Learn about a sus­tain­able life

Shepparton News - Country News - - COUNTRY LIFE -

Are you in­ter­ested in liv­ing a more sus­tain­able lifestyle but not quite sure where to start?

A free event — sup­ported by Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil and planned for Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 at Vi­o­let Town Hall — may give you a solid foun­da­tion to plan your way for­ward.

Per­ma­cul­ture co-orig­i­na­tor David Holm­gren will lead a dis­cus­sion on how to make your home and life more pro­duc­tive, en­ergy ef­fi­cient and self-re­liant.

Mr Holm­gren will ad­vance per­ma­cul­ture ideas as a creative frame­work for ap­ply­ing vi­tal retrofits to homes, gar­dens and per­sonal be­hav­iours.

The fo­rum is ideal for peo­ple liv­ing in re­gional towns — both home own­ers and renters — in­clud­ing those al­ready with some in­ter­est in sus­tain­able liv­ing, but also peo­ple think­ing about en­act­ing pos­i­tive house­hold change, or con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a change to a less im­pact­ful fu­ture lifestyle.

It is also rel­e­vant to peo­ple with farms or small prop­er­ties.

David Arnold, who op­er­ates Mur­rnong, a per­ma­cul­ture farm near Vi­o­let Town, said there were many things we could do to im­prove our house­hold pro­duc­tiv­ity, re­silience and sel­f­re­liance.

‘‘We might make some clever changes to how our house works to make it more ef­fi­cient and re­duce en­ergy bills,’’ Mr Arnold said.

‘‘We might de­velop pro­duc­tive and at­trac­tive home food gar­dens, com­bined with fruit and nut trees, and make sure we have a strong and con­ve­nient con­nec­tion be­tween kitchen and gar­den.

‘‘And we might change some of our be­hav­iours and work prac­tices so we waste less money, pos­si­bly even earn­ing less money, while rein­vent­ing how we live so we feel bet­ter, more pro­duc­tive, and more con­tent.

‘‘Some of these things are things that older gen­er­a­tions ac­cepted as nor­mal, but which we now need to re-learn.

‘‘Per­ma­cul­ture de­sign helps us to think clearly about the changes we want to make and how to be ef­fec­tive in achiev­ing these changes.’’ ➤ The free event will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm and seats can be re­served at: www.eventbrite. com.au/e/ret­ro­sub­ur­bia-with-david­holm­gren-tick­ets-52380973903

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