Slow Food Earth Markets win international award
Last week I was happy to learn that Slow Food Hunter Valley (SFHV) won an international award for its popular Earth Markets, which are on in The Levee Shared Zone on the first and third Thursday of the month.
The Gigi Frassanito award is an international accolade and the Maitland Slow Food Earth Markets, which are the first of their kind in Australia, was announced as the 2018 winner at the Earth Market Summit held in Turin, Italy. Frassanito was one of the first collaborators and coordinators of the markets and the award is highly sought after, so it is a real achievement for all the volunteers at SFHV.
The progression of the SFHV markets has been somewhat of a success story and it all started in 2016 when they set up a stall and successfully rescued 2,000 pumpkins for a local farmer. It has evolved over time, up until last year when it became the country’s first Slow Food Earth Market.
These markets now attract sellers from all over the Hunter and if you haven’t been before, I really encourage you to get involved. It is the perfect way to support local farmers and producers and ensure they can continue to do what they do best.
Walka Education Program recognised with National Award
More great news came to light this week when it was revealed that a Council project called ‘Explore Walka’ was recognised with a National Award of Excellence by Interpretation Australia. It celebrates the rich ecology and birdlife of Walka Water Works and is the first stage of the Walka Water Works Interpretation Plan.The project included collaboration with the Hunter Bird Observers Club as well as Morpeth Public School. There are many interesting aspects to the project and to find out more click here. If you haven’t been out to Walka for a while and with the school holidays on at the moment, it might just be the perfect time to take the kids there and have a look at the new additions for yourself.