Events

WINTER EVENTS

Soil Health Workshop

Saturday June 15th, 9:00—12:30 at a property in Loch (address provided later)
Learn from Gerhard Grasser, a passionate advocate and educator for creating healthier soils. Combines theory with outdoor practice, turning compost into compost tea. Also see soil life under the microscope. Cost $35, includes morning tea. Tickets available from Eventbrite  now.

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Cheese Making Workshop with Chris Millane

Saturday June 22 from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Learn to make delicious feta and cream cheese from fresh local milk. There is nothing as tasty or as satisfying as making your own cheese and bread! It is also not as hard as you think!

Christine will take you through the step by step process of making each cheese in this hands on workshop, and you will take home your cheese, plus cheese moulds to make your next batch at home.

We will enjoy an afternoon tea of cheese, biscuits and sourdough bread, tea and coffee.

Cost $85, includes afternoon tea and cheese, moulds and notes to take home. Tickets available here.

An email will be send to all attendees a week before the workshop to advise what to bring.

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Cooking class – Soups

Thursday July 18 from 1 till 3.30 pm
In this cooking class you will be learning to make soups. Cost includes materials, recipe handouts, and a meal for 4 to take home for dinner. The venue is the the Grow Lightly Hub (near the playground at the Coal Creek Carpark) Silkstone Rd, Korumurra. Cost is $55 includes afternoon tea and an evening meal to take home. Tickets available from Eventbrite now.

Family Cooking Class – a 2 course meal

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Saturday July 27 2019 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We are so excited to be offering this family cooking class, for an adult with a child aged 8 – 13 to do together. Gay, with years of school teaching experience, will guide both adults and children to cook together to make a main and dessert to take home with them.

Places are limited with only 6 adult/child tickets available (1 ticket is for both the adult and child). Adults must agree to take full responsibility for supervising their child.

Afternoon tea will be served.

An email giving more information about what to bring will be sent a few days before the workshop. Tickets are available from Eventbrite here,

Cooking Class – Casseroles

Thursday August 18 from 1 till 3.30 pm
In this cooking class you will be learning to make casseroles. Cost includes materials, recipe handouts, and a meal for 4 to take home for dinner. The venue is the the Grow Lightly Hub (near the playground at the Coal Creek Carpark) Silkstone Rd, Korumurra. Cost is $55 includes afternoon tea and an evening meal to take home. Tickets available soon.

Helping our Kids to Eat and Love Vegies

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Thursday August 15th, 1:30—3:00The idea for this workshop is straight from the heart of Aiko, a Grow Lightly volunteer who is passionate about cooking healthy meals for her grandchildren.  She will share her wisdom and ideas, with the invitation for all participants to encourage one another with stories, recipes and ideas of how to make vegetables more appealing to the children in our lives.

Afternoon tea will be provided.
Cost $15, includes afternoon tea and recipes. Tickets available now.

Cooking with children from 8 to 13
Our first family format cooking class, with children 8—13 welcome, at the Grow Lightly Hub. See below for how to book. Tickets available soon.

Bookings essential – find a link to each event via http://www.growlightly.com.au, search Eventbrite or register in person at the Grow Lightly Green Grocer, 25 Commercial Street, Korumburra

Grow Lightly Book Club
First Tuesday of every month at 7pm—at the Grow Lightly Hub
Bring a book to talk about or just come and join in for some
reading inspiration. No booking required

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PAST EVENTS…..

Cooking class – Curries

Thursday June 6 from 1pm till 3.30 pm
In this cooking class you will be learning to make curries.

What are the benefits of a good curry? As well as being delicious and beautifully warming, did you know that a curry boosts your immune system? Also curries may help to prevent Alzheimer’s…and cancer. A curry is good for your heart and can help ease digestion. There is also evidence that curry helps lower your cholesterol and boost your metabolism.

Cost includes materials, recipe handouts, and a meal for 4 to take home for dinner. The venue is the the Grow Lightly Hub (near the playground at the Coal Creek Carpark) Silkstone Rd, Korumurra. Early bird ticket cost is $55 which includes afternoon tea and an evening meal to take home. Tickets available from Eventbrite now.

