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Duuvy in action building one of his Earthships.
Duuvy in action building one of his earthships.

Nimbin Agricultural Show is in its 93rd year and blends an old-fashioned country show atmosphere with the latest self-sufficiency and sustainability developments.

Nimbin is where the alternative lifestyle began and this year’s show will feature a Sustainability Alley with talks and demonstrations sure to inspire anyone with DIY dreams.

One of the speakers presenting this year is Duuvy Jester, who will explain the earthship concept of building from natural and recycled materials.

Duuvy is part of the Terraeden Biotecture group, which is a natural-building collective that adopted the earthship concept as its main form of construction.

‘We build our homes through conducting workshops. Essentially it turns a build site into a temporary community as well as an educational facility,’ Duuvy said.

‘Not only are people having their homes built, but it gives others the opportunity to gain skills in construction and the understanding of natural systems.

‘This can really help in the empowerment of humanity as a collective, once we have the knowledge and tangible skills to build self-sufficient habitats.’

Earthships are not connected to any public utilities but aim towards self-sufficiency with solar heating and cooling, harvesting their own rainwater, growing food in house and processing sewage onsite.

Other highlight speakers at the two-day show will share their skills in natural beekeeping, organic vegetable growing incorporating large-scale worm composting,  making woodgas, farm forestry, baking sourdough, hand-spinning yarn, cheese and tofu making, felting, and lots more. All talks and demonstrations are free once you pay $7 entry to the show; kids’ entry is $2 and concession $5.

There will be a paddock-to-plate cafe open all weekend serving foods grown in the Nimbin area. Bring your shopping basket to purchase Nimbin-grown fruit and vegetables from the farmers market, which will also be onsite.

It is on this weekend, September 21 and 22, at Nimbin Showground, 33 Cecil St, Nimbin.

For up-to-date schedules on Sustainability Alley talks and demonstrations see the Blue Knob Farmers Market Facebook page.

For more information on the Show visit nimbinshowsociety.org.au.

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