Wicking beds at Thebarton College

On Wednesday 7 June 2017 Sustainable Communities returned to Thebarton Senior College to give students a workshop on creating wicking boxes as part of their  Environment Expo. Barb, Mahima, Trevor and Monica, joined other organisations in the gym with a display and information.

Thebarton Senior College has many students who are new arrivals – refugees, overseas students or migrants.  Many students were interested to see what we did and were interested in having vegetable gardens at home. Many also live in flats so are interested  in growing some herbs in a small space. Continue reading

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.

Make Your Own Fermented Foods & Drinks

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

 

 

Growing a sustainable community

Pauline and Anne with another batch of Pauline's seedlings.

Pauline and Anne with another batch of Pauline’s seedlings.

The Unley community groups, in particular the Grow Grow Grow Your Own group, of Sustainable Communities SA have been working with their local council on the issue of food security for a while now. The group has been running gardening workshops to increase people’s skills in growing their own food and to create a community of skilled food growers in the Unley Council area. As an offshoot Pauline and Anne have been running a series of free propagation and seed raising workshops. Although each workshop takes a lot of time and effort to plan, both Pauline and Anne light up when they talk about them and the buzz they get from the sharing of knowledge with all the participants. Continue reading