from the Gardens
With the use of Facebook in decline, Mandurah Community Gardens has decided to create another location for you to connect with us - we now have a profile on Pinterest.
Mandurah Community Gardens on Pinterest is a great way for sharing information and links by "pinning" the post into a topic board. It is like searching for information on Google but using pictures and text to discover information. It also allows you to communicate with us too by leaving comments or sending us a message AND you can easily share our profile, a topic board or a pin to anyone else.
Currently we have organised our pins into 3 different boards:
Group Activities - promoting events and showing pictures from the latest events
Community Food - with recipe ideas, Foodbank information and healthy food information.
The Gardens - gardening tips, gardening results, generally what members are doing in the gardens.
We may add more boards later on to help organise everything to do with Mandurah Community Gardens in a meaningful way.
Pinterest is a friendlier and more interesting social platform than the others, being more informative than opinionated, it offers a more considerate way of sharing with little to no trolling (anonymous rude critics). It also collects much less personal information than other social platforms do, and it does not manipulate what is shown to you as some other social media does.
Previews from posts on our Pinterest profile now display in the column to the right of our news page.
If you don't already use Pinterest, give it a go! You can get the app for your iPhone or iPad from the App Store. The app is also available from the Google Play Store. You can also use Pinterest in the browser on your computer without needing to install anything.
Why are reviews needed?
Reviews help us know what we are doing right or what we need to do with our online presence make it an interesting and enjoyable experience for you.
Passive Vs. Active Involvement
The feedback received from reviews and seen by others helps make the virtual world of the internet more real for people visiting, its a proactive step beyond the quick click on a "like".
Through the sharing of information, creating discussions, giving suggestions or our sharing of ideas, we are communicating. A community works much better together when it communicates with each other, but the passive viewer who doesn't interact causes our group to have less significance in this modern world, and we disappear off the radar of Facebook, Google and other online platforms.
The alternative method to getting our message out there is to advertise, and that is what the online services would prefer us to do. But for a nonprofit organisation like the Mandurah Community Gardens, letting people know that we exist by paying money would only serve to make us operate like a commercial venture, rather than the community one that we all value and love. We rely on the generosity of you and others to exist, and in turn our volunteers offer their time and efforts to help continue providing a great service to our community.
We value your words of appreciation
So, we rely on your patronage and help in spreading the word about us. If you can help us out by giving us your review and more importantly, some feedback with it, everyone in our community will know the value of Mandurah Community Gardens and be reminded that it is always there for them.
Watch the video below to see how to give your review on Facebook
Mandurah Community Gardens is showcased with the Heart Foundation's advocacy program that reports on healthy built designs benefiting the hearts of communities. Their website, Healthy Active By Design, showcases purpose built designs that are shown to help keep us healthy and maintain the good health of our hearts.
On their website page titled Mandurah Community Gardens, the Heart Foundation has published a study of our community group detailing how it was formed, who was involved and how it was financed. The purpose and function of Mandurah Community Gardens is assessed for the many good values it provides our society, categorised by the kind of benefit given. The Heart Foundation explains how Mandurah Community Gardens plays a vital role in our community, and how it provides an important contribution to maintaining our community's health.
Recommended reading for anyone who would like to know more about the Mandurah Community Gardens and how it helps us all.
When I was trying to think of a way to use my Stevia to best advantage for the Friday Tasting at MCG (14/2/20), I remembered an old loaf tin recipe that I used for the kids lunch boxes back in the Eighties when sugar wasn't considered bad for your health. This was the recipe...
1 cup of self raising flour
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of sultanas
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of milk.
How easy is that to remember!!!
However, I decided to replace these ingredients and create a more healthy version as follows..
1 cup of Green Banana Flour (or choose your own)
1 cup of Organic Rolled Oats
1 cup of Sultanas (The healthy ones - snigger 😜)
1 cup of Walnuts (optional - I like nuts)
1/4 of a cup of Stevia
1 cup of Soy Milk
Bake for about 30 minutes.
This recipe is from Lara, a member of Mandurah Community Gardens
In their latest news:
For all the Foodies!
Malabar Spinach is a beautiful climbing plant that can also be grown as a perennial ornamental vine. I have been growing this Asian Climbing Spinach from seed for only a couple of months, so it hasn't reached its full height of about 10 feet. This spinach plant is a staple in countries like India because, unlike most other spinach varieties, it grows in summer.
It is often eaten raw but I wasn't overly impressed with the texture. I probably should have picked the leaves sooner for use in salads. Anyway, before deciding whether I should grow Malabar Spinach as an annual next summer I decided to get the members of the Mandurah Community Gardens to take a vote and tell me what they thought. To this end, I cooked Malabar Spinach Fritters. One of the reasons I chose this recipe was because it required Chick Pea Flour. If you heard about this or tasted it before, your way ahead of me.
It is MARVELOUS!!! You can use this flour like you would any other - including pancakes. I found it at the bulk foods shop outside Woolworths in the Forum. It isn't as rare as I thought so you can probably buy it from regular grocers.
The Malabar Spinach Fritters was a HUGE success. Everyone seemed to love them - so I will share the recipe. Although you may also like to try it fried with garlic.
1 cup of Chick Pea Flour
Pinch of Baking Powder
1/2 cup water
Salt and Pepper.
Mix ingredients to make a batter. Dip the Malabar Leaves in batter and fry until golden. Since I'm not a cook my battering skill needs work, but that didn't affect the flavour and a good time was had by all.
Shared by member, Lana - Plot #20