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Grow Productive Gardens with Wicking Beds
Mar
2
1:30 PM13:30

Grow Productive Gardens with Wicking Beds

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Want to learn how to maintain a luscious garden in a hot, dry climate? Wicking beds are a water saving method for growing healthy, fresh vegetables. Out guest speaker, Christine Hardiman, has managed the wicking beds in the Kyneton Community Garden for 2 years and is very familiar with their construction and use. She will share her knowledge and expertise.

Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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Save the Bees - Without Keeping Them!
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Save the Bees - Without Keeping Them!

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There are many reasons why people (even pollinator-enthusiasts) may not be able to keep bees themselves: space, money, or being seriously allergic are all inhibiting factors for some folks.

We know others who have overcome all of these obstacles using a bit of creativity and know-how, but if it’s not for you, don’t force it. There are still plenty of ways you can help struggling bee populations without being a beekeeper.

Join members of the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society as they share some local knowledge and bee-friendly ideas on the main stage at the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Festival on the 2nd of March.

Free entry.

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Hugelkultur with the Kyneton Transition Hub
Mar
2
11:30 AM11:30

Hugelkultur with the Kyneton Transition Hub

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After the recent hottest days ever recorded, we wonder how our edible gardens will survive. The Kyneton Transition Hub are planning several talks and demonstrations over the course of the day, in conjunction with the Permaculture Garden Action Group. Join us to learn some simple ideas on how to have a productive garden with simple techniques which will save on water, improve soil structure and drainage.

In this talk, speaker Jan McIver will talk about Hugelkultur, a centuries-old technique of using a local resource to improve soil fertility and moisture retention. She will talk about how this technique can transform your soil, even in a dry, hot climate.

Festival Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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Macedon Ranges Home Produce Exchange
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Macedon Ranges Home Produce Exchange

Helen and the team from the Home Produce Exchange had a lot of fun at last year’s Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival. Come and join us this year on March 2 – bring anything surplus from your garden or home preserves pantry to put on the swap tables and take something in exchange, no money changes hands!

The produce exchange will set up in the regular spot near the Woodend Library at the entrance of the Woodend Community Farmers’ Market.

You can sign up as a member and receive monthly emails via https://mrsg.org.au/home-produce-exchange/

See you there!

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Seed Saving for the Macedon Ranges Climate
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Seed Saving for the Macedon Ranges Climate

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Riddells Creek Seed Savers (RCSS) is a group of home gardeners dedicated to preserving traditional, non-hybrid, open-pollinated food seed varieties which do well in the Macedon Ranges. Over the past 100 years or so, we have lost 80-90% of our fruit and vegetable varieties worldwide, this threatens the genetic diversity of our food plants.  The big seed companies are focussed on profit, so can’t be relied upon to maintain our plant heritage.  Home gardeners have a crucial role as the stewards of food plant biodiversity.  This becomes increasingly important as we experience the effects of climate change on our food sources.

Locally successful varieties may be maintained through genetic selection the old fashioned way: collecting seed from plants which have the characteristics we want to encourage, eg tomatoes which set early, or continue fruiting into autumn, or coriander which does not bolt.  In this way we are adapting the variety to our local conditions.

Members of Transition Town Riddell will be hosting a seed winnowing and hulling display at the festival throughout the day, where you can also learn more about local seed saving techniques and plant varieties.

Festival Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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TreeProject: Sowing Seeds for a Sustainable Future
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

TreeProject: Sowing Seeds for a Sustainable Future

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TreeProject is a non-profit (Charitable), non-government, volunteer-based organisation leading the way in sustainable re-vegetation throughout Victoria by providing low cost indigenous seedlings to landholders.

Help us get trees in the ground!

TreeProject provides opportunities for people to get involved and do something practical for the environment by growing indigenous seedlings in their own backyards. We provide volunteer growers with training, support and growing materials needed to set up a ‘home nursery’ and successfully grow strong healthy seedlings.

Every year Tree Project volunteers contribute more than 48,000 hours. Come and join us. Find out how to grow things, learn about plant propagation, seed collecting and revegetation.

TreeProject will be hosting a hands-on exhibit at the festival throughout the day. This is a great NFP community project and we would love you to get involved!

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Backyard Gardening for a Sustainable Future
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Backyard Gardening for a Sustainable Future

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A team of garden volunteers are awaiting the opportunity to inspire you with ways of introducing edible gardening into your life.

The Permaculture Garden Action Group maintains our community permaculture garden situated at the rear of the Woodend Neighbourhood House. A whole day of activities and discussions are planned as a ‘gardening expo’ during the festival. It is a terrific space which holds a garden, espaliered fruit trees, chimney hive, chicken house, and compost bins.

Topics that will be covered include maintaining the structural integrity of the chicken coop and using compost bays along with permaculture garden tours, seed saving and worm farm demonstrations, and talks on Hugelkultur and wicking beds.

Check out the rest of the Gardening Expo program for more details.

Festival Permaculture Garden, Rear of 47 Forest St, Woodend.

Free entry.

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Woodend Community Farmers' Market
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

Woodend Community Farmers' Market

We all know farmers are the best gardeners - and we’ve got some of the best in the region right on our doorstep.

The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is held in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers' Market. This great monthly market features 50 local and regional producers who bring truckloads of mouth-watering food to our community! This means you can stock up on some delicious local produce, support our lovely local producers and check out our inspiring sustainable living showcase at the same time!

What a great day out in the Macedon Ranges!

Free entry.

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