Sunraysia Fruit and Vegetable Swap chair Erin Hoye and Slow Food Mildura leader Deb Bogenhuber go back to the garden with some fresh produce. Picture: Megan Frankel-VaughanTWO community groups with shared ideas of eating fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables have joined forces to spread their message and encourage people to produce their own food.
Sunraysia Fruit and Vegetable Swap chair Erin Hoye said the swap had been running since 2013 with a “loyal core” group of people.
“But it wasn’t growing,” she said.
Ms Hoye explained that, like many small community groups, the small Veggie Swap committee struggled with ongoing operational matters, like insurance and costs.
Ms Hoye said Deb Bogenhuber, from Slow Food Mildura, suggested they team up to help spread their respective messages further in the community and get others on board.
Ms Bogenhuber said Slow Food Mildura was all about good, clean food for all.
“(The Veggie Swap) provides a way to access that food,” she said.
“It just makes a lot of sense to support other like-minded groups.”
The Veggie Swap involves individuals bringing along their excess fruit and vegetables to Langtree Mall each fortnight to swap with others and learn more about vegetable gardening. And, for people who have nothing yet to swap or share, Ms Hoye encouraged them to come along, too.
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