In celebration of National Organic Week 2013 (4-13 October), the Centre for Organic Research & Education (CORE) was holding a free event for locals at Cana Communities Farm. The farm opened its gates to host a variety of organic farming workshops including compost, vegie patch and jam making workshops, on Thursday, October 10, from 4pm to 6pm.
Special guest, Costa Georgiadis, host of the TV show Gardening Australia and National Organic Week Ambassador was the highlight of the event bringing his passion and enthusiasm!
Costa spoke to guests about the importance of natural organic food for our health and shared his know-how during the compost and vegie patch workshops.
Cana Farm is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers and donations. It provides opportunities for marginalised people to mix with the wider community and gain valuable training and work experience. More importantly, it gives people a sense of belonging and community.
Cana Farm also offers training in hospitality, horticulture, carpentry and other trades by partnering with Western Sydney TAFE. TAFE students at Cana Farm have very diverse backgrounds – from refugees to former inmates. There are currently 160 students enrolled in Cana Farm courses.
Cana Farm is not certified organic but uses organic farming methods such as recycled mulch supplied by CORE members which would otherwise end up in landfill.
Cana Farm has recently been involved with Gardening Australia LIVE by helping to build the set at this event.
Special thanks to Costa Georgiadis, Julie Sneddon, leader of Cana Farm, all the volunteers who helped prepare the event and everyone who attended. Without you this event wouldn’t have been a success!