Last Saturday Walyo Yerta Community Garden held its first ever Harvest Festival - the Gathering of the Gardeners - at the Adelaide South West Community Centre. Numbers weren't huge - not surprising, really, for such a cold and rainy night. Those who turned up though - a great mix of ages and nationalities - had a wonderful time. The tables were decorated with large broccoli heads, herbs, chillies and flowers, the food was abundant and delicious, the wine, generously supplied by David of Temple Bruer Winery, was magnificent, and the company, conversations and music all combined to make it a great evening.
The Gilles Street Primary School classes who are active in the garden put together a wonderful basket of gardening goodies as first prize in the raffle. This was won by Greg Martin, Thursday Bokashi monitor and stalwart. Von and Joan won the other prizes.
At the end of the evening, everyone went home with food picked fresh from the
garden - lots of salad greens, those decorative broccoli heads, kale, herbs, and slices of a magnificent pumpkin donated by local gardener Ken Gutte.
Although the main aim was to get together with others to celebrate the Winter Solstice, the garden took over $100 in wine and raffle ticket sales. And there's a few dozen bottles of wine left over for the next event. Judged on the success of the evening, such celebrations will become regular events on the Walyo Yerta calendar.
For information about Walyo Yerta Community Garden in Adelaide's inner-city parklands, contact Mij Tanith, 0405 086 533, webb [at] olis.net.au