ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
It's that time of year where we reflect on the places we've been, the people we've met and what new discoveries we 've made this past twelve months. And most importantly it's your opportunity to jump on board the committee and steer our group for the future.
AGM and guest speaker Margaret Kenning
and garden tour
12pm Saturday 22nd October 2022
Waratah/Mayfild Community Garden
Current financial members only - FREE
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Margaret Kenning tries every bit of exotic food she can. Will try anything at least once, she says.
As overseer of the Waratah/Mayfield Community Garden, she couldn’t be in a better place to do so.
For nearly the past five years, she’s been a constant at the garden, which is part of Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC) Inc.
She says the garden can play an important role in the fostering multicultural relations in the community.
“I try to grow unusual things; if there’s an unusual plant or vegetable, I’ll grow it,” Ms Kenning said.
“It’s lovely when different ethnic people come and I show them around the garden, and all of sudden they spot a plant they remember from their homeland.
“They get so excited that I’m actually growing something like that.”
The garden has 11 different nationalities spread across about 25 listed members. From time to time, refugees will visit the garden, which Ms Kenning says builds her compassion and enthusiasm for multiculturalism.
“We don’t know how lucky we are,” she said.
Members predominately meet at the garden, located on the former Waratah Bowling Club site, on Wednesdays. Morning tea and a “cuppa” provides an opportunity for more than just getting their hands dirty.
Much of the produce grown is used for cooking in a variety of cultures. Ms Kenning says her own love of ethnic food extends back to when she was a child.
“My father worked at BHP after the war when all the displaced people came out from Europe,” she said.
“He worked with the Polish, the Germans, the Italians – you name it. He used to come home with all these weird and wonderful things.
“He used to swap his lunch, it was their lunches he’d bring home. He brought home unusual vegetables and grew them.
He was a good gardener, both him and my grandma, and that’s where I learned to love gardening.
“I’ve loved all that unusual stuff ever since.”
Ms Kenning says she attends all of HMC’s events.
“I find it fascinating, all the customs,” she said. “They have different functions through the year. Whether they’re Chinese, Muslim, Nepalese… I just love it, meeting the people – they’re all so lovely.
“It’s what I love about that place, everyone’s involved and everybody’s friendly.”
1.00pm - Annual General Meeting of the Hunter Organic Growers Society,
Election of 2023 committee, all positions declared vacant. Thinking of joining? Learn more here on how you can support our group and get behind the wheel!
1.30pm - Talk and tour by Margaret Kenning
3 pm - BYO afternoon tea
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Join us for another fabulous year and help us lead HOGS into the future.
All positions will be available for election. Our monthly meetings are hoot! So come and join in, the committee meets for 1hr from 11am on field days.
Consider yourself as:
Field Day Coordinator
General Committee Member
Non Committee Positions:
Social Media & Publicity
Tea & Coffee
Please contact us for more info on each position. We welcome new and old members to join us!
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Members - free
Visitors - $4 individual - $6 family
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