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Open Edible Gardens welcome you
Saturday & Sunday 7- 8 September
Grow your own – food metres not kilometres
All the information to plan your garden visits
A great collection of eleven edible gardens will be open to the public on the weekend of 7 and 8 September 2019 as part of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival. Visiting some or all of these gardens is a great way to learn and get motivated for our new growing season.

Three schools are participating for the first time this year: Taradale Primary School (Stephanie Alexander garden), Macedon Primary School and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary. Their students are experiencing the joy of growing their own food and eating it too.

Some gardens have been showing each year such as the popular garden of Jan and Doug McIver. You can ask Jan anything about gardening – she can demonstrate many sustainable ways of using local resources for example the importance of hugelkultur in keeping moisture and nutrients in the soil. We call her the "Raspberry Queen" as she has a substantial patch of raspberries and is happy to give away raspberries and plants to everyone especially at the community produce swap held by the Kyneton Transition Hub at the Kyneton Farmers' Market.

The Kyneton Edible Garden is in the grounds of the Kyneton Community House and its produce is used for the Community Lunches every Wednesday during school terms at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute.  Just $5 donation for a yummy local two course meal with great company as well.

There are new gardens such as Zen’s memorial garden, which is named after a much loved family member. The garden has grown up since the 1980s with the Upper Coliban Reservoir as a backdrop. It includes farm animals, an orchard and much more.

Ken and Moira Hourigan will open their large garden where vegetables flourish amongst the ornamentals and obviously enjoy their company. Seeds and cuttings for edible plants are nearly all obtained from neighbours, family and friends.

Lyn Godfrey is demonstrating her very small edible garden and has great ideas for those who don’t have a lot of room.

Nea Gyorffy, organiser says “We encourage visitors to learn and exchange ideas about growing sustainable, organic edible plants. Working edible gardens are not necessarily pretty but are all about maintaining productive, rich soil, producing fresh food without using chemicals and reducing the cost of food but not compromising quality…and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.”

Visiting Open Edible Gardens helps you find inspiration to get out there and grow your own food - be it in a large vegetable garden or orchard, in a small garden or grow them amongst the ornamentals. It is a great way to help you learn how to improve your soil, ways of water saving, composting, companion planting, Hugelkultur, wicking beds and more.

Growing your own food is now more important than ever for freshness, knowing its origin and keeping low food miles. Nea says “It is incredibly satisfying when you can step out your door and pluck a juicy eggplant or zucchini from the garden and prepare it for your meal.”

The two Taradale gardeners Jane and Colleen have formed a local produce exchange which helps gardeners swap excess edibles and is great for those looking for local, fresh food.

Bunjil Farm is introducing a market garden this year so you can see how the garden is being planned and managed from the beginning.

All information about the times and locations is on the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival and KTH brochures which are in many local shops now, and the Kyneton Mechanics Institute, the official information centre during the Festival. More information at Kyneton Daffodil Festival Website, Kyneton Transition Hub Website and both facebook pages. Or download your own brochure below.
Kyneton Transition Hub would like to thank our very generous gardeners for opening their gardens on our behalf. We know they spend a lot of time and energy preparing their gardens and themselves for their big day. And on the day they talk to many fellow gardeners, sharing their experience and passion.
Thank you from all of us.
Climate change and growing our own food
Our theme for this year’s Open Edible Gardens is “Grow your own – food metres not kilometres”.  Much of the food we purchase is transported over large distances from its place of origin.  Import and export involve thousands of kilometres of fossil-fuelled travel. 

As you may already know, if you buy asparagus in winter, for example, it will have been imported from Peru or Mexico.  Some very strange things happen in the name of balance of trade, one being that in 2004* (sorry, I don’t have Australian figures), Germany imported 1.5 million kg of potatoes from Britain and Britain imported 1.5 million kg of potatoes from Germany! 
 
The more food we grow locally, the less CO2 is produced through transportation.
 
In late winter it can be hard to buy garlic that’s not imported, but it’s possible to have home-grown garlic year round by growing late and early varieties.   (Store it in a warm place if you don’t want it to sprout; some are much longer keepers than others.)  When we grow our own food, we eat what is in season, which is better for our health as well as for the atmosphere.   We can also eat produce we have stored, such as pumpkins, apples and onions.
 
One of the effects of climate change is that varieties that we’ve grown in the past may not do as well in a warmer climate.  Growing your own from seed means you can choose varieties more suited to local conditions.  Even better, if you harvest seed from your best performing plants, you will be doing your own genetic selection and adapting the variety to changing conditions.

