In partnership with the Sustaining Our Towns project, the Southeast HARVEST is very excited that Australia’s favourite gardening personality, Costa will venture south to the HARVEST on the weekend of 16,17 & 18 March.
When approached by the Sustaining Our Towns project to visit the festival, Costa responded with his trademark effervescence. “I had no idea that there are so many exciting things going on around there. I knew I just had to come down and see for myself all the gardens and farms and community projects that were described. I want to lift the lid on the Eurobodalla!” enthused Costa.
Over three days, Costa will visit a school garden, a number of sustainable gardens and a small scale polyculture farm and market garden at Turlinjah. He will spend the day at the HARVEST on the Saturday and take part in a cooking demonstration using freshly harvested produce from The SAGE Project community garden. Finally, Costa will join a garden blitz at The SAGE Project site on the Sunday morning and if he can squeeze it into the packed schedule, he will install a no-dig garden at the Boomerang Meeting Place in Mogo before heading back to Sydney.
Costa’s philosophy and practice is all about how we can tread lightly and embrace nature’s cycles and seasons. He encourages us to investigate and champion our local produce from its source, which is exactly the mission of the Southeast HARVEST.
“We’re just so excited that Costa wanted to come to the HARVEST festival” said President Carole Carlson. “He’s such an energetic personality and people can’t help but respond to his infectious passion for growing food locally and sustainably. It’s the perfect combination.”
The HARVEST is held every 16 months to enable growers and guest demonstrators to showcase produce from each season. This year’s festival on Saturday 17 March will be a celebration of Autumn, the season that many believe is the best time of year for this region.
A huge array of interactive stalls are planned, featuring local produce and locally made delicacies, as well as displays promoting more sustainable living and activities for children of all ages.
Limited event merchandise will be given away to earlybirds and a fantastic prize will be drawn every hour for a lucky ticket holder to win.
Entry to the HARVEST is only $5 (16 years and over) or $10 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children 16 or over). Children under 16 are free. Tickets include access to the full program of events in the main marquee, including demonstrations from special guest presenters Jackie French and Julie Goodwin.
Visit the Southeast HARVEST website for more information.