Those keen to explore earth-friendly ways to grow their own food and connect back into the community can do so in West Gippsland on January 22 and 23 2022.
Creative Harvest is a celebration of all things great about food gardening and making art. In its fifth consecutive year, the outdoor event aims to offer something for all ages to explore, learn and enjoy in the unrivalled splendour of West Gippsland.
The 2022 event will showcase 15 private food-producing and edible gardens in the local towns of Neerim South, Jindivick, Buln Buln, Drouin, Warragul, Yarragon, Yarragon South, Childers and Moe South. Visitors can discover ideas for creating their own thriving veggie patch and see over 30 inspirational artists and creatives.
Here are just a few of the amazing creatives you can meet and the loveliest secret gardens you can visit as part of Creative Harvest.
Come Fly with Me Beekeeping
Beekeeping reminds us to slow down, look around and take notice of what we see.
“I am an enthusiastic beekeeper who loves teaching other people about responsible beekeeping practices. After all, we're farmers, just on a mini scale, and we have an obligation to care for our livestock,” says beekeeper Caroline Hammond.
“Beekeeping connects me to my community of like-minded people, but it also allows me to have time beside the hive on my own.
“Beekeepers are diverse people. I'm also an artist, although I am only just starting to find time to be creative again. My presence in the garden does have some craftiness about it.”
Trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, Helen Timbury’s colourful limited edition linocut prints and other works on paper tell stories of her experience of family and of a lifelong appreciation and observation of the Australian bush and coastline.
“I love making prints on paper in my small Drouin studio. My work celebrates the natural environment and my love of the Australian wilderness,” says Helen.
“As urban development builds up around my hometown of Drouin, I hope my images of our fragile environment raise awareness in others. My art prints depict local plants, animals, birds, and insects. It celebrates Gippsland's remarkable biodiversity.”
THE BUTLER GARDEN
Judy Butler’s eclectic acre of garden has evolved over 30 years. What began as a farm paddock surrounding a Greg Burgess designed house is now a flourishing mix of established fruit trees, native food plants, and trees and vegetable gardens.
“I grow herbs all year and loads of seasonal vegetables and fruit including plentiful pumpkins and zucchini. I especially love harvesting raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and beans. I preserve, dehydrate, pickle, jam or freeze any excess fruit and vegetables,” says Judy.
“I use the no-dig method for growing potatoes all year. I compost everything possible and use aged compost on the veggie garden.”
Address: 294 Armours Road, Warragul---
A celebration of all things great about food gardening and making art, in all its intriguing forms. Treat your family and friends to a weekend adventure in wonderful West Gippsland.