Mildura Weekly : Friday April 17 2015 Vol 9 No 23
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU initiative takes root • From previous page It really is all about being as ‘green’ as possible, Krister said, well aware of the double mean- ing. The plants and herbs are be- ing propagated and grown in the SuniTAFE nursery facility, where the Christie Centre students have been attending one day a week to tend their ‘crops.’ That commitment is likely to increase to two or maybe three days a week if the growAbility business begins to take off as well as the seedlings are. growAbility staffers last week- end attended Saturday’s popular Farmer’s Market, and Sunday’s City Central, to showcase their product. Krister described the response from the public as: “Very inter- ested.” “They were particularly in- terested in the portability of the boxes...they really liked the con- cept. “Many of them said they could find a place for a box or two.” That’s good news for the fledgling business. Krister said customers had been impressed with the qual- ity of the plants, and the ease of looking after a portable planter box one they got it home.” “They liked the idea that they had easy to pick fresh, home- grown salad ingredients and herbs at their finger tips,” Krister said. “We know in Mildura heat and wind can often be an issue for home gardeners, but we were able to tell our customers that they could easily move their por- table planter box to ensure the best conditions for long-term growth and repeated use.” “We also told customers that when the box is no longer pro- ducing, it can be returned for re- cycling. “By offering this service, the Christie Centre keeps its commit- ment to sustainability, re-purpos- ing and recycling.” But, the idea is that the boxes, if cared for diligently and harvest- ed judiciously will keep on giving for some time. Like a mini veggie patch. The boxes, Paul said, weigh eight to 10 kilograms ‘dry,’ and 12 to 14kgs after being watered. The weight factor had gone some way towards determining the box size. We didn’t want them to be too heavy, or awkward for the average person to move them around, he said. Meanwhile, the Christie Cen- tre and partners have another business brewing. “As part of our direction of environmental sustainability, we have also started to do work with worms, and we are cooperating with a person who has substan- tial skills in this area,” Krister re- vealed. “We intend to shortly set up a demonstration/educational worm farm at ‘The Eco Centre’ at the Mildura Landfill. “Products from this will be sold through Aroundagain. “Worm products are very beneficial when you are trying to grow plants organically, and we intend to use these in growing our own herbs and salad greens. “We will also be able to use some of the shredded paper from our Document Destruction busi- ness as worm food.” So, another innovative busi- ness on the way! We’ll bring you that story in coming weeks, but this week- end you will be able to find the growAbility team and their ‘vegie boxes’ at tomorrow morning’s monthly Farmer’s Market and we have heard a whisper some of the new worm products will be for sale as well. • FOOTNOTE: The Christie Centre has provided support, development and training for people with a disability and their families for more than 60 years. It is a not-for profit or- ganisation, and all income is reinvested back into the agency to further increase training and employment opportunities. ORGANISERS of the newly es- tablished Heart Foundation Eti- wanda Wetlands Walkers group are calling on Mildura residents to join in an effort to “have fun, meet new people and look after your health.” The walking group has been established to help residents “get out and get active,” with lo- cal members regularly meeting on Tuesdays from 8.30am at the Etiwanda Wetlands car park/in- formation bay (located off the Etiwanda Avenue extension over Seventh Street). Heart Foundation CEO Mary Barry said walking groups estab- lished across the country aim to recruit thousands of participants in an effort to help Australians live more active and healthy life- styles. “Walking for just 30 minutes a day can help you maintain a healthy weight, increase fitness and strength, improve self-esteem and mental health and cut the risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent,” she said. Local Heart Foundation Area co-ordinator, Louise Tarrant, said the newly established walking group would also provide local residents with an opportunity to get out and explore the local area. “Etiwanda Wetlands is a lovely area, and now the cooler weather has arrived it is the perfect time to get outdoors, go for a leisurely walk with a group of people and explore our local environment,” she said. Heart Foundation Walk- ing groups are co-ordinated by Healthy Together Mildura, with more information available by contacting Louise on 5025 9627. Wetlands walking group seeks resident support • GREEN THUMBS: growAbility staffers, left to right, Michael Murnane, Karl Jonsson, Larry Cricelli, and John Jamieson Long with examples of their ‘portable gardens’ handiwork.
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