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Paddock to Plate and Waste – Poster exhibition

Poster exhibition and activities at the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Show

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th of November we held our poster exhibition at the Show. We had an amazing amount of interest and visitors making the weekend a great success, albeit exhausting.

By the numbers, we had 86 students from 2 schools (Upwey Primary and Belgrave Heights Christian School) create 46 posters about the food system. There were well over 250 visitors, with 71 families participating in the treasure hunt (see previous blog), playing our ‘what vegetable is that’ game and wondering through the posters and information at the stall learning about food systems. We gave away 16kg of local apples which was a welcomed snack for many of the stall visitors, 34 label reading cards, 40 nutritional vegetable guides (see previous blog), many postcards about Inspiro Health services and water donated from waterbox.

We had lots of positive feedback with visitors saying they loved the work, learning about vegetables and foods that are grown locally.

Previously grade 3 /4 at Upwey Primary School in the Yarra Ranges told us what they have learnt after the incursion and while creating the posters:

Our work is funded by the Victorian State Government, this specific project was assisted with funding by VicHealth Jumpstart grant

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Permaculture Yarra Valley celebrates 30 years

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable living and land use based on some core ethics and a set of design principles.

  • Caring of the earth – working with nature rather than against it
  • Caring of the people – promoting community wellbeing
  • Fair Share – sharing surplus and giving back to the earth

Permaculture Yarra Valley (PYV) is a local not for profit group that has been promoting sustainability in the local region for many years. PYV is actively involved in spreading the word about permaculture to the community. They do this by offering a Permaculture Design Certificate course annually and also teaching people about the connection with food and sustainability. In September PYV celebrated 30 years at a wonderful event attended by over 80 locals and likeminded people. Read the Mountain Views Star mail article page 10 and find out more from their website and facebook page.

Peter is the president of PYV and an active member of our Yarra Ranges Food Connections working group. Read Peter’s story in the blog Peter and Food Connections.

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Open Gardens Victoria upcoming workshop

With the prices of veggies increasing, the thought of growing your own produce might’ve crossed your mind. If this is something that interests you, you’re in luck! Open Gardens Victoria is holding a workshop with Craig Castree who is a qualified Horticulturist and author with over 45 years of experience in growing edible gardens in urban spaces. The workshop ‘Growing a Successful Edible Garden’ will take place online via zoom on Tuesday the 11th of October from 7:30 to 8:30pm.

Craig will be able to assist and guide you on the best approaches to building a successful organic edible garden, along with providing strategies to prevent weeds, pests, and plant diseases.

If you’re interested in attending this workshop or would like some more information, click on the following Link. If you would like to see more of what Craig does check out his YouTube channel.

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Gardening workshops and information sessions

Do you have a passion for gardening? Are you wanting to meet people in your local community with similar interests to you?  Then a community garden group or garden workshops may be just for you!

Gardening groups are meeting monthly at Belgrave, Mooroolbark and Yarra Junction library to discuss all things gardening. These gardening groups provide an opportunity for locals to come together and share their gardening knowledge with each other. These groups also provide an excellent opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have in relation to gardening.

Some of these meetings will provide opportunity to share and swap your plants, produce, seeds and recipes with other locals.

Sounds like something you’re interested in. Check out the events at Eastern Regional Libraries or our events section to see when the next gardening workshop is near you.

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