Counting down to the last weekend (Sat 13 and Sun 14 June 2020) of Zero Waste Victoria's Festival events, here's the focus on reducing waste and rethinking all that we do to live in harmony with our environment. Zero Waste Victoria's mission is to inspire and empower individuals, schools and organisations to reduce their plastic consumption and waste through everyday choices and actions, and we can all do one small act each day to change the world.
They host information stalls and workshops run by people just like us, who envision a world without waste. If you want to run your own workshop at their next festival, fete or community event, or run a school session or lunchtime employee session, CONTACT them and organise to demonstrate to everyone how we can do better for our environment.
The upcoming Focus on Food event on Sat 13 Jun 2-5.15pm is an online event you need to REGISTER for tickets. Zoom instructions will be emailed 1-2 days prior to the event, so do it NOW. This is a FREE event, however you're encouraged to make a $5-$10 donation or a donation amount of your choosing (don't forget to select a FREE ticket to the event at the same time) to support Zero Waste Victoria to continue educating and empowering others in zero waste.
The Focus on Food event is a biggie with Alice in Frames aka Alice Zaslavsky (educator of food and fun) navigating us through the event, beginning with a conversation between a regenerative farmer (Mark Rathborne - Save our Soils), farmers market (Miranda Sharp - Melbourne Farmer's Markets) and a social enterprise (Hiro Okada - Kinfolk/Sibling Cafe (sister Cafe Kinfolk). The subjects include learning about regenerative farming and the benefits of biodynamic; how to connect to our growers, producers, farmers and more; and the love of cooking and the potential of the ugly wasted side of food.
Remember our beloved Simon Toohey who just got eliminated from Masterchef? The master of elevating humble veggies and celebrating parts of veg often considered offcuts. He's up next with Preserving and Pickling and the how-to of saving food from waste in a nutrient-dense way. There's even some time for Q&A with Simon, a man who can turn the liquid from a can of chickpeas into faux chicken-skin. After a short break, you're in for the final stage of why composting is such a hot topic and how to create one.
Compost Queen Kirsteen McLeod from Compost Depot will give you info on materials needed, tools required, what can and can't go into a backyard compost set up and how to tell when it's ready to use on the garden. Wrap up the day with Australian Citizen of the Year Josie Jones from Mornington Peninsula. She'll give you insight into the behaviour of change and sharing the Great Aussie pledge where you walk away with a pledge on one action on reducing waste. Find out more about your Speakers HERE and there's more information on the event page where you can stay updated. Follow the Facebook page for more snippets of information as they come to hand.