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Here is the website for Permaculture Northern Beaches, where you can find a lot of very good information on all things Permaculture, environmental and organic plus more. PNB has public monthly meetings and various workshops throughout the year.


What’s coming up:

Thursday, May 31 – 7:15 PM

Interested in traditional bush plants and their uses as food and medicine?
Jess Sinnott is an owner and educator from the indigenous company Koori Kinnections which runs bush food cooking classes, school incursions, guided bush walks, resource talks, weaving workshops and more. It is an 100% Aboriginal owned and employed company in Sydney.
Jess Sinnott is a Yuin and Wailwan woman living in Sydney. She has gained a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage. She will talk us through traditional bush foods and bring along a few delicious dishes for us to sample that use bush food ingredients!

Entry is by donation. All welcome. No need to book.
Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.
The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.


Thursday, June 28 – 7:15 PM

Sometimes it can feel like the environmental, economic and social issues the world is currently facing are too big, too overwhelming, to be dealt with by individuals?
‘Living the Change’ explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one can be part of – this is inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in a sustainable and regenerative way.
From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to time-banking, ‘Living the Change’ offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live. Watch the trailer here: https://livingthechangefilm.com/
Entry is $7 non-members and $5 for members. Soup is available for $3 a bowl/cup. Please bring crockery and cutlery on the night. All welcome!! No need to book.
Doors open at 7:15 PM at Nelson Heather Centre, Banksia Room, 5 Jacksons Road (off Pittwater Rd), North Narrabeen.
The event is part of PNB’s Green Home initiative made possible by the Northern Beaches Council Community Grant program.



This two-day course is a great overview of all aspects of permaculture – so as to enable you to take the next steps to incorporate this into your life. Over the weekend we will cover topics from organic gardening, sustainable housing, soil, site analysis for your garden/site, permaculture design, and zoning. You will receive an Introduction to Permaculture certificate and a copy of Bill Mollison’s book ” Introduction to Permaculture.”  The course will be held at the Coastal Environment Centre (CEC) on Pelican Walk, Narrabeen Lagoon.  This will also allow for some practical exercises. You will learn how to include permaculture design in your own home and garden.

Teachers for the weekend include Margaret Mossakowska, biologist, and Moss House Sustainability founder and Michelle Sheather, international ecologist, Permaculture Northern Beaches Committee. Organised by Moss House, supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.

Organised by Moss House and Crop Swap supported by Permaculture Northern Beaches.The course will be from 09:30 – 4:30 pm on both days.

Cost:  $315 for Crop Swap, community garden and permaculture group members, $350 for non-members, concessions available for students, pensioners, unemployed.

BOOK NOW AS PLACE ARE LIMITED!  For bookings and information please contact – elle232@gmail.com with the subject heading ITP June 2018.

CEC backs onto the Narrabeen caravan park and is next to Narrabeen lagoon and beach if you are looking for accommodation for a weekend educational break! There are also many B&Bs available nearby.  Buses stop at Pittwater Rd. Narrabeen High School and it is a short walk to CEC.


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Come and celebrate at our inspiring community garden. It’s our 7th birthday!

Starting at 10am. All welcome.

The day’s activities include:

  • All day – wood-fired pizzas
  • Good coffee
  • Local music
  • Bake & plant stall
  • Penned chickens
  • Children’s activities 
  • Prizes


  •       11am Compost Demonstration
  •       11am-12:30 Crop Swap 
  •       1pm Splitting a Native Bee Hive


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Can you believe we have been around for nearly 7 years! Seems like yesterday we were knee deep in community garden governance and local politics, policies and plans. We couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty and start gardening.

We didn’t know who would come to the garden or who would join us. What would their commitment be? Would they ‘get it’? Would we become a pristine abundant food forest or a bug-infested wasteland?

As it happens it all turned out alright. We have members from every walk of life and every age group and it seems like from every country. The most heart warming aspect of our adventure has been how much we have become part of the local community.

