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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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Tecoma Community Garden

The Tecoma Community Garden was established in 1983 on land owned by the Yarra Ranges Council, in a lovely sunny spot behind Sherbrooke Cottage.  The day-to-day management of the ‘non-chemical’ garden is overseen by a committee of current garden members who have paid a one-off joining fee and an annual fee for a full or half plot. There is 18 plots, each approximately 8×4 meters.  There is also a shared orchard, general flower garden/pollinator areas and a compost bin system which is managed by all plot holders.

A food share cupboard has recently been added and surplus food is also delivered by individual members to Food is Free Tecoma.

Garden opening times: The garden is open when any garden member is present, which can be anytime during daylight hours. Children are welcome and encouraged to come to the garden with their family member/s. 

Other Activities: Working bees are held on the last weekend of each month on alternating Saturdays and Sundays, 9.30-12.00pm followed by a shared morning tea. Other social activities include an end of year celebration.

New Members: There are usually some vacant plots available for new members.

For further information and requests for plots: contact Ros on 0457297115 or Raffy on 0418533972


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Tecoma FLAME Community Garden

FLAME – Food, Life, Art, Music and Education

The FLAME garden started 8 years ago by three women on land at the Tecoma Uniting Church. It is a wonderfully welcoming spot run by volunteers that also started the Food is Free, which is now managed by the Church. The garden group have a committee that meet as needed and run a roster for watering the plants not covered by the watering system. All food is available for everyone and anyone can visit any time and pick food and of course you are welcome to join the committee or come to the garden at the regular gardening times. There is three different composting systems, a hot compost, worm farms and sub pods. Community are welcome to talk to the group about using the sub pods.

Garden times: Usually 1st Tuesday of month 10.30 am to 12 and the 3rd Saturday, 10.30am to 12 unless it falls on a holiday weekend. Children welcome and there is a safe play space.

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Peter and Food Connections

Peter is one of our wonderful volunteer committee members and president of Permaculture Yarra Valley. We asked Peter to tell us a little bit about himself and where food connections fit for him.

“My take on ‘food connections’ is knowing all about the food system and making sure my food is not only healthy for me but healthy for the environment as well.

Being healthy for me means it is fresh, minimally processed, nutritious, free of impurities and additives and not genetically modified. Being healthy for the environment means minimum food miles (or kilometres), sustainably grown, ethically harvested with minimal waste by-products.

Minimum food miles implies eating locally grown seasonal produce which supports local producers such as market gardeners and growers. The local community and economy benefit from keeping my spending local.  Ideally it includes growing as much of my food myself, but this is not always possible.

Sustainably grown using organic practices that enhance the soil thereby improving the nutrient content of the food.

Ethically harvested includes protecting diversity in the ecosystem and ensuring workers are treated fairly and compensated appropriately for their labour.

Minimal waste by-products means ensuring there is less spoilage in the whole food cycle and includes returning surplus back to the soil to feed future crops.

For years, my wife and I have been growing as much of our food as possible when about 5 years ago, she came across the term “Permaculture”. Upon further reading we found it resonated with our goals of being as environmentally sustainable as possible.”

And, so started Peter’s journey with the Permaculture. Peter can be contacted via the PYV website.

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