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Creating a Sustainable Community Program

Yandina Community Gardens is pleased to offer a series of workshops and garden tours held on Saturdays at YCG. Our new 2016-2017 program includes 2 workshops per month.  This project is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council Grants Program – we acknowledge and thank Council for their ongoing support.  

Please note that we now charge a small fee for our workshops. Of course, if anyone feels inspired to donate more, we will very gratefully accept your generosity!  YCG is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation and we always welcome donations and support. All fees and donations go towards the ongoing costs of running YCG and help us to keep offering great workshops with great presenters.

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

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If Bookings are required this will be specified in information for particular workshop, otherwise bookings are not required.

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dsc_0241-e1431410091910b28th January Workshop – The What, Where, When & How of Tropical Permaculture Plants with Kilagi Nielsen (9.30am)

Join Papua New Guinean woman, Kilagi Nielsen, as she shares her knowledge about tropical Permaculture plants, including where and when to grow, and how to use. From Aibika to Taro and Yam, there are so many Tropical Permaculture Plants. Kilagi will teach you how to grow these plants and how to use them. Even the most experienced Permaculturist is likely to learn something from Kilagi’s wealth of knowledge and experience of growing and using these plants.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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Garden Tour4th February Guided Garden Tour (9 am)

Want to be inspired about what – and how – to grow in the sub-tropics? Join Colleen for a tour of YCG. See Permaculture principles and design ideas in action.

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

Gold coin donation


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11th February – Food, Farming and the Future – Reflections after a year in the Philippines with Emily Boyd (9.30am)

Our previous Workshop Coordinator, Emily Boyd, has spent the past year in the Philippines, farming with deaf, hard 16231155_10210758343451143_1448722824_odof hearing and hearing people. What a year it was – much joy and much pain! In this talk she will share her learning’s from Filipino farmers including some methods for brewing organic fertilisers, right through to working in agriculture in an inherently unjust system. Emily does not claim to have all the answers, but she will offer her reflections on how we can live a more sustainable life. And she might happily brag about the mud house they built!

Emily volunteered through AVID (Australian Volunteers for International Development) as a ‘Community Garden Development 16176762_10210758350371316_1925436145_nOfficer’, working for an incredible organisation, Welcome Home Foundation, who has been supporting deaf people for 30 years. Emily taught the deaf students sustainable agriculture and trained the ‘farm manager’. The vegetables they grow are being used in the Foundations ‘Natural Garden Café’, a paddock to plate model, and sold to local restaurants.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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18th February – Giving Plastic the Flick! How to make your life less plastic with Shelly McArdle (9.30am)

Shelly McArdle is based in Central Queensland and works with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation to facilitate the 15995254_1441497762528322_3241742409239409760_ocAustralian Marine Debris Initiative. During this workshop you will hear about the AMDI and what is being done to address the threat that marine debris poses to our coastal and marine environment. Find out about plastic free alternatives and practical ways to delete plastic out of our shopping trollies, out of our lives and ultimately out of our environment. Glass straws, bamboo toothbrushes, Beeswax wraps are just some of the ways that we can help by changing the way we consume!
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration 1.5 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

Questions? Contact Workshop Coordinator, Amber Grimley, or phone 5446 7373.

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