Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden

Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden, presented by John Boland and Chris Bryant on 22 April 2017, was the 2nd in this year’s free Grow Grow Grow Your Own workshop series. These workshops are provided by Sustainable  Communities SA’s Unley Community Groups with funding support from the City of Unley.

This was a really successful session attended by over 120 people. Anne Wilson opened with advice on what to plant in the garden right now. Then Chris Bryant took us through their garden at Felixstow – the swales (no water leaves the property), the techniques for watering trees (partial drying of the root area) and the enormous variety of trees and vegetables they grow on 1000 square metres. John Boland outlined the changes they had made to the house – some forced by necessity (white ants meant that most of the cladding and some of the inner walls had to be replaced – hence an opportunity to put in large amounts of insulation), their use of gully breezes and verandahs with gaps to allow air flow plus solar systems etc.

The next workshop, 3pm Sunday 28 May 2017, on Raised Verge Gardens is now open for registrations – see our Facebook page for details.

Free workshop series – Make Your Own

Make Your Own Fermented Foods & Drinks is the first of a series of 4 free workshops organised by Sustainable Communities SA Inc., supported by funding from the City of Marion Community Grants Program.

Come and learn how to transform simple seasonal ingredients into delicious, nutrients-rich fermented foods and drinks. We will discuss the difference between wild and controlled fermentation, the basic tools and methods, and how to incorporate fermented foods into your daily diet. By the end of the workshop, you will be set up to brew your own water kefir and confident to make home-made vinegar and sauerkraut.

The presenter will be Silvia Volontà. Light refreshments provided.

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Please register online to secure your place.

Workshops are currently open to residents of the City of Marion. If you need to cancel please contact the organiser as soon as possible. Participants who no-show and do not cancel within 24 hours may be ineligible to attend other workshops. If you have any questions please contact Dani Austin dani.a.austin@gmail.com, 0484 853 431.

Other workshops in the series are:

Thursday 1 June 2017 – Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps & Produce Bags
Friday 23 June 2017Make Your Own Bread
Thursday 29 June 2017 – Make Your Own Soap

 

 

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 Chris 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!