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August Connect and Learn
31 August, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table
Presented by Jenni Pemberton – Wren Herbal
Monday 31 August 2020
6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Mercy Community Lucia Room, 104 South Street, Toowoomba
Join us from 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start
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Bookings are Essential
To ensure COVID-safe physical distancing can be maintained, there will be a maximum of 24 people able to attend this event. Please book your place at Eventbrite.
We will offer a wait list, so if you book and are then unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.
6.30 pm – Connect – Doors Open
Please bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, tools etc. to share with others on the Share Table. Place your donations on the table when you arrive, and then sharing will open at 8.00pm after the LEARN session. Browse, ask questions and chat together.
6.45 pm – Learn – Fermenting
Presented by Jenni Pemberton
Jenni is a herbalist at Wren Herbal and will talk to us about the basic health benefits of fermenting to preserve produce.
Almost anything from the garden can be fermented. It is a quick means of preserving food, from watermelon rind and pickles, to sauerkraut, and as the produce doesn’t have to be cooked or heat treated, health benefits are very high regarding beneficial bacteria for gut health.
Fermenting is not a new concept. It appears to have been intentionally undertaken for thousands of years in the form of liquid beverages and foods. Our bodies also use the fermenting process in breaking down food we consume.
Jenni became qualified in western herbal medicine 3 years ago as a result of personal health issues that allopathic medicine had no answers for. This led to studying and incorporating fermented foods and beverages in her diet through spending time with Sandor Katz and other fermenting teachers which enabled Jenni to trust in the old methods of fermentation – both for preservation of food and added health benefits. Jenni recommends whole food eating wherever possible, but she is also developing a keen interest in quantum healing – thoughts and beliefs affecting our reality.
Jenni runs regular hands on classes making sauerkraut, kimchi, brined onions and fire cider equivalent that you might like to attend.
8.00 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table
A light supper will be served (Gluten Free and Vegan). Sharing of produce opens at 8.00pm to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations on the Share Table, and then give you the opportunity to browse, connect and make your selections during supper.
- Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
- First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
- Non-Members – $10 per person
- Children attending with parents – Free
Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent family member. If you pay now, membership is pro rata (1/2 price for 1/2 a year until 31 December 2020). Membership forms will be available on the night for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.
During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re taking careful steps to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe. This includes:
- Maximum of 24 people at this event. Bookings are essential. Book here.
- Increased hygiene measures at all face-to-face events. Please wash your hands before arrival and hand sanitiser will be available to use while you’re at an event.
- Surfaces will be sanitised regularly.
- Physical distancing of at least 1.5m will be maintained.
- Please don’t attend if you or anyone in your household is unwell, self-isolating because they are at risk of becoming unwell with COVID-19, or you’ve recently travelled interstate, overseas or to hot spot area.
Please help us to manage the risks and keep everyone healthy and well.
- This includes frequent handwashing, covering your nose and mouth when you need to cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm or clean tissue, and observing rules for physical distancing.
- More information can be found on the Department of Health website:
- COVID-19 – Simple steps to stop the spread
- COVID-19 – Keeping your distance
Location and Parking
Mercy Community Lucia Room is located at 104 South Street, Toowoomba not far from the round-about at the corner of Mackenzie and South Streets near East Creek and Garnett Lehmann Parks.
Off-street parking is available in the main car park. Enter via the main driveway to park your vehicle. We’ll meet in the Lucia Room, a short walk down the driveway on your right.
The venue has access for wheel chairs, walking frames and strollers as needed.
Everyone is welcome (including children with parent supervision).
We hope we see you there!
Do you have surplus?
We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.
Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, scobies, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, meal worms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.
Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing.