Harvesting the end of summer

HAY THERE!: Scarecrow making with four-year-old Polly Sharrock and master builder Anna Treneman passing on her skills. Photos: Barry Smith 020416BSB12
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FROM scarecrows to summer harvest produce, Tamworth’s Growers’ Market had it all onSaturday.

Market committee member and stallholder, Barbara Levick, said the event, with the Harvest Festival, “went very well”.

“We got quite a good crowd and had a very good market,” she said.

“It’s the end of summer produce, so it was an opportunity to talk about extending the summer harvest. We have funding through Sustainable North West and the Love Food Hate Waste program. We are looking at strategies not to waste food and look at how you preserve it into the winter.”

There were cooking demonstrations and the promotion of fresh, seasonal produce.

“We tend to get into the habit of thinking when you go to the supermarket that you should be able to get anything, whether it’s not in season or it’s imported,” Mrs Levick said.

“If people come to understand eating by the seasons, then you value your food, you don’t waste it and you eat healthily.”

Tamworth Community Organic Garden Group member Anna Treneman said she enjoyed helping children build their ownscarecrows.

CHUTNEY KING: Chef Eli Pike demonstrating his chutney making to the large crowd of onlookers. 020416BSB06

“A lot of kids had never had a chance to build their own scarecrows and I think it’s an essential part of childhood,” she said.

“It’s really good to give them that chance and they are now all on display in the regional playground and they look pretty good.”

The master scarecrow builder said she’d been building them for “about 20 years or so”.

“It’s fun to be able to pass that on to a new generation of children,” Ms Treneman said.

“We thought the garden needed something to scare off the wildlife and it gives the children a bit of building experience, some drawing experience, artistic expression and some of them got over their fear of hay.”

She said she would love to do it again and planned to do it with Hillvue students as part of their kitchen garden program.

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