25 Aug 15 – UCG Organisation update

Hey everyone,
Its been a while since I’ve written an email to you all. We have had a few changes within the office bearers of the UCG committee. First of all I would love to welcome Joanne Renfrey and Sorcha Wilkes who have both taken on office bearing positions. They are a breath of fresh air within the organisation, both bringing valuable skills to our group to move it strongly into the future. On that note I would also like to give a big thank you to Fabio and Laura Tolli who have been of great help to the organisation thus far, due to a couple of reasons they felt they needed to take a step back in the running of the UCG.
Talking about office positions, we are looking at holding the first Annual General Meeting since the incorporation of the the UCG. We haven’t picked a date at this point but we are encouraging people who would like to have more of a say in the future of the garden to contact us about becoming a member. We would love to see our member base increase.
The compressed earth brick machine has been painted and about to get its last bit of hydraulic work completed before we press the first brick. Once it is running properly we will be looking to have an official launch of the machine at the garden. The date is TBA. Also we have recently put in another grant application for money to build the shed and greenhouse at the site. We will keep you all informed about the progress of that.
Once the machine is finished we will be moving towards starting the pond which will be fenced using bricks from the machine. We are very excited about this project and after we secure some more funds for the materials and have it finalised within council we will begin.
Recently we put in a new garden bed which will become one of the primary seasonal produce beds. It will take some time to mature properly but we will be looking to be planting in it this coming spring to help along the build up of microbes and the breakdown of organic matter. Also a plus side to this will be some delicious chemical free produce for the community.

If you would like to financially contribute to the projects we are creating within the UCG then you can either directly deposit money into the community garden account or there is a donation box at the Little Lady Bird Nursery. The bank account info is available on request (info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)urallacommunitygarden.org.au for the details).

Any donation would be hugely appreciated and put to good use.
Thank you for taking your time to read this email and the support you have shown for the garden so far. We are all very excited about the upcoming projects and the overall future of the garden.

Kind Regards,
David Ryan
Uralla Community Garden Committee President