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Growing Food! Skills for Children and Adults

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Eastern Hub Geelong

285A McKillop Street

East Geelong, VIC 3219

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We are very lucky to have some of Geelong's best food growers running a number of workshops for urban edible gardeners

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Growing food in our front and backyards and even inside our homes helps in so many ways; it reduces the energy and water required, reconnects us and children with the wondrous natural world, can provide habitat for other life, gives us an abundance to eat, preserve and share, allows us to protect our food source in varying weather conditions, can increase community connection, keeps food affordable, is fun and increases food security.

The more of us that do it and share the joys of it, the better!.

We have an exciting line up of workshop facilitators including one on children's gardening (age 5-10), how to grow oyster mushrooms, growing sprouts, market gardening on an urban rental block and propagating reliably from seed and planting out. Some workshops will run at the same time as others.

** Please only book if you are definitely coming. These workshops cost a lot to put on and they are free to the public as part of our funding agreement. Not showing up or cancelling at the last minute wastes our funds , opportunities for others to learn and robs the community of skill building. Limited numbers apply.

PLEASE ARRIVE AT 12.45 FOR A 1PM START OF THE EVENT WHICH FINISHES AT 4.15PM.

** THE EXCEPTION IS FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR SUPERVISING ADULTS ATTENDING THE CHILDREN'S GARDENING SESSION WHO CAN ARRIVE AT 1.15 AND LEAVE AFTER 2.30 WHEN SUPERVISING ADULTS COMPLETE AN EVALUATION FORM :)

FIRST TIME BLOCK 1.30 - 2.30pm. (ARRIVE AT 12.45 EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE COMING TO CHILDRENS GARDENING SESSION WHO CAN ARRIVE AT 1.15)

You can choose one of the following:

Session 1: CHILDREN'S GARDENING (Arrive at 1.15 and go straight to venue)

Kyrstie Barcak will show up to 15 children (maximum of 15 x 5-10 year olds supervised by an adult each) how to grow food and compost with worms.

Kyrstie helps and inspires busy Mums to create a kitchen garden and experience the benefits of fresh food. She is a published author and founder of A Fresh Legacy. Kyrstie works with families and also preschools to set up a vegetable garden And provide coaching suited to their unique requirements.

Session 2 : URBAN MARKET GARDEN

Two young team members from the innovative project in Norlane called The Farm Next Door will come to present and answer questions on what's involved in establishing and maintaining a productive market garden and demo site (even on a rental property!). The farm team provide hyperlocal fresh food in a socially inclusive community under the auspice of Norlane Community Initiatives. Food security created by initiatives like these are essential and we could do with many more.

Clarrie Smith grew up on a farm near Geelong and has always had an interest in the natural world and more recently has become passionate about the idea of connecting with and growing our own food. He believes the future of food is important to us all and that changing our agricultural systems is necessary in order to live happily on this planet.

Joel Inei has long been passionate about self-sufficiency, good produce, cooking and the power of food to bring people together. Joel has Dutch and Italian heritage and both sides of his family have a long cultural tradition of growing their own food. He has been involved at The Farm Next Door since it’s inception and is an integral member of the wider Norlane community.

Session 3: PROPAGATING & PLANTING MAGIC

Jana will present on some simple techniques she's developed for growing robust plants from seed with an abundant harvest.

Jana Holmer has decades of experience growing food and is a Garden Journalist for Good Organic Gardening magazine, a builder and formerly a national garden t.v. program script writer and presenter. Jana learned about self sufficient farming through her ancestors who’s survival depended on the food they produced, harvested, preserved, cooked and made remedies from. She lives with her partner Pieter and daughter Holly on a 622m2 urban block in Newtown and they’re almost self sufficient. Her desire is to encourage neighbours to grow good food and share resources to minimise our ecological footprint and create a warm community of food secure people.

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AFTERNOON TEA SERVED 2.30 - 3PM

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SECOND TIME BLOCK: 3 - 4pm . (ENDS AT 4.15)

You can choose one of the following:

Session 1: RAISING SPROUTS

Michelle will teach people the various stages and techniques of how to grow beautiful and nutritious edible sprouts.

Michelle Mairs is the owner of Sprout House Farms and is a certified horticulture and permaculture designer and teacher. Born out of her love of fresh, organically grown, delicious food, she created Sprout House Farms which has become the premiere supplier of gourmet edibles in the Geelong Region and Australia wide. All crops are grown in an urban location in Geelong and the business is planet-friendly. Everything is grown naturally, is completely chemical-free, uses 100% certified organic seeds and mostly waste free. She and her team are dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods possible.

Session 2: FUNGI FUN (YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN GARDENING GLOVES.)

Ernesto will show people how to grow oyster mushrooms. There will be some theory followed by a hands-on activity making your own oyster mushroom kit. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN GARDENING GLOVES.

Ernesto is passionate about urban permaculture and local, fresh and sustainable food and a believer in education as the most efficient way to bring about change. He is a qualified Chef and Permaculture designer with a Degree in Business Administration and has taught in Permaculture courses and worked with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation at a number of primary schools delivering their cooking and gardening programs. He runs Geelong Fungi's and Geelong Worms an urban mushroom farm based on Permaculture principals and ethics where he has developed his own methods and techniques designing a closed loop system to grow oyster mushrooms and supply some of the best restaurants in the Geelong region.

Session 3: PROPAGATING & PLANTING MAGIC

Jana will present on some simple techniques she's developed for growing robust plants from seed with an abundant harvest.

Jana Holmer has decades of experience growing food and is a Garden Journalist for Good Organic Gardening magazine, a builder and formerly a national garden t.v. program script writer and presenter. Jana learned about self sufficient farming through her ancestors who’s survival depended on the food they produced, harvested, preserved, cooked and made remedies from. She lives with her partner Pieter and daughter Holly on a 622m2 urban block in Newtown and they’re almost self sufficient. Her desire is to encourage neighbours to grow good food

Please head to ticketing and select the 2 session/s you would like to attend for the event.

These workshops are funded by a Pick My Project grant from the Victorian State Government.

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