Saturday was Urban Harvest. It was amazing! What! You don't know what Urban Harvest is? Well, it is actually quite simple. It is sharing what I have too much of and getting some of what others have too much of. What a good idea. As a first time participant, I took along the excess worm juice that I had here.
Upon arrival everyone is registered in and it is noted what was brought. This is noted so that the Council can see the value of allowing their property to be used for this activity. Then all those items were put into their respective places. After that it was just a matter of looking to see what people brought and seeing whehter there was anything that I would like or could use. I came home with a plastic bag of coffee grounds and some shade cloth, as well as four stalks of rhubarb, some herbs and a potted plant that I can put into the garden. (Well, actually the gardener will do that for me.)
But what I brought home that was the most valuable was what I learned from other people who were there, just by asking questions, mentioning problems that I have encountered and listening to what people were discussing. I can see so much opportunity to take produce there when I have an abundance and learning more as I go along.
It is only once a month, third Saturday, and people come from up to 30 Km to attend. Some older and others with small children. Some just coming to see whether they can improve their life by getting some fresh and free produce. All were welcome. What a great place. It is booked into my calendar now and will get priority each month.