Bushfire Commemoration Project Revealed

2009 Victorian Bushfires Commemoration and Community
Development Grant

At ECOSS we wanted to host a place whereby community could acknowledge that we live in a bushfire prone area and pay respects to those affected by the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.  We have done this by looking at ways to host introspective space, and practical skills for Bushfire Safe Building techniques and preparedness.

Tom Neil hosted a Bushfire Safe Building Workshop on Saturday 30th March, beginning with a talk at ECOSS, including a Fire Safe Building Presentation and guest speakers from CFA, and continuing on to Site Tours in the Valley of Bush-Fire Safe buildings.  This was a very interesting day, well presented and ran well.

We have been developing a memorial at ECOSS by Community members using Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley and Relab.  Vickie Basdeo- (RELAB), has run 3 creative sessions at: PEACE FARM tomato festival, 7 Sisters Festival, and Ecotopia.  These sessions focussed on creating ephemeral art with the 2009 Bushfires in mind, gathering pieces purposefully designed together with Lucy Pierce’s clay artwork for the final memorial space opening which will be at the Ngulu Festival on 26th May at ECOSS. 

The official opening will occur at the Ngulu Festival on May 26th at ECOSS.

Reconciliation Week Event 2018

ECOSS is committed to keeping the conversation going about the current and past state of affairs of our Indigenous Custodians on who’s land we stand and reside.  Whilst we understand the issues associated with Reconciliation Day, we are taking the opportunity to create public events whereby the community can come together, honour and show respect for our Indigenous brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, children and elders both past and present.

Together with Cire Services, we bring you-

  • Welcome to Country by local Wurundjeri Elder- Aunty Kim Wandin.
  • Wayapa Wuurrk- Earth Mindfulness Meditation- how to connect to country whether you’re indigenous or not.  This special process is led by local indigenous woman Michelle Atwell.
  • Bush Food Display, by Peter Lorback, who has very extensive knowledge on Bush Foods.
  • Botanical Eco Dyed Prayer Flag decorating by Vickie Basdeo of Peace Farm.  These will hang as an annual prayer for all indigenous people.
  • Kids ochre body painting- for earthy fun for the kids.
  • Live Music by Muz & Aladdin and Friends
  • Native BBQ includes; wallaby, kangaroo and emu sausages and for the vegetarian/vegans- ECOSS home grown organic pumpkin soup and more.

As this is a community event, please feel free to volunteer, offer an appropriate activity, or performance.  

Email: info@ecoss.org.au


Ecotopia Earth Festival, Celebrating Cultural Diversity

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Stallholder Application and information: Stall Application form ECOTOPIA 2018 Ecotopia stall info 2018A Massive thankyou to our sponsors Yarra Ranges Council, Upper Yarra Community Enterprise, Multi Cultural Victoria and Cire Services.  They have enabled us to start planning another amazing and free event : Ecotopia themed Celebrating Cultural Diversity.This year…

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Gatherings of Fashion, Upcycling and Reimagining

Cire Services and ECOSS present: Industry Taster Workshop Series- Number 2! With Renee Nowad. Introduction to Fashion Upcycling and Creative Imagining with Wool Embroidery.  Extend the life of your woollens with visible on trend mending, Reinvent your winter woollens with creative embroidery, learn basic embroidery stitches, design and layout techniques, BYO wooly garments for Upcycling. Sunday 23rd July, 10am-1pm, $25.  Discounts apply for booking for the whole series of workshops.  On the last Sunday of every month. Bookings and information contact Cire on 5967 1776, or email info@cire.org.au

School Holiday Lantern Making Workshops – River of Light Winter Festival

School Holiday Lantern Making Workshops – River of Light Winter Festival Create your own beautiful lantern for the River of Light Winter Festival in Warburton on 29th July 2017! School Holiday Lantern Making Workshops for children age 7+ Tuesday July 4th – 11:00am – 2pm Sunday July 9th – 11:00am – 2pm Sunday July 16th – 11:00am – 2pm Hosted at The Coop, Yarra Valley ECOSS, 711 Old Warburton Road, Wesburn 3797. Cost: $5 each (includes all materials for lantern) Lunch Available BYO Parent/Guardian Phoebe Lines – 0434 633 599 phoebelines@gmail.com Sam Watson – 0423 140 689 sam.watson.13@gmail.com

Heritage Fruit Tree Grafting Day & Scion Swap

The summary:
What:  Talks, demonstrations and amazing fruit trees for sale.
What part 2: Have a tour of ECOSS and all the Amazing new projects underway!
When:  This Saturday 15th July 2017.  
Times:  10:30-2:30 for fruit trees. 1pm for Tour.
Where:  Yarra Valley ECOSS   (Click for maps:)  711 Old Warburton Rd, Wesburn VIC 3799
Why:  The most delicious, unique and cheapest fruit trees anywhere!
How much: $5 entry,  Fruit Trees $15, less if you DIY.  Scions $5
Lunch Available for purchase on the day.
The full details:
Greetings all,
The annual Heritage Fruit Tree Grafting event is happening again at ECOSS this July. The amazing Neil Barraclough (& friends) will again bring an incredible collection of heritage and rare fruit trees varieties that you can make perfect for your soil and location. Imagine: Apples, Pears, Cherries, Peaches & Plums with real flavour in your backyard!
We’ve again joined forces with Yarra Valley ECOSS, which is a brilliant venue, with loads of inspiration in their gardens for you to enjoy and dream. Click for Google maps, but the address is 711 Old Warburton Rd, Wesburn VIC 3799  Parking is limited on site, please park in Wesburn Park, directly opposite ECOSS. The venue will suit us no matter the weather, but ideally we will be outside, so dress accordingly.
  • At 10:30 Neil will provide a brief talk and workshop on the grafting process and purpose.
  • From 11am-2:30pm you will be able to select your own favourite varieties, or bring one along you’d like to save; we will either instruct you in how to do it, or do it for you as you wish.
  • ECOSS is also hosting the grand tour on the day, come and check out the Indigenous Reconciliation Fire Pit, the Koori Cubby, the Earthbag Cubby, The Coop, the Community Garden, BioDynamic Garden, Pottery Studio and more!
  • Delicious lunch options will be available.
  • Tea and Coffee will be available throughout.
  • Costs: $5 entrance fee, Trees $15, Scion $5.  Orders for Multi-graft Trees will be taken on the day for later delivery, and selected advanced trees may be available.
  • Five grafting kits will be available for purchase $30, including tape and knife.
This day is being run in partnership with Rare and Heritage fruit tree network.. Plants and seedlings grown in their organic nursery will be for sale.
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