First lit­tle har­vest fes­ti­val en­gages the com­mu­nity

Alpine Observer - - People Around Town -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of This Lit­tle Har­vest Fes­ti­val have called the in­au­gu­ral event a rous­ing suc­cess.

Held at Wandiligong’s Wan­di­ful Pro­duce on Saturday, the fes­ti­val saw more than 150 peo­ple through the gates to take part in the cel­e­bra­tion of small scale and back­yard grow­ers.

There was a mix of ed­u­ca­tion and in­spi­ra­tion on the day with plenty of peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in work­shops to learn about cool cli­mate grow­ing tech­niques.

The main at­trac­tion how­ever, was un­doubt­edly the com­mu­nity food swap where ta­bles upon ta­bles were cov­ered in lo­cally grown pro­duce for at­ten­dees to add to and take as they please.

Or­gan­is­ers hope strong par­tic­i­pa­tion in the food swap will flow on to more reg­u­lar at­ten­dees at other lo­cal food se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives such as the reg­u­lar monthly com­mu­nity food swap.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner and mar­keter Clare Fen­ton said it was en­cour­ag­ing to see such strong in­ter­est in sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties.

“Be­ing the in­au­gu­ral year we weren’t sure how pop­u­lar the event would be,” she said

“To see 150 peo­ple come on the day, plus plenty more en­gage to share their tips and sto­ries through our so­cial me­dia was a fantastic result.

“We are al­ready getting our thinking caps on to see where we can take this in the fu­ture.”

The day also in­cluded kid’s en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties and live mu­sic in tran­quil pic­nic set­ting among the chest­nut trees on the Hughes fam­ily farm.

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