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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Gatherings Of …. Creative Industries Tasters

Cire Services and ECOSS have partnered to bring you a series of Gatherings of…..  This program offers tasters into the Creative Industries.  Held at ECOSS on the final Sunday of the month.

Sunday 25th June 10am-1pm: Botanical Dying and EcoPrinting with Vicki Basdeo!

Sunday 23rd July: Fashion Repurposing and Upcycling with Renee

Sunday 27th August: Felting Wildling bags with Zephlyn Neilsen

Sunday 17th September: Creative Scriptwriting with Patrick Van Der Werf

Sunday 22nd October: Repurposers and Upcyclers with Murray Goodchild

Sunday 26th November: Basic Organic Gardening Principals with Tobias Mager and Josh Tucker.

Bookings and Information: Contact CIRE on 03 5967 1776  or email info@cire.org.au Discounts apply for booking for all 6 workshops!        

Felt Boot Making with Zephlyn

Handmade Felt Boots : created by you Come along and join a fun Saturday playshop with a bunch of other makers to create your very own felted boots! When : Saturday 1 July 2017 10am – 4pm Where : Ecoss Coop Space : 711 Old Warburton Rd Wesburn 3799 Cost : $150 including all materials required Who : you and everyone else, suitable for beginners. It will be a fun supportive experience. You’ll learn a lot and leave with a pair of boots! What to do now : email or ring Zephlyn to book your place and pay a $50 deposit to ensure your place as they are limited! zephlyn33@gmail.com or 0429 778 277  

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!

Spring Fair! This Sunday 4th October!!

Spring Fair! This Sunday 4th October!!

Tiny House Tiny Houses, Sustainable Building Workshops, Solar brewed beer, Good Brew Kombucha, Yarra Valley Cider, great people. Beautiful Weather -Expected 28Deg. come to Wesburn in the beautiful Yarra Valley.

Spring Fair 2015 Stage and Activities Program.

On Stage:
  • 10-10.20am Rebecca De Bauer- Reclaiming the Spirit. Intro to ECOSS
  • 10.20-11am April and Tom- Classical Duo
  • 11.00-12pm Tahu Dubs- Maori freedom songs
  • 12-12.20pm Plastic Bag Free Warburton, Koha Cafe
  • 12.20-1.20 Sound Mandala- Kora and Tablas
  • 1.20-1.30 David- a few words about ECOSS/ promote school program.
  • 1.30-2.30 Marlee Nebauer- Singer/Songwriter
  • 2.30-3pm Toms Building Workshop & announce Scarecrow winner Great Forest National Park
  • 3-4pm Club of Rome- psychedelic rock & Announce Raffle winner
Off Stage:
  • 11-1pm Murray – rocket fuel stove workshop
  • 2pm- Murray tiny house slideshow.
  • 3pm Movie – Anima Mundi- Peter Downey
  • 11am Movie- More than Honey
  • All day Lily Aagren Tiny House
  • All day Gypsy Tiny House
  • 3pm One World Song with Kurt Shean
  • All Day Rock Painting,
  • All Day Seedling planting
  • 2.40pm Announce winner Scarecrow Comp
  • All day Make your own humpy
  • ECOSS Organic Sausages, burgers & Baked Potatoes
  • Koha Cafe
  • Katie and Haulke – crepes and cakes
  • Popcornia
  • Chai
  • Deano Good Brews- kombucha, beers, ciders, cordial
  • Fresh Fruit Ice Cream,
  • Smoothycycle
  • Silva Coffee
The Spring Fair is at: 711 Old Warburton Rd, Wesburn VIC 3799 10am until 4pm Don’t Forget Sun hats and water bottles!giant punpkin  

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, “smallisbeautiful.com.au” 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 https://www.facebook.com/YarraValleyBeeGroup 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:  info@ecoss.org.au for information and updates


A big thank you to everyone – the Ecotopia Junction Festival was a huge success!

food and ideas festival


Sunday April 13th, 10-4pm

Yarra Junction Parklands.

Including the Upper Yarra Museum and the Sport and Aquatic centre. (Mel ref 288 D7)
  • In Celebration of Honey Bee!
  • Bee keeping, observation hive and workshops
  • Market Stalls
  • Free Childrens games and facepainting and activities at the Upper Yarra Museum,
  • Pedal Powered Merri Go Round
  • Recycled Fashion Parade- featuring Hanzal Over
  • Womens Red Tent, Red Tipi artist project, with Weaving Workshop by Aidrienne Kneebone.
  • Healing Area with Mens Workshop in a Tipi.
  • BioDiesal powered Stage, Electric and Car home conversion.
  • ASkate- Skating for kids with Autism on the Skate Park- 10am-12
  • Local Bands and roving performers including: David Goding and the Torchured Artists, Monkeys Wedding, Gaia Gita, and Woody’s World.
  •  Melbourne Water ‘Water Smart City Model.’
  • Yarra Valley Water Hydration Station.
  • Yarra Ranges Mountain Bikers with Bike Display and free Bike Maintenence.
Join us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/events/458165177622601/ If you would like to volunteer please email Chelsea on info@ecoss.org.au, or to have a stall please email nireeb@gmail.com.  Alternatively call Chelsea on Tuesday or Thursdays between 9-3pm on 5967 2416.