THERE are only days to go until the Local Produce and Sustainability Market, to be held this Sunday, December 5, at the River Garden in Bass.

This is the final event in six weeks of more than 60 events and online workshops as part of the Sustainability Festival ‘Reimagined’ 2021, hosted by the Bass Coast Landcare Network.

The market location is in the River Garden at Bass – you may have seen it from the highway. It is a productive community growing space, bordered by the Bass River and the community buildings, including the Bass Hall, Landcare office and op shop.

Organisers will be hosting growers and makers, including Pickle My Chilli, Grand Ridge Organics, The Truffle House, Wonthaggi Harvest Centre, eco hand-dyed products from Ocre and upcycled products made locally from the Phillip Island and San Remo Boomerang bags volunteers as well as other sustainability related products.

Plants grown locally by volunteers at BLING – Bass Landcare Indigenous Nursery Group will also be on sale on the day, and Gardenacious will be there with high-quality, strong and well-designed garden tools.

If you have always wanted to keep bees, the South Gippsland Beekeepers group will be there with advice to help you get started too.

Local groups and organisations will have lots of sustainability-themed information, including Gippsland Power Hub’s Renewable Energy demonstration trailer, where you can get advice, ideas and connection to the right people and funding sources or rebates for renewable energy projects and installations.

Totally Renewable Phillip Island will have an electric vehicle display and drop-in session to celebrate community actions that are helping us move towards a carbon-neutral 2030, where you can hang out, have a chat, share some thoughts, and be inspired.

Royal Botanic Gardens will also have a display from the Bandicoot Brigade, with activities and freebies to help learn more about this precious local species.

With other displays from sponsors Bass Coast Shire Council and Westernport Water, organisers Bass Coast Landcare Network and local Landcare groups, plus coffee, ice-cream and food stalls, there is sure to be something that will pique your interest!

The Produce and Sustainability Market will run from 8am to 1pm, with public entry via a gold coin donation. Parking areas include across from the Bass Pub, where it’s a short walk over the bridge to the market site. There will be space on the roadsides or overflow parking up at the Bass Recreation Reserve, where it’s a 500m walk to the market. The River Garden address is 2-4 Bass School Road, Bass.

This is also a great opportunity to check out the fantastic Community River Garden space and learn more about the great work happening and how you can get involved too.

As part of the Bass Coast Landcare Network’s commitment to sustainability, this event will be a plastic-free event, and will also be a COVID-safe space with QR check-in required upon entry to double vaccinated persons.

Market stall applications are still open until the space has been filled, so if you are a producer, grower, maker, baker or sell sustainability-related items and want to be involved, please get in contact with the organisers to book your spot before they are all gone.

For all enquiries, please contact Lisa on 0409 366 914 or lisa.wangman@basscoastlandcare.org.au or visit basscoastlandcare.org.au/producemarket.

This event has been made possible with funding assistance from Bass Coast Shire Council, Westernport Water and the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning through the Supporting our Regions to Adapt program.