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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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Tell us how YOU make choices around food

A snippet from the flyer

If you live or work in the Upper Yarra Ranges, Eastern Health would love to hear from you.  Complete this survey to be in the draw for one of 2 $100 gift cards.

“Tell us about how YOU make choices around food”

Information will be collated by Monash University students and help to determine what programs or projects are best fit for the area

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Yarra Ranges Food Connections Forum

Inaugural Forum February 16th 2022

A snippet from the Forum flyer

Our first forum was planned to be face to face however Covid got in the way. This did allow for attendees to come from far and wide including Bendigo and Pakenham with the majority from the Yarra Ranges. 

Over the 1.5 hours we heard from seven speakers as well as Cr Johanna Skelton and Cr Richard Higgins providing the introduction, welcome and launch of our logo and website. There was a lot of energy throughout the forum and excitement for the beginning of our journey in helping to create a local food system that is resilient, sustainable, healthy and equitable. One where the community feel empowered to take action.

See a recording of the full forum here:

See a forum outline with links to presentations and recordings of each of the speakers here:

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