LEAF has been very active in creating a vibrant community of care within La Trobe University Bendigo for the past decade. Check out our past and present events to see what we have been involved in.
Live n' Leafy
LEAF runs regular music nights throughout the semester. The nights operate as an open mic and anyone is welcome to come along. Food is brought and shared at this alcohol free event and warmth and good times are had bay all. Live and leafy's are one of our most popular events.
The Patch is one of LEAF's proudest and most productive creations. The patch is la Trobe University Bendigo's very own campus garden. With a focus on food growing, composting and knowledge sharing in an open community space on campus, The Patch aims to bring students together who have an interest in vegie gardening, sustainability at home and connecting with others within the university community.
The patch is located on the western side of the Applied Science buildings, above the Keck St- Sharon St roundabout. The Patch group meet every Tuesday from 3-5 during semesters.
A number of growing beds an have been constructed in tractor tyres and these are made available to individuals or groups. Students living on campus may find these beds especially convenient as no other gardening facilities are available for students living on the campus residence. Students share knowledge about the practice of gardening and are guided and supported throughout the years to help them nurture successful gardens.
A benefit for the Kimberley
After a few members of LEAF went on a trip to Broome to walk the Lurrujarri Heritage trail with the Goolarabaloo (traditional owners) they decided it was fair time to do something to support the cause. So inspired by events previously attended in Melbourne the young Leafians set out on a journey to raise funds and awareness about the Goolarabaloo's fight to save James Price Point or as they call it Walmadan.
The event went well and attracted a large audience of varying ages. Several acts played throughout the day. A raffle was run with donated prizes and a cover charge of $15 ensured that enough money was raised to send to our cause.
From the=is event LEAF managed to raise close to $4,000 for the Kimberley Campaign and were able to prove that you can do near about anything when you out your mind to it.
Big thanks go out to the Golden Vine Hotel for hosting this event and to all the bands who played and all who attended to make this a truly successful event. LEAF now looks forward to the potential of another event this year, out on by those who walked the trail this year.
Tour de Home Grown
What is the Tour De Home Grown?
The Tour De Home Grown is an initiative started by Joshua Lim and Matthew Marsh to help students learn about the alternative to the current food system. It is a bike ride that starts at La Trobe University and moves through several residential food growing gardens, community gardens and some areas where public fruit trees can be accessed. Expect a half day ride, a social event to show students how easy cycling is in Bendigo, how and where they can grow their own food, who outside of the university community is involved alternatives to the food system and most importantly connecting you to other like minded folk.
Last year we ran our first event and it was a wild success, with many students saying it was the highlight of their year. This year we are still focusing on students, however we have opened the door to others from the wider community in the hope that the ties between the university world and the community can be strengthened.
Below there are some photos from the first Tour and to the left is the details of this years Tour. We hope to see you there!
Students of Sustainability (SoS)
The latest and greatest of our LEAF events. This year SoS was help here in Bendigo on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. We were so proud to host this event of which the opportunity to do so came when a number of our group headed up to Albury for SoS 2011. So great to see what a small group of dedicated people can achieve. This was no minor task, however on the 4th-the 8th of July 350 people converged on La Trobe University grounds for what is known to be Australia biggest and longest running environmental and social justice forums.
SoS hosts forums, presentations and workshops about issues such as indigenous land rights and native title, sustainability and energy, forests and land management, personal health and well-being and many more.
It was a real pleasure to see what came out of this forum, and it is soo hard to actually imagine, with all the personal and professional connections, change makers united and inspired.
Thanks to all who offered a hand and had a hand in putting this on or even just attending for it is you who will really with to touch in all of our our efforts.
Toolangi Forest Visit
A group of Leaf members went on a trip recently to learn about the conflict arising out of forestry practices in the Toolangi Sate forest. Leaf was giving a personal tour around some parts of the forest by Donald Butcher who also tutors at La Trobe. Donald has been living near Tollangi for the past three years and was able to give us insight in to the effects of logging practices on some of the natural and cultural heritage of the area. On day two LEAF member joined local protested at a gather in a coup on Mt Leo. Where they where able to talk to locals about their concerns for there local environment and the effects that logging of the forests has on their lives.
LEAF is currently planning a future trip back to Toolangi; so far it looks as though the trip will run on the 17-19th of August and will coincide with a World Views and the Environment (Uni Class) and Cross Campus Environment Network trip and will also include skill shares and presentations.
Check out this event on facebook:http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/271635196274687/