Wednesday, 21 September 2011

the dirt-Issue 1: Sept 2011

Welcome to Crewe Community Garden – a place for you, no matter what your age or ethnicity. The garden is open as of today and committee members will be here every Saturday from 10am from now on.

Today we hope you and your family enjoy our very first Plant Day. The garden will be opened by a member of our committee, Graham Black, and then the Palmerston North mayor will plant a beautiful Prunus campanulata Felix Jury for all of us to enjoy as it grows. We have also organised a number of activities for children to participate in and of course there are plenty of seedlings to plant in our two community garden plots and four individual garden plots.

If you live in this area and are interested in signing your family up for an individual garden plot then talk to one of our committee members in green printed t-shirts. There are four individual plots available and will build more as demand increases. The plots will be allocated on a first-in-first-served basis.

At 11:30am today a free healthy lunch will be served – check out your welcome pack for the easy recipes so you can try them at home. "the dirt" is our bi-monthly newsletter to residents in the Crewe Crescent area. It is a bulletin where we, as neighbours, can share gardening tips and healthy recipes. Many different cultures and ethnicities are represented in these streets and we are looking forward to trying some new dishes with our families.

The committee will also use these pages to update residents on developments in the garden, upcoming events and the classes we hope to run from the garden in the future. In these pages I have included notes on how the garden will operate, both the community plots and individual plots. If you wish to be involved in the garden feel free to work on the Community plots or your individual plot at any time, any day of the week but remember the garden is open to all residents of our community and all garden visitors must follow the rules of the garden - printed in this newsletter.

We are excited to meet you all this morning and about getting to know our neighbours and community in this garden in the coming months. If you wish to contact the Garden Committee or share recipes and tips for the next edition of The Dirt, please email us at: or you can contact us through Facebook: Crewe Community Garden.

Meet the Team!
The Crewe Community Garden committee:
Matt Mackay
Phoebe Mackay
Mel Bourke
Piet Bourke
Helen Black
Graham Black
Elaine Carson
Andrew Carson
Julz Arnold
Jeff Odhiambo
Alicia Odhiambo
Allen Sope


We are a group of people who have a vision for a vibrant community hub where neighbours are collectively involved in various sustainable living initiatives that provide healthy food, encourage social connections, and reduce family food budgets. We believe a community garden will help achieve these goals. Below is a map that gives a rough idea of what Crewe Community Garden could look like in the future. It includes more community and individual plots alongside citrus trees, a compost management area and a children’s park.If you have any suggestions for future growth please email us at: or contact us through the suggestion box that will be introduced in the near future.

Garden Rules of Use:
1. Crewe Community garden is for everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity or culture.

2. The garden is to be alcohol and drug free.

3. The main gate must always be kept closed.

4. All Individual plot holders must abide by the Individual Plot Agreement and maintain their garden.

6. All tools must be returned to the shed at the end of Saturday opening hours and may not be removed from the property.

7. Vegetables grown in the Community Plot may only be harvested on Saturdays and will be shared out by a Committee member.

8. The water must be turned off when not in use and sprinklers/hoses may not be used at any time. Gardeners may use buckets and watering cans only.

9. The Crewe Community garden Committee maintains the right to remove anyone from the land not abiding by the above rules.

Handy Gardening tip:

Tip #1
Water your garden in the early morning or in the evening. Watering in the heat of the day results in a lot of water loss through evaporation. Also, water droplets on leaves in bright sunlight can act as lenses, concentrating the sunlight and burning leaves.

Chicken Cobbler Pie

This recipe is easy, nutritious, costs under $6 to make and will feed the whole family!

1 tbsp of butter or oil
50g bacon or ham, chopped
50g Mushrooms, sliced
100 g cooked leftover chicken (a small breast is plenty)
2 carrots, sliced
1 Kumara, (leftovers are fine)
500ml chicken stock
1 tbsp cornflour
cold water to mix

1 1/4 cups self-raising flour
pinch of mixed herbs
75g butter
cold water to mix

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Heat the butter or oil in a pot and cook the bacon (or ham) and mushrooms until soft. Add the chicken, vegetables and stock and simmer for 1/2 an hour. Mix the cornflour and water together and add to the pot to thicken the mixture. Pour the mixture into an oven-proof dish.To make the topping rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs and add the herbs. Add
enough cold water to form a dough. Knead lightly on a floured bench and then break into small pieces. Spread the pieces over the top of the chicken mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until risen and golden.

Any project like Crewe Community Garden could not develop further than an idea without the support of local business and individuals. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all the families who have contributed to making the idea of a community garden in this area a reality and the local businesses who have been so generous with staff time, materials and monetary support.

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