Hubby and I operate our farm on organic principles. So we thought we’d pop along to the Organic and Sustainable Living Festival at Penguin and have a look.

Organic and Sustainable Living Festival - Penguin

Organic and Sustainable Living Festival: Penguin, Tasmania

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.

Organic and Sustainable Living Festival - Food Stalls

Organically grown foods: Sustainable Living Festival

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:

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.

Organic and Sustainable Living Festival - North West Tasmania

Organic fruit and vegetables: north west Tasmania

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.

Organic and Sustainable Living Festival - Produce to the People

Sustainable living: north west Tasmania

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.

Michelle Kneipp Pegler writes a blog called Leven River Farm as well as articles like this about the north west coast of Tasmania. If you’d like Michelle to visit you, please contact Think Tasmania.

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