So without further ado I would like to invite you to:

MVCG’S 6th Birthday Spring Fair Saturday 3rd September – A celebration of community and organic gardening.

  • Learn how to build healthy soils with compost. Grab a free compost bucket for “drop and swap”. What’s that? You’ll have to come along to find out. You could win a compost bin!
  • See how to grow your own organic fruit and vegetables.The chooks will be clearing a garden patch ready for planting and we’ll take you on a garden tour as well as giving you the lowdown on keeping chickens.
  • Come and learn all about stingless native bees.
  • Visit the Hub and see what’s happening in your local environment. Representatives from Freshie Community Garden, the soon to be Curly Community Garden, Baringa Community Garden, Permaculture Northern Beaches, Kimbriki and the Mermaid Pool will be on hand to entice you to become more involved in your local environment.
  • We’re busy baking so we’ll have some home made goodies to sell as well as wood-fired herb pizzas and potatoes.
  • Local young man, Bayley Dunn,  will be entertaining us with his fabulous music.
  • And finally.. will you be a winner of the “best plot competition”, judged by Judith Sleipjen, the garden guru from Peninsular Living magazine.

See you there.

Happy Gardening

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SWAP SHOP EAT REPEAT – Saturday 13th September 2014
Celebrating the garden’s 4th Birthday, an exciting event for everyone.
All funds raised go towards events like this and the garden’s needs.
Find the garden or contact the organisers – Click here

SWAP – Register now for the ladies clothes swap, please visit;
(Price – Gold coin donation payable on the day)
Registration is only for planning purposes of the clothes swap.
(MVCG won’t use registration list for any other purpose or share). SHOP – MVCG Membership stand
Join on the day and get extra bonus and member discounts at the event.
Prices hereUpside-down tomato plant
Make your own to take home at our workshop, everything supplied.
($10 non garden members, half price garden members)
(Time to be confirmed)
What is an upside down tomato plant? Click me for video.

Good prizes, drawn on the day (Tickets $2 each or 3 for $5)
Choice of prizes if there when drawn. More to follow with thanks to our supporters:

Aluz Remedial Therapies, P: 9982 2058  1/846 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
1 hr Facial x 1 Voucher
1 hr Relaxation Massage x 1 Voucher

We use these products at the garden and love them.
Starter kits x 3

Garden Set x 1

EAT – Available for sale at the event.

Tasty collection of cakes
Made with love from the community gardeners

Sausages, onions and selection of breads/sauce etc
(Price $3 Sausage sandwich – Half price for garden members)

Home-made lemonade
MVCG’s famous lemonade made on-site. We may even let you have a go at squeezing the lemons (how fresh is that?)
(Price – free for children, adults donation)

REPEAT – Do it all again, but wait, there’s more…

Art with Angela Van Boxtel
Children can make a masterpiece that may end up in the garden or take home (Time to be confirmed)

Chickens are visiting. 
Big thanks to New Leaf Nursery for the loan of some chickens for
our event. Highly recommend this Nursery for all your needs, great supporter of our garden.
Phone: 02 9913 3709
Fax: 02 9970 8590
Email: info@newleafnursery.com.au
Web: www.newleafnursery.com.au
224 Powderworks Rd (Cnr Wilson Ave), Ingleside,  NSW

Northern beaches native bees talk with Dan Smailes
From 2pm, bee there!

Live Music
(To be confirmed)

More updates to come…latest edit 1/9/14

Why not check photos from our previous events.


Upside-down tomato plant


Angela Van Boxtel – Street Art


Native sting-less bees

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Swap Shop Eat Repeat

SWAP SHOP EAT REPEAT – Saturday 13th September 2014
Celebrating the garden’s 4th Birthday, an exciting event for everyone.
Come along and CELEBRATE with the 4th Birthday of the Manly Vale Community Garden on Saturday 13 September! Lots of fun stuff to do as well as a clothes swap, yummy food, play and art for the kids, lots of plants, and learning about the garden.
AND of course Angela will be there too, to make some lovely ECO ART with the kids!


