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Save money through self-sustainability
Do you want to play a part in helping to save the environment but don't know how? In October there are three free events in Brisbane to assist you with workshops and information on how you can save money whilst living a self-sustainable lifestyle.
Fresh fruits grown from your garden
1) Beginner's guide to fruit growing
If you have a green thumb or are interested in growing your own food, Mt Cootha Library (Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong 4066) is organising a free workshop on Sunday, October 28, 2012, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Annette MacFarlane will show you how fruit trees can be integrated into a small garden or grown in pots. Tending to a garden may be time consuming if you don't have the right information and attending this workshop will give you the knowledge to care for and ensure your little fruit trees prosper to allow you to enjoy their delicious fruits in the future. Fruit growing can be a family affair – little ones love being given the responsibility of watering the fruit trees and watching the trees grow. They especially love picking the ripe fruits to taste. Bookings are required, please phone (07) 3403 8888 to reserve your place. 2) Keeping chickens in the city
If you have a big backyard or enough space to keep a few chickens, fresh eggs in the morning are lovely to wake up to. Even if you live in the city, your kids may still be able to experience the outdoor farm tradition of tending to little chicks. However, chicken keeping is no easy feat. You will need to find out what the best chicken breed for you might be, what type of housing is best, what to feed them and how many you can keep in the space you have. Sunnybank Hills Library (Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Calam Rds, Sunnybank Hills 4109) is organising a free session on Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:45 – 4:30pm. The session is presented by Ingrid Dimock of City Chicks. Bookings required, please phone (07) 3403 8888 to reserve your place. Attend this session to put your concerns to rest and to enable your kids to experience the thrill of collecting fresh eggs in the morning for breakfast. Also imagine how much you will save on buying eggs and how healthy your family will be with fresh organic eggs.
3) Free Compost and Worm Farm Workshop
A worm farm may sound easy but there are a few tips and tricks on ensuring you are able to recycle your organic waste to create rich, nutritious soil for your garden. Brisbane Independent School, 2447 Moggill Road, Pullenvale, 4069 is running a free workshop on Sunday, October 14, 2012, 9am – 12pm to provide you with knowledge and comprehensive information on worm farming and composting with different methods, ingredients and principles. Bookings are essential, as spaces are limited. Please phone 3403 8698. Learn how to recycle your waste to enable you to assist your fruit trees to grow and teach your kids about the importance of recycling through sustainable actions.