Seed to Seedling

SEED:  Fig Tree Community Garden Art Workshop

Over the winter months, something new has been happening at the perennially cool Fig Tree Community Garden. Seed, a series of art workshops, led by artists Helen Hopcroft and Trevor Horsnell, has become part of the Garden’s monthly Sunday working bee. While doing fun stuff, like painting up terracotta pots to look like antique Moroccan earthenware, or creating ‘Birds with Bling’ (suitably ironic bird shaped bird-scarers), participants have been asked the million dollar question: ‘What does Fig Tree Community Garden mean to you?’

The responses have been great, eclectic and interesting, representing Fig Tree’s zany demographic. They’ve included “cold beer and the pizza oven”, “a place to share ideas, gardening, wisdom, food and smiles”, “happy plump veggies, chickens and eggs” and “relationships and belonging”. One person even quoted from Voltaire’s Candide ‘Il faut cultiver votre jardin’ (We must tend our garden).

And tend our garden we will, on Sunday 30th October, when the final stage of Seed kicks into action. After much head scratching, artist Helen Hopcroft has come up with a mural design that reflects the diversity of the Fig Tree gardeners, and their connection to this wonderful urban space. A mural will be painted on the side of the Croatian Club, adjacent to the Garden, and community members are invited to come along and help.

You don’t need to have any particular art skills to participate, just a desire to have fun, and an interest in community gardens or organic gardening.

As an added incentive, the mural project will be followed by a delicious, and equally free, wood fired pizza oven lunch. Children’s art activities will run alongside the mural project, so feel free to bring your kids, but please wear old clothing!

Enquiries: Jo Plummer 0411 450 102

or Helen Hopcroft 0408 637 404   or

POST Capsule

Last Thursday on the 20th October Octapod hosted its first Monthly Short Film Night- Capsule. Although the crowd was small it was a great opening night with a warm and intimate atmosphere with hilarity and genius on the screen. Duan Dibley hosted the evening and kicked off with an intelligent documentary RiP: A remix manifesto, where web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explored the  issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. The film gave an informative background for the hilarious mash ups that Duan screened later. The night proved to be a success and was an exciting way for Octapod to test the waters for future events in the new space. The next Capsule will be in November, come enjoy the films, cheese and crackers and warm friendly vibe, it truly is an enjoyable night out.

Accounts and Administration Position At Octapod.

Jean is leaving us, boohoo. Jean has been a valued staff member of the Octapod often going way beyond the call of duty. We are very sorry to see him go and so now we need a new Accounts/Admin Officer. Please share amongst your networks and for a job description go to :

Applications close next Friday 4 November at 5pm.