Di Hirst to re-discover the spring that may be the source of community garden's future - July 15, 10am @ Di Hirst Oval.
Veggie Village, the permaculture community garden project in Peregian Beach, will celebrate a landmark occasion on Sunday 15th July. Di Hirst, an ex champion hockey player, will rediscover a natural spring on the proposed land that has been set aside for the project on the oval that bears her name.
Pending council approval, a small portion of the Di Hurst Oval, located directly behind the Peregian Bowls Club, will be handed over to a keen group of green thumbs and organic food advocates who plan to create a community garden. The garden will encourage all members of the community to become involved in growing fruits and vegetables in a friendly and fun environment.
The re-discovery of the spring is very important to the community garden, as it represents the source of our most valuable asset - good clean natural water. Ms Hirst will take a water sample from the spring that will be tested to make sure the water is safe and clean to use.
"It is almost poetic really… water being the most valuable resource on the planet, community energy, community land and learning to produce clean fresh food all coming together like the past meeting the future, ancient earth formations and places once valued by traditional owners being rediscovered in a time when we need to look back to look forward." says Janet Millington, a local lecturer and consultant in permaculture.
Weeding and clearing of introduced species in the bushland around the spring will be the first step in establishing the Veggie Village as a part of the Peregian community. The Noosa Shire Council will be helping the garden committee to identify the plants that are native to the area and local expert herpetologist Gertz Vonschveinfurth will visit the site to help identify significant areas of lizards and frogs. In Permaculture, all life forms are considered important so due consideration will be paid to all local species of plants and animals.
The first working bee for the proposed Veggie Village is planned to take place after the re-discovering the spring ceremony. All are welcome. Come with your enthusiasm, boots, rakes and buckets and bring a picnic lunch, lots of water, and a sense of humour. The kids will have a whole wide-open field to play on as you assist in clearing this future bush-tucker section of the garden. The project already has the support of Noosa Shire Council and a host of enthusiastic locals and in-kind sponsors keen to share the joy of fruit and vegetable gardening with others.
On July 18th, Janet Millington, Leonie Shanahan and Sonya Wallace will facilitate an interactive workshop at Peregian Bowls Club to discuss ideas about the design of the Veggie Village. This is your chance to not only learn more about garden design but also to be part of the initial planning stage of the community garden.
Veggie Village's inaugural AGM will be held before the workshop and there are several offices open for those who would like to take an active role on the committee. The evening will commence at 6.30 sharp. All interested are welcome to attend.
For further information on the Veggie Village concept including management structure, proposed site plans, or sponsors, please phone Bruce Molloy on (07) 5448 3769 or 0411 518 773
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