Saturday, 13 September 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM


Event Details

SWAP SHOP EAT REPEAT – Ladies Clothes Swap Event

Bring up to 10 pieces of ladies’ clothing and/or accessories to the Manly Vale Community Garden on Saturday 13 September 2014. All items must be clean and in good condition. You may take away up to the number of clothes you bring, for gold coin donation.

How it works

Time: Register your items onsite from 9.00am. The swap will start at approximately 10.00am.

Please note, this will be a partly outdoor event, run by community garden volunteers. Any leftover clothing items from the day will be donated to Lifeline Northern Beaches for sale in their charity op shops.

All money raised will go to the Manly Vale Community Garden Inc.

To register go to    http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/swap-shop-eat-repeat-event-ladies-clothes-swap-tickets-12573968077


The chickens are coming to our 4th birthday on the 13th Sept! Big thanks to Daniel at New Leaf Nursery, Ingleside. No, we won’t be eating our friends, they are coming for a play date. www.newleafnursery.com.auThe chickens are coming to our 4th birthday on the 13th Sept! Big thanks to Daniel at New Leaf Nursery, Ingleside. No, we won't be eating our friends, they are coming for a play date. www.newleafnursery.com.au

Post adapted from Angela van Boxtel’s blog. and David Sawyer’s posts.



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The Art of Composting and Worms

Thu 24 July, 10am
Sun 27 July, 10am
Kimbriki Eco House and Garden, Terrey Hills
Free. Book on 9486 3512
Warringah residents who attend receive a free worm farm.

National Tree Day

Sun 27 July, 9am to 12pm
Dee Why Beach
Meet on the North side of Dee Why Surf Club
Join us to create wildlife corridors and enhance the dunes at Dee Why Beach.
Entertainment for the whole family plus a free sausage sizzle.
Wear a hat, covered shoes, long sleeved shirt and pants.
Free, no need to book.
For more information, email Nicole McVicar

Dogs Big Day Out

Sun 24 Aug, 10:30 to 2:30
Frenchs Forest Showground, Blackbutts Road
Check out the Eco Van native animal display, and indulge in all things canine.
Free, no bookings required.

Stony Range Spring Festival

Sun 24 Aug, 10am to 4pm
Stony Range Botanical Garden
Pittwater Road, Dee Why
Guided walks, native plants for sale and a free sausage sizzle.
Free, no bookings required.

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The kids are ready to blitz

One of the best times at a community garden is when it comes alive with people working together on a good cause.

That’s what happened last Saturday, August 24, when the Manly Vale Community Garden was swarming with volunteers, thanks to a connection of garden member, Tania. Our committee and all members are very grateful for the donation of time and muscle.

Working bee buzz

During the working bee 46 members of Freshwater’s Church of Latter Day Saints Youth Group achieved the equivalent of several weeks of work in just a few hours. Most were locals and special thanks go to those who traveled from Strathfield, Canterbury and Killara to lend a hand.

Conquering Mulch Mountain

This team can truthfully say it moved a mountain.

It takes a village to mulch a community garden

It was in the form of a whopping 20 cubic metres of mulch that looked, well, insurmountable, when the generous donation arrived from Sydney Metro Tree Services on Friday. But by Saturday there was no trace of the giant pile. Now the network of paths around the garden has been re-surfaced and feels crunchy brand-new underfoot.

Jaci’s shift at the mulch pile

The hungry garden beds gorged on a delicious dose of baked compost spread by the youth group; weeds went by the thousands; harvesting happened (yacons) and seeds met soil in perfect time to create Spring magic.

Barbara with volunteers at compost central

A huge thank you goes to the youth group and their leaders. And to our members who gave up their Saturday to direct operations. We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as all the garden’s users and visitors will enjoy the ongoing benefits of your hard work.

Secret garden business

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