ECOSS is abuzz with the start of the year’s activities and the lead up to Ecotopia!

This week we locked in our Program of events for Ecotopia and Permaculture week, including the headlining act Mount Kujo and our African Chefs for the African food tastings.  

We have curated a plethora of exciting activities around the site and in The Dreaming Space Dome, to compliment the many stalls and delicious food surrounding the site.

On Thursday we started the Bicycle Maintenance course alongside Box Hill Institute in UpCycles, as well as running the fortnightly workshops. There are still spots available if you wish to join. 

Lots of work has been undertaken in launching our new area ‘Pollination Place’ including slashing and blackberry harvesting for the Blackberry wine! The vineyard rows, BioChar (best carbon drawdown tool) test plots and The Farmer Incubator- ‘Pop Up Garlic’ rows have all been marked out using keyline principals (permaculture design techniques).

Our volunteers have been working extremely hard in the heat to take care of the Community Gardens and in the Native Nursery, enabling us to donate boxes of food to Oonah Tuckerbag Program and Koha Community Cafe.  

That’s right- you heard it- The Native Nursery is back in swing, come and buy some plants for Earth’s sake!

We are thrilled that Domaine Chandon and Timbarra Farm have joined us in our Crops for Community Program to donate to Oonah Tuckerbag Program.

We took the Smoothy Cycle along to Burrinja’s Climate Change Biennale and pedal powered some smoothies for the pedal powered cinema! 

Last Friday we attended the Eastern Alliance of Sustainable Learning Conference with a stall full of information on what ECOSS does. It was a wonderful networking day full of inspirational speakers and presentations.

It’s time to book your school excursions as we are filling up, and will soon be adding BioChar into our program of Educational experiences. 

We have launched our Community Compost- so come join the movement and compost with us!

The weekly market is having a new soap stall join this week, so come and get soapy and full of delicious locally made goods! 

Special thank yous to Nick who has finished fencing around Pollination Place and our Community Garden Extension, and Chloe who has spent her internship at ECOSS producing a wonderful Management Plan for Pollination Place.

Thanks to Luke and Peter for their volunteerism on Maintenance around the place.

Ecotopia 2023