What a weekend folks. There was so much going on that I don’t know where to start. In terms of food security and community engagement Marion, Di and Annerliegh held both the Saturday swap at the Northcote Uniting Church and on Sunday we headed on down to the Village Festival at the Edinburgh Gardens. Saturday was the best swap yet with about 12 people swapping but many people stopping past to find out what we were on about. We made some new friends and the kids had a great time running around Urban Orchard/Chalices new garden beds.We had amazing raspberry plants, homemade soaps, chutney and of course veg. Annerliegh found out she had a stash of potatoes quite by chance. I should also mention that it’s all coming together nicely… we also engaged a section of the community that have little access to outdoor event like the swaps and our Northcote Library Food Garden friends came too. I also need to comment on Faye’s amazing sandwiches and coffee and of course hospitality. We are so lucky to have people who volunteer their time for us and that includes Faye and her staff, my friends Marion and Di and others who hung around and spread the word. The festival was a little quieter on the swap front (both the food and clothing swap), but it’s simply a matter of the word getting out to people. Other huge gains included sharing information about TD and food swapping, and meeting up with Fitzroy swap who are just amazing people and who brought the an amazing variety of seeds and herbs. It’s likely that we will collaborate in the near future on ‘National Swap Day’. I send a huge thanks to them for hanging out with us and helping to build the vibe. And of course to Suzanna Kalk who invited us along and who (along with her husband) organises this festival and all of the art, music and drama that goes on. You’re lovely and we’ll see you next year! So what’s on next weekend folks?
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