Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) is working hard to rebuild our local food system by demonstrating how to grow food on a commercial as well as a domestic scale and by offering educational programs to help people put what they see demonstrated into practice. The Southeast HARVEST, with our mantra of share ~ connect ~ educate, plays an important role in this work.
The festival brings the community and visitors together to discover what’s happening in the southeast region of NSW and from event to event, people can see the progress that is being made. It’s exciting and brings a wonderful sense of enjoyment and fun to the serious business of creating food security and sovereignty for our region.
When the festival was first conceived, it was intended that it should also be an opportunity to raise funds to help finance the sort of projects and activities that SAGE undertakes. The organising committee for the 2013 Southeast HARVEST is proud to be able to contribute $1,000 towards SAGE’s work in the future.
Last Friday 22nd November at the regular SAGE Sunset gathering, as members plaited the garlic harvest, the SEH Committee’s (recently retired) President Carole Carlson had the pleasure of presenting the $1,000 cheque to SAGE President Fraser Bayley. They acknowledged the work of the volunteers who organise the HARVEST and how it is becoming a pivotal event in the region, both for strengthening the connection between the community and local growers, but also as an emerging tourist attraction.
Plans for the 2014 event are well underway and are more ambitious than ever before. Costa has already confirmed he will be back, our Event Patron Jackie French will be bringing her own unique brand of enthusiasm to the event and even more guests have been invited to take part in a program of talks and demonstrations over the 3 days of the event.
Next year, the festival will engage even more with the local community of the Eurobodalla, inviting schools to take part and encouraging Moruya businesses to embrace using local produce as much as possible.
Marketing and promotion is also being developed and any interested sponsors should get in touch with the SEH Committee now to make sure they enjoy the maximum benefits the HARVEST will provide.
Contact Kate Raymond on 0413 920 620 for more information.