Spring is in the air! With the weather warming up and some much needed rain, plants are sprouting new flower buds, leaves, and in many cases, fruit. It’s definitely one of my favourite times of year. Our community gardens are flourishing, both from the weather and the attention of our dedicated volunteers. And they are about to get a lot more attention! Next Sunday following our Club Day we are running a community workshop on designing a Permaculture Community Garden. Open to the community as well as our members, this afternoon workshop will benefit everyone. With Permaculture Educator Aaron Mears and friends, the workshop will be packed full of information that will not only lead to an exciting new master plan for our gardens, but this mini Permaculture Design course will inspire a rethink of our own gardens. See full details here.

Club Day

If you are missing our monthly Club Nights—don’t despair! Join us on the third Sunday of every month from 9 am to 12 noon at our Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens, where you will find plant and seed sales, our free Harvest Swap, and a special guest speaker each month. At the same time we will be running our usual working bee and our Seed Savers meeting. So come along to get your hands dirty in the earth or just for a social chat with long lost friends, and perhaps pick up some plants for your own garden or a raffle ticket in support of our new shelter. Wander the gardens, enjoy the sunshine, and stay for as long or as little as you’d like—26 Emerald Street, Cooroy from 9 am.

This month I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Anne Clark speak about her Lifestyle Reset Retreat. I’m certain her talk will be inspiring, and Anne has been so very generous to offer us a spot in one of her upcoming weekend retreats as a prize in our major raffle. I’m certain there’ll be a rush on ticket sales at the conclusion of her talk!

And in case you’re wondering, we haven’t forgotten about Club Nights—when it’s safe to do so we will head back to the Memorial Hall. At this stage, we’ve decided there will be no Club Nights for the remainder of 2020, but we hope things will change in early 2021. Stay tuned.

Update on our New Shelter at the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens

I may have left this til last, but our new shelter is front and centre of our thoughts at the moment! Plans are really taking shape, grant applications have been submitted, and the energy and momentum is building. I attended a workshop in the gardens this week. After 10 minutes the rain came bucketing down, and was still continuing an hour and a half later when we all packed up. And we all agreed on one thing—we need a new shelter. Visit our shelter page to see our latest plans, and please tell us what you think.

We plan to go to tender for a building contractor at the beginning of October. If you are a licensed builder in the Cooroy / Noosa hinterland region and would like to tender for this job, please email me at president@permaculturenoosa.com.au, to lodge your expression of interest. Or if you have any skills you’d like to volunteer to the project, please let me know. If all goes to schedule, we’ll be running some cob wall workshops in January, and we’ll need lots of willing helpers to build our new walls.

Remember, Permaculture Noosa is your organisation, and we always welcome your feedback. Send your suggestions to president@permaculturenoosa.com.au.

Please stay safe.

Latha Matters