First little harvest festival engages the community
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.