Joy Festival Success!

Well that was awesome!

We had a fantastic festival with approximately 400 visitors over the day and we raised $1500 for the community garden! Thanks so much to the Coop who donated raffle prizes and to all of the musicians, artists, chefs, activists and volunteers who made the day happen.

Photo credit: Chloe Mahr

One of the highlights was watching everyone pouring in to be part of the Stop Adani action. 350 people, including our local member Susan Templeman, made a human sign as part of the national day of action to stop the Adani coal mine.

What else is there to say? The food was great, the music enchanting, the workshops inspiring, the garden was blossoming, the children were happy, there were cute puppies,  face painting, massage, hair-wraps, drums, fire twirling and lots of dancing…Success!


Check out some of Daz’s highlights in film here.



Ready for Festival of Joy?!

We have been busy this morning getting ready for Festival of Joy, happening tomorrow (7th of Oct) from 11am to 5pm. The gardens are looking stunning, full of blossoms. We found the first Cicada of the year too!

Our program is packed full this year- music, workshops, activism, art, swap shop, face painting, hair wraps, massage, delicious food and a raffle!

Here is the line up (follow the links for more info):

11:30: Welcome 12pm: Just Dance, 1pm: Bronwyn Kirkpatrick, 1:20: Lime and Steel, 2pm: Stop Adani national day of action, 2:30 The Jimmi Carr Band, 3:30: Dances of Universal Peace, 4pm: Closing Ceremony Orchestrated by Nigel Glassey along with an open Joy Jam drum and dance circle- byo instrument, poi, hoops, fire twirling paraphernalia!


11am: Labyrinth walk with Ishta, 11:30: Seed Saving with Lloyd, 12:30 Elements of Magic with Julie and Gareth, 1:30: The Big Fix with Lis Bastian,

There will also be a bunch of pop up workshops and fun stuff: face painting, hair wraps, Stop Adani craft, Mandala Making with Jade, Eco building with Sam, Massage with Anthony

Food will be provided by the fabulous Community Garden volunteers, Cherry Moon and chai from BlissBeats.

Don’t forget to bring something for the swap shop and a picnic blanket!


Festival of Joy 2017


Yes, it’s that time of year again when we invite the community to come and celebrate with us! Festival of Joy is going to be wonderful this year. We have a beautiful line up of local music with a bluesy folk twist, to get you dancing, a great selection of workshops to inspire creativity and sustainability and for the kids, there will be face painting and pop up craft activities, along with playing in the sand pit! We are also hosting an action for the national day of action to Stop Adani! From 2pm come and help us make a human sign to send a message to Adani that we value the reef and the health of the planet over coal.

There will be yummy food and chai available featuring some of our community grown ingredients.  This is a free event and everyone is welcome. See you in the garden!


Working Bee: September 29th

Wow that month went quickly! Anyone else think that time is speeding up?!

Spring is in full swing, and with it always comes lots of visitors to the gardens, coming along to enjoy the blossoms, the birds and the gentle sunlight. Today we had a lovely group from Morven Gardens Nursing Home in Leura. The group enjoyed a picnic in the sunny orchard and a wander on the labyrinth.

We have been pruning, mulching and tidying up- getting the gardens looking beautiful for Festival of Joy, our annual celebration of community, creativity and sustainability, happening on the 7th of October 11am- 5pm.

Today Maaike and Ishtar began weeding the medicinal herb garden, along with Olivana, a visiting student from UTS. Olivana will be visiting us a bit over the next month for a research project.


We tested our new hose, it reaches all the way to the end of the garden. And, yes, we have water in the north end! This is just a temporary solution while we finish off the shelter that Jed is building to collect water- when it rains (please rain!) We can also use it to fill the tanks when there is no rain, so we can irrigate the gardens from the tank using a gravity fed system eventually.

Verity planted out a bunch of seedlings- lettuces, rocket, radicchio, fennel, coriander and celery- into the veggie garden. We are looking forward to making some great salads for Festival of Joy featuring some of our yummy edible flowers, herbs and veggies. At the moment we are enjoying hearts-ease, borage, bean, rocket and mizuna flowers in our salads.

Every week we make a big pot of soup to share. This week Sarah harvested a bunch of IMG_1820stinging nettle to put in it. Nettle is a super nutritious plant (weed!) that can be used like spinach. It just needs to be blanched or cooked to get rid of the sting.  It is currently growing in our food forest under the heritage apple trees along with broad beans, strawberries, artichokes and bramble berries.


This week the apple trees are really showing off, their pink and white blooms are just divine. It makes a stroll though the garden heavenly! Come down and enjoy it while you can.


Suddenly Summer!

Today it was 24 degrees in Katoomba, suddenly it feels like summer!

We still haven’t had any significant rain and everything is very dry. At our working bee today we continued hand watering the veggie patch, the berries (there are buds coming!), and much of the orchard. There are flowers on our broad beans and the garlic is coming along nicely despite the dry weather.

We had lots of extra volunteers today, including a big mob of children. We worked on the veggie garden: weeding, composting and mulching, preparing for spring planting. We have six varieties of potatoes to plant and Verity has taken home some seeds to get some seed propagation happening.


We also prepared one of the beds for the Children’s Cottage who will be coming down regularly for a play and a bit of gardening as the weather warms up. They will also be installing a big box of garden and sand toys for community use near the sand pit.

Amanda kindly donated a bunch of flowers that she and Christian have planted around the shed for a bit of colour. We are all working at getting the gardens looking gorgeous for Festival of Joy (7th of October), our annual celebration of community, creativity and sustainability. (More details to come soon!)

Sarah also went to the Edible Garden Festival meeting, we will be part of this festival next year. Stay posted for more details about that too:)