Alan Mitchin­son

Myrtleford Times - - News -

What is your job?

I am a self-em­ployed gar­dener/ land­scaper. I am also a self-taught lamp work artist. I went back into gar­den­ing/land­scap­ing about three years ago af­ter mov­ing to Myrtle­ford. I be­gan lam­p­work­ing about two years ago. I make pen­dants, mar­bles, small fig­urines and sculp­tures from borosil­i­cate glass. Some of my work is avail­able at Art-is-Anne.

What do you en­joy most about it?

With the gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing I en­joy be­ing out­doors work­ing with plants, de­sign­ing, re­pair­ing and build­ing gar­dens for peo­ple to en­joy with their fam­ily and friends. With my glass­work I en­joy the abil­ity to ex­press my­self with the chal­leng­ing medium of glass with dif­fer­ent de­signs and tech­niques.

How long have you been in­volved with the com­mu­nity gar­dens?

I have been in­volved with the com­mu­nity gar­dens since its in­cep­tion. I was asked if I would like to be in­volved in start­ing a com­mu­nity gar­den in Myrtle­ford when my part­ner and I were look­ing to move to Myrtle­ford four years ago. How did it come about? About four years ago Alpine Health were look­ing to start a com- mu­nity gar­den as part of their fresh food ini­tia­tive. Af­ter about twelve months of work be­hind the scenes Alpine Health of­fered the land be­hind the hos­pi­tal on Lawrence St. Alpine Shire wanted us to be in­volved with the Sus­tain­able Gar­dens Project they were work­ing on so we re­ceived a grant to start our gar­den with their project.

Tell me about what you guys get up too?

The Myrtle­ford Com­mu­nity Gar­den is cur­rently a small group of like­minded peo­ple build­ing a pro­duc­tive food gar­den for the com­mu­ni­ties of Myrtle­ford and sur­round­ing ar­eas. The pur­pose of the gar­den is for peo­ple to come to­gether to learn, grow and share in the pro­duce grown. The gar­den is open for any­body to come and en­joy and take food at any time. We are get­ting to­gether with other fresh food ini­tia­tives in the Alpine Shire to stage work­shops across the Shire. If any­body is in­ter­ested in be­ing in­volved we are at the gar­den on Satur­day morn­ings, come and have a chat and join in the fun. Or they can con­tact us through our Face­book page.

How long have you lived in Myrtle­ford?

My part­ner and I moved to Myrtle­ford in De­cem­ber of 2014, mov­ing up from the Outer East of Mel­bourne to get away from the stress and hus­tle and bus­tle of the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion. What do you love about liv­ing the area?

Liv­ing in this area re­minds me of the area I grew up in on the edge of the Yarra Val­ley and the Dan­de­nong Ranges with its wide open spa­ces, moun­tains, smaller pop­u­la­tion, less stress, hus­tle and bus­tle. It’s a very scenic area which I en­joy pho­tograph­ing.

If you could get any­one to visit Myrtle­ford who would it be and what would you show them?

I am not sure who I would get to come to Myrtle­ford but I would show them the Com­mu­nity gar­den, take them on a walk around town and along the Ovens River. There are many things to do and places to see around the area from his­toric sites and towns to great scenic walks and drives, it is a great place to live and work.

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