March 2017 Newsletter
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Our 2017-2018 Membership year begins on the 1st of April. Please consider supporting YCG by becoming a Member or renewing your Membership.  Membership fees go towards the financial upkeep of our organisation & gardens and support our ability to provide educational and inspirational activities in Permaculture and sustainable living to the Sunshine Coast Community. Member benefits include reduced workshop fees, discounts on products, Member gatherings & Member draws.
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Cultivating a Sustainable Community Program
25th March – Beautiful Butterflies and other Beneficial Be(e)ings with Helen Schwencke (9.30am)
Introducing people to a whole new “meaning of life” through connecting people with nature, especially insects and with growing food for biodiversity is Helen Schwencke’s passion. She organises Woodfordia’s Butterfly Project and is co-author of Create More Butterflies. Beautiful Butterflies and other beneficial beings is a presentation about integrating a love of butterflies, native bees and larval life-forms into your gardens, parks and vege patches and how increasing your local species diversity of small creatures can work for you. Learn ways to increase biodiversity in our local places and spaces, and about amazing ecological relationships and how to make them our allies.

With food security and land utilisation becoming ever more pressing issues, as humans we often engage in many practices that reduce biodiversity - especially the 98 - 99% of animal species that are invertebrates aka mini-beasts. Helen offers ways to increase biodiversity in local places and spaces such as community gardens. Learn about ecological relationships and how mini-beasts are our ally, rather than our enemy.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers
Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.
8th April Workshop – Composting, Worm Farming and Everything in Between with Sandie Johnston (9.30 am)
What better way to turn waste into a resource than by working with nature in our own backyard. Organics make up more than 50% of our waste on the Sunshine Coast and this workshop will show you just how easy it is to recycle with composting, worm farming and everything in between.

Sandie Johnston is the Sunshine Coast Council’s Waste 2 Resource Education Coordinator and she will give troubleshooting tips and advice on creating an efficient, hassle free system to recycle your organic waste. This workshop is great for all types of keen gardeners, so whether you’re new to the composting game or maybe struggling with your system come along, ask questions and maybe win a prize.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

22nd April Workshop - Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste Workshop with Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener (9.30 am)

In this workshop, Anne will be sharing lots of practical tips and creative ways to save money and reduce your kitchen waste to live more sustainably including:

  • Foods to regrow from kitchen scraps so you can grow plants for free;
  • Using 100% of your food (how to use skin, seeds, leaves and flesh);
  • What to do with sprouting potatoes and UFO’s (Unidentified Food Objects!)
  • Smart shopping habits and menu planning;
  • Ways to create a waste-free kitchen and close the loop on cycling nutrients back to the garden;
  • Packaging-free food and how to upcycle packaging;
  • Easy, quick recipes including ‘Clean out the Fridge Soup’;

BYO a food you don’t know how to use or packaging you often throw out. We’ll brainstorm useful ways to reduce food waste together!

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

29th April Workshop - Landscaping for Food Gardens with Paul Collins (9.30am) 
How to construct terraces, raised garden beds and retaining walls using timber or modular systems. Paul will provide information on how to build these structures using materials accepted by organic farmers and techniques that fit within Council Building Regulations. Paul is a horticulturalist and educator with many years of experience in the horticulture and landscaping industries. Most recently Paul has taught Certificate 2 in Organic Horticulture through the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, which was attended by a number of enthusiastic Yandina Community Gardens Members .

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

Come along for an inspiring & informative tour of our gardens on the first Saturday of each month. Our next tour is on Saturday 1st April. Tour starts at 9.00 am. No bookings necessary.  Gold coin donation.  We recommend you wear a hat & bring a water bottle.

Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.
with Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener
For details go to 12th April Workshop. Filling Fast!
Our 5th April Workshop is already fully booked but we will put names on waiting list in case of cancellations.
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For Sale at YCG...
YCG Nursery We sell a range of plants suited to our climate - subtropical food plants, perennial spinaches, functional support species (e.g., chop n drop plants for mulching), herbs, fruit trees – starting at $2, larger potted plants also (under $10). Lovingly propagated and tended by our YCG Volunteers.

Other Gardening Products For Sale We also sell seeds and other gardening products including tools, books and garden inputs. See our Product List for full list of products and prices.

Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteers are always welcome at YCG.  You can be involved in the gardens and/or doing other tasks related to running our not-for-profit organisation. We welcome all contributions – whether that's weekly or every now and then...  If you are 55 years or over, you may also be able to meet your Centrelink Mutual Obligations requirements by volunteering at YCG. We welcome Volunteers during our opening hours - Monday 8-2, Tuesday 8-2 & Saturday 8-12.
Events Coordinator Vacancy - Calling aspiring & experienced Events Coordinators!
YCG is seeking an enthusiastic, well-organised Volunteer (or Volunteers) to organise and coordinate events at YCG. Events at YCG range from social gatherings of Members and Volunteers (e.g., Pizza nights around our Frog Cob Oven, Christmas parties), to larger educational & fundraising events, such as our Open Days. These events reflect our aims of promoting Permaculture and ethics of Care of Earth, Care of People and Fair Share. Join our team and help YCG to educate & inspire and make a difference! Great opportunities to build connections within Permaculture, sustainability and gardening networks, both Sunshine Coast and further afield. Recent celebrity guests at these events have been Costa Georgiadis, Jerry Coleby-Williams and Annette McFarlane, with up to 350 people attending. At YCG events there is always great food, a sense of community and lots of fun! See our Facebook page for more details of past events. We have a great team of Volunteers and Members who donate their time, skills and delicious food to YCG events. For larger events, your role will involve coordinating other Volunteers during planning and the event itself. We organise events so as to minimise the impact on the environment (e.g., recycling & composting of waste, use of biodegradable/recyclable materials, bottled-water free). You will be supported by YCG’s Management Committee and collaborate with other Volunteers in specific roles (e.g., we have a Promotions Officer who will promote events). You may have experience in Event Coordination/Planning or be someone who is great at organising parties/gatherings and would like to give this role a go! If you are interested in this role or doing part of the role (could be an Events Coordination team), please contact YCG President, Michelle Parry by emailing
Giving Plastic the Flick Group

The statistics are staggering. It’s now more than ever that we must stop our love affair with plastic! Over 100 years ago plastic was first created in the form of bakelite. It has helped make our lives so much easier. We have plastic in our homes, cars, businesses, playgrounds, schools, absolutely everywhere. We wrap our food in it, we cook with it, we drink from it, and we wear it. We have been told that some plastics can harm our health but still we use it. We know that it ends up in the environment, in drains, in the air and then ultimately in the ocean. We know this.  But STILL we use it daily! We buy products that are wrapped in plastic, put them in a plastic bag to carry them home, only to throw all that single use plastic away. Does that sound ridiculous to you? We can change this bad habit. It seems daunting trying to rid our lives of plastic. We need to reduce our use of plastic but also we need to be plastic wise. Recycle it where necessary, and recycle right. Ultimately though we need to rethink. Is there another solution?

This support group’s aims are simple: help each other make better decisions about the products we buy and use in our homes and businesses. Ultimately this helps us become the sustainable humans we strive to be. We aim to meet regularly at the Blue House at YCG to share ideas, a meal and hold workshops on plastic alternatives.  If this subject is true to your heart and you feel you have something to give, or if you need some advice in quitting the habit please join us. Together we can make a change. Please email Amber at to join our group. We will also form a Facebook Group, where we can share ideas and events.

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