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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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25th March – Beautiful Butterflies and other Beneficial Be(e)ings with Helen Schwencke (9.30am)

Introducing people to a whole new “meaning of life” through connecting people with nature, especially insects and HelenSchwencke highres_247906273with growing food for biodiversity is Helen Schwencke’s passion. She organises Woodfordia’s Butterfly Project and is co-author of Create More Butterflies. Beautiful Butterflies and other beneficial beings is a presentation about integrating a love of butterflies, native bees and larval life-forms into your gardens, parks and vege patches and how increasing your local species diversity of small creatures can work for you. Learn ways to increase biodiversity in our local places and spaces, and about amazing ecological relationships and how to make them our allies.
With food security and land utilisation becoming ever more pressing issues, as humans we often engage in many practices that reduce biodiversity – especially the 98 – 99% of animal species that are invertebrates aka mini-beasts. Helen offers ways to increase biodiversity in local places and spaces such as community gardens. Learn about ecological relationships and how mini-beasts are our ally, rather than our enemy.

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

Fantastic Book Offer!

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Two books published by Helen Schwencke’s company Earthling Enterprises are being offered by YCG at great prices due to Helen’s generosity.

Create More Butterflies (Frank Jordan & Helen Schwencke)
YCG Members – $21, Non-Members $28 (RRP $34)
Australian Stingless Bees: A Guide to Sugarbag Beekeeping (John Klumpp)
YCG Members – $21, Non-Members $28 (RRP $35)

TO PURCHASE:
Books to be pre-ordered & pre-paid by 22nd March.
In Person – Drop in to YCG during opening hours (i.e., Monday & Tuesday 8-2, Saturday 8-12) and pre-order books and pay cash.
Direct Deposit to YCG Bank account:
BSB 633-000, Acct No 158794040, Yandina Community Gardens Inc
(include your name in the transaction details).
Notify YCG of your order/payment by emailing info@yandinacommunitygardens.com.au. Please provide your name, telephone number/s, email address, number/title(s) of books ordered and amount of money deposited into YCG bank account. Please let us know if you are a YCG Member.
COLLECTION:
Books can be collected from YCG on day of workshop (i.e., 25th March) or during opening hours following the workshop day (i.e., Monday & Tuesday 8-2, Saturday 8-12).
JOIN YCG TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHOLESALE PRICES! If you are not a YCG Member but would like to join so that you can purchase copies of these books at wholesale prices, please click here for further information.

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1st April Guided Garden Tour (9 am)IMG_7218

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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8th April Workshop Composting, Worm Farming and Everything in Between with Sandie Johnston (9.30 am)

Composting (2)What better way to turn waste into a resource than by working with nature in our own backyard. Organics make up more than 50% of our waste on the Sunshine Coast and this workshop will show you just how easy it is to recycle with composting, worm farming and everything in between.

Sandie Johnston is the Sunshine Coast Council’s Waste 2 Resource Education Coordinator and she will give troubleshooting tips and advice on creating an efficient, hassle free system to recycle your organic waste. This workshop is great for all types of keen gardeners, so whether you’re new to the composting game or maybe struggling with your system come along, ask questions and maybe win a prize.

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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22nd April Workshop – Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste Workshop with Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener (9.30 am)

In this workshop, Anne will be sharing lots of practical tips and creative ways to save money and reduce your kitchen waste to live more sustainably including:

  • Foods to regrow from kitchen scraps so you can grow plants for free;Easy ways to reduce food waste
  • Using 100% of your food (how to use skin, seeds, leaves and flesh);
  • What to do with sprouting potatoes and UFO’s (Unidentified Food Objects!)
  • Smart shopping habits and menu planning;
  • Ways to create a waste-free kitchen and close the loop on cycling nutrients back to the garden;
  • Packaging-free food and how to upcycle packaging;
  • Easy, quick recipes including ‘Clean out the Fridge Soup’;

BYO a food you don’t know how to use or packaging you often throw out. We’ll brainstorm useful ways to reduce food waste together!

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

This workshop is supported through Sunshine Coast Council’s Living Smart program.

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29th April Workshop – Landscaping for Food Gardens with Paul Collins (9.30am) 

traditional-landscapeHow to construct terraces, raised garden beds and retaining walls using timber or modular systems. Paul will provide information on how to build these structures using materials accepted by organic farmers and techniques that fit within Council Building Regulations. Paul is a horticulturalist and educator with many years of experience in the horticulture and landscaping industries. Most recently Paul has taught Certificate 2 in Organic Horticulture through the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, which was attended by a number of enthusiastic Yandina Community Gardens Members .

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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Questions? Contact Workshop Coordinator, Margaret Hamlyn at ycgeducation@gmail.com or phone 5446 7373.

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