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Update for 18 February 2010

Update for 18 February 2010

In This Issue:

Grey Lynn Farmers Market & Grow n Show
March Meeting
Waste Away update
Grey Lynn 2030 “sustainability” week
Supporting sustainable business
Mt Eden Village People – workshops for 2010

We are still buzzing from the fantastic atmosphere at our first gathering of the year on 10th February when Grey Lynn 2030 supporters & friends enjoyed drinks, nibbles from Angel Food, updates from all of our active focus groups and introductions from the many people who work quietly away for us in the community.

Many thanks to Tania Miller, Manager Grey Lynn Community Centre, Senior Constable Philip Crawley, Thomas from CAB, Sarah Cole, Community Services Advisor, Manogi Tavelia, Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office and Community Board Members Kate Stanton and Paul Stevenson for sharing the evening with us.

Mayor Brown also popped by to check out what we are up to and offer encouraging words of support.

Photos from the event are included in this update. As always there is heaps happening so please read on….

Grey Lynn Farmers Market
Sunday 21 February 9 – 1pm
Join us again at the Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market this Sunday. As always, you’ll find lots of fresh summer produce and quality foods to stock up for the week ahead.

Also, there’s still a chance to win one of our hampers filled with fresh market goodies. Enter your name and contact details at the information desk.

Membership costs $30 for the year and gives you a 10% discount on your purchases, plus voting rights on how the market is run.

If you’re interested in helping to guide this market, have a chat with Judith or Paul at the market’s information desk, or send us an e-mail at admin@glfm.co.nz.

(note Kraftbomb is on Sunday 28th February )

Plus, save the date: Grow N’ Show, Saturday 27th Feb from 10am to 3:30pm at Kelmarna Gardens, 12 Hukanui Cres, Herne Bay
– Grey Lynn Farmers Market
– Ooooby
– Judging home grown and home made produce with fun categories
– Talks on how to get growing
– Workshops for kids
– Cooking demonstrations
– Practical gardening advice and support
– Food stalls
– Bouncy castle
– Picnic area

See you there!

March Meeting – Update on the Super City
Wed 3 March 7.30pm Grey Lynn Community Centre
On 1 March the Local Government Commission is due annouce the new wards and Local Board boundaries and names.

Come along to a meeting to discuss the latest Super city developments (will we be located in a ward called Maungawhau?!) and the role that Grey Lynn 2030 should play in the lead up to the elections in October .

Waste Away
The GL2030 Waste Away Group is taking action to reduce waste to landfill with a focus on food waste. Our aim is to work with the local community to find alternative ways of disposing of their food waste.The group collects food waste and coffee grounds from several cafes around the Grey Lynn area and this is put into compost bins at member’s homes as well as local community gardens, such as Kelmarna. We are looking at collecting from more cafes and where feasible, onsite composting and worm farm systems. The members of the Wilton Street Community garden also plan to work with cafes in their close proximity to offer disposal of food waste and coffee grounds into the garden’s compost bins.

This year the Waste Away group also plans to work with the Grey Lynn festival organisers to look at how the festival waste is handled and propose recycling options. An audit was completed during last year’s festival, which has provided useful information on the quantity and types of waste generated.

We are part of the recently formed ACZWA (Auckland Community Zero Waste Alliance). This alliance of food waste action groups from around the Auckland region is looking to connect with and have a say on waste matters within the new Super city.

We have a stall at the Grey Lynn Farmers market on Sundays providing information and sales of the bokashi system and worm farms (complete with worms!). Come and see us there for information on how you can help reduce waste from landfill!

Contact Lynn

Grey Lynn 2030 “sustainability” week
21 – 28 March
Plans are well underway for a week to highlight all the amazing things going on in our community.

It will include our regular events – the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and Green Screen – plus a whole lot of new, exciting intiatives. A highlight of the week will be the West Lynn Street Party & Twilight Market on Thursday 25th and events to mark World Water Day on 21st March and Earth Hour on Saturday 28th

During the Week look out for:
Autumn Equinox Celebration at St Columba
Tours of local gardens with chooks and bees
Tours of our community gardens
Tour of Lynda Hallinan’s urban garden
Competition by school students to create art from rubbish
Art walking tour of local studios

A full calendar of events will be finalised in early March.

Contact Pippa if you are interested in being involved or have an event for the programme

Supporting Sustainable Business
We would like to do more to promote and support local businesses and organisations who are taking active steps to operate sustainably and make a positive contribution to our community.

Our first approach has been to the Principal of Wellpark College, Philip Cottingham who is enthusiastic about engaging with local residents to resolve parking issues and encourage students to consider travel options that keep their cars at home.

Did you know the College, which has a long association with Grey Lynn, has a vegetarian cafe open at lunchtimes? All organic waste from the cafe is composted as part of Wellpark’s committment to waste reduction.

This is also a good opportunity to welcome Raw Essential’s new Animal Holistic Centre just opened behind Harvest Wholefood. The centre includes a clinic run by small animal vet Lyn Thompson who promotes animal health and well being through a raw meaty bones diet. Lyn is a qualified homeopath and takes a very holistic approach to her cases. You can just pop in and have a chat about your pet’s needs at 401B Richmond Rd.

If you would like to be involved in a sustainable business focus group or have news to share contact Dianna Tawharu.

We would also love to see a similar iniative like that operating in Pt Chev for businesses in support of the community supporting our local schools. Thinking about making this happen? then please let us know.

What some of our Transition Town friends are up to
Mt Eden Village People
Did you know a group of women called ”The Village People“ have been working towards a sustainable future and zero waste in Mt Eden village for the past 4 years. Its vision is for Mt Eden village to become the first plastic bag free and sustainable suburb in Auckland. Like Grey Lynn 2030, the Mt Eden Village People are part of the Transition Town movement.

They are hosting practical, hands -on workshops which demonstrations from each tutor to create your own food garden in the city. Mt Eden Village People organise these workshops for the community to help people to make the change to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Square foot gardening: Sunday 28th February 2010, Tutor: Ken Clark

Sustainable home improvements: Sun 14th March 2010, Tutor: Johann Bernhardt

Keeping chickens in your backyard: Sun 23th May 2010, Tutor: Gail Batten
Beekeeping: Sun 6th June 2010, Tutor: Kerry F McCurdy

Fruit tree pruning: Sun 15th Aug 2010, Tutor: Ken Clark

Grafting: Sun 29th August 2010, Tutor: Ken Clark

Contact Judith Holtebrinck