Monday, November 29, 2010

Permaculture evening~ how to reap the rewards from your own backyard!

Through this blog I have met some very interesting and exciting residents of this region. I have been contacted by some asking for help with petitions, some with details on workshops and events they are holding and others who want some help to get an idea or business off the ground and flying. I am not sure I have been a huge help to some but am glad to have had the opportunities all the same. They all have great ideas, wonderful passion and they will do brilliantly with, or without my help but I am very happy to provide a small measure of assistance where I can.

Kym and Georgie from FreeRange Permaculture contacted me regarding an upcoming workshop and talk presented by an esteemed member of the Horticulture world that will be presented locally for all interested residents. Joel Salatin (the Lunatic Farmer) is an enthusiastic farmer who has written 6 books and received several awards including the Heinz International Award for Environmental Leadership.

He will be giving a talk at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Marina on Sunday 5th December from 6-9p.m. The evening will be opened by Costa Georgiadis (who is absolutely incredible, those of you who watch Costa's Garden will know exactly what I mean) and there will be ample time to ask any questions at the end of the presentation.

Tickets can be booked online at and there is also a 2 day workshop at Mt Molloy available for those interested in delving further into the idea of Permaculture and food gardens.

This opportunity is a great one for all of those with huge grocery bills and some space in the backyard sitting idle. At the moment it is very difficult to get enough fruit and veggies into your own diet, let alone any children you might have, because the long wet winter has led to food shortages in almost every area. I even resorted to buying tinned fruit last week because the cost was so high for apples, bananas and oranges. The beauty of Permaculture is that it is appropriate whatever the size of your veggie patch area. It saves you money, is great for the whole family to get involved in and teaches your children the value of home grown produce.

I encourage everyone who is able to take the few hours out of their Sunday night to attend this fantastic presentation and get yourselves on the way to picking your own salad and veggies. Nothing tastes better than a home-grown tomato. Last night I made a salad to go with our lamb chops and the lettuce, cucumber, capsicum and tomatoes all came from our garden and it tasted so good even my kids ate it!

Caring for our environment by taking the pressure of the over-worked farms and using organic pesticides at home is making children healthier and adults are also reaping the benefits. It's such an easy thing to do, costs very little to start up and will be useful for as many years as you live in the same house.

Visit the website mentioned above for more information or just to find out what Permaculture actually is and if you think it might suit you, buy a ticket and go. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

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