April 1 - 7, 2018: Issue 354

Avalon Community Garden's Zest For Life Festival Inspired By Young Gardener

Avalon Community Garden members getting ready to share their Zest for Life
The phrase 'out of the mouth of babes' will take on extra meaning next Sunday, April 8th, when the Avalon Community Garden hosts their Zest for Life Festival as this was all the idea of 7 year old Aneira Ravenscroft, one of the keen gardeners who enjoys getting really involved in where her food comes from and sharing the good things that come from the earth.

Aneira and friends will host some kids craft, alike the Frond Masks you see in the picture above, and a Healthy high tea in the Children's area of Avalon community Garden.

Aspara Gus (aka Luke Escombe - The Veggie Plot) will also be on hand to provide some great entertainment for youngsters. The Vegetable Plot are an award-winning bunch of roots musicians who have sprung from the underground on a radical mission: to get kids to fall in love with vegetables.

It's not all for the youngsters though - there's Making Compost From Food Scraps workshop with Tim Seaton - Coastal Environment Centre / ACG, The Importance of Soil talk by Peter Rutherford - Eco House and Garden, Kimbriki, while Make and retain good soil on steep sites using Hugelkulture method by Sam Gibbons will be of interest to many who have just that; steep sites!

Avalon Community Garden members Brita Benjamin and Marion Livingstone Vale sorting the chook food this week

There's great food available, more informative talks and a traditional Smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country to open what will be a brilliant day.

The full program, with times, is listed below.

Aneira Ravenscroft - serious about good food!

Zest For Life Festival

Hosted by Avalon Community Garden
Sunday, April 8 at 10 AM - 2 PM
In the Grounds of Barrenjoey High School, via Tasman Road gates, North Avalon.
Add some zest to your life at Avalon Community Garden. Hear amazing legends speak about their passion for the planet, for soil, for plastic free living, caring for the Oceans and much more. 

Indulge in the Garden’s Natural Food Café, open all day for lunch, organic produce, tea, coffee and cakes. Relax listening to some cool beats from a bevy of Avalon’s talented performers.

For the kids there is craft & painting, music and entertainment, gardening and their own café!

Take a tour through the Garden grounds whilst visiting our eco partners’ stalls. Plus a day of eco workshops, films, talks and fun activities: 

10:10  Smoke ceremony and Welcome to Country 
Neil Evers - Aboriginal elder of the Guringai people.

11:00  The Importance of Soil talk
Peter Rutherford - Eco House and Garden, Kimbriki.

11:30  Making Compost From Food Scraps workshop.
Tim Seaton - Coastal Environment Centre / ACG.

12:00  No Plastic Please talk.
Robbie Luscombe-Newman – Living Ocean. 

12:30  Plastic Free Lifestyle film - Living Ocean.

12:30  Aspara Gus entertains the kids
Luke Escombe - The Veggie Plot.

1:00  No more gladwrap on your sangers – make your own beeswax wrap workshop.
Tim Seaton – The Coastal Environment Centre / ACG.

1:30  Make your own essential oil sunscreen workshop.
Phyllis Agius – ACG.

1:30  Make and retain good soil on steep sites using Hugelkulture method.
Sam Gibbons – ACG.

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