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29 April, 2021


Better Soil, Better Life, Better Future… Sunday 2 May – Saturday 8 May 2021

International Compost Awareness Week Australia (ICAW), is a week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource and to promote compost use, knowledge and products. We can compost to help scrap carbon pollution by avoiding landfilling organic materials and helping to build healthier soils.

The Permaculture Design System was initiated towards the end of the 1970s by two Australians living on the island state of Tasmania.

Bill Mollison, then with the University of Tasmania, and David Holmgren, a student of landscape design at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, brought together ideas and techniques from traditional practices and combined them with modern scientific knowledge to form the basis of an approach to living that met the needs of people in ways that were likely to be sustained over a long period of time. Permaculture is a design system consisting of a set of ethics, design principles, characteristics and practices upon which organisations, communities and individuals develop useful applications.

“The Johnstone River Community Garden has registered this Permaculture Picnic event as an ICAW activity and also as an opportunity to showcase Permaculture whose design principles were the foundation for our Garden.” Said JRCG President Bernard Holden.

This FREE event will include a Composting Workshop that will provide an overview to various composting systems, best practice, tips and advice for successful composting, this begins at 1030am.

Alongside a display that describes the Permaculture Design System and its Principles, the Cassowary Coast Regional Council will be on hand with compost and waste management information and children’s activities.

Local artists Okka Wikka will be conducting fibre weaving workshops to promote the use of locally sourced organic material as an alternative to manufactured packaging and product.

An array of children’s activities and nature play with options for exploration, education and discovery on the forage, harvest and garden tours hosted by the Gardens compliment the twin themes of the event.

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