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May Book Club

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On Tuesday May 7 come to Grow Lightly Hub (near the Coal Creek Car Park) and meet like minded people for a lively and refreshing discussion. The book club is always on the first Tuesday of the month, every month. It will be friendly and informal and we hope you will leave nourished and inspired. 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 will be no pressure to speak and you are welcome to just come to listen. If you have a copy of Retrosuburbia by David Holmgren please bring it. If you don’t have one there is one you can borrow. Or it is available from the Korumburra Library.
7.00 pm Venue: the food hub at 12A Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. Please park in Coal Creek Carpark. Gold coin donation

Cooking Class: Pies

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 1:30 PM

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Do you want to learn to make easy, tasty and healthy meals, for your family, on a budget?

Then our 2019 home cooking series is for YOU!

Learn to make delicious meals for your family using fresh seasonal produce. Our 2 hour monthly classes will cover stir fries, curries, casseroles, soups, quiches and tarts, pasta bakes, homemade hamburgers and sausage rolls, and pies. These recipes are budget friendly, healthy, and most can be frozen or made in advance to help with a busy lifestyle.

These classes will be aimed at beginner level, but people of all cooking abilities are welcome to come. Come to one, a few, or all classes.

In this cooking class you will be learning to make pies.

Cost includes materials, recipe handouts, and a meal for 4 to take home for dinner.

An email will be sent to attendees in the week before the class to let you know what to bring (eg. apron, container to transport your meal home, etc)

Venue: Grow Lightly Food Hub, 12a Silkstone Road, Korumburra, VIC (near Coal Creek Carpark)

Tickets from Eventbrite

Making advanced Microbial Compost

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 AM

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Join us for this workshop as we learn all about making high quality compost from Gerhard Grasser. Gerhard has devoted his life to promoting and teaching a structured holistic approach to soil health management. Over the morning you will learn:

  • Why ‘compost’ isn’t always compost – the differences
  • Unique features and benefits of custom made compost
  • About the microbial army in compost to help improve soil and plant health
  • Looking under the microscope at compost life
  • Guiding participants in actual compost making

Morning tea will be provided, as well as notes to take home.

Venue: A property in Loch, address will be emailed before event

Tickets from Eventbrite

Cooking Class – Quiches and Tarts

Thursday, March 7, 2019  from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

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Do you want to learn to make easy, tasty and healthy meals, for your family, on a budget?

Then our 2019 home cooking series is for YOU!

Learn to make delicious meals for your family using fresh seasonal produce. Our 2 hour monthly classes will cover stir fries, curries, casseroles, soups, quiches and tarts, pasta bakes, homemade hamburgers and sausage rolls, and pies. These recipes are budget friendly, healthy, and most can be frozen or made in advance to help with a busy lifestyle.

These classes will be aimed at beginner level, but people of all cooking abilities are welcome to come. Come to one, a few, or all classes.

In this cooking class you will be learning to make quiches and tarts.

Cost includes materials, recipe handouts, and a meal for 4 to take home for dinner.

Note that for safety reasons, we are sorry, but no children please.

An email will be sent to attendees in the week before the class to let you know what to bring (eg. apron, container to transport your meal home, etc)

Cost $45

Get your tickets here

Live Sustainably – a hands-on workshop with lots of tips and ideas

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time: 2:30 PM to 5 PM

Venue: Grow Lightly Hub, 12a Silkstone Road, Korumburra.

Come along and learn how to live a cleaner life through your every day choices.

We have heard lots from the War on Waste series lately, this workshop can help you make positive changes to your own war on waste. We will make bees wax food wrappers, toothpaste, hand cream, bin liners, and cloth shopping bags. There will be a cuppa and afternoon tea afterwards with time to ask lots of questions.

This will be a great workshop for people to gain practical skills on living more sustainably, and as possible gifts for Christmas.

