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Funding plays an important part of the success of the Yea Community Garden and the broader Incredible Edible Yea Project. We welcomed Natalie from funders FRRR this week to have a look at the garden and to discuss how we aim to increase the inclusive use of the garden and the use of fresh produce in our community over the coming year. Funders love data, evidence, budgets and outcomes and Natalie was very supportive in helping us understand how these important areas can function in our project. The garden put on a lovely autumnal show for the occasion…how cool is the new bike for the High School compost project (funded by Hamer Sprout)?

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Pumpkin soup anyone?  This whopper was grown by Middle Kinglake Primary School

Pumpkin soup anyone? This whopper was grown by Middle Kinglake Primary School

Egg and spoon concentration

Egg and spoon concentration

If you drop your egg we have added the extra challenge of dealing with the European Wasps!

If you drop your egg we have added the extra challenge of dealing with the European Wasps!

could apples ever look more delicious?

could apples ever look more delicious?

on your marks...

on your marks…

...go!

…go!

strawberry eating apple...

strawberry eating apple…

preschooler rocking a popcorn necklace

preschooler rocking a popcorn necklace

it is harder than it looks...

it is harder than it looks…

Thanks to our wonderful Yea High School helpers

Thanks to our wonderful Yea High School helpers

a reflective bit of pizza eating and inter-school friend-making

a reflective bit of pizza eating and inter-school friend-making

Honey honey

Honey honey

Steve our honey man

Steve our honey man

Honey fun

Honey fun

pizza making mayhem...

pizza making mayhem…

...made easy by the crew at All Ablaze Pizza

…made easy by the crew at All Ablaze Pizza

YUM

YUM

zucchini carving love

zucchini carving love

extra resourceful with the zucchini hair

extra resourceful with the zucchini hair

This winning zucchini was grown and brought along especially for a bit of whale creation

This winning zucchini was grown and brought along especially for a bit of whale creation

This winning zucchini summed up the day

This winning zucchini summed up the day

Thank you to Kim Clements and Ann Anstey for contributing their time and impressive cameras to be our photographers on the day.

What a fantastic day at the Yea Recreation Reserve last Friday! We hosted 7 schools, cooked 100 delicious, fresh-school-grown-vegie woodfired pizzas, carved 130 zucchini, ran 35 egg and spoon races, guessed 209 beans in a jar, made 130 popcorn necklaces, watched bees, judged biggest and weirdest vegies, we heard stories about vegies and we bobbed 130 apples. And we had a rip-roaring time doing it! Huge thanks to FRRR McEwen Foundation for the sponsorship and to all the volunteers who helped out. Proving yet again that healthy eating is the most fun you can have. Well done Zanni and everyone…

the calm before the storm...

the calm before the storm…

Thanks to Heidi, Lizzie, Nat & Steph; amazing job everyone

Thanks to Heidi, Lizzie, Nat & Steph; amazing job everyone

let the apple bobbing begin!

let the apple bobbing begin!

Delicious, crispy bobbing apples kindly supplied by Apted Apples - follow them on Facebook to see a local producer at work...

Delicious, crispy bobbing apples kindly supplied by Apted Apples – follow them on Facebook to see a local producer at work…

that popcorn is for creating, not eating!

that popcorn is for creating, not eating!

Our Yea Highschool helpers were tremendous; thanks all

Our Yea Highschool helpers were tremendous; thanks all

these did not last long...

these did not last long…

the biggest and weirdest was won by Kinglake Middle PS with at stonking big pumpkin a

the biggest and weirdest was won by Kinglake Middle PS with at stonking big pumpkin

fruit salad anybody?

fruit salad anybody?

Zanni and her tribe...what a fantastic effort by this cat-herder extraodinairre

Zanni and her tribe…what a fantastic effort by this cat-herder extraodinairre

130 too-big-to-eat-zucchinis were collected for the day thanks to all the generous people around town with vegie gardens

130 too-big-to-eat-zucchinis were collected for the day thanks to all the generous people around town with vegie gardens

only 7 bandaids were distributed for the day...

only 7 bandaids were distributed for the day…

vegie pizza anyone?  Thanks to all the community house crew who chopped vegies until midnight for these pizzas and huge thanks to the crew at All Ablaze Woodfired Pizza who made the experience very special indeed

vegie pizza anyone? Thanks to all the community house crew who chopped vegies until midnight for these pizzas and huge thanks to the crew at All Ablaze Woodfired Pizza who made the experience very special indeed

Huge thanks to Jude and Helen from the UGLN; we could not have done it without you!

Huge thanks to Jude and Helen from the UGLN; we could not have done it without you!

the fruits of our labours

the fruits of our labours

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If anyone wants to travel to these gardens with a mob of like-minded enthusiasts; the Yea Commmunity Garden group are planning a trip. Phone Yea Communtiy House on 5797 3070.

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They are looking for volunteers to help out on the day so if you are looking for some fun and a bit of pizza then drop Zanni a line at Community House 5797 3070

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So now we will have more stuff on site to off-set the effects of forgetfulness at working bees. Wonderful!

great new blog for the local schools edible garden project…

The Connected Garden

Finally we have our blog up and running to share stories, triumphs and tragedies, ideas and experiences from the gardens in this program!

The Connected Garden is linking school gardens and food growing in a group of schools and groups in Murrindindi Shire in Victoria. Those involved are:
Highlands Primary School
Yea Primary School
Sacred Heart Primary School, Yea
Flowerdale Primary School
Middle Kinglake Primary School
Yea High School
Yea and district children’s centre
Yea Community Garden
UG Landcare
Yea & District Memorial Hospital

Stay tuned for garden pictures and stories from this great mob of Gardeners….

Happy gardening!

Zanni

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It was a rainbow feast of healthy, seasonal produce at the Yea Community Garden’s 1st Birthday Party on Sunday 31st. The warm temperatures were perfect for pulling up a picnic rug in the shade and sitting down to some yummy party snacks. The menu followed the “Swap It, Don’t Stop It” principals of party food and included a carrot birthday-cake, pumpkin-spice biscuits, watermelon,feta and mint-picks, rainbow sandwiches and rainbow-fruit wands. It was all washed down with a ginger and mint fruit punch. The day was supported by Yea & District Memorial Hospital as part of their Health Promotion project for Healthy Eating. For more information on healthy eating ideas phone Bridget Clarke on 5736 0479.

garden bunting going up

garden bunting going up

balloons

balloons

the bunting assistant

the bunting assistant

pumpkin spice biscuits

pumpkin spice biscuits

rainbow skewers

rainbow skewers

rainbow sanwiches

rainbow sanwiches

celebratory carrot cake

celebratory carrot cake

a wistful cup of fruit punch...

a wistful cup of fruit punch…

ceremonial proceedings...

ceremonial proceedings…

hip hip horray!!

hip hip horray!!

… And you are invited to the PARTY on Novmeber 30th at the Yea Police Station.

Click on the flier below…

yea community garden birthday invitation