31.8.2014 | Open Day to spill the beans on sustainable living Sunday August 31
See a fully functioning eco home built from straw-bales, a home garden that produces all the vegetables a family can eat, organically managed orchards in full bloom and the incredible transformation of a stretch of the Gawler River that has been taken back from invasive plants like boxthorn and transformed returned to indigenous habitat.
An Open Day at the award-winning Food Forest farm and learning centre on Sunday August 31 provides a morning session on the design and construction of sustainable homes, particularly focussing on straw bale building technology with an architect, a builder and an engineer.
In the afternoon session Permaculture Design will be explained and visitors will learn about drought-hardy orchards, organic gardening and compost making, food self sufficiency and how to keep chooks.
A full length movie about the creation of The Food Forest will be showing during the lunchbreak and in the afternoon.
Visitors will be able to purchase certified organic fruit, nuts, wine and plants as well as receiving advice from the Food Forest team.
The Strawbale Building Information session is from 10am sharp-1pm (cost $15) and Permaculture talks and inspections from 2pm sharp –5pm (cost $10). Visitors can also attend for the whole day and bring a picnic lunch (cost $20). There is no charge for children.
The Food Forest also runs public short courses on topics such as Organic Vegetables, Free-range Poultry, Sustainable House Design, an Introduction to Permaculture, and a weekend practical course on Building with Straw Bales.
A public workshop on Growing and Processing Carobs and Jujubes (Chinese dates) is happening on September 4.
The address: Clifford Rd, Hillier.