Yarra Valley ECOSS is a not-for-profit community organisation based on a 7.4 hectare permaculture designed farm at Wesburn. On this beautiful property ECOSS demonstrates sustainable living solutions for the community of the Yarra Valley and beyond. Our Vision is to promote local food production, earth education, and multicultural living, while building work skills and developing a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and sustainable community.
In 2022 ECOSS received recognition of our achievements by means of winning 2 Premiers Sustainability Awards in the areas of Community Champion for: Sustainable Places and Social and Economic Justice.
We foster a culture of respect for the environment and community.
We work with honesty and integrity in our interactions.
We are committed to modelling best environmental practices.
We approach every challenge with enthusiasm and humour.
We are innovative and relevant in our thinking and practices.
We work together, everyone gets heard and we do what we say we’ll do.
We strive for cultural and social inclusiveness.
ECOSS is solutions oriented and focused on demonstrating commercially sustainable green social enterprises and practical green solutions, whilst supporting the Arts and Multicultural activities on site.
ECOSS currently has 5 part-time staff members supported by a Management Committee and an active and enthusiastic group of volunteers, students and work-experience partners.
ECOSS has established a very well respected reputation for facilitating and mentoring people in the local community to improve their work skills to prepare them for re-entering the job market and in partnering with school groups. ECOSS also provides a hub for related local non-profits to hold meetings, activities and partner with us on projects.
ECOSS values the creation of culturally diverse and creative projects that represent our diverse community. Local groups we partner and co-locate with include the Permaculture Yarra Valley, YV Bee Group, Warburton Environment, Upper Yarra Landcare, Tiny Houses to Go, The Pottery Studio, Bushwood Creations, Silvertine Bio-Dynamic Farm, Tonantzin Sweat Lodge and Tipi Ceremony, Beans and Bananas Food Co-op, and numerous other local groups and businesses. ECOSS is supported generously by Yarra Ranges Council via a partnership agreement, and has been generously supported by UYCE, FRRR, Hugh Williamson Foundation, Regional Arts Vic, Creative Vic, Vic Health, NAB, Multicultural Victoria. ECOSS predominantly operates via small grants, and small fundraising ventures.
ECOSS hosts an Education Program , and disabilities groups come to ECOSS for our All Abilities facilitated programs, and to volunteer in the Community Garden.
Permaculture Yarra Valley host their Permaculture Design Courses at ECOSS.
We host many annual community events including: Ecotopia Earth Festival, ECOSS Sun Fest, Childrens Week, Reconciliation Week Events including Ngulu Festival, Earth Kids Play Day, Bush Dance, Recycled Fashion Parade, West African Immersion, The Valley’s Got Talent and many other events through out the year.
ECOSS hires the site to user groups such, StringMania Concert, Upper Yarra Wildlife Rescue annual Art Auction, Rare and Heritage Fruit Tree Network grafting day, Red and Blue weekends, Tonantizin Sweat Lodges and more.
ECOSS provides support for groups by managing a Wash Against Waste kit and Smoothycycle for hire.
ECOSS works with local Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Kim Wandin to create culturally significant educational projects onsite.