THERE were sticky fingers and dirty hands at the Warrnambool Community Garden on Saturday.
The garden hosted the fifth annual dirty weekend, showcasing everything in sustainable gardening and living.
The day-long program featured workshops in everything from dry stone walling to preserve making.
Warrnambool City Council Waste management and minimisation officer Kate McInnes said the Sticky Fingers workshops in preserves were about bringing the techniques of years gone by back into practice.
“We call them nanna technologies,” she said.
“Things like preserve making, knitting and crocheting are at risk of being lost.
“They are already lost to my generation and to younger generations. There are people in the community that still have the knowledge.
“So the aim of these workshops is to make sure that knowledge doesn’t get lost.”
Ms McInnes said there had already been workshops with garden members, but more would be held in the coming months.
“The community garden is a great place to share the knowledge.
“We’ve had older people come in to give the workshops who were socially isolated and they have formed great friendships out of it.”
Garden convenor Geoff Rollinson said the Dirty Weekend was now at a stage where it could showcase the whole food cycle.
“We can show seed propagation in the greenhouse, the produce growing in the plots, can give cooking demonstrations in our hub building and then showcase waste management with compost,” he said.
“The Dirty Weekend is also a great way to showcase the garden to the public to hopefully build up our membership base.”
Other workshops included dry stone walling, worm farming, permaculture, bushfoods and composting.
There was also a display of wacky pot plants, showing how everyday items can be reused.
Other displays in-cluded stand-alone solar panels and a local energy trading scheme.