An annual field trip to the Projects Quarry in Beech Forest to collect blackberries, make jam and share stories.
Rubus fruticosus L. agg. is a perennial, semi-deciduous, prickly, scrambling invasive plant. It is a semi-prostrate to almost-erect shrub, with arching and entangling stems arising from a woody crown, and forms thickets up to several metres high. The root/crown system is the only perennial part of the plant. The Heartbreak Herb; Ferdinand's Revenge; Milkmaid’s Hideaway, Crown of Thorns – the Blackberry has become the number one listed invasive plant in rural Victoria. In short, a multi-million-dollar pain in the bum.
This field trip is programmed as part of the research phase for the long term rehabilitation of The Quarry. We join for a day of wonderment and awe at the unstoppable force of this woody weed and collectively celebrate the marvel that is the Blackberry.
Following in the rich tradition of Sisyphean tasks we undertake a mass berry picking and removal day that includes jam making, lessons on how to survive the collapse of unrepentant capitalist greed, simple first aid training and good old fashion manual labour. Starting our field trip at Siteworks in Brunswick, we travel by bus to Beech Forest and return the same day with juice stained lips, a full belly and a full heart.
Things to bring:
Comfortable boots, gumboots or sturdy walking shoes.
Wet weather gear, jacket and hat is a must (highest rain fall in the state people).
Two jam jars for tasty blackberry jam to take home.
Camera, note pads, pencils and pens should you want to draw or take notes.
Binoculars for bird watching if you would like.
Things we will provide:
Morning and afternoon tea.
Jam making workshop.
Gloves, pruners and containers for picking.
A warm glowing feeling at a day well spent.
Lots and lots of Blackberries.
|Forest Guardians|| 2019
|Guerilla Lighting|| 2005
|The Wheeler Centre: Self-Made City|| 2018
|In the Pines|| 2013
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation as traditional custodians, on whose unceded lands we work and live.
We respectfully acknowledge elders – past, present and emerging. And we extend our deepest respects to all First Nations peoples. In the context of the work we do, we express gratitude for our shared connection through place, to the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
Studio 6, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 3065
PO Box 1011, Fitzroy North, 3068