Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden Workshop

Grow, Grow, Grow Your Own presents the second of their free 2017 Workshop Series “Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden”  featuring Professor John Boland and Chrs Bryant at 2pm Saturday 22 April at Unley Community Centre (18 Arthur Street, Unley).

Please register to attend this workshop  by emailing Peter .

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Living more sustainably is a real challenge. Where to start? How to do it? John Boland and Chris Bryant who have made their house more sustainable and grow a lot of their own food are giving this workshop.

John Boland is Professor of Environmental Mathematics at University of South Australia, specialising in modelling of renewable energy and water supply systems. His PhD was in modelling heat flows in houses, which led him on a path towards work in energy efficient housing. Chris Bryant is a part time research assistant, former registered nurse, and an accredited Permaculture Designer. She has been in charge of the garden design features that will be focussed on in this workshop.

Together, they produce 30% of their food from their garden which also acts as climate control, habitat for frogs, birds and lizards, sanctuary and place for enjoyment. On the side, they also manage a rural property in Monarto, where they are custodians for several rare and threatened plant species, including one on the nationally endangered species list. Over thirty years, they have made it into a private conservation park.

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Come along and hear about their experiments and adventure in creating a sustainable home.

Thanks to a generous Unley Council grant: this is a free workshop. If you have any excess produce to share, bring that too!

The power of stories to inspire change

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There is something so powerful about a well told story to move people in a way that reams of dry facts never will. On my travels last year I had the opportunity to attend a live session of The Moth in New York, where the audience members are also the story tellers. These live true story-sharing events draw in a wide cross section of the community and a similarly diverse range of stories.

It was for me a splendid example of how we all have stories to share and so can entertain each other without having to resort to mass produced, corporate-controlled forms of story telling. It gives power back to the common folk to share what is important to them. The sharing goes both ways. In a world were too many of us are isolated and disregarded, the story  teller is empowered to share a part of their life to a receptive audience. It also enriches the audience by giving us a glimpse of another person’s experiences and in this way widens our view of the world. Continue reading