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SCPA Display at the Bega Show 2015

If you walked through the big double doors at the northern end of the Main Pavilion during the Bega Show you would have discovered the SCPA Interactive Display. First the SCPA Children's Activities, where Heidi Brennan was busy with children and their ideas for a dream farm or garden. They were drawing and cutting out the elements of the landscape: streams, dams and ponds; trees, crops, birds and beasts; roads, homes and work buildings.

Heidi Brennan with possible farmers of the future

Heidi Brennan with possible farmers of the future

Heidi drew out these ideas and incorporated them into the farm plan on the floor. She also worked with younger children to make pots for seedlings and fill them with soil and seeds.

Planting seeds

Planting seeds

If you then headed south you would have passed areas where SCPA members were sharing their understanding of plants and pastures, soil and biodiversity ...

Kathleen McCann explaining the permaculture approach to garden design

Kathleen McCann explaining the permaculture approach to garden design

Liz Worth discussing mushroom production

Liz Worth discussing mushroom production

Then you would have met the Bega Valley Seedsavers who were demonstrating techniques for saving dry seeds and wet seeds

Seedsavers were on hand to demonstrate their techniques and answer questions

Seedsavers were on hand to demonstrate their techniques and answer questions

and finally you would have come to demonstration of food preparation techniques and equipment.

John Barlow (left) and Robin Burbidge (right) with their simple equipment for de-seeding tomatoes and fruits, pressing honeycomb, flaking oats and grinding wheat.

John Barlow (left) and Robin Burbidge (right) with their simple equipment for de-seeding tomatoes and fruits, pressing honeycomb, flaking oats and grinding wheat.

Emily Stokes demonstrating the preparation of fermented foods.

Emily Stokes demonstrating the preparation of fermented foods.

Geoffrey Grigg demonstrating the preparation of sauces

Geoffrey Grigg demonstrating the preparation of sauces

The whole display is our take on a 'paddock to plate' food system: regenerate your soil and environment, plant your own seeds, grow your food and prepare it well or share it via your local markets.

John Walker from Palarang Partners and the Bemboka Butchery (left) winding down with Sandra Gauld, farmer and co-ordinator of the Bega SCPA Markets (centre) and Geoffrey Grigg, chef and OIC of the travelling SCPA Stall (right).

John Walker from Palarang Organic Meat and the Bemboka Butchery (left) winding down with Sandra Gauld, farmer and co-ordinator of the Bega SCPA Markets (centre) and Geoffrey Grigg, chef and OIC of the travelling SCPA Stall (right).

It was a great weekend: hot, exhausting and very worthwhile.

Can we go home now?

Can we go home now?

Thanks to the 28 SCPA members and supporters who worked on the display, and to Barb Rogers (Chief Pavilion Steward) who supports our efforts (and arranged for a fan).


Submitted by : Carolyn
25th Feb 2015