post Spring Seeding

September 18th, 2008

Filed under: Greening Copley — newseditor @ 6:49 pm


Spring is definitely in our midst – the fruit trees are blossoming and fruit is on the way, so farewell to frostbite and time to get your spring seeds in. For some tips on seed raising soil, hop into the discussion on sustainable gardening, and check out Diggers and Eden Seeds for a huge variety seeds, including traditional and non-hybrid varieties.

Seeds to get in now include:

Herbs: Rocket, Basil, Coriander, Thyme, Calendula, Chamomile, Dandelion, Wormwood, Parlsey, Sage, Anise, Rosemary…

Vegetables: Salad greens, Celery, Bok Choy, Silverbeet, Cabbage, Climbing beans, 7 year beans, Capsicum, Eggplant, Tomato, Corn, Capers, Okra, Parsnip, Radish, Beetroot, Yam, Pumpkin.

Fruit: Melons! Like pumpkin, give them plenty of sprawling space.

Many seeds respond well to the warming weather, so it might be a good time to try your hand at native seeds. I was delighted to see several desert roses coming up in trays this week – a beautiful desert hardy shrub. Seeds for these are available from Pamela at the community market, where you will also have a chance to buy various seedlings from the list above.

It’s also an ideal time to recycle some greens, collect some manure (not exactly a shortage of that in town), some hay and get your super easy hot compost going so that you have luscious garden beds for planting out your spring seedlings.

post Food Forest Open Days and Spring Courses

September 12th, 2008

Filed under: Events,Greening Copley — newseditor @ 6:01 pm

General information about The Food Forest

“Sometimes you encounter new ideas that dramatically change the way you see the world around you.”

Our courses bring together people keen to explore new ideas, skills, foods and information in an environment of diversity, abundance and sharing; they are designed to be experiences rather than classes. For some people they are the beginning of a new direction in life and for others they are an opportunity to hone well practiced skills of designing, food growing and self reliance. Our aim is to give people some of the skills needed to design sustainable ways of living for themselves and their families.

At The Food Forest a heritage-listed stone barn has been transformed into a well-equipped Learning Centre but many practical activities also take you out into the orchards, gardens and bushlands of the property. You can also enjoy our loo-with-a-view, a unique composting toilet and reedbed system which transforms human by-products into reeds for mulching, rich compost for fertiliser and golden bamboo for furniture and for structural work. You will see environmentally designed buildings which demonstrate passive and active solar technologies: the ‘Studio’ and it’s curved garden wall, the “Eco-Gazebo”, the drive-in coolroom, an extension to the over 160 year old homestead and a small gallery, all of which are built using strawbales. A photovoltaic system of thin film amorphous panels provides electricity to the house and grid; the sun also provides water heating for both the house and the on-farm processing facility.

The Food Forest today is the result of the vision of owners Graham & Annemarie Brookman and functions as a remarkable 15 hectare Permaculture farm and learning centre. From its buzzing biodiversity come over 150 organically grown varieties of fruit and nuts, wheat and vegetables, free range eggs, honey, carob beans, Australian native foods and timber. The Food Forest sells produce at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market every fortnight. The collections of tree crop varieties represent a unique genetic resource; willingly shared with others wishing to establish sustainable plantings.

More on Spring events:


post Let there be LIGHT!

September 10th, 2008

Filed under: Community Wishlist,Earth,Spirit — newseditor @ 4:04 pm


post Yarnballa Festival

September 5th, 2008

Filed under: Arts,Events — newseditor @ 12:22 pm


See the site for details.

post ABC Review Interview Summary, with Apologies

September 5th, 2008

The ABC have reviewed the transcript summary of a recent SA Country Hour article on the withdrawel of funding for the Copley Newsletter, now the Copley Phoenix, and the decision by the CDPA to delete the Community News site from the Copley community domain. The summary has been amended with apologies to the Editor of the Copley Newsletter for misrepresentation. For the record, no notification or correspondence has ever been offered from the Copley and Districts Progress Association to explain why this Community News site was deleted from the Copley community domain by request of the Copley and Districts Progress Association.

The amended summary is published here, see below for an excerpt of the letter from the ABC.


post Is ETSA Controlled by Chinese Monopoly?

September 3rd, 2008

Filed under: Your Stories — newseditor @ 12:18 pm


Download the excerpt here, or get yourself a copy of the latest Coober Pedy Regional Times online.

post Adnyamathanha join Australian Nuclear Free Alliance

September 2nd, 2008

Filed under: Earth — newseditor @ 4:57 pm

Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) – 2008 Statement

The 2008 Alliance meeting was held on Limilngan country near the Mary River, in the top end of the Northern Territory from August 29-31. The meeting was attended by representatives and traditional custodians of the Larrakia, Wulna, Arrernte, Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara, Pambalong Clan from Kattung Nation, Wiradjeri, Arabunna, Adnyamathanha, Kokatha Mula and Kokatha Nations, and by representatives of the Top End Aboriginal Conservation Alliance, Arid Lands Environment Centre, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Medical Association for Prevention of War, Friends of the Earth, Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Centre of the NT, Darwin Aboriginal Rights Coalition, Australian Greens, Queensland Nuclear Free Alliance, Australian Students Environment Network, No Waste Alliance, Beyond Nuclear Initiative, and Mineral Policy Institute.

The meeting celebrated 11 years of solidarity and effective resistance to the nuclear industry in Australia. Alliance members reaffirmed their commitment to continue active campaigning for a nuclear free Australia and agreed on a range of plans and strategies for the coming year. The meeting elected an Alliance Committee to increase capacity to effectively campaign for a nuclear-free future. The Alliance committed to work towards global peace and building a broad alliance to end the nuclear chain. Meeting participants agreed on the following statements:

post The Copley History Group

September 2nd, 2008

Filed under: Who is? — newseditor @ 10:19 am

The Copley History Group is a non-profit community group that has been run by volunteers, who continue to initiate and support a range of community projects. Beginning in 1991 as the Copley Action Group, and in 1998 becoming the Copley History Group, achievements include:

  • Holding annual fairs
  • Amassing a local history resource library
  • Provision of bus shelters
  • Organising Clean Up Australia days
  • Craft weekends and markets
  • Supporting local Gymkhanas
  • Initiation of the first Copley Newsletter
  • Provision of cemetary fencing
  • Stobie pole painting project
  • Purchase and maintenance of community photocopier

Postscript, September 22, 2008:

Community members are asked to be aware that as of 19th August 2008, local proprietor and JP Mrs Maxine Hawking has registered the words ‘Copley History Group’ as a business name and has stated in writing, September 3rd 2008, to the founder of the group and editor of the Copley Phoenix, that any further use of those words will lead to legal action.

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