What is Grow Lightly? Grow Lightly is many things. It is the Food Hub in the corner of the Coal Creek carpark. This is our warm, cosy space where you can stop for a coffee and a biscuit and catch up with all the chat. Here you can pick up all your fruit and vegies plus a wide variety of other products including bread, eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt, preserves, frozen berries and so much more. All the goods are locally made and grown with the fruit and vegies coming from less than 60 km away. On Thursdays the growers bring in a wide variety of produce from their backyards or orchards and gardens. At the moment it is kiwi fruit season, along with pears, persimmons, apples, quinces, rhubarb, nashi and lots of types of citrus: grapefruit, ruby red grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins and navel oranges. All grown locally. And that is just the fruit.
Grow Lightly is also a vegie bag scheme which supplies weekly bags of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, using a network of volunteers to pack and distribute bags to Gippsland households. With our wonderful soils and great fertility why shouldn’t the residents of this wonderful area have a way of accessing the best that the area produces. Not to mention Low Food Miles. For close to ten years it has been supplying weekly bags of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, using a network of volunteers to pack and distribute bags to Gippsland households. The aim is to give people access to high-quality local food, and to encourage small-scale organic farming and horticulture in the local area.
Grow Lightly is a network of growers who are encouraged and supported to grow food organically to supply to Gippsland locals. Growers for Grow Lightly abide by a Charter. The charter requires that we produce foods of high nutritional value, without synthetic fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides – foods which enhance the health of those who grow and eat them, that we maintain and increase the biological activity in and fertility of our soil, that we use renewable resources, giving priority to those resources produced locally. Further we try to extend the range of locally organically grown foods available in south Gippsland, particularly those grown from open-pollinated seed and we aim to find out more and share our knowledge about food plant varieties which grow well in Southern Gippsland, including native Australian food plants.
Grow Lightly is a not-for-profit, which means that all profits made are put back into the business so that it can continue to serve the local community of Korumburra with fresh, clean local food and to support the farmers and growers of the fresh produce.
Grow Lightly also has a vibrant events and workshops program every season, where anyone can register and join in learning life skills around sustainability, health and caring for the land, however big or small. Every month, on the first Tuesday of the month we have a book club at the Grow Lightly Food Hub at 7 pm. Here there is an opportunity to relax with a cuppa and meet like minded people for a lively and refreshing discussion. It is friendly and informal and leaves us nourished and inspired. The idea is to bring a favourite book on farming, food, gardening, sustainability, environment, or anything really, to share briefly why you enjoyed it, what you learned, how it has impacted aspects of your life. There is no pressure to speak and anyone is welcome to just come to listen.
So we are a food hub, vegie bag scheme, network and community and learners of all things sustainable. In short Grow Lightly is all about celebrating Gippsland. Come and join us.