28 October 2019
The City of Kwinana is excited to participate in a new program from the creators of Australia's award-winning Garage Sale Trail.
Grow it Local is a new community initiative to encourage more people to grow, share and eat locally grown foods. To celebrate the City is hosting a series of events over the State-wide Grow it Local Festival week from 4 to 10 November.
Registered users can list what they're growing, find other growers nearby and connect to share produce, knowledge, skills and more.
Mayor Carol Adams said Grow it Local will encourage a connection to nature, inspire positive health and wellbeing, connect communities, reduce organic waste to landfill and help to make growing food more accessible to more people.
"The City is proud to support the Grow it Local initiative and open the program up to local residents to register their garden patch on the map and get involved in their local community," Mayor Adams said.
"The Grow it Local program will be launched with a festival of events, activities and experiences rooted in growing, sharing and eating locally grown foods," she said.
The Festival events and activities include:
- Drop-in Seed Saver Craft - take home some seeds and make a seed saver envelope to help you gather seeds from your garden to swap and grow.
- Grow it Local Marketplace Stall - City of Kwinana team members will be talking Grow it Local and helping the community to register their patch.
- Switch your Thinking Cutting Kitchen Waste Workshop - Learn about the problem of food waste and how you can take action from your very own kitchen. Just by switching a few habits you can make a big difference to your emissions and your household budget.
- Storytime: Growing a Garden - learn about how plants grow with songs, rhymes, stories and craft.
- Composting Workshop - the City, along with the eco-auditing and compost education team from Green Services, will be holding a composting workshop with the introduction of Bokashi Buckets. Green Services will demonstrate how to use an indoor Bokashi Bucket compost system. Residents can purchase the highly discounted Bokashi Bucket and 2 x 1kg packets of Bokashi Mix at a cost of $50. Buckets will be available for residents to purchase from the City's Administration Building from Monday 11 November.
- Honeywood Farmers Markets - a team from the City will be down at the Honeywood Farmers Markets on Sunday 10 November holding fun eco activities for kids. There will be a competition to win a worm farm and pick up your free seedling to take home and plant in your garden. We have 200 to be given away with one per family.
Grow it Local is being supported by a team of like-minded ambassadors including Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis, founder of The Diggers Club Clive Blazey, Rodney Dunn of Tasmania's famed Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Australian chef and TV presenter Paul West.
All registered Festival events and activities can be found on the City's What's On website.