Sustainable Hub

Throughout EarthFest, Sustainable Education will be facilitating workshops and talks around Sustainable Living, with an emphasis on drought related programs. It will be a jammed packed day and don’t forget Dirt Girl and Scrapboy will be there on the day, facilitating one of their awesome workshops for the both young and old at heart, including meet and greets.

“It is real life, everyday people who can make a difference by implementing one simple change that creates an everlasting impact on the environment.”

The workshops at EarthFest will be informative, fun and interactive, and we even have something for the kids.

What you can expect on the day are workshops in:

  • Wicking Beds – A wicking bed is a garden bed with a waterproof lining that holds a reservoir of water at the bottom from which water is draw upwards like a wick to the surface of the bed via natural soil osmosis or through the roots of plants in the bed. Basically it works like large Decor self-watering pot. In this workshop you will learn the basics to making your own Wicking Bed, from materials to detailed instructions and the correct method to get the best results. This is a hands-on workshop, so there is every chance you will get your hand dirty.
  • Aquaponics – The most simple definition of Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. … Solid fish waste is turned into vermi-compost that also acts as food for the plants. In this workshop you will the benefits of aquaponics for drought relief or drought prone areas and though more expensive than Wicking Beds can be a very worthwhile addition to any garden.
  • Water Wise Gardening “Let’s Get Serious” – In this workshop you will learn everything from plant selection, soil types, composting, how to water your garden from hand watering to irrigation systems, the use of grey water, when to water, pot plants, micro climate, mulch and the types best suited, competition and trees or shrubs.
  • Regenerative Agriculture – is an approach to food and farming systems which aims to regenerate soil, increase biodiversity, improve water cycles, enhance ecosystems, increase resilience to climate fluctuations and strengthen the health and vitality of farm soil by recycling as much farm waste as possible as well as adding compost material from outside the farm. In this workshop you will look at why and how regenerative agriculture can help with climate change and drought prone areas to support healthy soil and increase yield.

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