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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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Treasure Hunt – Paddock to Plate and Waste

Our Treasure Hunt at the Lilydale and Yarra Valley Show

We had a great weekend at the Show with our Poster Exhibition and Treasure Hunt. The treasure hunt took families to 5 stalls that are a part of our food system. We had 71 entries with an amazing 70 that were completed in full. Families visited the Lilydale Community Garden stall; the cookery display to find a cake with a vegetable as the main ingredient; the honey display to find out about bees; the scarecrow exhibition and then to our stall find a fruit or vegetable that is grown in the Yarra Ranges. Then, the hunt asked for a ‘pinky promise’ to try a new vegetable during the week. From mushrooms and bean sprouts to turnips and Brussels sprouts, hopefully lots children are trying a new vegetable this week. Every entry won a pack of seeds and went into the draw for the main prize of a gardening kit.

Prizes were donated by our partners. Our work is funded by the Victorian State Government and this specific project was partly funded by a VicHealth Jumpstart grant.

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Paddock to Plate and Waste – a Video

Lesson Plans, class learning and having fun shown in a 4.30 min video

This video shows grade 3/4 from Upwey Primary school taking part in  the Paddock to Plate and Waste  project.  The project involves free lesson plans and resources to help students learn about the food system and the foods we eat most of to help our bodies be at their best. 

Students then prepare posters to share their knowledge with the wider school community.  We can also offer free incursions within the Yarra Ranges to run the lesson plans.

Grade 3 /4 at Upwey Primary School in the Yarra Ranges tell us what they have learnt:

Our work is funded by the Victorian State Government with this specific project partly funded by VicHealth Jumpstart Grant

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Healesville Community Compost Hub

Why wait for the FOGO system (Food & Garden Organics) when the Healesville Community Garden at 95 River Street Healesville, have established a community compost hub for you to manage food waste and reduce land fill.  To find out more go to the Healesville Community Garden facebook page and see the article on page 1 & 14 of the Mountain Views Star Mail.  You can register to use the compost hub via

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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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