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September 20, 2021

Mullumbimby celebrates earth and garden

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Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis at last year’s Living Community Festival at Mullumbimby.

Luis Feliu

It’s springtime, and hundreds of garden lovers from around the region are set to flock to the Mullumbimby Community Gardens on Sunday for the annual Living Community Festival.

The festival has been growing in popularity since it was launched four years ago and a start-of-spring favourite for families and keen gardeners.

Organisers say this year’s event has a host of educational, kid friendly, culinary and interactive activities, workshops and seminars.

Some of the latest green technologies, such as 3D printing and bio-char, alongside more traditional practices such as permaculture and composting, will also be a focus of the festival.

The festival will also feature a forum led by keynote speakers, including Costa Georgiadis, the well-known host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia program.

Other keynotes speakers at the Positive Action Forum are renowned sustainability campaigners Clive Hamilton, the founder of The Australia Institute, and Professor Ian Lowe, president of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Mullumbimby Community Gardens’ principal co-ordinator, Jeanette Martin, said, ‘This year’s festival has something for everyone, from the most seasoned green thumb or activist, to those who are looking to learn more about the wonderful and abundant world of sustainability, gardening and general community’.

‘The Living Community Festival is a true celebration of our vibrant community, and serves as a platform for learning, ideas sharing and community spirit,’ Ms Martin said.

‘The festival will be a great day out for the family, with kids’ activities, something for the parents and a range of food stalls, set against the backdrop our gardens in full bloom, the perfect way to welcome spring,’ she said.

Entry to the festival and its program is $10, which includes parking and a ‘magic bus’ transfer from the parking site at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds. Tickets for the Positive Action Forum are $45 (which includes festival entry, parking and transfer).

Tickets can be purchased from the gate, with all proceeds going to the Mullumbimby Community Gardens to pursue its work in organic education, sustainable food production and educational events.

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