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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 program includes 2 workshops per month.  

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 July Workshop How to Create a Bushfood Garden with Veronica Cougan (9.30 am)

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For thousands of years, ‘bushfood’ plants have been an integral part of our indigenous people’s staple diet and culture. Today these native foods are being ‘rediscovered’ by contemporary Australians & appreciated for the unique flavours they offer us. Join Veronica from Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery as she share’s her knowledge and experiences, gained over 18 years involvement with Native food plants, on how to create a Bushfood garden so you can enjoy the ‘Wild Taste of the Rainforest’ in your backyard. Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery specialises in quality native food plants for the home gardener and commercial grower (www.witjutigrub.com.au).

Veronica has generously donated this workshop to Yandina Community Gardens.

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

Duration: 1.5-2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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29th July Workshop Creating a Food Forest with Jason Davies (9.30 am)

140527-backyard-food-forest 2A food forest can be created anywhere with simple planning and Permaculture techniques. Jason will show you how to design, plan & implement a food forest for your property of any size. Turn your property into a food oasis by stacking, layering & building soil structure for healthy organic plants, that will produce food all year round. Plant species will be discussed, including what & where to plant. Many of these can be purchased at YCG nursery after workshop. Jason is a qualified Horticulturalist, and has completed Permaculture Design Certificate & Urban Permaculture Design and Holistic management course. As a Permaculture Design Consultant, his passion is designing Permaculture properties from unit patios, suburban house lots & large/small acreage. For more information about Jason go to permaculturedesignblog.wordpress.com

Jason has generously donated this workshop to Yandina Community Gardens.

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

Duration: 1.5-2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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Garden Tour

 

5th August Guided Garden Tour with Colleen Bichel (9am)

Want to be know what and how to grow in the sub-tropics? See Permaculture principles & design ideas in action. Meet at bamboo tepee. 1-1.5 hrs.

Gold coin.

 

 

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12th August Workshop –  Spilling the Beans: Coffee Growing & Processing at Home with Phillip Richards (9.30 am).

In the workshop Phillip Richards will discuss growing the coffee bush and demonstrate the simple procedures involved in processing your own coffee using simple, inexpensive methods and materials. Participants will handle examples of the beans from all stages of processing. You will experience how it looks, how it feels, and how it smells and, if you are very lucky, how it tastes. Coffee can be grown quite successfully here on the Sunshine Coast.

Phillip Richards has been growing coffee in Yandina for twelve years. A writer, he has published articles on sustainability topics such as coffee growing and recently making guava vinegar, and recycling, removing and re-siting houses. Formally an organic vegetable farmer (Childers, BFA certified), and a teacher in NSW and on the Sunshine Coast, he lives on a small acreage beside the Maroochy River. In a garden full of birds, bees, trees and a few cooks, he and Louise grow all their own fruit vegetables as well as enough coffee for regular cups.

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

Duration: 1.5-2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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26th August Workshop – How to plant Tropical Permaculture Food Cropswith Kilagi Nielsen (9.30 am).

Learn how to plant crops such as Cassava, Taro, Cocoyam and Sweet Potato for ease of management and to maximise harvest. Kilagi grew up in New Guinea where planting, harvesting and cooking these foods were part of her traditional lifestyle. Kilagi has an extensive and practical knowledge and loves to share and teach others. You will come away from this workshop with new skills and knowledge that can be put into practice in your home garden. Plants and cuttings will be available where possible for you to purchase on the day.

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

Duration: 1.5-2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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Garden Tour

 

2nd SeptemberGuided Garden Tour with Jason Davies (9am)

Want to be know what and how to grow in the sub-tropics? See Permaculture principles & design ideas in action. Meet at bamboo tepee. 1-1.5 hrs.

Gold coin.

 

 

 

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

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