An exciting world first pilot project called ‘Farm My School’ is coming to Drysdale. This original and ambitious project aims to transform an unused soccer pitch at Bellarine Secondary College into a productive 1.5 acre permaculture market garden. It’s hoped the commercially viable market garden will provide regular produce to school families through affordable weekly organic veggie boxes and supply fresh food to the school canteen.
The pilot project is launching with a 24 hour ‘build a farm in a day’ festival – where it’s hoped many community hands will gather together to create a massive no-dig garden, also known as a lasagne garden. And to join in the fun, ABC’s Costa from Gardening Australia will also be making an appearance.
The no-dig festival is taking place from 9am this Saturday October 1st to 9am October 2nd at Bellarine Secondary College, Drysdale. Community members are invited to register for a workshop, attend the whole day or even camp out overnight for the full experience.
The 24-hour festival will feature local music and workshops where participants will learn how to build a no-dig market garden.
Participants are being asked to pay what they can for a ticket up to the cost of $20, with any proceeds raised contributing to the cost of running the workshops. Children are free.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic and to be mindful that it is a zero waste event.
To find out more or to book into a workshop go to the Farm My School Ltd Event page: https://farmmyschool.com/build-a-farm-in-day
Thanks goes to Bellarine Community Health, Farm My School Ltd and Bellarine Secondary College.
Photo: Costa at the Geelong West Community Garden.