Veggie Village helps community grow

VILLAGE PEOPLE: Lin Martin, Kaine Doherty and Kelby Eddington are ready for Sunday’s working bee at the Peregian’s Veggie Village.
VILLAGE PEOPLE: Lin Martin, Kaine Doherty and Kelby Eddington are ready for Sunday’s working bee at the Peregian’s Veggie Village.

The Sunday markets and the Food and Wine Fiesta are not the only events happening in Peregian this Sunday.

Just across the road from the markets, a short walk past the pub, is the Veggie Village Community Gardens on Di Hurst Oval.

There, in full swing, will be the monthly Permakids program, and a working bee laying pavers to provide wheelchair access.

But Veggie Village president Bruce Molloy said members would be only to happy to down tools and show visitors around.

Later in morning there will be a workshop on soil building plus veggie-growing tips and tricks, followed by a barbecue lunch.

Bruce said the “village people” had a lot to be proud about. In just one year they had built garden beds, planted veggies, sorted out watering and drainage challenges and largely restored the adjacent wetland areas.

By the end of the year, they hope to see their education shelter and paving completed for the beginning of the 2009 sustainability education program.

Bruce said that Veggie Village’s achievements were an indication of people’s need to connect and to learn about food sustainability in fun and creative ways.

The monthly permaculture workshop for kids from five to 12 years old are designed to to teach kids in a fun way about sustainable gardening.

Workshop activities this Sunday include magical mandalas, nature awareness, companion planting and lots more veggie growing fun!

Because Permakids workshops are very popular, bookings are essential. Phone Leonie Shanahan on 5474 5892. Workshop fee is $5.

For more information on Veggie Village visit www.veggievillage. or phone Bruce Molloy on 5448 3769.

If you are at the Sunday’s Food and Wine Fiesta, check out Veggie Village’s information stand.

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