GROW, GROW, GROW your own

Fifth of the 2018 free workshop series, held Sunday 19 August 2018 at Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley.

Chris Bryant and John Boland presented a fantastic workshop to over 75 people including Dr Lewis O’Brien – Kaurna elder.

Chris outlined the native edible plants in their garden: purslane in pots, macadamias, kangaroo apple, finger lime and native orange – amongst many. Kangaroo apple wood can be chopped into short lengths and tied in bundles to make homes for native bees. She had cooked wattle-seed bread prior to the workshop using wattle-seed from their garden and shared a loaf.


Several key sources of plants include the Belair nursery, Diggers and Perry’s at McLaren Flat for fruit trees. Produce available from the Central Market at Wild Foods. She recommended a tossed macadamia nut and pasta dish, as delicious.

John talked about the regeneration that they have undertaken at their 53 hectare block between Monarto Zoo and Murray Bridge: about 800 metres by 800 metres. It contains extant vegetation which is one of the few remaining pre-European sites of Monarto Mintbush. John and Chris have, over 30 years  regenerated much of the property and eat many items from it including spinifex seed, old man’s beard, clematis aerostat, apple berry and ruby saltbush. They are now looking for an organisation which can manage the property in perpetuity and may gift it to Monarto Zoo.

Afterwards, there were many conversations, and the seed and sharing tables were  busy.


The presentation for the workshop is via NativeFoods.

For more information on Grow Grow Grow contact

WANTED … treasurer!

We (really) need Treasure!treasure

I mean a Treasurer!

Our Treasurer position has been vacant since May 2018 – can you spare a few hours a month until next May to fill in the spot? You will be supported by a book keeper, a friendly committee, and will also be very much appreciated!

What does it involve?

You will need to become a Sustainable Communities SA committee member, which means attending up to six committee meetings a year. We usually meet in a central location, and welcome attendance by phone and video where required.

As Treasurer, you would volunteer your time to:

  1. Set up payments of invoices or reimbursement with receipts using the online bank account (all payments will be approved by another committee member online).
  2. Keep paper records of income and expenditure.
  3. Email financial information to Jayne our book keeper.
  4. Read accounts and check for errors.
  5. Liaise with, and provide our financial records to, our Auditor before the next AGM.
  6. Prepare and present the financial reports to committee meetings and at the AGM.

Currently this role takes about 1-2 hours per month, plus committee meetings.

We only need commitment until May 2019, when another volunteer will become available to take on the role. You are free to nominate to continue in this role in the next financial year if you wish.


Please contact Monica O’Wheel, Chair, Sustainable Communities SA, 0434 058 340


Composting and worm farming

The Southern Group of SCSA will be holding the August catch-up 1.30 to 3.30pm on Sunday 19 August 2018.composting

Come along to talk about all things compostable and wormy!

As usual, we’ll combine the workshop/ discussion/ hands on stuff with a chat about the group and upcoming plans, plus a cuppa and some shared snacks.

Please RSVP using this link. The venue is at Christies Beach and address will be emailed to you once you’ve signed up to come along.

Southern SCSA Group update

The recent pruning workshop with John from Heirloom Harvest was a hit, with everyone learning about working with various fruit trees of different ages and the importance of quality tools. Thanks to John for teaching us, to Jess and McLaren Vale Winemakers for hosting us, and to everyone who came along.

If you are interested in activities down south (City of Onkaparinga) send us an email and we will be in touch.