The Matcham/Holgate Produce Share meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at the Firescreek Winery at 192 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate.
VISION STATEMENT – MATCHAM/HOLGATE PRODUCE SHARE:
Our vision: sharing abundance and growing community.
MISSION STATEMENT – MATCHAM HOLGATE PRODUCE SHARE:
To come together regularly to share surplus produce, time, knowledge and skills and promote a strong, resilient, healthy community.
Produce shares operate under the umbrella of the gift economy, an alternative way of transacting with others that has generosity at its heart. A produce share is a place where local people bring their surplus produce and give it away to others. We operate according to three principles: 1. Give generously with no expectation of a return 2. Receive gratefully with no obligation of a debt 3. Share fairly with others so that nobody goes without.
The thinking behind this model is that generosity benefits everyone. Those of us that grow food don’t end up with waste, and an unwanted glut, and those that receive it get access to free, healthy, local produce. Best of all we get to meet each other, to make new friends and to learn more about how to grow food in our own area.
At our foundation are the ethics of permaculture; Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share.
Please come along and say hello at our produce share events. They need you to survive and thrive. You can bring produce from your garden, including vegies, fruit, herbs, eggs, honey, home baked goods and preserves, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, potted plants and cut flowers. If you don’t have anything to contribute you’re welcome to help us with setting up and cleaning up instead, or just call in and have a look around, meet a few more local people and hopefully make some friends. In time we hope to be able to offer workshops or talks to expand the concept of sharing, because we’re aware that there’s so much knowledge among valley residents and plenty of people happy to learn new skills.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Do I need to bring something with me?
In the gift economy, you just give away anything you don’t need. Sometimes you might bring home something in return and sometimes not. If you don’t have anything to contribute you’re welcome to help us with setting up and cleaning up instead, or just call in and have a look around, meet a few more local people and hopefully make some new friends. Alternately, you could make a donation to a charity (collection box will be available at each gathering).
What can I bring to share?
Produce from your garden, including vegies, fruit, herbs, eggs, honey, home baked goods and preserves, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, potted plants and cut flowers.
Can I bring SCOBYs?
Unfortunately no. They are a risk to the winemaking process, and can’t be brought onsite.
I don’t live in the Matcham/Holgate Area, can I still come along?
We welcome everyone who is interested in sharing abundance, and growing community.
What do I need to do on the day?
Come along ready for a 10am start. We will be on site until 11am. There will be a number of people who can help you. Just look out for the people in aprons.
I only eat organic how do I know if what I take is grown without synthetic inputs?
We have a green and orange card system, where green is for produce grown without any synthetic inputs and orange is for produce grown with synthetic inputs.
Can I bring my kids?
Everyone is welcome. Children will need to be supervised by an adult as Fires Creek Winery has open water spaces, including dams and ponds.
Can I just drop produce and go?
We would love it if you could stay, but understand that’s not always possible. You can also drop produce at Amy’s house in Matcham in the week leading up to the Produce Share. 4/170 Oak Road, Matcham. Just leave it on the verandah and she’ll bring it along on the share day. Note: The block is a battle axe, but there is plenty of room to turn.
Will plastic bags be available to take my items home?
We are a plastic free event and encourage you to bring re-usable bags.
Where can I park?
There is some parking available onsite at the Fires Creek Winery, otherwise there is plenty of street parking.
What happens if it’s raining?
We have an undercover area to use, so this is an all weather event.
What happens to any produce that isn’t taken?
You can either take it home, or we will donate it to Coast Shelter.
For more information, see their Facebook page.