Scholarship Winners!

The exciting future of small-scale sustainable food production in the Hunter Valley just got better with the announcement of the winners of the Ernest Hardes Memorial Scholarships at our August meeting. Ern Hardes was a member of Hunter Organic Growers Society (HOGS) for over 35 years. The scholarships, awarded by HOGS and Slow Food Hunter Valley, offer a way of continuing his passion to share knowledge of organic growing, particularly with younger people. Freya Nolin and Tim Kelliher took out the scholarships from an impressive field of eight young people who are currently studying and working in local agricultural food production. Freya and Tim each take home the gift of $2,000 of educati

Native Berries

APPLE BERRY Billardiera scandens Also known as 'Apple dumpling' or ‘Garawang’ (Wurundjeri). A small native climber which is very hardy. Clusters of bell-shaped pink and white flowers in Spring. Nectar attracts honey eaters. A traditional bush tucker plant. Grows in a wide range of soil, not fussy about pH. Tolerates light frost. Long life (20 – 80 years). A very useful, attractive plant and makes a great garden and landscape plant. The fruits are edible through summer and ripen from purple to yellow. The flavour has been likened to kiwi fruit or stewed apple. It is eaten raw when fully ripened, or roasted if still green. Special uses: * Edible       * Decorative fruit     * Honey producin

Elaringai Permaculture Field Day Report

One of the most exciting aspects of gardening is that it is a never-ending learning experience. For Kirsten and Gary of Elaringai Permaculture, the goal of establishing a functional and sustainable permaculture system has been fueled by their curiosity to experiment with a multitude of different methods, projects and ideations. They have cared for all menagerie of animals over the years. They have bred rabbits for the food market, and grown fish in their dam. Currently they share their home with ducks, turkeys, a few bellowing cows, destructive pigs, chooks, sheep, an attention seeking goat, adorable ponies and three gorgeous dogs. Not to mention all of the garrulous sulphur crested cockato

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We are gardeners, farmers, and first time producers of our own backyard fodder, who meet monthly to learn about living and growing sustainably in the Hunter Valley and surrounds.

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