Festival focuses on the future
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