Updating this blog one day after the event, because it has simply been a really busy and tiring day yesterday! Yet, it has also been a very meaningful time indeed.
We started by continuing garden creation at Pavilion’s edible garden. Wanted to complete the pergolas, but Benny (our resident contractor) wasn’t in. So, we focused instead on “smaller” tasks – adding plant tags for the seeds / seedling, adding mosquito netting on our blue barrels to collect rainwater, adding trellis lines, creating gravel footpaths, and creating another raised bed.
Our intention was to prepare the space so that it looks inviting to the neighbours, most of whom may be checking it out for the first time in the late afternoon as we would be having our first ever flea market then. And right next to the edible garden!
We ‘closed shop’ at nearly 3pm, feeling very blessed for the cool temperatures and slight breeze. There was news on Friday that heavy rains were expected throughout the weekend, and we felt that it was amazing that we had such good weather for most part on Saturday morning and early afternoon.
The weather forecast had predicted thundery showers at 5pm, and our flea market was scheduled to start at 4pm. Will our luck hold out until we have completed very 1st our flea market?
We were in luck! It did :)
The flea market is our community’s first try in encouraging entrepreneurship amongst the residents, and to raise funds for a good cause (for this event, it was the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan Relief).
I had reserved a booth at the flea market to share more about the edible garden. But for several nights, I didn’t know what to share (there is a lot really, but what to focus on?). In the end, I did some sketches… Green Back, which delivers organic compost to our data, gave us 50 bags of compost to sell at a discounted rate, of which $1/bag goes back into the Red Cross tin…. Nature Society also gave us some books, field guides, etc to sell.
Of the 50 compost bags, we managed to sell 40 bags to residents who came to support the flea market and the edible garden. So, we raised $40 for the Haiyan cause, on selling compost alone. Common questions though – a number of residents asked, is compost the same as organic fertiliser? How to use it right?
Some heartwarming moments to share – Neighbours whom I met once or twice, or even none at all, came up to say “Hi!”, saying that they recognised me from my Facebook posts on the edible garden. Some shared with me how they lived in the estate for the last ~5 to 10 years, and this was their first time walking in to the park, to check out both the flea market and edible garden. Heart-warming! :)