Fresh food groups seek feed­back

Alpine Observer - - News -

By TATE SPITERI

MYRTLE­FORD Com­mu­nity Gar­den pres­i­dent, Alan Mitchin­son, is hope­ful a re­cent sur­vey launched by the Alpine Shire’s fresh food groups will help boost par­tic­i­pa­tion and in­ter­est across the com­mu­nity.

The Myrtle­ford Com­mu­nity Gar­den, Bright Com­mu­nity Gar­den, Har­ri­etville Fresh Food Project and Wandi Bright Food Swap will run a se­ries of work­shops tai­lor-made to the most fre­quent top­ics col­lated in the sur­vey.

“The groups came to­gether last month to dis­cuss ways we could bet­ter pro­mote our­selves and in­volve the com­mu­nity,” Mr Mitchin­son said of the sur­vey idea.

It is hoped that in­creased par­tic­i­pa­tion will im­prove the re­gions fresh food ap­proach and at­tract higher-end work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties to the Shire.

“We want to see what we can all do as a group to get bet­ter in­volve­ment across our or­gan­i­sa­tions by work­ing to­gether,” Mr Mitchin­son added.

“The work­shops will hope­fully run in Bright, Myrtle­ford and Mt Beauty but first we need some in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic of what they would like in the work­shops and what we can do to get them there.”

The sur­vey is for both peo­ple who have and have not at­tended past events.

“We need more par­tic­i­pa­tion, more views and more ideas, it is ex­tra in­put that we are hop­ing for,” Mr Mitchin­son said.

He also iden­ti­fied the older and re­tired Ital­ian com­mu­nity as peo­ple that could be of great ben­e­fit to the group’s right across the Alpine Shire.

“I would love to see them in­volved and show­ing us how they have grown their food across the gen­er­a­tions,” he ex­plained.

“I am hope­ful we can get var­i­ous dif­fer­ent in­volve­ments, at the mo­ment it hasn’t re­ally hap­pened but in the fu­ture I’m sure it’s some­thing we can do.

“With more par­tic­i­pa­tion we could bring guests in from Mel­bourne or Syd­ney for work­shops and things like that.”

The Alpine Shire fresh food sur­vey can be found at https://www. sur­vey­mon­key.com/r/Z8GV5ZZ.

BUD­DING MU­SI­CIANS: Kitty Vigo (right), spon­sor and sup­porter of the David Vigo Mu­sic Schol­ar­ship is shown with all the con­tenders for the top awards. Win­ner was Tame­hana Pahina (top, cen­tre), flanked by run­ner-up Dy­lan Cos­griff (left) and win­ner of the en­cour­age­ment award Clancy Rose­warne. In front are the re­main­ing con­tenders Heath Niedswiedzki, Si­enna Brewer and Henry and Ni­cholas Low.

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