Welcome to the Canberra Organic Growers Society web site. We are a group of gardeners (mainly urban) dedicated to growing our own organic fruit and vegetables, either in backyards or community gardens. This web site contains information on various practical aspects of organic gardening and is particularly relevant to the Canberra region. It also contains information about our community gardens, notices of coming events of interest to gardeners and a blog which includes gardening questions and answers. The web site will be regularly updated so please subscribe to our RSS feed so that you are notified of any significant additions to the site, new events and breaking news.
News and Events
23 September 2014 07:30 PM
Presentation by Gary Watkins-Sully, of Sully’s Cider and Wine, Old Cheese Factory, Reidsdale. The Watkins-Sully family originate from the border town of Chepstow in the picturesque Wye Valley, the location of some of the UK's oldest traditional cider making heritage. They moved to Australia in the 1980s and by 2001 had relocated to the Braidwood region. In 2007 they purchased a disused 1920s Cheese factory in the remote rural district of Reidsdale. Passionate about reviving food heritage, they have rejuvenated the old factory with the ultimate goal of producing a cider using the apples, techniques, methods and equipment used by the original nineteenth century owners, the Wiltons, to recreate an authentic heritage cider experience. With a small remnant planting of the Wilton apples, the factory is already producing cider that contains juice from these apples as well as from more recently planted trees. Other farms in the area also grew apples for the cider factory, and over the past 6 years the Watkins-Sullies have documented a wealth of rare and wonderful apples, pears and stone fruit found in the districts. Gary will talk about his experiences at Reidsdale with a focus on the cultivation of the trees which form the basis of the cider and perry produced at the Old Cheese Factory.
Majura Community Centre Dickson
28 October 2014 07:30 PM
Q&A night with Keith Colls, prior COGS President, current Canberra City Farm committee member and lecturer on organic growing practices. With his wealth of knowledge on all aspects of growing vegetables and fruit organically, Keith will host a Q&A night for COGS members. Bring all those questions and problems that have arisen whilst preparing your garden for Canberra's summer season for Keith and other experienced COGS gardeners to solve, such as pests, soil condition, pruning and organically acceptable sprays and methods. Broader principles underpinning the reasons we garden organically, such as the environment, sustainability and health are also open for discussion.
Majura Community Centre Dickson
Majura Community Centre
Organic Gardening for Beginners at CIT Solutions, run by an experienced COGS member (a course fee applies).
The next course will start Semester 1 2015. Each course runs for four sessions of 3 hours each. Course details and on-line enrolment is available at http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=1%26SubcategoryID=35
Composting and Worm Farms
The next Composting and Worm farming workshop will be held in conjunction with CIT Solutions on 8 November 2014. Each workshop will be 3 hours (1:30 to 4:30pm). Workshop details and on-line enrolment are available at http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=1%26SubcategoryID=35 . A workshop fee applies.
Organic Pest and Disease Management for Home Gardeners
The next workshop will start on 3 September 2014. It will provide practical information to enable participants to deal with common pests and diseases encountered in the home garden using organic methods. The main focus will be on pests and diseases of fruit and vegetables in Canberra, but these same techniques are also applicable to ornamental plants. The workshop will consist of three sessions of two hours each. http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=3%26SubcategoryID=35 . A workshop fee applies.
Soil, Potting Mixes and Watering Systems for Home Gardeners
The next workshop is scheduled to start on 13 September 2014. There will be two sessions of two and a half hours each. Learn about managing soil for optimal fertility in growing fruit and vegetables using organic principles. Participants are asked to bring samples of their own garden soil for testing. For those growing fruit and vegetables in pots and planter boxes, potting mixes will also be discussed. Advice will be provided on setting up efficient watering systems for the fruit and vegetable garden. To enrol go to http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=3%26SubcategoryID=35. A workshop fee applies.
Introduction to Horticulture
The next workshop is scheduled to start on 22 October 2014. There will be six sessions of two and a half hours each. If you are interested in growing plants and landscaping or want to know more about the best plants for a Canberra climate, then this course is sure to inspire your green thumb. The course offers a taste of what it is like to be a professional horticulturalist. To enrol go to http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=2%26SubcategoryID=35. A workshop fee applies.
Courtyards and Balcony Gardens
The next workshops will be on 9 September and 18 October 2014. It will provide practical information on building and maintaining balcony and courtyard gardens using organic methods. The workshop will consist of one session of three hours. http://www.shortcourses.cit.edu.au/categories/list.html?page=2%26SubcategoryID=35. A workshop fee applies.
Compostable Material Available from Tuggeranong Hyperdome
The Tuggeranong Hyperdome has a variety of organic waste available for composting or worm farms including waste from Fresh Life the fruit market, waste from the Food court, coffee grinds, serviettes, some cooked meats.
They would prefer these waste products did not go to the tip. To access these compostable materials for your compost heap or worms please contact Wayne Hudson on 6293 1000 or email Wayne_Hudson(at)cfsgam.com.au.
This is a FREE workshop being delivered throughout ACT Libraries. Workshops and places are limited. The workshop runs for 40 minutes per session or 2 hours total and covers
(1) Home Improvements: discover how to make your home more comfortable and less expensive to run;
(2) Energy Consumption: bring along your energy bills and take the guess-work out of your usage; and
(3) Energy Smart Actions: discover free and simple actions that save you money and suit your household.
Take home workbook included packed full of activities, information and options. Prepare for winter today. For session times, refer to www.sustainact.com. Book Mon-Thurs by phoning 6248 0885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org