Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The first of many apple box talks
|(Left) Our speakers chickens coop, (Right) Four happy chooks in the run|(Left) The first coop (decommissioned), (right) free-range chook (Left) Room with a view, (right) wormwood planted next to coop - see the tips below Chalet chook
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Don't forget, registration begins at 10am, and swapping starts 10:30 sharp. For those of you who are new, bring anything home grown or home made. the more you bring the more you have to swap. get creative in the kitchen and bake some goodies, or pull up some carrots and beets from the veggie patch, or even have a go at making some craft goods. So long as its home grown, home made and good quality, you will have a great time swapping with other growers, bakers and makers in your local community.
See you on Saturday Otcober 13! what are you bringing to swap?
Friday, September 7, 2012
The aim is that at each Crop & Swap this season locals will have the chance to talk for 5 mins about their niche...
If you would like to step up and be the first on the apple box, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org outlining what you would like to share with your community...c'mon now, don't be shy.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
This morning the kids are sitting down to some porridge and yoghurt topped with Grant's Tamarillos...they love them! So does Joe, he just declared he is 'in love withe tamarillos' and plans to have several trees producing fruit by this time next year.
Joe and I are about to sit down to Peter and Amber's beautiful bagels, topped with ham and cheese....ummm, yum!
Steve organised a really fantastic slideshow of the Crop & Swap, season 1, so for any of our regulars who weren't able to be there yesterday we will post it over the next few days.
The Finale lunch was proof of what the Crop & Swap is all about. Set up outdoors under the shade of the trees was a marvelous spread made by the swappers including a giant, Atlantic pumpkin as the table center-piece, filled with delicious pumpkin soup, a giant pumpkin cake, pizza, salad, dips, sorbet, tarts, foccacia, chocolates, slices and more, everyone shared a neighbourly lunch and chatted away into the early afternoon.
Over season 1, 115 locals registered as swappers, there were close to 2000 swaps made between individuals and over 1000 kgs of locally grown and homemade foods and items, travelled home to local kitchens and gardens and most importantly countless new friendships amoungst neighbours have been formed.
Sounds like a pretty successful first season.
Thanks so much to everyone who took part. The April edition of 'The Share Barrow' newsletter will be sent out soon and we look forward to keeping up with everyone via the blog and face book.
Until Season 2,
with neighbourly cheer,
Jo, Joe, Steve and Annemaree
Friday, April 6, 2012
When: Sat 14th April @ 12, immediately following our final swap of the season
Where: Faulconbridge Community Hall
Who: Everyone is welcome
What to bring: Finger food platter to share and drinks
There'll be a couple of surprises for adults and children - so be sure to join us to celebrate season # 1.
Monday, March 5, 2012
happy Autumn :)... we are really looking forward to seeing you at Crop & Swap this Saturday if you can make it, it sounds as though there is going to be some wonderful home grown and home made items there this month. We will be sending out the 4th issue of the Crop & Swap newsletter by Thursday evening, so if for some reason you don't receive one, be sure to shoot us an email and let us know and we will check your details on the emailing list. There will also be some paper copies available on the registration table on Saturday. If any Crop & Swappers have anything they would like to advertise in the 'Share Barrow', feel free to send us email between now and Wednesday morning,
So happy growing, harvesting, making or baking,
til this Saturday,
Steve, Annemaree, Joe and Jo
Monday, February 6, 2012
We hope everyone has had a great summer holidays and your crops have survived the downpours and occasional bursts of heat!
After last Crop & Swap, Amber & Peter mentioned they try to use all the things they receive from the swap in dinner that night. So that got us thinking…..it’s time for our inaugural ‘Crop & Swap Culinary Challenge’.
So much of the fun in what we do, is in enjoying what we receive while it’s fresh and hearing all the stories
So here’s how the challenge will work:
1. Come along to Crop & Swap this Saturday 11 Feb, and swap ‘till you drop
2. Whatever goods you walk away with, use as much as possible in dinner that night
3. Share your stories - email stories & photo’s to email@example.com or upload as a comment to this blog post
4. We’ll then collect all the stories and publish them in the share barrow (Crop & Swap newsletter) which will be out again in March.
And no Saturday night dinner will be complete without Melanie & Alexander’s rhubarb champagne. Get your aprons ready…The challenge is on!
We’ll look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.
With neighbourly cheer,
Steve, Annemaree, Jo & Joe
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
this month we will be sporting a few purple carrots, a boot load of cucumbers and fingers crossed, there may even be a few tomatoes and blackberries if this warm weather holds up. Jo is baking some loaves as well.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Jo and Joe