If you want to learn more about planning your garden to give year-round produce or how to harvest and save your own seeds, ask our gardeners at the open gardens, join us at the Kyneton Community Garden or have a chat to us at the produce swap table at the Kyneton Farmers' Market.
 
* Rob Hopkins – The Transition Handbook: Creating local sustainable communities beyond oil dependency, Aust./NZ edition, P67
Boomerang bags need you
Kyneton Boomerang Bags group has produced well over 4000 bags since starting about two years ago. Production is slowing however, and we need more volunteers. There's no need for you to be able to sew as there are plenty of jobs for all ages and talents. Our volunteers are involved in sewing, cutting out, creating, delivering, organising, storing, donating and giving support. You can even just drop in and have a chat and share a cuppa as we enjoy extra company.

Stockists are:
  • Aesops Attic
  • Alter Your Health
  • Kyneton Library
  • Squishy Minnie
  • Watts Fresh
Our working bees are on  the first Monday of the month between 1 and 3 pm at the Kyneton Community House in Mollison Street. We would love to see you there. Anyone can help – no expertise required. You can even receive free instruction on using a sewing machine if you wish.

For more information find us on Facebook, email Kynetonboomerangbags@gmail.com or call KCH on 5422 3433.
Changes to regular events
There have been a number of changes to regular events for Kyneton Transittion Hub.
  • Kyneton Permaculture at the Pub now meets at the Shamrock. This is a very friendly group and welcomes new members.
  • Kyneton Community Garden regular sessions are now on Thursday mornings. If you would like to visit the garden at other times or have some ideas for workshops you would like, please let us know.
  • Produce Swap at the Kyneton Farmers' Market is no longer on during the winter months of June to August. This gives our volunteers a break when the weather is often not so good, and it's a slow time for swapping too. Make sure you catch up with us in September for lots of swapping, especially of seedlings and cuttings for spring planting.
  • Friday coffee mornings are now at Hamster
  • As noted above, Kyneton Boomerang Bags have a new time monthly on Monday afternoons.
Community News...
Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
The Daffodil and Arts Festival have a number of attractions for garden lovers.

Best Scarecrow Competition

When: Saturday, 7 September to Sunday, 15 September
Where: All over Kyneton and surrounding districts

Check out the scarecrows in home gardens or at businesses during the Festival. There are always lots of fun and creative entries.

Kyneton Spring Flower Show

When: Saturday, 7 September – Sunday, 8 September 2019
Where: Watts Pavilion, Kyneton Show Grounds, Mollison St

Organised by the Kyneton Horticultural Society.

Open Gardens

When: Friday, 6 September  – Sunday, 15 September
Where: Various locations in Kyneton and the throughout the region

Many more gardens are open during the Festival than the edible ones.

Bus tours of four gardens are operating on Wednesday, 11 September and Thursday, 12 September. For full details see the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival website or brochure.

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Our Regular Events
Produce Swap - 2nd Saturday of the month from September to May, Kyneton Farmers' Market, St Paul's Park, Piper Street - 9 am to 12 noon
Kyneton Community Garden - Thursday 10 to 12 noon during school terms, Kyneton Secondary College. Come along to get involved or ask your questions about gardening sustainably in Kyneton.
Coffee and chat - Friday from approximately
10.30 am, Hamster Cafe, 5 High Street.
Friday before the Farmers' Market is also our
Core Group Meeting from 11 am.
Boomerang Bag Sewing Bees - Regular working bees are held at KCH (34 Mollison Street) on first Monday of the month from 1 to 3 pm. No experience necessary. Lots of fun jobs. Contact us for details.
Permaculture at the Pub - Regular meeting of locals interested in permaculture is on third Thursdays of the month from 6 pm at The Shamrock at 120 Mollison Street. Check FB group or email kynetonpermacultureatthepub@gmail.com  for details.
Garden Gathering - Occasionally on a Sunday afternoon we gather in someone's garden and help them with a slightly larger project or just with some regular chores. Usually 2 to 4 pm followed by afternoon tea. Kids welcome. Contact us for information on the next one, or if you would like to host one.
Kyneton Community Lunch - Wednesday 12.30 pm during school terms, Kyneton Mechanics Institute (organised by Kyneton Community House). $5 donation
Kyneton Transition Hub is an Action Group of the
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group.

Working together to make our community stronger, happier and more resilient as we deal with the impact of peak oil and climate change.

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