About Yarra Valley Ecoss
Yarra Valley ECOSS is a not-for-profit membership association based on a 7.4 hectare former poultry farm bordering the Council waste treatment centre at Wesburn. ECOSS has adopted a community enterprise model to turn this property into a inspiring educational and recreational facility that demonstrates sustainable living solutions for the community of the Yarra Valley and beyond. Our Vision is to promote local food-security by developing appropriate models for food production, while building work skills and competencies, facilitating local employment and developing a vibrant, resilient, inclusive and sustainable Yarra Valley community. Our Vision also directly supports the core objectives of the Yarra Ranges Council Vision 2020, to promote sustainable communities and increase employment opportunities. ECOSS is solutions oriented and focused on demonstrating commercially sustainable green social enterprises and practical green solutions.ECOSS currently has a small part-time staff supported by a Management Committee and an active and enthusiastic group of volunteers, students and work-experience partners. ECOSS has established a very well respected reputation for facilitating and mentoring people in the local community to improve their work skills to prepare them for re-entering the job market and in partnering with school groups. ECOSS also provides a hub for related local non-profits to hold meetings, activities and partner with us on projects. ECOSS values the creation of culturally diverse and creative projects that represent our diverse community. Local groups we partner with include the Cire Services, Yarra Valley Bee Group, Warburton Environment, Upper Yarra Landcare, Landcare, Tiny Houses to Go, Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley, Plastic Bag Free Warburton, Silvertyne Bio-Dynamic Farm, Natural Building Centre, the Red Tent Collective, Tonantzin Sweat Lodge and Tipi Ceremony, Upper Yarra Museum, Ben’s Shed, Beans and Bananas Food Co-op, and numerous other local groups and businesses. ECOSS is supported generously by Yarra Ranges Council via a partnership agreement, and has been generously supported by UYCE for our annual Ecotopia Earth Festival. ECOSS predominantly operates via small grants, and small fundraising ventures. Cire Services School is very committed to ECOSS, undertaking many various school projects including: Biofiltration Project, ECOSS Sign, Earthship Seats, Frog Bog and Frog Census, and more. Cire Training Horticulture courses are conducted in partnership with ECOSS (Ecological and Social Sustainability). By partnering with Cire Services we can deliver this course in a working nursery, which is an excellent environment for learning.