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What is a farmers market? New Farmers Market Logo


Established by the Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Inc, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a weekly food market showcasing the best and freshest local produce every Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Show Grounds".  The NRC started the Farmers Market Farmers MarketProject in 2010, and in late 2011 formed an independent not-for-profit group the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Inc, which is now responsible for all market management and operation.  The first market was successfully held on Saturday 4th February 2012, and has since been running weekly, with a growing stallholder and customer base.  The NRC provided funds, staff time, and endless volunteer hours to make this project a reality and are very excited to see it become a success and make a real difference to sustainable food shopping habits in the region.  For more information on the market, please go to the official market website www.mpfm.org.au


 

What is a farmers market? New Farmers Market Logo


Established by the Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Inc, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a weekly food market showcasing the best and freshest local produce every Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Show Grounds".  The NRC started the Farmers Market Farmers MarketProject in 2010, and in late 2011 formed an independent not-for-profit group the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Inc, which is now responsible for all market management and operation.  The first market was successfully held on Saturday 4th February 2012, and has since been running weekly, with a growing stallholder and customer base.  The NRC provided funds, staff time, and endless volunteer hours to make this project a reality and are very excited to see it become a success and make a real difference to sustainable food shopping habits in the region.  For more information on the market, please go to the official market website www.mpfm.org.au


 

Sustainability School Days

 

Unique learning opportunity for students in Mount Pleasant.School Days

 

On Thursday 17th & Friday 18th September 2009, Mt Pleasant became a hive of activity as over 1000 primary school students, teachers, parents, and volunteers came together for the biannual Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Inc. Sustainability School Days.

 

The days are organised by the not-for-profit Centre to provide students with two days of fun, interactive and educational sessions that encourage sustainable living. Mt Pleasant Natural Resource Centre Coordinator Faye Mc Goldrick said the focus is on making learning fun again.

 

“We need to make the event memorable for the students so we incorporate a lot of hands on, interactive and art based learning into the program. Students get back to basics and get their hands dirty painting murals and building bird baths and making toys out of recycled materials”.

 

This free event attracted students from 16 different primary schools: Birdwood, Gumeracha, Mt Pleasant, Kersbrook, Springhead, Mt Torrens, Springton, Redeemer, Palmer, Keyneton, Angaston, Cambrai, Mt Pleasant Kindy, Greenock, St Jakobi, and a number of home school children from Adelaide.

 

“We particularly like to involve smaller regional primary schools in our event as they usually don’t have the budget to organise many of the types of activities we provide,” Faye said. “The schools really appreciated participating in this free event and we have had excellent feedback so far from teachers and students”.

 

This event has now become so popular that Faye had to turn away schools who wanted to be involved: “The days booked out really quickly – it was great to see so many schools wanting to be involved in our local sustainability event, but we really can’t increase the size of the event without additional resources”.

 

Over 60 volunteers came together over the 2 days, including students from Craigmore High School, to help make the days happen: from making lunches, to assisting presenters with their workshops, to helping coordinate, volunteers contributed 100’s of hours of their time. “Our volunteers did an absolutely amazing job and I was lucky to get to work with such a diverse and enthusiastic group – we also had a lot of new volunteers join us specifically for this event,” Faye said.

 

The event was made possible by the huge input from community volunteers, and financial support from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board.

 

This is the seventh Sustainability School Days the Centre has run and as successful as this event is, its future is uncertain. “The organisation required for an event this size is huge. It requires large amounts of project management time and it is getting more expensive to run every year due to increasing costs associated with marquees and presenters. The Centre will have to seriously consider if it can afford to continue delivering such a large event, “Faye said.

 

“The demand is certainly there and schools have already registered their interest for the 2011 event. We have built up a fantastic group of volunteers who are keen to see the event continue – they only have to be involved in one day to understand the value of the event to the students, but without increased funding support we will not be in a position to continue it. It would be such a shame if this event ended – it is the largest event of its kind in the state and our region should be very proud that there is so much community support from volunteers and interest from the schools on such an important topic.”

 

If you are interested in seeing this event continue and would like to get involved and volunteer some of your time, the Centre has a number of different volunteer positions currently open.

Contact Faye on 08 8568 1907 or contact us.

 

What the students liked…

"I liked to see and pat the ringtail possum and snake. I thought it was a good way to learn".

 

"I learnt a lot from the aquaponics session".

 

"I enjoyed doing Aboriginal Culture because I learnt lots. I also liked the sustainability web it was fun and interesting".

 

"I enjoyed the puppet show about how the river got polluted and the macro invertebrates leaving. I learnt a lot about the environment and how it doesn’t take many people to pollute it".

 

"I learnt that we have to save water".

 

"It was very good fun and lots of things to learn about".

 

"I liked the task when we got in groups and made the trees out of paper to represent carbon molecules".

 

"I learned a lot without using school books".

 

"I liked holding the snake and the turtle and the puppets".

 

"I enjoyed learning about weeds and the native trees and the quiz about them".

 

 


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