The Centre for Ecological Learning (CEL) supports people of all ages to experience Earth-based, immersive, educational experiences that deepen our relationship with ourselves and the natural world.
These experiences nourish, inspire and equip people with the knowledge and skills to go forth and adopt more ecologically sustainable ways of living in their personal lives and local community.
CEL’s Food4LYF program has been running at the Bellingen High School Community Garden since 2011 and is the project that is currently most in need of volunteers. This project sees high school students learn gardening skills in a community permaculture garden and then pick produce from the garden and learn seasonal recipes. CEL is looking for people who are interested in gardening, cooking or who have experience working with young people to contribute to this fantastic program. “I love that volunteering with this project gives me the inspiration to learn new seasonal recipes”, says CEL Facilitator, Amy Denshire, who volunteers with the program. “Next week, we’re making comfrey fritters!”
Jane Grant has been volunteering with CEL in the Food4LYF project for the last two years. She has found the experience hugely fulfilling and urges others to get involved. “Working alongside young people to learn about growing, harvesting and preparing food from a real food garden is such a joy. My hope is that the volunteering effort of others helps the program continue and flourish into the future.”