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Sustainable House Day 2013: September 8

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 3rd, 2013

8 September , 2013
10:00 amto4:00 pm

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Photo from Inspiring, easy steps to comfort and low cost living

On Sunday 8th September, Sustainable House Day will be celebrating its 12th year. The event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

150 private houses and display houses featuring a variety of sustainable ideas will open their doors to the public. Homes are open from 10am-4pm and will be showcasing environmentally sustainable design, innovative use of materials, and homes that have invested in renewable energy, recycling and other sustainable living practices. Homes will feature experts in areas of green living and energy-efficient products.

Check out the Sustainable House Day website to find open houses around Australia, or to read more about the different ways that people make their homes more sustainable.


Successful Worm Farming: Workshop

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on October 10th, 2012

13 October , 2012
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Want bucket loads of worm castings, like these ones collected from EcoCentre? In this workshop you’ll learn how to set up and maintain a top-performing worm farm.

Everything you ever wanted to know about how to wrangle worms, including appropriate music and poetry to increase their motivation! Learn how to provide them with gourmet food and other secrets of turning your organic kitchen waste into garden enriching compost.

The workshop will be run by industry professional Richard Thomas. Richard is a highly sought-after expert who not only runs a worm nursery in Melbourne but who also consults in this field in developing countries around the Asia-Pacific region.

Saturday 13 October, 11am
Port Phillip Ecocentre, St Kilda

Bookings ESSENTIAL. Cost $30  / $15 EcoCentre ‘green’ members
www.trybooking.com/BYSP
9534  0670 / paula@ecocentre.com

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(adjacent St Kilda Botanic Gardens)

 


My Smart Garden: Sustainable gardening workshops

Posted in Models by kheffer on October 17th, 2011

The My Smart Garden program helps residents use their back yards, balconies or courtyards to live more sustainably by growing their own food, shading their home, recycling wastes and using water wisely.   Now that the weather’s warmed up, we’ve got some great FREE spring gardening workshops to really get you going!

Read more about our upcoming spring workshops [here] and register for workshops by emailing contactus@mysmartgarden.org.au

As well as access to workshops, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay residents who sign up to the My Smart Garden program receive sustainable gardening information, discounts from local garden suppliers and can win great prizes every month. You could win a rain garden worth $500 in October and a Fowler’s preserving kit worth $250 in November.

If you live outside these council areas, you’re still welcome to attend workshops and sign up for the program, but ineligible for prizes.

 


Intro to Organic Gardening: Free workshop

Posted in Events by kheffer on October 11th, 2011

15 October , 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

We’ll help you take those very first steps to grow your own food covering the basics of soil, water wise gardening, natural pest control, organic fertilising and no-dig gardening.

When: Saturday 15 October, 10-12pm       

WhereStrathmore Heights Community Centre,1 Boeing Rd, Strathmore Heights  

Workshops are free. To book, please email contactus@mysmartgarden.org.au or call 9932 1142

Now that the weather’s warmed up, we’ve got some great FREE spring gardening workshops to really get you going!

More  sustainable gardening workshops here.

The My Smart Garden program helps residents use their back yards, balconies or courtyards to live more sustainably by growing their own food, shading their home, recycling wastes and using water wisely.   As well as access to workshops, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay residents who sign up to the My Smart Garden program receive smart gardening information, discounts from local garden suppliers and can win great prizes every month. You could win a rain garden worth $500 in October and a Fowler’s preserving kit worth $250 in November.

If you live outside these council areas, you’re still welcome to attend workshops and sign up for the program, but ineligible for prizes.

 

 


Footprint Flicks: Sustainable Gardening Films

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2011

Last week, Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) launched their series of Sustainable Gardening short films, Footprint Flicks. Jane Edmanson of ABC’s Gardening Australia launched the films, drawing the connections between gardening for health as well as gardening for local action in response to climate change, and the role of technology in supporting people who want to get involved in gardening.

Helen Tuton from the SGA co-wrote the films with Suzi Taylor from Fingerprint Productions.  Helen says that the films are designed to inspire younger people to garden in a way that benefits the planet, while being fun, informative and appealing.  We were lucky enough to watch some of the films during the launch, and it’s fair to say that they have achieved what they set out to do – the audience roared with laughter, while taking notes on topics such as “DIY Compost: Lord of the Bins”, “Renters’ Guide to Sustainable Gardens”, and “How to be a Good Parent to Your Worms”.

The films will be available to buy on DVD very soon, but in the meantime visit the SGA site for a sneak preview of three of the films; Renter’s Guide to Sustainable Gardening, How to be a Good Parent to Your Worms and OMG I’m Going Grey.

www.sgaonline.org.au


Harvesting Ideas for a Sustainable Future: World Cafe with SGA

Posted in Events, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on February 21st, 2011

26 February , 2011
9:00 amto1:00 pm

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA)

Graphic by Avril Orloff, reprinted by permission from The World Café Community Foundation at www.theworldcafe.com.

