Up2Us Newsletter – June 2015

Up2Us Update

Up2Us has been placing regular updates on face book this year so the newsletter has been sporadic. Feel free to ‘friend’ us on facebook using the address Up 2 Us Landcare and you will receive more regular updates on what is happening.

There have been a number of changes for Up2Us this year in both the committee of man-agement and within the umbrella organisation.

We have seen two new members to the com-mittee who have skills which should be well utilised within the organisation.

Amanda Swaney has replaced Rowan Swaney for the Upper Broken River and hats to the com-mittee including her interest in ‘Sustainable Small Farming’. We thank Amanda for her time and her commitment to Up2Us.
Nicky Goudberg has joined the committee with a plethora of knowledge and experience in the Natural Resource Management field. Up2Us looks forward to how we can incorporate this knowledge.

In addition to some new committee members, Up2Us has had the privilege to support two additional groups within Mansfield. Over the past 6 months, Up2Us has developed a policy to support small environmental groups come under our umbrella.

Up2Us would like to welcome the MAD Bee group and we look forward to how we can be-come mutually supportive in the future.

A local Wild Dog Control group has also re-quested to come under the Up2Us banner. Up2Us has assisted in producing a grant appli-cation for this group.

Intro to soils day for small property owners

Intro to soils day for small property owners

In brief

Coming Up:
Sun July 19th – Up-per Broken River Landcare Group meet-ing
Sat July 26th – Nation-al Tree Planting Day and Fords Creek get together
Sun Aug 16th – De-latite Landcare Group tree planting at Piries
Sun Sept 6th – Com-bined working bee at Rifle Butts Reserve with Mountain Bikers

Youth Leading the World a SUCCESS

Youth Leading the World a SUCCESS

Up2Us facilitated a new program in the middle of June this year called ‘Youth Leading the World’. This is a 3 day congress where 10 students from Mansfield Secondary College and Mansfield Steiner School year 7 and 8 came together to learn about the global envi-ronmental challenges our world faces. As a part of this course students are encouraged to think about how they can bring this global ef-fect to a more local change. Each group of young people have a different focus and it is envisioned by the group on the Congress. The Mansfield crew are determined to see Mansfield become a ‘single-use plastic bag’ free community. They have already embarked on a petition which you can sign around the town. Two of them have spoken to the IGA manager in order to leave a vote box out the front of the store so as people can indicate whether they would like plastic bags or not. Three of them have spoken to the paper and all of this in just three days!! A huge THANK YOU to ‘King of Sparks Electrical’ who have seen the potential and sponsored $200.00 towards assisting these students achieve their vision! A thank you to the local schools who have supported the project and allowed the students to attend.

Delatite Landcare Group

Winter Working Bees
Delatite Landcare Group are assisting with two working bees at Rifle Butts Reserve the first on Sunday 12th July and the second on Sunday 2nd September. The DLG have been working alongside the Mountain Bike Club and Parks Vic to help restore Rifle Butts Reserve over the last couple of years. They are needing experience with fencing so any assistance in this would be valuable.
The other working bee is tree planting for the biolink at Piries. DLG is working towards the 16th August for this. Further information will be sent out closer to the date. If you are interested in this, please contact either John Gilson [email protected] or Kerstie Lee [email protected]

The Kitchen Door

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists. There are approximately 46,000 pieces of plastic in every 2.5 square kilometre of ocean

Upper Broken River Landcare Group

Barjarg Bounty

‘Barjarg Bounty’ celebrates the time of harvest in the community. The event creates a time for people from Barjarg to gather to enjoy a meal featuring locally grown produce prepared by Mansfield Chef Megan Knapp and by home cooks. The event is generously supported by a grant from Up2Us and Megan Knapp’s Kitchen Door.

Community identity is fostered by the event and as people get to know each other they share ideas and experiences and work out ways to support local initiatives and to solve local problems. Barjarg is only a small community and it is important that the members have a ‘stamp’ that creates identity and generates community endeavour. Membership of the Upper Broken Landcare Group, CFA and morning tea gatherings all foster these features.

Barjarg Bounty is another activity which binds community. A short speech from a local person highlights an activity or direction in Barjarg. This year Up2Us Landcare Facilitator Kerstie Lee explained the operation of FRRR – the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal which offers small discretionary funds to regional communities to promote rural and regional renewal, regeneration and development. She also highlighted the developing profile of small farm enterprises in the Mansfield district.

FACTS ON PLASTIC

It takes over 500 years for it to break down. And even then the toxins that were in the plastic, pass through the body of an animal, poison it and KILL it or they pass them to us as we eat them.

Intro to Soils ain’t soils for small acreage farmers – May 2015

Intro to Soils

Recipe Corner

The most abundant ingredient in my gar-den at the moment is the pumpkin which technically is not in the garden but in a storage area. We managed to produce about 40 pumpkins so we are working through the surplus. Here is something that you may like to try.
Pumpkin and chickpea and coconut Curry (Jamie Oliver)
1 large pumpkin
4cm piece of ginger
Bunch of fresh coriander
Peanut oil
4 garlic cloves peeled and finely sliced
4 shallots peeled and finely sliced
1 tsp mustard seeds
20 curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x 400ml coconut milk
2 x 400g chickpeas, drained

Chop the pumpkin and cut into chunks, then cut ginger into matchsticks. Finely chop the coriander leave and stalks.

Pour a good lug into a large saucepan, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and coriander stalks and fry until the curry leaves go crispy.Add the turmeric, toma-toes and coconut milk. Bring to the boil, then add the pumpkin and chickpeas. Reduce to a low heat, cover with a lid and summer for 45 mins. Add water occasionally if looking too dry.

After 45 mins, take the lid off and cook for further 15mins or so until the sauce is lovely and thick. Scatter with coriander leaves and serve with rice, naan bread and chutneys and dips on the side.

FRRR Project Update

Up2Us has begun the development of property demonstrations so that we can pro-mote sustainable land management on small acreage properties.

The demonstrations are twofold – one is to demonstrate alternative fertiliser treat-ments as a low cost option for people who are interested in a low input system.
The second one is to demonstrate how production of capers and garlic can be most sustainably produced contributing to an expanding local market and food growing region.

So far the soil sampling has been completed and all of the landholders are preparing their sites for planting later in the year. We would like to thank all the landholders for participating in this program.

Landcare Learning at Earth Kinder

Looking for bugs at the Mullum Mullum Wetlands

 

WeedsWatch out for:
Weeds – This is a weed found in our local area called INK WEED. Its scientific name is Phytolacca octandra. It generally appears after disturbance such as clearing or fire. The rampant growth will crowd out anything else growing under it and it has a large white tap root. Generally spreads seeds by foxes and birds. Anecdotally this has been know to me as the Italian spinach so often found in gardens. To control this weed you can grub it out or fully cover the foliage with herbicide.