10 June 2009 Food metres replace food miles
Thought about turning your backyard into a fresh food larder, but don't know where to start? Liz Hanson will outline how at her Edible Backyards Workshop at Veggie Village workshop this Sunday 14th from 9 am to 11 am (Cost $15).
Veggie Village promotes sustainability and community participation through growing organic fruit and vegetables at Di Hurst Oval, Rufous St, Peregian Beach.
Lis has kept her family in meat, dairy, fruit and veggies on her Cooroy property for many years, and can verify the major cost and health benefits of growing your own.
Lis says small is best and that an average backyard can be worked intensively and efficiently to provide a family to supplement much of their basic food needs.
"It's all about planning and considering aspect, soil, and weather - to maximise food production while minimising effort. I say ten hours thinking to guide one hour of work!" says Lis.
The workshop will cover garden design, cost benefits and efficiencies, growing veggies and fruit trees, housing and keeping animals, reuse and recycling. Liz will also give valuable tips on what not to do, based on her extensive experience.
Horticulture Pod plans for growth
It's an exciting time to be part of the Horticulture Pod (sub-committee) at the Peregian Beach Veggie Village. Many of our large projects have now been completed, paving the way for the fun part -- planting out of the site.
In the coming months, we'll be getting our hands dirty and making the Veggie Village greener and more diverse than it already is. But before we can put anything in the ground, we need to do some planning. So, this Sunday (14th), at 8:15am sharp, just before the "Edible back yards workshop", we'll be having a brief Pod meeting to begin the planning stage.
Some of the areas we will be discussing are: tropical garden, food forest, propagation/seed saving, composting and mulching, communal gardens, etc, which each group then focusing on developing that specific area in the coming weeks and months.
It doesn't matter what your level of experience/knowledge is, that's the beauty of joining a Pod, it's a place of teaching and learning.
If you'd like to be involved in this initial planning stage, then come along on Sunday morning and contribute.
Edible Backyards Workshop at Veggie Village, Di Hurst Oval, Rufous St Peregian Beach - Sunday June 14th at 9 -11am (cost $15). Horticulture Pod meeting 8.15am (FREE)
Di Hurst Oval, Peregian Beach
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