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Handmade Christmas Presents Workshops - Hunter Organic Growers Society

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
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Get Creative This Weekend At Tighes Hill Community Garden
As most elderly people will readily inform you, the world has changed greatly from the 'good old days' when they were young. Once upon a time, most Australian homes were situated on a spacious quarter-acre block, with many people growing their own fruit and vegetables, and keeping a few chooks. While it may not have been complete self-sufficiency, people still had a tangible connection to the food that they ate unlike today, when home gardens are becoming a relic of the past in many places, and food of every variety can be purchased on-demand at the local supermarket.

Image courtesy of the Tighes Hill Community Garden Facebook page
Image courtesy of the Tighes Hill Community Garden Facebook page

Fortunately, a popular trend over the last decade or so has been the establishment of community gardens throughout Australia places where local people can meet and work together - sowing seeds, cultivating edible species and eventually reaping the rewards in the form of fresh organic produce. One such place here in Newcastle is the Tighes Hill Community Garden, a thriving community-run oasis where people can share their passion for gardening and various workshops are periodically held. Coming up on Saturday November 14th, the garden will be the venue for a couple of special workshops organised by the Hunter Organic Growers Society.

Image courtesy of the Tighes Hill Community Garden Facebook page
Image courtesy of the Tighes Hill Community Garden Facebook page

Kicking off at 11am, the Society's field day will begin with a tour of the Tighes Hill Community Garden a great opportunity for wannabe organic growers to see how a productive garden is managed. This will be relevant not only for home-gardeners, but also for people from other parts of Newcastle and the Hunter who would like to establish a community garden in their own neighbourhood. Conducted by gardening experts, there will be plenty of opportunity for participants to ask questions and pick up practical new tips that they can try out at home.

Following the tour, there'll be two fabulous creative workshops, using materials found in the garden. The first of these will show you how to create a gorgeous silk scarf, dyed with natural plant-derived colours. Scarfs will be provided for all participants. During the second workshop, you'll learn the art of seed paper-making. Cards and wrapping paper that are made by this method are not only beautiful to look at, but also extremely eco-friendly. If desired, this kind of paper can later be recycled, and the seeds grown in the garden.

Finishing up the day, at 3.30pm there will be a communal afternoon tea. Participants are asked to bring along their own lunch, water-bottle and mug. If you have any preserves, plants or handmade goods that you'd like to sell, swap or give after the event, please feel free to bring these along. There will also be a raffle and seed sales on the day.

The Hunter Organic Growers Society's Handmade Christmas Presents Workshop will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 11am until 4pm. The venue will be Tighes Hill Community Garden, located on Kings Road in Tighes Hill. Visit the Tighes Hill Community Garden Facebook page to find out more about this event. To purchase tickets go to the Eventbrite website, and to learn more about the Hunter Organic Growers Society, check out this website. Participation is free for members of the Hunter Organic Growers Society and $15.00 for non-members.
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Why? This event is a great chance to get creative and learn a bit about organic growing
When: Saturday, 14 November 2015, 11am - 4pm
Where: Tighes Hill Community Garden, Kings Road, Tighes Hill
Cost: Free for members of the Hunter Organic Growers Society and $15 for non-members
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