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

Easy ways to reduce food wasteIn 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;
  • 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.

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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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6th May 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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13th May Workshop Fungi – The Superheroes of Our Future with Dr Sandra Tuszynska (9.30 am)

CIMG1303Fungi munch on rocks and wood, creating soils and nourishing all life forms. Over 90% of terrestrial plant species rely on fungi to provide them with nutrients, immunity and communication pathways. They communicate across forests; defend trees, feast on pollutants; and are a renewable resource. Fungi are widely studied for their ability to remediate pollution by heavy metals, pesticides, radioactive isotopes, petrochemicals and other industrial toxins. In fact, some fungi even breakdown plastic. By feeding fungi agri-industrial wastes, we can grow bricks, furniture, leather, myco-plastics and myco-diesel – there are truly no limits to what these superheroes can do.

Dr Sandra Tuszynska (PhD) is a passionate soil myco-ecologist (fungal biology). Her goal is to preserve and encourage biodiversity from the ground up – starting with soil remediation by fungi. She inspires others into action through evocative science communication.

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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27th May Workshop Soil tests for Home Gardeners with Marina Alonso (9.30 am).

RX-DK-LGC02603_sandy-soil_s4x3.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960A great opportunity to bring in a soil sample & do some soil testing. This is a fun, practical workshop where you get to examine your soil sample. We will examine your soil texture, soil (aggregate) stability, pH & Electrical Conductance (EC). After setting up our soil tests all these soil parameters will be explained in a practical way. Clay, loam & sandy soils have different water & nutrient holding properties for instance. Have you ever wondered just how prone to erosion your soil is and what can you do about it? Bring in a soil sample – soil sample collection instructions below.

 

Marina is currently finalising her PhD in Soil Microbiology and has completed a Ba. App. Sc. in Production Horticulture.

Instructions for Collection of soil sample:

  • Push spade through to about 10 cm of soil.
  • Pull the spade left to right to create a little ‘wedge’ in the soil.
  • Take spade out and create another ‘wedge’ on opposite side.
  • When taking the spade out, lean it down towards the ground as you pull the spade out collecting soil in the spade.
  • The idea is to collect a small 10cm soil profile.
  • Place soil sample in a zip lock bag or clean jar with lid and try to collect it the day before or on the morning of the workshop.

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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