Growing Gourmet Mushrooms

Did you know that Shane uses unwanted byproducts to grow gourmet mushrooms? They are fresh, tasty and grown to perfection. Shane grows King Oysters, Blue Sashimi Oyster, Pearl Oyster, Elm Grey and Tan Oyster Mushrooms and there are medicinal mushrooms coming soon including Wood Ear, Australian Lions Mane, Australian Reishi and Turkey Tale. And now you can learn how to do this too! Get your tickets soon as places are limited!

Join Shane from Natura Mushrooms as he teaches you how to grow gourmet mushrooms at home using easy source materials and low tech methods.

You will receive instructions and watch demonstrations on how to grow your own grain spawn using non-sterile techniques.

Make your own oyster mushroom bag using easy source substrates found in supermarkets and stock feed stores. Shane will also explain how to vary the technique to grow shittake, king oysters, lion’s mane and reishi mushrooms.

All materials and free mushroom feed is included in the workshop ticket. Also a delicious afternoon tea will be provided.

When: Saturday November 9, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Grow Lightly Hub (near playground at Coal Creek)
Silkstone Rd, Korumburra, Vic

Cost: $70. Get your tickets here

Australian flower workshop and tour

Gwen Sanders’ stunning flowers light up the Grow Lightly Green Grocer and Grow Lightly’s market stalls. On Sunday 27 October Gwen will run two workshops at the property she and Peter manage together at Bena.

What are some of the best Australian natives to grow for cutting? What do the flowers look like? What growing conditions do they prefer? When do they flower? What must be considered when picking native flowers for bunches? How do you prepare flowers for bunching? How can you propagate your own? What’s the best propagating mix to use for Australian natives?

Find out the answers to these questions and more; revel in a guided walk around Gwen and Peter’s three acres of Australian garden; explore Gwen’s glasshouse and propagation systems;  and enjoy afternoon tea and a chat in glorious South Gippsland surroundings.

Book on Eventbrite for one of these times:

·         1pm – 3.30pm

·         2.30pm – 5pm

Limit of 12 per session. Cost $25.

All proceeds to Grow Lightly

Moving ahead with Grow Lightly

We invite all who have an interest in local food for local people and in the future of Grow Lightly in Commercial Street to come to a meeting in the Community Meeting Room, (next to the Library) 12.30 Sunday, 25 August.

Have a cuppa and nibbles with us, find out more about all the things we do, and be there for a discussion from 1 to 3pm.
If you are a grower, or hope to grow for us in the future, please stay for a bit longer – we have special information for growers which we will keep until then!

Recently a report on climate change and land use, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), tells us that it will be impossible to keep global temperatures at safe levels unless there is also a transformation in the way the world produces food and manages land.
Grow Lightly, with its army of volunteers, has been working on ways of boosting local food and consumption for about fourteen years. Maybe you’ve been involved – by buying a weekly vegiebag, or ordering bulk produce online, or attending a cooking or gardening workshop or some other activity at the Food Hub near Coal Creek, or shopping at a market stall or in the Grow Lightly Green Grocer, in Korumburra’s main street.
It is almost a year since Grow Lightly took its green grocer business to Commercial Street. In that time we have added many more growers, expanded our range of produce, increased sales and created a new, vibrant and welcoming community centre into the heart of Korumburra. We have appointed wonderful staff and are really proud of their what they are doing. In short we are proud of what we have achieved.

But the Commercial Street shop faces an uncertain future. We have tried at all times to offer our produce at affordable prices and pay our producers well. However other costs are such that the future of the shop is in doubt. Without the main street premises many of our other projects will also be in doubt. We have a number of options but we really need to hear from the Korumburra community about how we can attract broader help to secure the future of the Commercial street shop. We invite all who have an interest in local food for local people and in the future of Grow Lightly in Commercial Street to come to a meeting in the Community Meeting Room, (next to the Library) 12.30 Sunday, 25 August. Have a cuppa and nibbles with us, find out more about all the things we do, and be there for a discussion from 1 to 3pm.
If you are a grower, or hope to grow for us in the future, please stay for a bit longer – we have special information for growers which we will keep until then!
Everyone is welcome. We need your ideas and help.
Please RSVP to Suzi, shop@growlightly.com.au .