Boomerang bags are getting closer...
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Looking for edible gardens...
Each year during the Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival in September, KTH organises an open day for local edible gardens. Visitors learn how to grow edible gardens sustainably, without chemicals and with good planning.

Open day host gardeners find it enjoyable and many say it helps them get their gardens in order for the season. There may also be the possibility of getting some help to prepare your garden by hosting our volunteers at a garden gathering before then. If you would like to discuss the possibility of your garden joining the open edible gardens day please call Nea on 0419 874 735.
Boomerang bags are coming closer
May was a busy month with a total of five sewing bees and many hours of volunteer time. At the end of the month we had over 300 bags completed and lots out in the community being sewn.

There are also volunteers cutting and printing pockets at home and doing lots of other jobs to bring this project to launch. At this stage that looks like some time in July - which is ideal as that's Plastic Bag Free July.

We love that we have all ages involved. From the young pre-schoolers and school kids printing and sewing at home, or cutting and tearing fabric and sorting kits at our sewing bees. To the older volunteers at BUPA and RM Begg who have years of experience. Many of these could almost make the bags with their eyes closed. Their skill and dedication to helping the community is awe-inspiring.

If you'd like more background on the Boomerang Bag initiative in Australia and worldwide, check out their website or you can find lots of links on Facebook.

The bags are made from donated fabric and upcycled clothing and linen. Donations of fabric and linen are already coming in, and we've also received a number of sewing machines, overlockers and irons. If you know someone who could help us service these machines, we'd love some help with this.

For our sewing bees, come for the whole session or just a while. Sewing machines, scissors, etc. are available or bring your own. No sewing experience is needed and there are lots of fun jobs including cutting fabric, ironing, pinning and screen printing. Kids are welcome.

Regular sewing bees are hosted by BUPA and RM Begg and monthly weekend sessions are also available.

Upcoming sewing bees:
Thursday 15th June – 10 to 12 noon – RM Begg (every third Thursday of the month)
Sunday 18th June – 1 to 4 pm – KCLC (every 3rd Sunday)
Wednesday 28th June – 10 am to 3 pm – KCLC (every last Wednesday)
Thursday 13th July – 1 to 3 pm – BUPA (every second Thursday)

If these days don’t suit please contact the group as sewing bees will be scheduled to suit everyone and further partnerships with schools and other community groups will be welcome.

If you would prefer to help behind the scenes our next steering group meeting is at KCLC on Wednesday 14th June at 7 pm. This group has a number of roles: encouraging others - liaising with local schools, community groups, shops and businesses - organising fabric donations - promoting this initiative.

For more information find us on Facebook, email or call KCLC on 5422 3433.
Kyneton Community & Learning Centre
⭐New Class Alert
School Holiday Boomerang Bag Workshop!!
It's the kid's turn to get involved in the Boomerang Bags movement!
Make your own Bag!
Monday 3rd July, 1:30 - 3:30pm, $5 donation 
Suitable for children aged 8-15 years
Parents welcome to stay for a cuppa or join in with the Sewing Bee!
Contact the centre to register on 5422 3433 or
Community Produce Swap - this weekend
Do you have any Egyptian walking onions in your garden? Would you like some? If you said "no" or "I don't know" you're missing a special treat and there are free walking onions at the market this month. Walking onions are not only delicious (all three parts of the plant are edible) but also they plant themselves for the next season. This happens as they form a head at the top which weighs the plant down. So it's the easiest way to have onions in your home garden. Pop into the produce swap stall and find out more about them and take some home to plant.

Even as we head into our wintry weather we expect to see some good swaps at the market. Come along and see what others have and enjoy a chat about gardening or other sustainable issues.

Riddells Creek Seed Savers group joined us at the last market and had some great conversations and provided lots of local seeds to local gardeners. They are now taking a break over winter, and will probably join us again from September depending on their seed stock. They gained a lot of new supporters who appreciate locally adapted seeds and also spread the word about the importance of preserving biodiversity through saving traditional varieties of food plants. If you would like more information on saving your own seeds or contributing to this local seed saving group you can contact them by email

To get involved in the produce swap bring your produce along on the second Saturday of the month to the Kyneton Farmers’ Market or just drop in for a chat about what's going on around Kyneton and especially in our gardens. Don't forget we're happy to swap fruit, vegies, herbs, preserves, eggs, seedlings and even egg cartons.
Community News...
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group - 
"Sustainable" film
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group continues its 2017 film series with "Sustainable". It will be showing at the Victoria Hotel, Woodend at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13th June (get there at 6.30 pm if you wish to eat with others first).

From the website:

"A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

"The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.

"Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us."

MRSG's program for the year continues with films on every second Tuesday of the month:
8 August  – The Islands and the Whales (2016)
12 September  – Forks Over Knives (2011)
10 October  – Daughter of the Lake (2015)
14 November  – Gasland II (2014)
12 December  – Shorts from Environmental Film Festival Australia
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Our Regular Events
Produce Swap - 2nd Saturday of the month, Kyneton Farmers' Market, St Paul's Park, Piper Street - 9 am to 12 noon
Kyneton Community Garden - Tuesday 10 to 11.30 am 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, Kaddy's Cafe, 8 High Street.
Friday before the Farmers' Market is also our
Core Group Meeting from 11 am.
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.
Boomerang Bag Sewing Bees - 2nd Thursday of the month, 1 to 3 pm, BUPA; 3rd Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon, RM Begg; 3rd Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, KCLC; last Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm, KCLC. Contact us for details.
Kyneton Community Lunch - Wednesday 12.30 pm during school terms, Kyneton Mechanics Institute (organised by Kyneton Community & Learning Centre). $5 donation

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