Welcome to the Vera Street Community Garden!
Welcome to the Vera Street Community Garden! We are an incorporated association, of grass-roots, get-your-hands-dirty group of local and not-so-local residents who come together to do organic gardening and creek rehabilitation within the grounds of Toowong Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) Academy, off Vera Street in West Toowong.
To find out more, read the About Us section of this site, or contact using the form on the Contact Us page.
New Permaculture designs for Vera Street
When: At the next working bee, May 26th, 3pm
Permaculture design students from Northey Street Community Garden have created 4 suggested permaculture designs for our garden. We'll be discussing their suggestions and how we might implement them at the next working bee. Everyone is encouraged to attend to offer their thoughts.
Annual General Meeting
Please come along to our 2013 Annual General Meeting of Vera Street Community Garden Inc.
Venue: At the Hall of Toowong State School (entrance off Quinn St)
Date: Sunday 5th May, 2013
Start time: 2pm
- Welcome (Gillian)
- Attendance/Proxy votes/Apologies: as per attendance sheet (Janet)
- Approval of Minutes from last AGM (Janet)
- Business Arising from previous AGM (Janet)
- Receive and endorse the correspondence (Janet)
- Convenor’s Report (Gillian)
- Receive the statement of income and expenditure (Gillian and Jean)
- Receive the auditor’s report on the financial affairs of the association (Gillian and Jean)
- Present the audited statement to the meeting for adoption (Jean)
- Elect members of the management committee
- a. Convenor
- b. Co-convenor
- c. Treasurer
- d. Secretary
- Discussion about other unelected roles
- a. Membership secretary
- b. Web site editor
- Appoint an Auditor for next year
- Date of next AGM
- Any other business
Afternoon tea will be served immediately after the meeting. Please bring a plate.
Join us in March at Vera Street Community Garden:
Biodynamic Gardening Workshop
With Peter Kearney of Cityfood Growers
9:15am-4:30pm, Sunday 28th April 2013
Ever wanted to know more about biodynamics? Learn from a biodynamic gardener of 10 years experience in using, studying and teaching biodynamic techniques. This workshop will provide you with an introduction to biodynamic methods of improving soil, garden productivity and food quality, as well as biodynamic pest and weed control. We will produce a great biodynamic compost heap.
Hands-on workshop! Please wear covered shoes and a hat.
RSVP or more info: Gillian at firstname.lastname@example.org, ph. 3871 3139 (a/h)
Limited to 15 participants, RSVP and pay ahead to reserve your place!
Working bee next Sunday!
- Making over and planting out summer vegetables and flowers in the beds at the bottom of the slope.
- Rewiring the trellises
- Marking the compost bins so people know what to put where
From 3pm, 24th February, please bring something to share for afternoon tea if you can.
We'll need a ladder or two for the wiring, so if you live close and can bring one, please let us know.
Xmas gathering photos!
We had a very enjoyable christmas gathering at the garden last year. Here are some photos from the wonderful food, music and company.
Working Bee this SATURDAY - Basket making with Naomi
Our very own Naomi Waldron has volunteered to teach us all basket weaving from Cats Claw at our monthly working bee this saturday.
As she is not available Sunday, we decided this month to change the working bee to SATURDAY. Please arrive at 3pm for a strict start of 3:10pm!! We will go until afternoon tea at 4:30 - please bring something to share.
The garden will no doubt be blooming after this downpour this weekend (!!), so there will also be time for general garden maintenance, and a chat over weaving about activities for our working bees next year - following on from the planning day, pinning down which of those specific activities people would like to see that we can organise to do during our working bees. These may include beginners gardening workshops that members can run, to a couple more advanced that we need outside help for (like the biodynamics which we are looking at for March now), to activities specifically around creating features for the garden (e.g. 'how to build a vertical strawberry garden', or 'growing backyard citrus' towards planting a couple of more citrus trees).
Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!
Planning day and BBQ
Before we kicked off the planning session, we had a great bbq where everyone was treated to a sausage sizzle and salad lunch. Our thanks to Coles, Fruity Capers, Baker's Delight and Toowong Village Meats for supplying the delicious vegie sausages, sauces and serviettes, onions, BBQ snags and fresh bread to wrap it all up ready to munch.
With full stomachs and our thinking caps on, we began the planning activities.
2012 Committee Changes
It's great to have such a capable new committee coming in, and they have been inducted and are ready for their new roles. We are pleased to have excellent continuity with Gillian stepping up to the role of convenor after being co-convenor last year.
Committee members for 2012-2013
Convenor: Gillian O'Brien
Co-convenor: Vacant (please put your hand up if you'd like to fill this role!)
Secretary: Janet Talty
Treasurer: Matt Pettersson
Membership Secretary: Morag Wilson
General Committee Member: Mim Hume
You can contact specific committee members on the committee page.
Gardening and meeting times
This is a time where there will be lots of people and things happening. A great time for visitors, friends and new members to come and join in. Bring a plate of food to share for afternoon tea if you can. Fourth Sunday of every month from 3:00pm, see below for monthly dates.
Every Sunday from 3:00pm: General gardening for members.
Sunday Working Bees for 2012
June 24th 3pm
July 22nd 3pm
August 26th 3pm
September 23rd 3pm
October 28th 3pm
November 25th 3pm
Working in the Garden at other times
Members often get together on Sundays from about 2pm so send an email to the group list, or contact us if you want to meet up with someone to get together and do some work in the garden.
If you are a member and have been inducted into the garden's safety procedures and tools you are free to go down to the garden any time and work on whatever your heart desires.
To find out more about the organisation or joining the garden, go to the Committee page.
At the Cubberal Witton Catchments Network's Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentations on Tuesday, 29th November 2011 Vera Street Community Garden received an award for the community education work undertaken this year.
2011 Workshop series
Stay tuned for some more events in 2012, or join us to help us organise a new series!
Thanks to all who made it possible: Gillian O'Brien our co-convenor who coordinated the series, Jane Bell one of our talented garden members who secured funding for the workshops, and of course the Brisbane City Council's Suburban Initiative Fund that made it all possible.
Got a delicious recipe to share? Loved that fabulous pumpkin pie?
Check out our recipes blog...and email in one of your own, or review a recipe and make a comment.
This recipe, shown left, by Gillian for Aloo Palak, and many more including the world famous Vera Street Rosella Jam, Pumpkin Scones are all there.