The Autumn Festival formed part of Periwinkle’s Steiner-based early childhood program and was a way for the children to welcome in the change of season and celebrate the abundance of food that ripens at this time of year.
In the lead-up to their celebration, the children and their families contributed to a harvest display of fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and dry goods.
They planned to give the produce to charity as part of the festival, so when a parent read the Byron Shire News’ article about the Liberation Larder, she suggested the cause.
Periwinkle Director Ellon Gold said the donation was ‘a wonderful opportunity for Periwinkle to connect with an initiative in the community’, and that the children had even made some of the food themselves.
“Yesterday they were the bakers, baking the two plaits of pumpkin bread,” she said.
Liberation Larder founder Honu Dawson, who accepted the donation, was thankful both for the sentiment and the quality of the produce.
“This is our first donation, our first real show of community support,” she said.
“I just love it that the homeless and the poor are eating organic.”
Honu said most of the food would be cooked and frozen to be used for Liberation Larder’s launch on May 1 at the Byron Bay Community Centre; some would be passed on to the Salvation Army; and a small bag would be made up for someone she knew who needed it.
Periwinkle Children’s Centre is located at Sunrise Beach, offering a Steiner early childhood program for children aged three to six.
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