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Companion Planting with Bush Foods - Pakenham Village Festival 2017

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Saturday 21 October 2017 - 12pm to 6pm
6b Henry St, Pakenham

Pakenham is celebrating food and growing together as a city of neighbourhoods. Saturday 21 October 2017; 12-6pm is the day of the Pakenham Village Fest at Living Learning Pakenham, and it's free to attend. Companion Planting with Bush Foods at 1pm is just one event of many happening on the day. However, bush foods is something an avid gardener may well take a strong interest in, and no doubt there's a lot to learn about it.

Companion planting is all about the interactions that takes place between the soil, microbes and plants and its interaction with other plants and animals that occupy our backyards, including us. This event considers the dynamics of these interactions during design or addition of edible native plants into the garden. Come along and join local knowledge as the conversation is started about native edibles. The Nursery has teamed up with 3 fantastic local nurseries to bring you a diverse mix of indigenous seedlings, along with regular veg and herb seedlings that are familiar.


See below for the rest of the program on this fun-filled day that celebrates what it means to grow community from the ground up.

12pm - Official Festival Opening, Cr Mayor Brett Owen
1pm - Companion Planting with edible natives workshop with Brett McLatchie from the Monash Permaculture Garden
1.30pm - Story Telling with Library has Legs (KIDS PROGRAM)
2pm - Make your own scarecrow workshop with Mary N and Mary K, using recycled materials
2.30pm - Wheelbarrows on the Grass (KIDS PROGRAM)
3pm - Free Fermentation Workshops (Skill Share) with Yeukai and Angelique. You need to book for this free event HERE
4pm - Surprise Workshops
4pm - Composting with worms (KIDS PROGRAM)
5pm - Vertical Bottle Gardens Workshop with Michael
6pm - Festival closes


The kids have not been forgotten. There's colouring competitions with prizes to be won, and making your own seedlings events happening all afternoon. There's food and drink, however you are encouraged to bring your own BYO mug or KeepCup for hot drinks, in an effort to reduce the amount of single-use coffee cups ending up in waterways and landfill. You'll get a 50cent discount by BYO.

The other BYO you can participate in, is to bring your own t-shirt or cotton bag to get printed at the Artisan Craft T-Shirt Printing, Screen Printing. Otherwise, you can pick up quality hand-made products from local artisans amongst other stalls. Find out more here. Another highlight of the festival is that you can buy goodies like fresh eggs, local honey, dairy goods and a seasonal selection of fresh fruit and vegetables from 4 local champion producers.

As you can see, there's a whole lot happening and this is not a festival to be missed. If you're a local riding your bike, scooter or skateboard in, from 3.30pm onwards there'll be basic tools available to make basic repairs to your bicycle/skateboard/scooter, with trained mechanics to help you out. This festival thinks of everything, and it's a glass and plastic bag free event. Please leave these at home and bring your reusable bags, otherwise sturdy paper bags will be supplied. Ask one of the Waste Diversion Team members, if you're unsure of what to do with your rubbish on the day.
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Why? Pakenham Village Festival 2017
When: SAT 21 OCT 2017 FROM 12pm to 6pm
Where: 6b Henry St, Pakenham, VIC
Cost: Free entry
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