Permaculture in Action

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sustainable House Day

This weekend plans to be quite busy. We are running a sour dough bread workshop on Saturday morning.

The course will cover making a mother, a sponge, kneading baking and eating. There are spaces available if anybody is interested.

As part of Transition Towns Maitland we started a knitting activity at the local Organic Cafe. We left knitting needles and yarn and a little note asking people if they would like to knit while they had coffee. It became very popular and when you visited you would often see people knitting and chatting. There would also be people showing others, sometimes total strangers ,how to knit. The result was lots and lots of small squarish pieces. These pieces are being crotched together and the rug will be raffled. The finishing off happens this Saturday with all hands on deck.

Sunday is Sustainable House Day. You can find one close to where you live here if you live in Australia.
We have been invited to set up a display and give a talk at a house in Newcastle here. They have asked us to talk on Permaculture. Now that is such a big topic and we only have a short time. I want to talk specifically on home vegetable production and bringing Food production back to the cities. I would like to talk about how growing food can help cut grocery bills, increased health benefits and how much better the food tastes. What do you think?
I will have a small blackboard there to entice people to come and hear the presentation. Can you think of something snappy that will catch peoples eye? I'd love to hear from all you creative people.

Kate  xxx


  1. Alright this post really did it...I am ready to grab my passport and move to the other side of the world and live with you! Sour dough bread making, knitting in cafe's, growing food...I'm in! xx

  2. I had planned to go to a Sustainable House Day nearby, but not sure if I am going to get there after all :(

    My son has to sign up for his soccer on that same day, same time...

    I wish I lived closer, I would come and learn some skills with you :)

  3. And we would love to have you here!

  4. Good idea mentioning sourdough course in your blog... I would have come if the children didn't have things on. Keep mentioning the sourdough one , because I will be spontaneous and come on a free weekend.
    I so love the knitting story , what a great way to get people to connect!!

  5. We'll probably see you there on Sunday :-)

    I'm looking forward to checking out all the local houses. yay! Sustainable house day is one of my favourite days. I love being inspired by other's homes.

  6. I love what you have done at your local lovely encouraging others to knit in this way.