Grow Lightly News

 No. 3 February 2015

New projects, new plans for the New Year


The Grow Lightly shop opens next week!

For weeks, volunteers at the Grow Lightly Food Hub in Korumburra have been painting and scrubbing, hammering and carpentering, to transform our new home into a sparkling new community facility. Now we’re ready to open the Food Hub shop.
Doors open on Friday 13 February, and we would love to see you then or on the next day, which is the monthly Coal Creek market. Initially, the shop will be open on Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to about 3 pm; and Sunday morning from 9.30 until 1.
The Food Hub shop will offer fresh fruit and vegetables, grown in Gippsland using sustainable organic methods – from the same growers who supply the weekly Grow Lightly vegie bags. In addition, there’ll be other excellent food items from the Gippsland region – like biscuits and preserves, home-made muesli, berries, eggs, olive oil and local nuts. So if you are in Korumburra, call in and say hello!
What: The Grow Lightly Food Hub shop
Where: Next to the children’s playground and car park at the Coal Creek Heritage Village, Korumburra
When: Opening  Friday 13 February.
Open Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm, and Sunday from 9.30 am until 1 pm.


What is the Grow Lightly Food Hub? 

Grow Lightly is a non-profit community organisation which works to encourage Gippslanders to grow and eat food grown locally, mainly in South and West Gippsland. For close to ten years it has been supplying weekly boxes and bags of fresh organic fruit and vegetables, using an ever-expanding network of volunteers to pack and distribute bags to Gippsland households. The aim is to help give people access to high-quality local food, and to encourage small-scale organic horticulture in the local area.
For some years, Grow Lightly was based at the Old Cordial Factory in the Coal Creek Heritage Village. However, last year Grow Lightly came to an arrangement with the South Gippsland Shire Council to lease the former Information Centre just off the Coal Creek car park, and turn this into a community Food Hub. Besides Grow Lightly, it will be used by the Council’s Sustainability Team, and for a range of community events and workshops.


This Sunday, 8 February, there is a not-to-be-missed workshop at the Grow Lightly Food Hub, on planning and maintaining a productive and climate-resilient fruit garden. Meredith Freeman, Di Tod, Mark and Margaret Brammar and Rhys Freeman will discuss the opportunities and challenges of fruit-growing in a changing South Gippsland climate.  The workshop runs from 1 pm to 4 pm, and is being run by the Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project. To register, call Jill Vella on 0408 208 350, or email her on

Please support us – through the Community Rewards Program

As a non-profit community organisation, Grow Lightly is part of the Michael’s IGA Supermarket Community Rewards program. Funds raised through this program have helped equip the new Grow Lightly Food Hub at Coal Creek.
But this program will only continue to support us if you in turn help us by shopping at the IGA stores in Leongatha and Korumburra, and ensuring that your Rewards Tag nominates Grow Lightly Connect.  You can make sure this happens by filling out this form and dropping it into one of the three Michaels IGA stores
Thanks so much - and see you soon at the Food Hub!
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