Backyard food growers welcome at Uralla event

Backyard growers welcome at Uralla event

There’s never been a better time to grow your own food.

Creating Local Food Abundance is the name and aim of an event to be held this Saturday 15 October in Alma Park, Uralla.

It is part of community group ZNET Uralla’s vision to progress food security in the region while reducing carbon emissions, reducing waste, and connecting people.

“Saturday’s event is one stepping stone on the path toward local food security,” said Carol Shantal, president of ZNET Uralla.

“It’s about sharing ideas and resources to get us growing a range of foods locally, say within a 100km radius,” Carol said. “We can reduce our dependence on food supply chains which are only going to become more unstable and costly as we continue to experience extreme weather events and climactic change.”

Saturday’s free workshops will cover topics from soil and compost to planting and bees. Displays will include garden tool repairs and maintenance, food preserving, permaculture and seeds.

A new regular regional ‘crop swap’ will be launched, where people can share and trade their surplus of home-grown produce for other resources including veggies, fruit, seeds, edible plants, recipes, preserves, eggs, mulches, manures and more.

Children can enjoy seed planting and a rock hunt, the Ezidi Food Truck will have tasty food available for purchase and there will be a lemonade stand. Delicious coffee is available within arm’s reach at Picadilly Coffee on Hill St.

Those interested in attending this free event should register to attend at

“We appreciate the support of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal to assist us to hold this event,” said Carol Shantal.

“We hope it will bring people together to discuss future ideas about local food security; whether that’s market gardens for regional towns, community seed banks, mapping our local food supply or using an app to help share produce – there’s a lot we can do when we work together,” Carol said. “Let’s get the conversations happening.”

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