Get your tickets and more information here

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Film Night – the Market Gardener’s Toolkit

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Venue: Grow Lightly Food Hub, 12a Silkstone Road, Korumburra, VIC 3950

Tickets: Get your tickets at Eventbrite

Join the Grow Lightly community of fresh food lovers and growers as we learn more about the tools and techniques for successful, profitable, human-scale vegetable growing. Please bring a plate to share for supper and a gold coin donation.

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For the Love of Herbs

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Venue: Clancys Road, Korumburra, VIC 3950

Tickets: Get your tickets at Eventbrite

Immerse yourself in the aroma, flavour and health benefits of herbs as Christine takes us through her herb garden, to make teas and a body scrub. Afternoon tea will be served and they’ll be the opportunity to take some cuttings to grow your favourites at home. The address will be emailed before the event.

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August Book Club

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On Tuesday August 7 come to Grow Lightly Hub and meet like minded people for a lively and refreshing discussion. The book club is always on the first Tuesday of the month, every month. It will be friendly and informal and we hope you will leave nourished and inspired. 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 will be no pressure to speak and you are welcome to just come to listen. Gold coin, bring a plate. 7.00 pm Venue: the Food Hub at 12A Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. Please park in Coal Creek Carpark.
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EARLY SPRING PROPAGATION WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday August 18
Time: 2 pm
Venue: Tarnuk Farm in Kardella
Cost: $25 includes cuttings to take home in homemade propagating mix.

Rhys will share his wealth of knowledge about growing new plants from cuttings and seed in a hands on and practical workshop. Enjoy the beautiful surrounds with a delicious afternoon tea.

Exploring Food as Medicine

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Date: Saturday, July 21 2018

Time: 2 pm til 4 pm

Venue: 12a Silkstone Road, Korumburra, VIC

Tickets: $25 available from Eventbrite

The understanding of ‘food as medicine’ is growing and research is finding great health benefits associated with consuming particular foods. Strengthening the immune system, improving digestive health and mental health are just some of the potential benefits and our two presenters have experienced these personally with the drinks they will be sharing with you.

Lucy and Leanne are passionate about food and health and will show you how to make probiotic milk and water kefir, kombucha and the turmeric drink ‘jamu kunjit’.

You will be able to take home with you the probiotic starters for kefir and kombucha and instruction sheets. They’ll be lots of tasting and afternoon tea provided too.

All welcome

July Book Club

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July Book Club: Reading can seriously damage your ignorance

On Tuesday July 3, come to Grow Lightly Hub and meet like minded people for a lively and refreshing discussion. It will be friendly and informal and we hope you will leave nourished and inspired. 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 will be no pressure to speak and you are welcome to just come to listen. Gold coin, bring a plate. 7.00 pm Venue: the food hub at 12A Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. Please park in Coal Creek Carpark.

Autumn events

Preserving the Harvest with Fowlers Vacola

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Come and enjoy an evening learning the art and science of preserving fruit with Susan using the Fowlers Vacola method.

The cost of the workshop includes a bottle, ring and lid, as well as fresh, local  apples to fill your jar to take home (NB. at a later time, the preserving process doesn’t finish until too late). You’ll also receive an information sheet to take home with you.

Please bring with you a small sharp knife, a chopping board and a narrow wooden spoon if you have one.

Please park in the Coal Creek car park. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday April 26 at 7 pm – at the Grow Lightly Food Hub

Cost $30 (Includes Fowlers jar and apples for you to take home)

Book your place for the Fowlers workshop here

The Successful Backyard Orchard

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Mark and Margaret Brammer from Strzelecki Apples will be sharing their knowledge on starting and developing your home orchard. Learn about soil preparation, site selection, bird protection and choosing the root stock and fruit varieties that will have you enjoying big harvests of your favourite fruit. This workshop includes a walk through Ruby Red Farm with over 60 varieties of fruit trees. The workshop will finish with an afternoon tea.

Please bring sturdy shoes for the farm walk.

