Grow Lightly News

No. 7 
December 2015

  • What's new in the shop?
  • Growers Forum - 7 February 2016
  • Our holiday dates
  • Who's on the Grow Lightly Board?

Hi everyone
This year has been a HUGE one for Grow Lightly, mainly because we have had at last had a base - somewhere to meet people, have people meet each other, run workshops, listen to ideas, watch films, receive and sell produce, and generally revel in the wonderful range of organically grown produce available in South Gippsland. We do hope everyone who receives this newsletter has had the chance to visit our Food Hub.
Money certainly isn't everything: but Grow Lightly has been able to return about $60.000 to the community this year in payments to local producers. We are proud of that.
Thankyou one and all for making it possible.
In 2016, after a couple of weeks break we are making big plans to build on all this with a lot of the old good stuff, and plenty of new projects to keep us on our toes. However, we can't do either without help from our supporters out there. 
We would love to hear from any of you who have time, or ideas, or both.
Enjoy a safe and happy festive season - and do keep in touch!
For the last time in 2015 -


Here is Betsy, the baker from Oak and Swan Bakery, with her children and a delivery of sourdough bread.

New delights at the Food Hub - but we ARE having a break

We can’t help with the turkey, but Grow Lightly will have plenty on offer this Christmas for your festive table. Luscious berries, avocados, nuts, salads, cheeses, vegies for roasting or the BBQ – you’ll find it all at the Food Hub in Korumburra.
But you’ll need to shop early, because Grow Lightly’s volunteers will take a much-needed break over Christmas and the New Year.  The last trading day at the Food Hub will be Sunday 20 December. Grow Lightly will have its regular stall at the Koonwarra Farmers Market, on Saturday 2 January, and the Food Hub will re-open on Friday 8 January. There’ll also be a break in delivery of the weekly vegie bags over these two holiday weekends.
A yummy gift for Christmas – or any time!
Here’s a gift idea that’s always going to be welcome and useful, particularly for people who appreciate the wonderful food we produce locally in southern Gippsland. You can now buy a $35 Gift Voucher from Grow Lightly, which can be used for anything in the Food Hub – from olive oil to onions, gourmet cheese to Fair Trade coffee; milk, sour-dough bread, and of course a great range of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
We now stock Oak and Swan sourdough (comes in on Saturday) and gluten-free bread (on Friday). Grow Lightly’s sourdough and wholemeal bread is usually sold out by lunchtime. 

Climate Change Conversations
Many people in southern Gippsland know that Grow Lightly was set up as a community response to climate change and the need for local sustainable food supplies. Now we are spreading these ideas across the country, and in fact across the world – via an excellent short video on the web. Click here to see it:
The video is part of Sustainability Victoria’s Climate Change Conversations, a project to encourage local communities to exchange information and work together on climate change.  People are asked to look at a series of videos, one of which is on Grow Lightly, and provide feedback.
We know that governments tend to fund projects which have strong community support: so do check out this website, and send in your comments. Then we might see initiatives based on the Grow Lightly model spring up right around Victoria.
Yes, Grow Lightly has a Board!
AGM and new Board Members
Grow Lightly held its Annual General Meeting on October 25. As required by the Constitution, three Board members stood down at the meeting: Meredith Freeman, Karen Halasa and Deborah Lopez Freeman.  Karen and Deborah did not seek re-election, and were warmly thanked for their contributions during the year. Meredith stood for re-election, and was duly elected, together with two new Board members – Deirdre Bentley and Jennie Deane.
The Grow Lightly Board of Directors for 2015-16 is:
Ray Fallu (Chair); Gil Freeman (Secretary and Treasurer);  Becky Banks; Deirdre Bentley; Gina Cowling; Jennie Deane; Meredith Freeman; Bob McLeay.

And our new Board Members are:
Deidre Bentley
Deidre and her husband moved to South Gippsland seven years ago to a 12
½  acre farm outside Loch She is passionate about animal welfare, passing on the skills of traditional handcrafts, growing food and the preservation of our beautiful world.
She works as a Women’s Health GP in South Gippsland and in Melbourne, is a lecturer at Monash University, and a very willing, regular volunteer at the Grow Lightly Food Hub.

Jennie Deane
A former South Gippsland Shire Councillor and Mayor, Jennie and her husband Frank ran the Loch post office for 22 years; they now live in Inverloch. Many people will know Jennie through her wide-ranging interests and community activities, particularly relating to health, aged care and disability. She has travelled extensively and worked for many years in migrant and refugee resettlement programs. Jennie and Frank have long been involved with Grow Lightly, and Jennie currently runs the bag delivery roster for Inverloch and Wonthaggi.



Naomi Klein's book This Changes Everything - about climate change - has been made into a film. A special screening is to be held in the Leongatha Cinema on 24 January at 7.10 p.m. Check the Leongatha Stadium Four website for details and how to book. Over 40 bookings are needed for it to go ahead.

Local people – from commercial horticulturalists to micro-scale growers and backyarders – are the valued suppliers of the fruit and vegetables sold through Grow Lightly.  Quantities supplied don’t have to be large: all that’s required is a commitment to Grow Lightly’s Charter for growing food based on sustainable organic principles.
At present Grow Lightly has more than 60 suppliers – they’re the core of what we do – but we’d like many more.
The workshop on Sunday 7 February is for current growers plus people interested in becoming a supplier. The program will cover topics such as: the outlook for autumn, winter and spring plantings; challenges and opportunities presented by the changing (and drying) climate; the Growers’ Charter; and Grow Lightly’s plans for 2016.
If you’re interested in becoming a supplier, or would like to know more about this workshop, please get in touch through the ‘contact us’ section of the Grow Lightly website.
There are rewarding opportunities at the Food Hub

More than a shop, the Grow Lightly Food Hub is a community centre where people drop in for information and/or a chat about local issues to do with food, sustainability and climate change. It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and on Sunday mornings the weekly vegie bags are packed and dispatched.
More volunteers are needed to help in the Food Hub. If you can spare a few hours every now and again, and/or have an idea about what you would like to do, please get in touch through the Grow Lightly website:
It’s very rewarding and enjoyable work, and makes a real contribution to the local community.
Through its Community Rewards program, Michaels Supa-IGA has supported Grow Lightly for the past two years. So if you shop in Korumburra or Leongatha, please support Michael’s Supa-IGA whenever you can – and nominate Grow Lightly to receive your Community Rewards points. If you haven’t got a customer tag, just ask one of the staff – or you can pick up a form next time you are at the Grow Lightly Food Hub.
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