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Yandina Community Gardens is pleased to host a series of  workshops and DVD screenings each month.  This project has been assisted through the Sunshine Coast Council Grants Program – we acknowledge and thank Council for the support they have given to our workshop program in the past.  At all future workshops however, attendees will be asked to contribute a $5.00 donation. Members will be asked for a gold coin donation and regular volunteers will not be asked for any contribution (as they already contribute so much!).  All donations go towards the ongoing costs of running the Gardens and help us to keep offering great workshops with great presenters.  

All workshops and DVD screenings commence at 9.30 am (unless otherwise indicated) and go for approx 1 1/2 to 2 hours; the guided garden tours will also commence at 9.30 am until further notice.  These events and workshops are open to everyone in the community, not just members and volunteers at the Gardens and there is no need to book a place  – unless otherwise indicated for that particular workshop.  As the Gardens strive to be more sustainable, we no longer offer printed handouts at our workshops; where practicable and with the permission of the presenter, we will upload the handout information as a pdf so that those attending the workshop can download the information and bring it along. Therefore, it is advisable to bring along a notepad and pen for taking notes, as well as a hat, sunscreen and your water bottle. If the workshop involves a food demonstration, we also ask that you bring along a small bowl and spoon for food tastings.

For more information or to be included on our mail-out list for workshop reminders, please contact us at Email:  info@yandinacommunitygardens.com.au or

Phone: 5446 7373 and leave a message – a friendly volunteer will get back to you during  normal opening times at the Gardens.

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NOTE: Workshop Notes from previous workshops are on the INFORMATION page.  Scroll through and select the appropriate pdf.

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Bookings are NOT required for any of these workshops unless specified.

Workshops commence at 9:30 am unless otherwise specified.

Duration is approximately 1½ to 2 hours

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Sat May 14

NO WORKSHOP ON THIS DAY – YCG OPEN DAY WITH JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS TOMORROW SUNDAY MAY 15 FROM 9.00 AM – SEE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS

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Sat May 21

DVD Screening

‘Vanishing of the Bees’

9.30 am

 

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

‘Vanishing of the Bees’ follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfil pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capitol Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.

 

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Sat May 28

Workshop

Banana Bunchy Top

Barry Sullivan/David Peasley

9.30 am

 

Bunchy Top is a viral disease which affects bananas in a zone between Lismore to Byron Bay on its southern boundary and Cooroy to Noosa on its northern boundary and has been contained within this area since it was first discovered about 100 years ago.

It is most prevalent on the Sunshine Coast and while it is under control on the 45 commercial plantations in SE Qld, the greatest risk is its spread northwards to the growing area of Bundaberg, which is currently bunchy top free. The big issue is that it is spread only in two ways – by transplanting suckers or by infected aphids.  If people have the disease in their banana plants they can say good bye to any more bananas, so it is in everyone’s interest to get the disease under more control.

It is often the case that backyarders, hobby farmers and larger scale farmers will have at least a clump of bananas on their property so we are now aiming to educate people about the need to check their bananas regularly and if diseased, to take steps to destroy them so the disease doesn’t spread any further. This is particularly important in the Noosa region as it is only 250km from Bundaberg.

The information session will run for approximately 1.5 hours, is free and we will provide you with information kits including a magnifying glass that helps to identify the disease. It is conducted by Barry Sullivan, SE Qld inspector and/or David Peasley Project Leader, both of whom have been involved with fighting Bunchy Top for many years. We have found the feedback from our initial workshops to be very positive and the vast majority of attendees have rated it extremely useful. 

 

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Sat June 4

Guided Garden Tour

9.30 am

Want to be inspired about what – and how – to grow in the sub-tropics?  Then come along for a garden tour to see permaculture principles and design ideas in action at Yandina Community Gardens.

Meet at the aquaponics system for a 90 minute (approximately) tour of the gardens.  Wear a hat and bring your water bottle.

 

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Sat June 11

Workshop

Bushtucker Foods

Dale Scott

9.30 am

 

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Sat June 18

DVD Screening

‘Growing Cities’

9.30 am

‘Growing Cities’ is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.

In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

 

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Sat July 2

Guided Garden Tour

9.30 am

Want to be inspired about what – and how – to grow in the sub-tropics?  Then come along for a garden tour to see permaculture principles and design ideas in action at Yandina Community Gardens.

Meet at the aquaponics system for a 90 minute (approximately) tour of the gardens.  Wear a hat and bring your water bottle.

 

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Bookings are NOT required for any of these workshops unless specified.

Please note: Workshop attendees will be asked for a $5.00 donation.  Members will be asked for a gold coin donation and regular volunteers will not be asked for any contribution (as they already contribute so much!). Of course, if anyone feels inspired to donate more, we will very gratefully accept your generosity!  All donations go towards the ongoing costs of running the Gardens and help us to keep offering great workshops with great presenters.
Workshops commence at 9:30 am unless otherwise specified and duration is approximately 1½ to 2 hours.

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Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s Grants Program

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