Leesa enjoying the Organic Festival at City Farm
This year we produced some information flyers to help people understand what “Organics” is all about. The titles of those flyers are;
At Garden Week in April we formed part of the “Sustainable Square”. The Sustainable Square consisted of Herbs R Us, The Greenhouse, Greenlife Soil Company and Nic’s Vege Pots. All the non-profit organisations were given a 10m x 10m space for absolutely free. We held talks and had a lot of information for people to collect. It was really successful with a lot of flyers going out. People were actually going to the information tent and asking where the “Sustainable Square” was. We will be participating again next year.
We didn’t have a “Trust Organic Festival” this year as it was getting harder for us to find stall holders. We really need to get more support from our commercial side of the Organic Industry. I know everyone has their regular farmers markets to attend, but it would be nice to have some support just for one day a year and have a festival with heaps of Organic stalls. Maybe in the near future.
We still continue to support the fight for no GM growing in W.A. I would like to thank Janet Grogan for all her endless work she does to get the word out there. Janet is really a wonder woman, so where possible please help Janet fight for a GM free W.A.
Our membership numbers are quite static this year. There have not been many renewals. We really need to look at ways of promoting OGAWA and getting more people to become members. Hopefully we will get more committee members this year so we can offer more for our members.
To our local groups – I would like to thank the following people for keeping our local groups together. They are wonderful people and need more than just a thank you. Ralph – our Mundaring group, Michelle and Charles – our Gwelup group, May-Ring – our Fremantle group – who by the way are looking for a new leader, and I leave this one last because Lisa who handles our Roleystone group has been doing this for more than 25 years. I think that is amazing. Well done Lisa and to all other group leaders you all do an amazing job. Hopefully next year we might be able to add another group north of the river.
Lastly, I would like to thank the outgoing committee. We have kept it together for another year guys. Thank you to the executive committee. Tracey – for your treasurers reports every quarter it’s much appreciated. Even though you couldn’t make it to meetings, it is a job we didn’t have to fill so thanks. Brenda, where do I start? Thank you so much for your expertise. You were secretary, and membership secretary. You will be hard to replace. You were also my advisor. I am going to have to think for myself from now on. Thank you so much for all your help in keeping OGAWA afloat.
Next thanks to the rest of the committee. Your attendance and voice was much appreciated throughout the year. Big thanks to Steve McCoy. Steve is a Co-opted reprehensive for the Department of Agriculture and a nonvoting member. Thanks Steve for organising a room at the Agriculture department for all our meetings and also thanks for your input to the enews. Talking of the Enews: thanks to Greenlife Soil Company and Organic on Charles for your articles.
A massive thank you goes to Sue Warrington- who is one of our life time members – for all her work and effort in put the enews together and servicing our web page. The outgoing committee has decided to take that task on ourselves. Your service to OGAWA has been priceless Sue and we really do appreciate all the work you have done over the years.
I would like to thank Jude Blereau for making an amazing salad and for Vince from Mondo Butchers for cooking and supplying the organic meat for our AGM afternoon snack. Also big thanks to Vince for allowing us to hold our AGM at his shop. Everyone who came was very impressed with our afternoon snack and commented on having it every year. Thanks guys.
I wish the new committee all the best for the next year.
What does the term Organic Mean?
Organic farming uses the earth's natural resources for sustainability. It emphasises appropriate land management and aims to ecologically achieve the balance between animal life, the natural environment and food crops.
Organic farmers do not use pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified foods, growth promoters or hormones. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.
The produce that is produced through Organic farming is thus at its most natural form.
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october 2011Pictures from the Organic Festival held at City Farm Perth. There were many delicious food stalls to try and interesting products for the home, garden and beauty products. >> view the photos here