Fresh food groups seek feedback
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.
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