Farmers – Order Your Farm Trays From ECOSS!

 
  Farmers- did you know that you can pre-order your vegetable and herb seedlings from ECOSS? Our NASAA certified seedlings are just bursting with health and vitality. The really good news is that as we are a non profit we can keep the costs right down, in many cases beating the (Non Organic) competition. Call Shaun now on 0417 510274 or 0477 178 242.
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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
Kids:
  • 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
Food:
  • 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  
 

What is ECOSS?

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Yarra Valley ECOSS is a community organisation committed to ecological and social sustainability, located on 7.4 hectares of beautiful land in the Yarra Valley 50 km east of Melbourne. ECOSS acknowledges the Wurrundjeri clan of the Woi Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and elder members of our multicultural community. Our VISION is a vibrant, resilient and sustainable Yarra Valley community. Our MISSION is to create an inspiring educational and recreational facility that will demonstrate sustainable living solutions for the community of the Yarra Valley and beyond. Our Environmental Goal, aimed at restoring natural capital in our environment, is –

A rural recreational and training facility that demonstrates innovation and best practice in regenerative land-use, renewable energies and resources, and the local production of food. 

Our Learning Goal, aimed at developing human capital in our people, is  –

A program of activities that inspires and enables the acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to develop sustainable lifestyles. 

Our Social Goal, aimed at improving social capital in our community, is –

A cooperative enterprise that is owned by the community, managed by the community, for the community and expresses the community’s spirit. 

Our Financial Goal, aimed at building financial capital and financial security in our community, is –

A range of integrated enterprises that provides local employment, stimulates the growth of the regional economy and provides income to support our operations.

Our VALUES are –

Care for the Earth, its life forms and ecological processes, as stewards for future generations.

Care for People, through respect and the provision of opportunity for everyone to reach their potential.

A Fair Share of the Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources for all members of current and future populations.

We define a Sustainable Community as one which – 1. Integrates long-range environmental criteria into all decision-making processes. 2. Recognizes that growth is ultimately limited by the carrying capacity of the environment 3. Uses renewable and reliable sources of energy 4. Endeavors to do no harm to the natural environment and repairs damage already done. 5. Fosters activities that use material and energy in continuous cycles 6. Values cultural diversity 7. Strives for local self-sufficiency by making best use of local efforts and resources, nurturing solutions at the local level 8. Has respect for other life forms and supports biodiversity 9. Supports the sustainability of other communities 10. Supports the possibilities of future generations by its activities 11. Has shared positive values amongst the members of the community.    

 

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: sustainablebuilding@ecoss.org.au www.ecoss.org.au Please click the following link to view or print the Sustainable Building Order Form

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: david.smsheil@ecoss.org.au

ECOTOPIA JUNCTION FESTIVAL 2014

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

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ECOTOPIA JUNCTION FESTIVAL 2014  

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.