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Food for Thought: Paddock, Patch, Plate

Date: 14 to 22 August 2021 Location: Hopetoun Community Resource Centre

Ever wanted to grow your own organic veggie patch? How can composting impact landfill? How will West Australians sustainably produce food in a warming environment?

Hopetoun CRC’s weeklong Paddock, Patch, Plate comprises big activities to inspire and educate on food production, uprising food innovations, awareness of the environmental impacts of food choices, and ultimately empower audiences grow their own produce at home.

Hopetoun’s Something from Nothing Workshop will be presented to both adult and young audiences, through a series of events at the CRC and local primary school. Delivered by conservationist and horticulturalist Donna Higgins, Something from Nothing will explore the world of composting, how to reduce the amount of food entering landfill, and how veggie offcuts can be used to grow fresh produce.

Participants will also gain insight into local farming operations though a two-hour workshop of Mystwood Harvest, a family-owned farm in Esperance. This workshop will teach about using regenerative agriculture techniques to grow and share vegetables with their local community.

Special STEM Storytime events will cater to the early childhood audience and will include children’s stories about growing fruit and vegetables, and sensory play exploring planting produce.

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