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Castlemaine Community House is a welcoming place, bringing people together to connect and strengthen our community.

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Curly Leaf be gone!

curlyleafspraySprayed your peach and nectarine trees with copper sulfate last week? Growing Abundance is offering the resources for a re-spray day on Thursday 31 August as it is important to follow up with a second spray 7-10 days after the first. Come to the Carpark Garden rear of Continuing Education at 30 Templeton St. 9am – 11am. Bring a spray bottle or container with you!




Crate Day!

20077178-0ae8-4f87-b42b-e45e433ffef8It is that time of year again! We are getting another truck load of recycled hardwood crates. Fantastic for wicking beds, raised veggie beds, herb gardens, worm farms and more! There are 60 available so get in quick! Pick up day is this Friday 1st. Contact the Harvest Team for more details. 5472 4842.





The Curlew and Bush Kinder

Eastern-Curlew-di280-280x202The Eastern Curlew, with a spring on its wing, leaving the winter behind…..Curlews fly thousands and thousands of miles! It is making its very long voyage back to Australia to be here for mid Spring. The children are really enjoying making a curved beak with their arms, walking around the circle dipping their beak toward the ground. The children love this part of the morning and are very familiar with this rhythm..talking of Spring..there is only 5 weeks left of Winter! Hard to believe, particularly as our bush looks so beautiful at the moment with all the wattle in bloom. This week at Bush Kinder the children will be learning to weave wattle onto our loom. Both session will be on this week – if there is rain they will meet at the Rotunda. More Details.

Adult Literacy

imagesFoundation literacy skills tutor Geoff Young from On Track training and Employment presents classes for adults from both English and non-English adult_literacyadult_literacyadult_literacyadult_literacyspeaking backgrounds every wednesday during school term here at Community House. More Details.





Permaculture: certificate course information session

permaculture_imageWould you like to get a level III certificate in Permaculture? Not sure? We’ll have a free information session on Monday 4th August to help you decide. The course itself runs every Monday for three terms. Students who have not completed our PDC course are encouraged to undertake that as well, which would mean attending on Thursdays as well.  The Certificate III in Permaculture covers both the practical skills and knowledge requirements to design, establish and maintain a permaculture system.

Fees: Full $1600. If your highest qualification is Cert II, the fees are $375 – and if you have Cert II or below and a concession card, the course will only cost an amazingly low $175! Fee instalments are also available.

The Information Session will start at 9.30am on Monday 4 August in the Community House, 65 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.  More details. And if you haven’t already taken our introductory Permaculture Design Course – it will be running again, this term on Thursdays. More details.



If you haven’t done the online survey for Growing Abundance . . .

compass pointsPlease do it now! We really need your input to help us make plans for the future. It’s that time of year again, when the harvests are in and it’s time to take stock of where we are at. We’ve had another very busy year at Growing Abundance, with hardly had time to stop and think about what next year will bring. One thing is for sure, the generous funding support that has carried us over the past two years is coming to an end and we need to make some big decisions. To inform our decision making, we are doing a number of things, one of which includes a survey. We’d love it if you could take a few minutes to tell us what you think about Growing Abundance, and a bit about yourself. The Growing Abundance team will also be evaluating where to next, and once we’ve heard from you, we’ll put it all together and let you know what we come up with! Here’s the link again.



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