Join Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) for an exceptional ‘world café’ style event so your voice can be heard. Help us to build on our momentum as a collective in creating a greener future through sustainable gardening. SGA is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation consisting of a small number of staff and many volunteers. Although we have relatively few resources, we are committed to producing strong environmental outcomes and have made significant achievements over the last 7 years.

Who should attend?

  • Home gardeners
  • Environmentalists
  • Community groups
  • Horticulturalists
  • Landscape and nursery industry professionals
  • Local government representatives
  • Anybody who wants to make a positive difference to the communities and world we live in

The world café concept creates conversations about questions that matter by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds and values. Each person’s opinions and ideas are respected and heard. For more about the world café process, we recommend this website – www.theworldcafe.com.

Saturday 26th February, Melbourne University, Burnley Campus, 9.00am – 1.00pm
Visit the SGA website for more details or to register your attendance.


DIY Sustainable Garden Design with SGA

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 19th, 2010

Source: cuttings, the Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) newsletter

The Sustainable Garden Design Series aims to help gardeners design or redesign (build or rebuild) their gardens as sustainable landscapes. Each month we will take you through the steps necessary to ensure the best possible outcome for all your hard work!

Autumn is a good time to make changes to your garden in southern Australia – especially after the first rains, as the soil is still warm and the plants will have an opportunity to get established before the next dry season. So now is a good time to start thinking about it and to prepare a plan.

The Principles of Sustainable Landscape Design:

1. minimise the requirement for energy inputs.
2. minimise the requirements for high water inputs, above that which naturally occurs in the particular region.
3. maximise opportunities for biodiversity at all levels.
4. maximise vegetative biomass.
5. maximise the opportunity for the growth of produce and other useful materials.
6. minimise the risk of weed-escapees moving into native habitats.
7. minimise or eliminate the use of materials that disrupt, destroy, pollute or damage natural systems/communities where they are sourced.
8. minimise the risk of disruption, pollution or interference to other systems.

Part 1 – Getting Started
Part 2 – Your Needs, Wants and Budget
Part 3 – Drawing up the Design
Part 4 – Choosing Plants
Part 5 – The Soft Landscape
Part 6 – The Hard Landscape
Part 7 – Water Gardens


Sustainable Gardening Workshop: CERES

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on February 12th, 2010

Source: Climate Action Calendar


Image: Darin Barry via flickr CC

The relationship between house and garden is a critical part of household sustainability. A good garden is a key to saving energy, water and reducing waste. This hands-on workshop, in the new EcoHouse garden looks at the basics of setting up a sustainable garden, including; permaculture, organic, water-wise gardening, composting, worm farming, chooks, shading and more…

Wed Feb 27, 1 – 4pm
CERES EcoHouse, 8 Lee Street, BRUNSWICK EAST

Presenter: Matt Danielli, CERES
All welcome, Free event.
Booking and Info: www.ceres.org.au or 9387 4472 david@ceres.org.au


Homegrown, The Art of Gardening Sustainably: Exhibition

Posted in Events by fga on January 19th, 2010

An exhibition to spread the word about sustainable gardening and raise funds for SGA (Sustainable Gardening Australia).

We have artists who are passionate about living sustainably and are keen to exhibit works in various media which respond to the idea of gardening sustainably, particularly growing our own food. Artworks range from vibrant colourful paintings of cabbages to ceramic cabbages, to photographs of carrots, to sculpture in clay or recycled metal, to intricate botanical illustrations to paintings of gardens.  Deborah Halpern, well known Melbourne sculptor will be opening the exhibition, and Jane Edmanson, author, garden identity and presenter on TV & radio, will also be at the opening.

Opening: 6 to 8pm, Thursday 4th February 2010
Exhibition: Friday 5th Feb – Sunday 14th Feb 2010
Address: Bolin Bolin Gallery at Bulleen Art & Garden, 6 Manningham Rd W., Bulleen.

RSVP essential: Meredith@baag.com.au  (9850-8165) by 1st Feb

More information.

This is a neighbourhood event of the Sustainable Living Festival.


Research project / blog on sustainable gardening in Melbourne

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on December 17th, 2008

A research project by Daniel Moss discussing sustainable, self-sufficiency gardening in Melbourne has found an increasing trend toward sustainable, self-sufficient gardening and highlights broader influences impacting on this, and uncovers a variety of community gardens and educational opportunities. The research involved consultation with many participants at the forefront of community and self sufficient garden solutions. It includes a holistic consideration of the topic and explores a diversity of options available. This project could also be of value to compare to other cities and highlights some innovative activities to develop local community food security through growing our own food, herbs and beneficial use plants.
Click here to view the full report.
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