Thursday, September 2, 2010

Upcoming workshops: Bio-fertiliser and Sustainable Clothing

Bio-fertiliser workshop with Eugenio Gras, Saturday 11 September 2010

We are lucky to have the chance to learn about a method of brewing bio-fertiliser, from Eugenio Gras, a Mexican permaculture pioneer and one of Latin America's foremost regenerative agriculture experts. Eugenio has been working with some of the pioneers of bio-fertilisers in a dynamic partnership COAS, that has taught thousands of farmers, rich and poor, how to enhance fertility on their farms.

The process of brewing bio-fertiliser employs anaerobic microbes in a low oxygen environment to break down a group of minerally rich, nutrient dense ingredients from their original inaccessible form to one readily available to actively growing plants. These brews are referred to as 'bio' because they are made from natural materials and are not destructive to soil microbes. Bio-fertilisers are complementary to but very different from aerobic compost teas that are better known in Australia.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore this method of boosting the fertility in your farm or backyard veggie patch. Workshop to be held Saturday, 11 September 2010. Click here for the poster, for more information about bio-fertiliser click here, for bookings email or call Su on 5348 3636.

Sustainable Clothing Workshops with Kim Kneipp

A local woman, Kim Kneipp is running a series of Sustainable Clothing Workshops at the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre in September, and the Trentham Neighbourhood Centre in October. The first one is this Saturday, so get in quick!

Kim says: "The workshops are based around my ethical and slow-fashion principles - Make, Do, Mend, Salvage, Swap, Store.

Held over a series of 2, 3 or 4 sessions, the workshops encourage participants to shop within their wardrobes - rummaging through old, threadbare keepsakes, fabric remnants, hand-me-downs, and hidden impulse-buys with price tags screaming out in unworn indignation, dusting them off and bringing them in where fresh eyes, like-minded friends and a professional perspective can encourage new creations.

They are hands-on workshops – with garments draped and pinned on the body ready for cutting, unpicking, slicing and re-stitching.

In a region where most households have sewing machines and the general population follow sustainable, green living, these workshops hope to re-inspire people to unpack their machines, pull out the baskets of alterations and join a group of like-minded people happy to look good whilst reducing their fashion footprint."

You can read more about Kim's work on her blog.

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