Growing the community

SAGE celebrates 10 years of growth

Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of SAGE, Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla Inc, with a Spring Equinox picnic is a timely reminder of how an idea planted ten years ago developed strong roots and continues to grow and produce great outcomes for the community, said SAGE President Mark Barraclough.

“It’s a wonderful achievement on many levels.

“We are recognised as a group that gets stuff done and while SAGE is often best known for the Tuesday afternoon Farmers Market in Moruya, our other enterprises are equally as successful in helping to build capacity in small-scale food production, backyard food growing, and promoting sustainable growing practices.

“This includes the demonstration garden in Moruya, our intern program, the Veggies for All program, Seed Savers, community food distribution, research projects, managing grants, and the many workshops and events SAGE hosts throughout the year,” said Mr Barraclough.

At the annual general meeting in September Mr Barraclough congratulated the volunteers and teams that make SAGE successful.

“Our volunteers are passionate about SAGE’s mission to create and support a sustainable fair food economy where everyone has access to affordable, healthy food,” he said.

Mark Barraclough has been re-elected to the SAGE management committee as president for his third year; Jan Maitland, Neil Dolphin, Stuart Whitelaw, Trevor Moore and Sandra Makdessi were re-elected, and newcomers Kathryn Stonestreet and Cath Reilly were elected.

Long-serving committee member Kate Raymond stepped down from the committee and Mark Barraclough thanked her saying;

“Kate has been an incredibly hard working and dedicated volunteer and her contribution has been integral to the success of SAGE, in particular her work is getting the award-winning Farmers Market to where it is today.”

“The new committee is excited about the year ahead with reviewing our 2016 strategic plan and making the Stepping Stone Farm initiative a reality our immediate priorities. 

“The outlook for food production in Australia continues to be challenging with some farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin saying they will not produce crops this coming season. We can expect to see low supply and high prices around Eurobodalla and we will be working hard to put SAGE in the best possible place to support and grow local food production to provide our community with affordable food,” said Mr Barraclough.

SAGE will celebrate the Spring Equinox and 10-year anniversary at its Pizza and Cake Picnic at the SAGE Garden in Moruya on Saturday 28 September from 5.30pm. Delicious pizza and cakes will be served from 6.30pm featuring locally sourced produce with gluten free options available. 

Bookings and tickets are essential for catering purposes (and to avoid food wastage), and everyone is welcome.  The event is an outdoor picnic and guests are asked to BYO cutlery, crockery, drinks, chairs, and picnic rugs, and get into the equinox mood by dressing up as a favorite vegetable or something Spring. Live music will be provided by Robin Simpson.

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