Turning waste into watermelon

A fine and sunny Saturday morning in late November saw the first compost making workshop for the new James Street Reserve Community Garden crew. The garden was opened last month by Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.

The workshop was funded by the City of Sydney through the City's community garden and Landcare projects coordinator to get the community gardeners started in basic compost making. The city's waste education crew supplied a number of compost bins.

Sydney Organic Gardens, the small business of permaculture-trained Steve Batley, was hired to run the workshop. The company has developed expertise in the design and construction

of community gardens and the provision of associated training in the skills of community gardening and is now probably the most experienced small business in Sydney providing services in this area. Steve was assisted by new employee, Sarah van Erp, who has experience in the Sustainability Street program and who attended the recent four-day (with January follow-up) Sustainability Leaders Facilitation course organised by Randwick Council's Sustainability Education Officer, Fiona Campbell.

Following the well-attended workshop, the James Street community gardeners are to acquire additional bins to operate a fast composting system to keep the nutrients up to their garden.

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