Sustainable Living Festival Melbourne08:30:00
I do love attending the odd festival here and there and those of the musical variety were frequented on many occasions before the induction of kids and toddlers in these realms of the world.
I like to find out about events and festivals that are happening in and around my local area, particularly in an effort to learn and find out about new and interesting things. From markets to tomato festivals, street art and even wine and cheese festivals.
Lately I have been looking up potentially interesting events, days and festivals relating to my love of gardening that I can not only attend, but also to share here on the blog. Surprisingly enough, there are plenty.
The Sustainable Living Festival being held in Melbourne this week has been the stand out of late and online it is looking very interesting indeed, so I thought I might share some info about it with you today. Hopefully I can get there myself for a look this weekend.
If you have been following along for a while you will know that I do love gardening and that I am always eager to learn how to do it better and part of this includes being more sustainable. Okay, and to have the best and biggest tomatoes that ever grew. Ever!!
That word in own right 'sustainable ' I find can be very subjective and one's efforts and practises, especially on the gardening front can vary dramatically from person to person. Though I firmly believe that every gardener everywhere, even without really thinking about it is probably gardening somewhat sustainably and helping the health and future of the planet along in their own little way.
Growing some of our own food is only just the beginning.
Whilst sustainability stuff may not be on the forefront of my mind in some of the things I do or set up in the garden, (i.e; spraying bugs with pesticide, being lazy and not turning on the pump in the shed to use the tank water. Terrible I know!!) often though, and through reading, watching and learning from others I am getting better and becoming a tiny bit more aware of the importance of and how I can look after this mighty planet of ours.
One way that every single one of us within an arms reach of Melbourne can learn a little bit more about living sustainably is at The 2016 Sustainable Living Festival.
Its all happening throughout the month of February from the 6th-29th across a number of venues in Melbourne. What started as a gathering of friends in Daylesford back in 1998 sharing ideas on how to live more sustainably has now evolved into an engaging and cultural experience in and around the city which now attracts over 100,000 people.
There are myriads of workshops, guest speakers, displays and self guided tours to entertain and feed your mind and honestly I think it would be great to get along to some of the events to learn from experts in the field and the best part is that most of them are absolutely free to attend.
I like the idea of a walking, talking human library where you can borrow an urban bee keeper, permaculturist, worm farmer, or green apartment activist to name a few for twenty minutes to answer any of your questions on living more sustainably.
You could register to attend a workshop to show you grow your own food sustainably and particularly in small spaces. Whilst I am lucky to have large space to grow food, I think I could still learn a heap to do it better at this workshop.
A feature event of the festival is 'The Tinker, Tailor, Cook and Maker'. A series of pop-up stalls set up by clever and creative types. You can opt to donate or up-cycle any of your old clothes, gadgets or furniture items and they will then in turn reinvent your item to be reused or made to look more beautiful then what it was before. I really love the idea behind this three day event.
You can find out heaps, heaps more about this wonderful festival by clicking on the following link. There really are so many interesting people and ideas out there to get you inspired.
Perhaps you may even consider heading into the city to experience some of it yourself.
In the meantime, I will be taking the microscope out on what Im doing here in the paddock of a sustainable nature, however tiny it may be and I will report back here and share them with you here on the blog. At least to get the conversation started on this very important topic anyway. Using the tank to water the garden in the backyard is just the start.
Do you think you garden sustainably? Or are you wishy washy like me but eager to learn and do it better?
If you do go to any events of the festival please let me know all about it, id love to know what you learnt, what you saw, and what inspired you. Maybe there is a festival happening in your Capital City?
Thanks for visiting today
*Photographs are from the Sustainable Living Festival web page and the first pic is from here.