Saturday May 5 at 2 pm – at Ruby Red Farm in Ruby

Cost $25

Book your place for the orchard workshop here

Scything Demonstration and Farm Tour

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Come along to see a scything demonstration* and learn about scything from a passionate advocate for this meditative and sustainable practice. A short farm tour of Kilmorack Farm will be held and morning tea will be served. Jo and Bob McLeay have an organic certified farm that produces the wonderful free-range eggs and other edibles that are sold at Grow Lightly and other outlets locally. * This event was advertised on the flyer as a hands-on workshop, but due to insurance restrictions, the scything component will be a demonstration only.

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Saturday May 26 at 10 am – at Kilmorack Farm in Ranceby

Cost $10

Book your place for the Scything Demonstration here

Book Club

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Bring a book to talk about or just come for some reading inspiration

First Tuesday of each month  at 7 pm – at the Grow Lightly Hub

Bookings are essential (except for the Book Club)

Three events are coming up in October. Have a look and save the dates.

What: October Book Club
When: Tuesday October 3 at 7 pm.
Where: Grow Lightly Food Hub

Come to Grow Lightly Hub and meet like minded people for a lively and refreshing discussion. It will be friendly and informal and we hope you will leave nourished and inspired. 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 will be no pressure to speak and you are welcome to just come to listen. Gold coin, bring a plate. 7.00 pm Venue: the food hub at 12A Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. Please park in Coal Creek Carpark.
You can read about what happened at the last book club here.

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What: Workshop – Make your own Kefir
When: Saturday October 14  at 1.30 pm
Where: Grow Lightly Hub

Learn how to make both water and milk kefir from Becky and Leanne who are both passionate about these health giving fermented drinks. You will be able to try each, with some interesting flavourings, with hands on experience and notes to take home. Please bring 2 clean glass jars with lids if you’d like to take home kefir grains which is all that you need to get started. Afternoon tea provided. 1.5- 2 hours. On Saturday 14 October 2017 at 1:30pm (note change of date)
Book here. Tickets $25

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What: Talk at Korumburra Library on Grow Lightly
When: Tuesday October 24 at 10.15 am
Where: Korumburra Library

Keep the date and share with your friends who want to know more: Learn more about ‘Grow Lightly’ – a grass roots not-for-profit, incorporated organisation that is all about helping people access clean fresh local food; while supporting local producers to supply nutritious products. ‘Grow Lightly’ has expanded over the last 12 years from four boxes of surplus produce to a vibrant and busy food hub located at Coal Creek.
Tuesday 24 October 2017, 10:15 am – 11:15 am at Korumburra Library, 165 Commercial St, Korumburra
Book here. Free

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Grow Lightly Book Club: on the first Tuesday of each month

Our next book club meeting will be on Tuesday October 3 at 7 pm at the Grow Lightly Food Hub, 12A Silkstone Rd, Korumburra.

On October 3, come to Grow Lightly Hub and meet like minded people for a lively and refreshing discussion. It will be friendly and informal and we hope you will leave nourished and inspired. 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 will be no pressure to speak and you are welcome to just come to listen. Gold coin, bring a plate. 7.00 pm Venue: the food hub at 12A Silkstone Rd, Korumburra. Please park in Coal Creek Carpark.

FILM NIGHT: Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi – Wednesday August 9 at 7.30pm

(FREE: bookings required – places limited)

BOOK HERE: https://www.trybooking.com/302619

Who’s for saving your own seeds? Join us at the cosy Food Hub for the film “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi”. It is a one hour Seed Savers production, filmed in eleven countries in The Pacific, South and East Asia, Europe and Australia. It celebrates the keepers of the seed; the farmers and gardeners who preserve and share the source of our diverse food heritage. Afterwards we’ll have a light supper and the opportunity to swap or give away the seeds we have in our personal collections.

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Often the seed packets we buy have many more seeds than we would ever plant, and it’s also a great opportunity for people new to vegetable growing to start out with a collection of seeds, some from our own seed savers of varieties that grow well in our Southern Gippsland climate. We’ll have small bags and labels available to repackage seeds. You are welcome to bring some supper to share. A gold coin donation would be appreciated to cover the cost of the evening.