Grow and sell ini­tia­tive a hit

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The Fin­ley Lake Fore­shore came alive Satur­day morn­ing with the monthly Fin­ley Farm­ers Mar­ket.

A fan­tas­tic va­ri­ety of goods were on of­fer and many ar­rived early to grab the bar­gains.

With fam­ily or friends vis­it­ing, lo­cals took the op­por­tu­nity to take them along to the mar­ket where they en­joyed a spe­cial break­fast while en­joy­ing the live en­ter­tain­ment.

The Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­kets show­case a wide se­lec­tion of locally grown pro­duce, as well as plants, bric-a-brac, and crafts.

The Fin­ley Farm­ers’ Mar­ket com­mit­tee, in part­ner­ship with the Ber­ri­gan Shire Youth De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram and the Fin­ley Men­shed for­mu­lated an ini­tia­tive to try to en­cour­age the youth in our community (as well as community groups) to see the pos­si­bil­i­ties of pro­duc­ing some­thing and then sell­ing it at a lo­cal mar­ket level.

Sev­eral schools in the area were given gar­den kits at our Septem­ber mar­ket.

The kits in­cluded a seedling box, plants and in­struc­tion sheets.

Be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber, they planted the seedlings, looked af­ter them, re­searched and cre­ated in­struc­tions for their ‘cus­tomers’ and re­searched recipes that would use the in­gre­di­ents that were grow­ing in the boxes.

They then came to the Novem­ber Chil­dren and Youth Farm­ers’ Mar­ket last Satur­day to sell their boxes.

As an in­cen­tive the mar­ket also gave away prizes of iTunes vouch­ers for the best in­struc­tions and the best recipes.

The com­mit­tee mem­bers said it is a trib­ute to the young peo­ple in­volved that they are do­nat­ing the prizes to the schools.

One of the out­comes of this pro­mo­tion is that the Fin­ley High School de­cided to sell com­post and mulch as well as the plants.

They had so much in­ter­est in this they will prob­a­bly be back next month to sell some more.

Ac­cord­ing the Fin­ley Pub­lic School teacher Sam Burke, the chil­dren were very in­volved and in­ter­ested in the whole process and they hope that they will be able to do this again next year.

The next mar­ket will be held on De­cem­ber 1.

Gary Webb, In­grid Archibald, Robyn O’Leary, Ashleigh O’Leary, Sam Burke and Kiarni Jones.

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