The Bush Tucker Field day was a great success with 91 people (80 adults and 11 small children) attending the morning session with Dr Beth Gott.This is a spooky coincidence because Beth is 91 years old.
Many indigenous people travelled long distances to be present.Melbourne , Gippsland, Wangaratta, Mansfield and Shepparton. Beth Gott delivered an informative presentation on local food plant species and how the first people managed their landscape to promote the growth of these staple foods. Her many followers were delighted to see her once more and the people who had never heard her speak before were impressed by her lifetime accumulation of research and knowledge in the ethno- botany field, which she was willing to share with all present.
The commitment by SR CMN members, Penny Algar & Michael Spencer, to hosting our very elderly presenter was enormous. Picking Beth up from Melbourne and driving her to Euroa, providing suitable overnight accommodation, a car driven tour of the Euroa Arboretum , a dinner with committee members on Friday night and arranging train travel back on Saturday afternoon with a car to meet her at Southern Cross Station to ferry her home . ( Thanks to Jim Robinson of Greening Australia who volunteered to deliver Beth home and save her the train trip)