|Anne, Kris, Jed, Rosie, Maggie and Sue|
January 29th as network members know already, is the date for our popular Summer hands-on workshop: preserving with fowlers vacola with Anne Elliott - contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate and create some beautiful jars of lovely fruit in this uniquely Australian tradition.
Find out more at the Slow Food website or see our post on the last session.
Summer brings so many fruits and this year is looking like a bumper crop all around, our friends at Todarello's Fruit market on the Bathurst Road, Katoomba will be letting us in on any super big spoils. Bruised fruit may not be acceptable for shoppers' fruit bowls at home, but they're great for preserving as jams, pickles and relishes. So throughout January and February, be on alert for news of fallen fruit jam and rescued relish making sessions which Anne will be hosting any morning there is such a surplus at 11am - FREE
Sunday February 16th - Love your trees this Valentine’s weekend, and find out all about Summer Fruit Tree Pruning in the mid mountains. Ben Gorrick (from Intree Solutions) will be running a masterclass on pruning - there will be the opportunity for lots of questions, and some guided hands-on practice. Kris has several established (and very overgrown) fruit trees (apricot, apple & pear); we’ll be turning these into ‘pedestrian’ height trees with the capacity to turn them into weeping habit to increase productivity. Contact Kris via email email@example.com or call 0458 626210 to arrange your spot in this workshop (and to help with catering for the refreshments :-) ).
Suggested donations to contribute: $10 waged, $5 unwaged.
In March we’ll be organising one of our calendar highlights gathering chestnuts in nearby Mt Irvine with Kookootonga Farm. We’re dependent on when the nuts are dropping, so sign up for updates or look out on the fruit and nut tree website to find out more.
Saturday April 6th The date for a dehydrating workshop - no experts. Just curious individuals who want to share helpful tips and information, ask questions and discover more about the diverse products you can make at home with a dehydrator. Bring all your experience to share or come as a beginner and see what it’s all about. - contact Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to attend. This event is FREE.
Next meeting of the fruit and nut tree network is: Sunday Feb. 24, 10 am at the Community Gardens in Katoomba. Bring (local) nibbles to share.