland, Val Hunt, Liz Milner, Sean Wessex-Brown.

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.


Wattle seed pav, anyone?

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.


For bookings, email .The cost is $15.00 per person (pre pay when confirmed)

BYO Lunch – Wattleseed Pavlova will be provided for desert!


School Holiday Fun!


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

Bookings essential


T: 8390 0457

Our sustainable home – turning dreams into reality

In celebration of Sustainable House Day:

If you are thinking of building a sustainable home, you must have plenty of questions to ask.  Andrew Davidson, Chairman of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) and Property Development Consultant will share his own personal experience and professional advice so you can enjoy creating or altering your own home.

He will cover topics such as site selection, orientation, room layout, life without air conditioning or flushing loos, submitting plans, contracts, insulation, micro-hydro, garden zones, accessibility and composting toilets.

This event will be on Tuesday 18 September between 7 pm and 9 pm at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit


Veggie Gardening from Scratch Workshops

HHE MAR-APRIL 010_optAre you new to vegie gardening and not sure where to start? Books and DVDs are extremely useful, but there is nothing like learning from experienced and successful home vegie growers!

A series of workshops called “Gardening From Scratch” will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) over the next few months. The first workshop is all about “Seeds and Seedlings” and will include handy hints on how and when to collect seed, how to store and treat seed, when and how to sow seed and raising seedlings.

Members of the Hills Harvest Exchange (HHE) will be sharing their knowledge in these informal workshops.

“Seeds and Seedlings” will be held on Saturday September 1st from 11am – noon. It is free for HHE members or a gold coin donation for non-members. The Hills Harvest Exchange will run from 10 am and new members are always welcome. This is also the HHE 6th birthday.

Bookings are essential to help with seating. To book email The workshop and HHE are held at the AHNRC, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit, within The Summit Community Centre.