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Sustainable Communities SA Newsletter Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017

Native bees in your garden

At One Planet Market on 18 March 2017 we were privileged to have a presentation from Jenny Deans on native bees.

Did you know that:

  • there are hundreds of species of native bees in South Australia
  • they are different colours, sizes and patterns to European honeybees
  • many native bees nest in the ground
  • other native bees nest in old wood and in sticks with hollow or pithy stems
  • many native bees are stingless - those with stings are solitary and non-aggressive
  • South Australia's native bees do not produce honey
Read more about what you can do to attract native bees, including how to build a Bee Hotel
Bee hotel
We need a Treasurer!

Our Annual General Meeting will be held at The Joinery 6pm-8pm on Thursday 11 May 2017. Put this date in your calendar now!

The committee is seeking a Treasurer, as Monica will be stepping down from this role. Please consider nominating as our organisation cannot function without someone taking responsibility for financial management.

We also need new committee members to assist with general management and planning tasks. All details regarding the AGM will be emailed to members during April 2017.

As always we will provide hot soup and a guest speaker - this time we will hear from Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray from the University of Adelaide. Melissa's research interests include adaptation to climate change.

Membership renewal 2017-18

Each year we send a membership renewal request to all of our members. This will be sent out in April 2017 by email. We encourage members to renew promptly. All details about how to pay will be provided.

Membership renewals can also be paid in person at One Planet Market and at the AGM.
Grow, Grow, Grow Your Own

Unley Groups 2017 FREE workshops


Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden

2pm Saturday 22 April 2017
at Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street Unley.
Please register to attend this workshop at

Raised garden beds

3pm Sunday 28 May 2017
at Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street Unley.
Please register to attend this workshop at

Fruit and nut trees: pruning, planting, growing and harvesting.

Saturday 8 July 2017
1.30pm at Morrie Harrell Reserve, Ramage Street, Unley then
2.30pm at Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street. Register at or 0401 122 547.

Grow Grow Grow workshops 2017:


Make Your Own Sustainability Workshops
This series of hands-on workshops will be held at Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore 5037.

The workshops are free with all materials supplied, thanks to funds provided by the City of Marion Community Grants Program.

18 May 2017 - Make your own fermented food and drinks
1 June 2017 - Make your own beeswax wraps and produce bags
15 June 2017 - Breadmaking
29 June 2017 - Make your own soap

More details:

Adelaide East Food Co-op


Food co-ops can help us to live more cooperative lives, with cheaper high quality food, less packaging, more local products and organic produce.

Interest in starting a food co-op based on the Clarence Park model arose a few years ago and now a group associated with One Planet Market has revived the plan. Ashley from Clarence Park Food Co-op presented a workshop at One Planet Market in November 2016 on the benefits and practicalities of Food Co-ops. Many people registered their interest and a group visited Clarence Park Food Co-op to see it in operation.

Through a survey of our contacts we have gained an indication of the range of food products that people want, as well as priorities regarding costs, packaging, membership rates and preferred opening times.

We are now looking for a venue in our area and are currently evaluating two possible locations, one in a private house and the other in a community centre. When we have confirmation of a space we will take the next steps to organise the space, the storage containers and people to help. We hope to be able to announce the opening of the Adelaide East Food Co-op soon.

One Planet Market


9am-12 noon 3rd Saturday of every month
Next market: Saturday 15 April 2017

10.30am - Wet Felting Workshop - presented by Kylie Willison

Bring: Old towel, a sheet of bubble wrap (bubbles preferably intact) roughly 60cm x 60cm, plain soap, container for warm water (milk, soft drink, or cordial bottle). Woollen tops and embellishments will be supplied. Two sample pieces to be made depending on working speed

Future One Planet Market workshops:
  • 20 May 2017 - Mindfulness meditation
  • 17 June 2017 - Practical sustainability in the home, cleaning alternatives
  • 15 July 2017 - Workplace democracy via workers cooperatives

One Planet Market now has a Facebook page:
Essential Edibles Food Swap

1st Sunday of every month

Next one: Sunday 7 May 2017 @ Joslin Reserve
between Third and Fourth Avenues, Joslin 5070

The event begins at 9am with the food swap at 10am sharp. You can bring anything home-grown – fruit, vegetables, seedlings, flowers, herbs, preserves – or just bring yourself. All are welcome to attend.

Essential Edibles food swap is an initiative of the Joslin Group of Sustainable Communities SA.

For further information contact Kate


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