Fes­ti­val fo­cuses on the fu­ture

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A COM­MU­NITY-led ini­tia­tive to share, sup­port and en­gage with lo­cal pro­duce grow­ers and en­thu­si­asts will take place at Wandiligong next month.

This Lit­tle Har­vest on March 3, will co­in­cide with the an­nual au­tumn har­vest and will be a cel­e­bra­tion for back­yard, small-scale and bud­ding grow­ers and grow­ers-to-be.

The event will fo­cus on ex­chang­ing pro­duce and ideas while lo­cal ex­perts will be on-hand to pro­vide prac­ti­cal sem­i­nars and work­shops.

Or­gan­iser Clare Fen­ton said she was ex­cited for all in­volved to come to­gether to share knowl­edge and skills.

“The North East is fa­mous for the qual­ity of gourmet pro­duce that comes out of the re­gion and this event is a chance to learn from some of the tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als who are re­spon­si­ble for this rep­u­ta­tion,” she said.

“With so many com­mu­nity-led groups al­ready ded­i­cated to build­ing food se­cu­rity and a sus­tain­able fu­ture, it is fan­tas­tic to see such great lev­els of col­lab­o­ra­tion to build an event that will hope­fully be­come a sta­ple of the au­tumn cal­en­dar for the area go­ing for­ward.”

The Wandi Bright Food Swap, Bright Com­mu­nity Gar­den, Har­ri­etville Fresh Food Project and Up­per Ovens Val­ley Land­care Group are all set to be part of the day along with a num­ber of other groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The fo­cus of the one-day event will be build­ing a self­sus­tain­ing fu­ture and will be a great day out for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike and is free to at­tend.

Me­gan Hughes of Wan­di­ful Pro­duce, where the fes­ti­val will be held, said the day will al­low peo­ple with a de­sire to grow their own pro­duce, to gain the knowl­edge they need.

“Grow­ing your own pro­duce can be done with the most ba­sic of set­ups,” she said.

“My pie in the sky my vi­sion of what comes out of this is that peo­ple grow more food and grow food through the win­ter months and get in­volved with the com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives that sur­round pro­duce and grow­ing,” she said.

“Who knows it might even plant the seedling for peo­ple to be ac­tual mar­ket gar­den­ers and sup­ply at the lo­cal pro­duce mar­kets or sup­ply restau­rants.”

Ms Hughes said there will also be work­shops for kids to get in­volved in.

“There is noth­ing kids love more than get­ting dirty in the gar­den so we are re­ally ex­cited at the great range of kids ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing green­house-build­ing, worm farm­ing and mak­ing seed ball bombs.”

There will be a num­ber of give­aways with one lucky at­tendee tak­ing home a lo­cal har­vest ham­per val­ued at over $100.

Com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions are in­vited to use the day and as an op­por­tu­nity to gain ex­po­sure, pro­mote projects or sign up mem­bers.

More in­for­ma­tion can be found at www.this­lit­tle­har­vest.com.au or en­quiries can be made to Clare Fen­ton on 0430 044 299 or Me­gan Hughes on 0409 783 012.

BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY

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