About Kat Szuminska

designer, educator, gardener, activist, creative problem solver katoombastreetpermaculture.com, mattandkat.com, openaustraliafoundation.org, bluemountainscommunitygardens.org

Seriously, backyard farming returns Sunday First February: talking bees

Alain

Holidays are nearly over and we backyard farmers will meet again to learn something about bees.

Beekeeping for all
Introduction into beekeeping with Alain Sunday, 1st of February 2-4pm
Alain is a very experienced beekeeper with both Langstroth and Warre hives. He currently cares for 27 hives ans sells honey in the mountains. After some introduction there will be a question and answer session.
There will be honey for sale too.
Come along to Harold Hodgson Park, 10 Victoria Street, Katoomba, we usually share an afternoon tea, contributions are welcome.

Sunday the first of February at 2pm.
More about this event at http://seriouslybackyardfarming.weebly.com/
See you all!

Nicola

Friday January 16th: Free Workshop: Learn to Identify Native Bees

Bee Symposium Invite - Jan

Bee Aware of Your Native Bees project finishes with a terrific opportunity to learn to identify native bees.

There will be an ID session held at each of the project sites next week.
This is the final site-related activity conducted during the project. If you can’t make it to the date at the Community Gardens there are alternative sessions around the mountains and Western Sydney region.

Sessions are as follows;

Mamre House, 181 Orchard Hills, 9am on Tuesday the 13th of January.

Australiana Pioneer Village, Rose Street, Wilberforce, 10am Wednesday 14th
of January.

Eskbank House, Cnr. Inch Street & Bennett Street, Lithgow, 9am on Thursday
the 15th of January.

Blue Mountains Organic Community Garden, Harold Hodgson Park, 10 Victoria
Street, Katoomba, 9am on Friday the 16th of January.

(Please note that there may not be toilet facilities as volunteers on site here are on holiday!).

John Irving Park Community Garden, 4 Jordan Street, Rosehill, 10am on
Saturday the 17th of January.

All are welcome, there is no fee. Please bring your cameras and a clean jar to catch some bugs. Site managers will need to ensure the ID kits are available for the day (including the pre frozen ice packs).

but wait … there’s more!
 Wednesday the 18th of February, 2015: Australian Native Bee Symposium

As part of the Bee Aware of Your Native Bees project, the University of Western Sydney and Bees Business will be holding an Australian Native Bee Symposium. This is funded by the NSW Environmental Trust and will be hosted at the UWS Hawkesbury campus on Wednesday the 18th of February, 2015. This event is free.

Check out the Bee Aware of Your Native Bees Symposium – presentations

To book your place at the symposium please use this form to contact the UWS Office of
Sustainability at You should get confirmation of
your booking within a couple of days.

You can find all the information on the project activities at UWS Bee Aware

Upcoming Events: Sunday 14th December

Come celebrate summer and the delight of sharing gifts you craft yourself

Join Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens, Permaculture, Transition groups

Bring some food to share for lunch. While you’re here, try your hand at random weaving a basket with willow we’ll harvest on site. You can also have a go at making kombucha drinks or even learn how to make a power tower (and why you might want one) for your garden.

Bring lunch to share, along with your excess fruit, seeds, cuttings, plants, tibicos, scobys, sourdough starters, herbs, recipes, preserves to swap and/or share!

If you know how to make a simple gift from natural or recycled materials, or just want to hang out for a Seasonal Celebration: come along to the Gardens on Victoria St Katoomba – All are Welcome. Sunday Dec 14th 11am until 2pm.

Not feeling that crafty, or have a heap of gifts to organise? If you love our carved china teacups and handmade serving dishes, bring some cash along for a rare opportunity to Sian’s Seasonal Sale of gorgeous ceramics either side of our session. Designed, thrown carved and painted at her studio. Open 10am-4pm Sunday December 14th.

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Bush Tucker Gardens Grand Opening Tomorrow Thursday 7th November

The Aboriginal Culture & Resource Centre invites you to the official opening of the Katoomba Bush Tucker Garden – unveiling locally designed interpretive signs.

Come and help celebrate this wonderful achievement at the Harold Hodgson Reserve (Community Gardens), Victoria St North Katoomba, at 11:00am Friday the 7th of November, 2014. RSVP essential  Call Paul 0448 025 061