Let’s face it: knowing where your food comes from, who grew it, and how to grow it yourself is one of the finer things in life.
It happens naturally — you find yourself slowing down and savouring meal; getting recipes for your favourite “new” vegetable (often from the farmer who grew them!), and saving seeds to grow next year.
The Sandown Centre is serious about supporting your curiosity, confidence & capability as a locavore.
What is currently happening?
Adopt a Patch:The forest at Sandown is just waiting for healing hands to remove invasive species and bring biodiversity back to the forest, one patch at a time. Adopt a patch and make a difference. The first round or workshops for how to participate will be offered at the end of November 2020.
“I Grew this Feast!” is a season-long course to teach you all the fundamentals to grow your own bounty this year. Sign up as an individual or as a family, get your own plot for the year, and be guided through everything you need to grow your own abundance — from garden planning and planting, right through to seed saving. Shared amenities like automatic irrigation, field processing stations and tools makes it easy for you to show up and get growing!
Our Ivy Pulling Extravaganza: March 27th | Saturday | Sandown Forest
Join us in a day of community stewardship in the ivy covered forest at Sandown. Register for a three hour time slot of ivy pulling and community restoration fun! Sign up for one of five staggered time slots, either solo or in your bubble, to ensure that we have ample space to distance accordingly. Further COVID protocols will be sent to each attendee. We encourage you to sign up with your household/bubble and enjoy the outdoors while nurturing this ivy invaded forest.
What have we got planned?
Sandown Supper Clubs will offer fabulous dining experiences at The Fickle Fig (with Sandown-grown produce, naturally!) accompanied by salon-style lectures with some of the leading thinkers in regenerative agriculture.
Workshops and classes will feed your learning in a range of topics, from active “citizen science” classes, to forest bathing walks, to pruning classes for your budding home orchard.
Food Festivals: Our aim is simple: we want you to fall hopelessly in love with your local food system. In our seasonal festivals, you’ll meet your makers, one fruit at a time. Take the humble FIG for example: our climate supports 150 varieties. Don’t you want to taste them, pick your favourite varieties, meet the passionate experts who grow them, and maybe take some home?