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Winter Harvest: Coming Soon

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 - 4:45pm

This June and July, Council is partnering with local partners, Hesse Rural Health, integratedLiving and Meredith Community Centre to run a series of ‘Winter Harvest’ activities, in Meredith, Dereel and Rokewood.

Accessing and sourcing fresh, affordable produce in Golden Plains has its challenges, which townships in the centre of Golden Plains Shire often experience to a greater degree, than community members who reside in suburbs closer to Ballarat or Geelong. These difficulties related to availability of fresh produce ultimately make eating vegetables more difficult.

Directed by a recent G21 regional consultation, the ‘Winter Harvest’ initiative has an overarching focus on ‘Growing through to Cooking’. The program is designed to increase access to local fresh produce, and provide opportunities for families and children to be exposed to ‘all things vegetables’.

The Winter Harvest will pilot initiatives, such as an ongoing produce stall in Dereel; engage with local partners and suppliers (community groups, Grampians Central West Waste Resource and Recover Group, Woolworths, Raw Foods, Bunnings); and explore opportunities, which can be expanded on a larger scale in suitable locations, in partnership with existing community groups.

The Winter Harvest list of activities includes:

  • composting,
  • gardening,
  • cooking sessions,
  • urban upcycle, and
  • free fresh produce and soups!

Check out the program below. For more information on the program or any of the events, contact Council’s Health and Wellbeing team on 5220 7111.


Meredith – Saturday 29 June

Meredith Community Centre, 4 Russell Street

10am to 12pm: Composting session

10am to 12pm: Urban Upcycle: Living on the Land Children’s Craft Activity


Dereel – Saturday 29 June

Dereel Community Centre, 14 Swamp Road

12pm: Soup lunch

1.30 to 3.30pm: Urban Upcycle: Living on the land Children’s Craft Activity

1.30 to 3.30pm: Composting session

2 to 4pm: Hub Café

2 to 4pm: Fresh Produce Stall

4 to 8pm: Grill Your Hunger Food Van


Rokewood – Tuesday 2 July

Hesse Rural Health, 55 Ferrars Street

10am to 12pm: Urban Upcycle: Living on the land Children’s Craft Activity

10am to 11am: Vegetable Gardening Session

11am to 12pm: Big Chef Little Chef

12.30 to 1.30pm: Hot soup and a chat


Download a copy of the program here 

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 - 4:57pm


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.