14 October Meeting
Una Hobday is a passionate advocate for the Rotary Food Plant Solutions initiative.
Started in 2007, the Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group empowers people through education about the nutritional value of local food plants.
The project was started by Tasmanian agron-omist Bruce French when he was teaching in New Guinea. Bruce has developed a compre-hensive guide to indigenous edible plants covering different food groups. This information allows communities to develop sustainable food gardens and rediscover availability of food crops suited to the local environment.
Food Plant Solutions uses local program partners to guide the use of infor-mation in the plant database. School gardens have proved very useful and now 14 schools are involved. Malnutrition has reduced by 40-100% and families are now duplicating school gardens at home.
Martin Scuffins joined us from his home workshop and ‘man-cave’ in Ballarat. This time Martin gave a fascinating talk about his love of traditional Irish mu-sic and the craft of violin making.
We learnt the difference between a fiddle and a violin (essentially none, except one comes with Guinness). Most ‘Stradivarius’ violins are fake. Violins are held together with animal hide glue and mostly made from maple and spruce. The top of a violin is shaved to only 2.6 – 3 mm thick. And varnish is critically important to the tone of a violin.
A pdf copy of the bulletin is here. RC of Ivanhoe 28 Oct 2020