Ready, steady, grow for courgette festival

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Green Skill's Anne Sparrow and Perth International Dance's Palenque Blair.
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What is big and green and the centre of an upcoming festival in Albany?

The answer is the humble zucchini and Green Skills Albany has plenty in store to cause a courgette frenzy.

The Green Skills Sustainable Community Festival introduces a new aspect each year and 2019’s bright new addition is the Festival of Zucchini.

Green Skills’ Rachel Pontin said that after a sold-out Food Fighter film screening in February the group wanted to share ways for people to reduce food waste to landfill and make the most of home-grown resources

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“Zucchinis tend to produce prolifically and Green Skills is interested helping the community to avoid food waste,” she said.

“They are a symbol of glut and a common homegrown item to foist on to friends and strangers.

“The Festival of Zucchini encourages this humble vegetable to be valued and draws out the creativity of the community with lighthearted competition sections.”

So far, the organisation has word of one zucchini measuring a whopping 66cm, which they expect to be entered in the competition.

Zucchinis can be dropped off at the festival by 10am for judging on length or weight in the community tent. Zucchini crafts can be created until 11.30am.

The Green Skills Sustainable Community Festival and the Zucchini Festival opens this Saturday in the Town Square from 10am. Entry is free.

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