January 2017 Newsletter
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Cultivating a Sustainable Community Program
28th January – The What, Where, When & How of Tropical Permaculture Plants with Kilagi Nielsen  (9.30am)

Join Papua New Guinean woman, Kilagi Nielsen, as she shares her knowledge about tropical Permaculture plants, including where and when to grow, and how to use. From Aibika to Taro and Yam, there are so many Tropical Permaculture Plants. Kilagi will teach you how to grow these plants and how to use them. Even the most experienced Permaculturist is likely to learn something from Kilagi’s wealth of knowledge and experience of growing and using these plants.

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

11th February – Food, Farming and the Future - Reflections after a year in the Philippines with Emily Boyd (9.30am)

Our previous Workshop Coordinator, Emily Boyd, has spent the past year in the Philippines, farming with deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people. What a year it was - much joy and much pain! In this talk she will share her learning’s from Filipino farmers including some methods for brewing organic fertilisers, right through to working in agriculture in an inherently unjust system. Emily does not claim to have all the answers, but she will offer her reflections on how we can live a more sustainable life. And she might happily brag about the mud house they built!

Emily volunteered through AVID (Australian Volunteers for International Development) as a 'Community Garden Development Officer', working for an incredible organisation, Welcome Home Foundation, who has been supporting deaf people for 30 years. Emily taught the deaf students sustainable agriculture and trained the ‘farm manager’. The vegetables they grow are being used in the Foundations ‘Natural Garden Café’, a paddock to plate model, and sold to local restaurants.

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

Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

18th February – Giving Plastic the Flick! How to make your life less plastic with Shelly McArdle (9.30am)
Shelly McArdle is based in Central Queensland and works with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation to facilitate the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. During this workshop you will hear about the AMDI and what is being done to address the threat that marine debris poses to our coastal and marine environment. Find out about plastic free alternatives and practical ways to delete plastic out of our shopping trollies, out of our lives and ultimately out of our environment. Glass straws, bamboo toothbrushes, Beeswax wraps are just some of the ways that we can help by changing the way we consume!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI), an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.

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

Duration 1.5 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 4th February. 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.
Thank you to our Supporters!
Feeling blessed! At YCG we received so much support in 2016. We completed 2 projects in late 2016 made possible by the generosity of local businesses and other benefactors.
Our new storage shed has been installed by our Volunteers and Work for The Dole participants. This shed was co-funded by Cr Greg Rogerson & Peter Wellington MP and we also received a generous discount from the supplier, Zane at Garden Shed World at Kunda Park. Garden Shed World sheds are Australian made and locally manufactured in Kunda Park. Thanks so much for your support, Greg, Peter & Zane!

The Blue House is now definitely BLUE - out with the old blue-green & in with the new blue! Huge thank you to the Yandina Sport & Recreation Reserve Trust for providing YCG with a grant for the carpentry & painting (approx $8300 from funds generated through the Yandina Markets), to ROCKCOTE for donating all of the eco-friendly paint for house & fence ($2300+), and to Absolute Brilliant Coating Services who gave us a $1000 discount on painting! What a great local collaboration to support our worthy community group! THANK YOU!!!

Get Involved at YCG
Seed Savers Group Starting in 2017    
Renate, our Seed Savers Coordinator will be starting a Seed Savers Group at YCG this year - if you are interested in getting involved please email                     
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 person (or persons) to organise and coordinate events at YCG.  This person will be responsible for organising various events, such as Members' social events (such as pizza evenings around our Cob Oven) and Christmas parties for Volunteers and Members, as well as overseeing major events, such as our Open Days (e.g., we have had two of Open Days in recent years featuring Costa Georgiadis and Jerry Coleby-Williams - see our Facebook page for more information).  You may have experience in event coordination or be one of those people that are 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 Michelle Parry by emailing
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