Organic and Sustainable Living Festival
by Michelle Kneipp Pegler
The Festival is held annually in the pretty and calm surrounds of the Penguin Sustainable Living Centre -North West Environment Centre. During the festival the area is dotted with numerous stalls and exhibitors selling, demonstrating and discussing all things organic and sustainable. There were also a number of stalls selling a variety of tasty food.
One of the highlights of the day was listening to the guest speakers as they passed on their particular skills and knowledge. This year’s speakers were Tino Carnevale (from the ABC’s Gardening Australia program) and Linda Cockburn (author of Living The Good Life). Past speakers have included other interesting and well-known people:
- Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans
- Costa Georgiadis from SBS’s Costa’s Garden Odyssey
- Organic Gardener journalist and poultry enthusiast Paul Healey
- Tasmanian permaculture guru Bill Mollison
Penguin: North West Environment Centre
It was great to see so many people with a shared interest in growing and producing their own fruit and vegetables together in one place. The Organic and Sustainable Living Festival provides an opportunity to meet and share and also gain more understanding of organic practices. The Penguin Sustainable Living Centre – North West Environment Centre regularly hold workshops and gatherings and they always welcome new members and volunteers.
They have completed many successful projects and have a number of ongoing ones including Produce To The People, which involves collecting excess fruit and vegetables from backyard gardens and farms and giving it to people in need. The produce is donated to agencies such as The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul.
If you like to gather with like-minded people with a common interest in the connection between the environment and each other, then the Organic and Sustainable Living Festival is a date to mark on your calendar.