Category Archives: Towards sustainability

Recommended: Eco-topia 2012 this week

From Transition Shire Wingecarribee comes a special recommendation for Eco-topia, the 5th National School & Community Garden Gathering, which opens on Wednesday evening 10 October and runs till Sunday 14 October (Click for bookings).

Special guest speaker is Roberto Perez, from Havana, Cuba, who appeared in the popular film, The Power of Community. Other speakers include Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia on the ABC, and John Brisbin leading a session called Singing Up the Australian Community Gardens Month — sounds entertaining.

Southern Highlanders might particularly like Thursday’s session about the Bundanoon Community Garden. Continue reading

“Plasticized”?… not Bundanoon

A double event in the Bundanoon Winterfest, celebrating the third anniversary of Bundy on Tap.

Ecopella Choir performingA performance by Ecopella, an “environmental choir”. They tell us: “You might expect a choir that sings about the environment to be a gloomy ensemble, but Ecopella’s sense of fun fills each performance with positive and satirical messages. Even when the mood becomes serious the beauty and solemnity of the music uplifts the listener.”.

Michael Lutman will screen his movie Plasticized. Plasticized is an account of a scientific expedition focused on plastic waste in the South Atlantic Ocean. An eye opening story about a global mission to study the effects, reality and scale of plastic pollution around the world.

Venue: Bundanoon Hall
Date: Sunday 8th July 2012 at 7 pm to 9pm
Tickets: Adults $10, Children free.
Enquiries: Suzy Molyneux 4883 6073

CANWin AGM and Film Afternoon 4 March

Sunday 4 March 2012, 1.30 – 5pm
Board Room, BDCU, 411 Bong Bong Street, Bowral.


1.30pm Registration opens
2.00pm Meeting starts
2.45pm Meeting ends; Light refreshments available
3.00pm Film and discussion.

Film: Design for Life: Permaculture — The Food Forest Story

This quietly inspiring film shows how Graham and Annemarie Brookman built their dream, transforming a bare paddock near Adelaide into a bountiful food forest, using renewable energy, appropriate technology and sustainable farming and living practices. They show that an ordinary family can grow its own food and create a productive and diverse landscape. The Food Forest is not just about sustainable gardening and farming. Energy wise projects at the farm include straw bale buildings, passive solar housing, solar hot water, and solar panels for electricity.

After the film there will be an opportunity to talk about it with a panel of experienced permaculture enthusiasts, including local identity Jill Cockram.

Film cost: Free to CANWin Members. Visitors welcome: $8

Eat Better, Live Better: From Farm to Fork

Wednesday, 9 November 2011, 7-9pm

Bowral Library (Henrietta Rose Room)

A free seminar on healthier eating, with Maria Mitzikis of The Food Muse and Jill Cockram of Moss Vale Community Garden.
All proceeds to Southern Highlands CanAssist and Moss Vale Community Garden.

YOUthLEAD Presentation

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Moss Vale Farmers’ and Flea Market

On the fourth Saturday of every month. Moss Vale Showgrounds, from 8.00am to 1.00pm

Southern Highlands Harvest project update

The Southern Highlands Harvest project aims to contact all growers and producers in the Wingecarribee region – both large and small – to collate a description of their produce, along with information as to where the produce is locally available, whether by farmgate, local markets or local retail outlets. A resulting directory would link consumers, both local and visitors alike, more directly to local growers and raise the profile of the rich agricultural heritage of our region. The outlets for local produce would be mapped (we realize that not every farmer runs a farmgate) and could also form the basis of a local Food Trail. For an idea of possible future opportunities resulting from participating in such a project, see the Hawkesbury Harvest website


There is no cost to register with the Southern Highlands Harvest program, and the benefits are many – not the least being significant promotion and publicity for your business, as well as networking opportunities for value-adding and diversification.

Contact Sandra Menteith for more information or complete the registration form and return to her. Sandra’s contact details: 4883 7687 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Southern Highlands Harvest is a collaborative project of Transition Shire Wingecarribee, Slow Food Southern Highlands and Harmony Community Farm Inc. supported by Tourism Southern Highlands and seed-funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Cob Oven Workshop



Saturdays 2nd and 9th October, 2010:  9.00am till 4.00pm

Would you like to be involved with the ancient art of cob construction AND gain cooking skills and strategies using a cob oven?

Thinking of creating a pizza oven at home?

Manuel Alves, an experienced cob oven builder and chef, will be taking us through the process of building a cob pizza oven using as many recycled materials as possible (sourced mainly from the Moss Vale Resource Recovery Centre).  The workshop will run over a series of Saturdays in early October and November.

This will be a FUN, hands-on experience, so please wear your working gear and boots.

Cost: $50 for the WHOLE experience over 4-5 Saturdays in total        OR ….

$20 for just one day.   (Both options inclusive of morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch)


Venue: MV Community Garden – Railway Street, Moss Vale (by the tennis courts)

Numbers strictly limited to 8 people/session so please book before 31st September.

To book:  Email Jill on

Or  phone Sandra at Anglicare on 4868 1780

Sponsored by the New south Wales Environmental Education Trust