Natural Building Workshops at ECOSS


SB5Its time to book in for our next round of Natural Building Workshops.

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Ecotopia Junction Festival 2016 April 10th

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The Recycled Fashion Parade was another hit this year with 3 categories- Trash Fash, Boutique and Kids, and a panel of celebrity judges.  Famous german fashionista Hans Allover came all the way from Berlin to MC again- we are so lucky!

There was kids games, snakes and reptiles and a silent disco in a huge transparent inflatable bubble!  As well as this there was a beautiful healing area with a red lotus bell womans tent, mens tipi with activities, and other astrological readings and healing modalities including JING.

In the museum there were blacksmiths and a giant pumpkin competition and futsal in the basketball court.

So much gratitude for all the participants and members of the community that made this day wonderful!

From the Nursery

feb14nurserypicNASAA Certified Organic Edible Seedlings and Native Seedlings Available Now!

Please come in and purchase your seedlings.  A wide range of Edible and Native seedlings are available.

All our edible seedlings are organically certified, heritage, open-pollinated and grown in organic potting mix.  They are healthy, vigorous, produce delicious vegetables and fruits – good for you and good for the earth.

ECOSS nursery is open to the public Thursdays, 9am to 4pm. Edible punnets are $4.50 each or 4 for $12.00(with discount for ECOSS members) and Native Seedlings at $1.60 each

Find out more at: Edible Plants Nursery,  Native Plants Nursery


Sustainable Building Workshops

Toms flyerVIC SUSTAINABLE BUILDING WORKSHOPS YARRA VALLEY: Introduction to Sustainable Building 7, 14, 21 November. These one day courses include theory and hands on components. Architects and tradespeople give an insight into sustainable building design and building from a global and local perspective. Suitable for students, owner builders, professionals and enthusiasts. Sunday hands-on workshops Working on real projects, these one-day courses explore a range of sustainable building methods, covering all steps from footings to finished structure. The emphasis is on developing skills to use on your own projects.     Straw bale: 8, 15, 22 November Hempcrete: 29 November For more information and booking: Phone 03 5967 2416 or 0447 384 738  Email: Please click the following link to view or print the Sustainable Building Order Form

ECOSS Spring Fair 2015, Sunday October 4th, 10-4pm


grow your own giant pumpkin Organically!

  SONY DSC Bert Spring Fair   Q.  What do giant pumpkins and Tiny houses have in common? A.  They will both be present at this years Spring Fair, on our beautiful site here in Wesburn.  This years Spring Fair will be focussed around Sustainable Building Techniques and will be the launch of Tom Neils Sustainable Building Workshops here at ECOSS. Activities will include: viewing and having the opportunity to ask all the questions you have about Tiny houses.  There will be at least 1 on site- hopefully more. Alvyn Williams- Soft Loud House Design- has created a new company, “” which is preparing designs for sale of kit and pre-built tiny buildings and the bits and pieces they need to make life work.  Alvyn will be speaking at the Spring Fair. Murray Goodchild- also building a Tiny House may/may not have his here on display- but WILL be holding a workshop on how to make your own Rocket Fuel Stove!  You will get to make yourself a tiny rocket fuel stove to take home! Tom Neil will be introducing his ‘Sustainable Building Workshops’ which will start the weekend after the Spring Fair.  Tom will be introducing to you Straw Bale, Hemp and Lime, Cob, Poured Earth and Rammed Earth.  Come and enjoy learning all there is to know and sign up for his workshops. Yarra Valley Bee Group host their gorgeous Bee Hives here at ECOSS.  They are always a hive of information, including all the latest news and information regarding bees and beekeeping. PUMPKINS!  ECOSS will be giving ECOSS Members (memberships taken on the day) free giant pumpkin seedlings for you to raise at home and enter into the Giant Pumpkin Competition at Ecotopia Junction Festival 2016- (date TBC) Smoothycycle fun! Come and pedal your own Smoothy, get fit, get hungry and satisfy the hunger all in one activity! Support the Great Forest National Park and see how much energy it takes to produce a divine smoothy. Thanks to Yarra Ranges Council for donating this bike for our community use.  See the information desk on the day to enquire about hiring it for your community group! Spring Vegetable Seedlings, Come and purchase your spring vegetable seedlings on the day, perfectly in time for planting.  You can check out our shop and all our organic fertilisers and potting mix etc… There will be plentiful delicious and healthy food, including ECOSS woodfired pizzas, Chai tent, The Good Brew Crew with Kombucha, beer and cider, Popcornia, and Organic Sausages.  Come and enjoy the stage entertainment, be inspired and check out all the amazing developments happening at ECOSS. Stage line up: David St Maur Shiel – Introduction to ECOSS April and Tom-  beautiful violin and cello Tahu Dubs- Maori cultural dub reggae/dancehall Alvyn Williams speaking on Tiny Houses Sound Mandala- Kora and tabla players talk- What’s happening at ECOSS Marlee Nebauer rocks out Update from Great Forest National Park Club of Rome- psychedelic rock.  

2nd Sustainable Farmers Seminar- Update

Date to be Announced (likely early next year)

– watch this space

We have a very interesting focus, with speakers on two key topics:

Firstly, integrating native plants productively into your farm and property 

Secondly, looking at the development of the organic market and looking at ways to distribute and sell your organic produce

Please email: for information and updates

Thank you UYCE

A big thankyou to UYCE, Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Banks for your sponsorship towards Ecotopia Junction Festival 2015.  We are very grateful for all your support over the years towards our endeavours. bendigo bank

ECOSS Open Day & Organic Farmers Seminar

Microsoft Word - OPEN DAY.docxTuesday 22nd July, 9am to 3pm. Highlights Include: Inspiring Speakers On Topical Organic Farming Issues Our nursery managers will lead tours of the organic edible plants and native plants nurseries. Compost Demonstration Local inventor Mike Morrison will provide a demonstration of his Bio fuel Cell Composter Food and Drink Stalls providing snacks and lunch will be hosted by Upper Yarra Secondary School Coffee, tea, Chai will also be available Attendance is Free Please click HERE for full details of the schedule. Due to limited space please sign up in advance if you want to attend the ‘Farmers Seminar’ Please contact David St Maur Sheil for further details and bookings on: 03 5967 2416 or Email: