Growing the community

About SAGE


How can I join SAGE?

Joining SAGE is really simple. Download our membership form and send it in with your payment, or drop in at the SAGE stall at the SAGE Farmers Market from 3pm on Tuesday afternoons at Riverside Park and you can fill in your application and make your payment on the spot.

How can I get involved?

We have regular working bees, usually held on the third Sunday of every month. These are a great way to meet other members, start to learn more about what SAGE does and discover other ways you might like to get involved.

During the daylight saving months, we gather most Friday evenings for a bit of weeding or odd jobs to help the Market Garden Intern, after which we have a drink and share some food.

You might like to try one of our many workshops we run throughout the year. These are not only great learning experiences, but another way to meet other SAGE members interested in the same things.

SAGE runs a stall at our Tuesday afternoon farmers market and there is a volunteer roster for that. No special skills or knowledge required — just a friendly smile and an enthusiastic attitude!

For those who want something a bit more physical, there is also a volunteer group which looks after maintenance of the SAGE Garden (mowing, whipper-snippering, etc), and there are lots of other groups doing great things.

Occasionally, we send out emails to the membership asking for volunteers for a special project or event. Responding to these call outs is another easy way to get involved.

Stay tuned to our newsletter and you’ll quickly find a range of ways to contribute your efforts to the SAGE project.

Are you a government funded organisation?

No.

SAGE is a membership organisation that arose from a desire within the community to revitalise our local food system.

Over the years, we have applied for and received some grants for specific projects but we are largely funded through memberships, sale of produce, special events and education programs.

In 2016, the Eurobodalla Shire Council and SAGE reinforced our joint efforts to support the local food system through an agreement that will return the equivalent of 40% of the site fees paid by the farmers market to occupy Riverside Park. These funds, paid quarterly, will be used to address specific points raised in the Rural Lands Strategy that relate to “growing the growers” in our shire, one of SAGE’s primary objectives.

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