NMB TN Newsletter – 23/05/2011

Well, I’m back at last after 6 weeks of being away in Nieu Bethesda and Cape Town where I got to see some very cool things and meet some interesting people. I was glad to finally arrive home and get stuck into my food garden again (Yes, I think that was what I missed most while being away).

On that note, earlier this month Transition US and 350.org teamed up for the 350 Home and Garden Challenge on 14 + 15 May where hundreds of gardens were planted throughout the US. Now I’m not sure on the exact numbers for this year, but last year, when the event was taking place just in California, over 600 gardens were planted. It would be great to see this initiative take place on a global scale next year.

Here’s a preview video on the 350 Garden Challenge: http://transitionculture.org/2011/05/13/and-while-were-on-the-subject-the-350-garden-challenge/

bicycle in a gardenI’m always amazed by the power that something like food gardening has, especially when it comes to developing a sense of community among people. Lindsay Curren from TransitionVoice writes about her experience: http://transitionvoice.com/2011/05/joys-of-community/

Plenty of gardening has been happening in the UK as well. Check out this video of Transition Tufnell Park(London) and their recent Big Dig event which brought neighbours together to create their own community garden: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/londoners-edible-community-makeover.php

And then there’s Incredible Edible Totnes where a group of volunteers got hold of some unloved council planters and filled them with edibles.  http://transitionculture.org/2011/05/16/incredible-edible-totnes/

We’ll be doing our share of planting soon too during GreenWeek (6-11 June) which kicks off with a tree planting event at Settlers Park Primary School, and closes with another Intro To Food Gardening workshop at The Irie.

(Be sure to let us know if you have and World Environment Day or National Environment Week events planned)

We are also busy working on our vision for the metro which will be submitted to the municipality later this week. One of the things mentioned in that vision was the need to realize the value of the biodiversity within the metro and place more attention on rehabilitating and conserving it. Looks like ideas for this are already in the works with a possible botanical garden on the way… http://www.peherald.com/news/article/1302

Now this is my kind of re-purposed oil barrel..  http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/no-longer-used-for-evil-oil-barrels-remade-into-sweet-cabinets.php

Upcoming Events:

24 May 2011 – Presentation – Introducing The Transition Town Movement                                                                           6pm, InFood, Jeffreys Bay

5 June 2011 – World Environment Day (Forests: Nature At Your Service)

6 – 11 June 2011 – Green Week (and National Environment Week)

And to close…..an amusing comic for you
arguments against cartoon image

Thats all for this week…. 
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