Guest Speakers 2018
Saturday May 5, Guest speaker room (betting ring)
10am Healthy Fruit Growing – simple ways to grow and enjoy delicious fruits
In this presentation Cath Manuel, from Soil to Supper, will share simple ways to grow delicious, healthy fruits.
2pm Discovering Dirt – prepare your garden from the ground up
In this presentation Cath Manuel will share what’s in our soil, the secret ingredients and how to improve soil with natural ingredients to grow healthy food.
Cath Manuel is a Consultant and Educator of Organic Gardening and Horticultural Therapy, based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Cath is the founder and director of Soil to Supper and provides services and program nationally and internationally through the Soil to Supper Membership Community and Workshop Program. She is also host of The Wellbeing Garden Podcast Program.
Cath has many years’ experience in the horticulture industry and has a great passion for growing fresh organic food, living a sustainable lifestyle and sharing her knowledge and experience to inspire others.
She shares her knowledge through programs, consultations, events, radio, television and various media publications.
Cath holds a Diploma in Horticulture, Certificate in Permaculture Design and Horticultural Therapy.
Find out more at; www.soiltosupper.com; www.facebook.com/soiltosupper www.instagram.com/soiltosupper ; www.twitter.com/soiltosupper and the Soil to Supper Club www.facebook.com/groups/soiltosupperclub
12pm Our Sustainable Heritage & how to rediscover it
Guest speaker room (betting ring)
Sustainability has become a buzzword that’s often misunderstood and misused.
What we would call sustainability today was common practice just a generation or two ago, waste was a word rarely used in the home and garden.
So what happened?
There’s an interesting tale to be told in what we had, where it went and perhaps more importantly how easy it really is to get it back.
Adam will explore what sustainability actually means, look at the past, the present and offer some easy and achievable tips for the future.
With a life-long love of the garden and the great outdoors Adam is dedicated to sharing his passion for garden lifestyle, horticulture, sustainability and DIY in enjoyable and approachable ways, demystifying these often overcomplicated areas. With more than two decades of industry experience Adam is a specialist writer, photographer, magazine editor, TV, video & radio presenter and video producer. If you’ve leafed through any of Australia’s leading garden and lifestyle magazines in the last 15-years then chances are you’ve read Adam’s articles and seen his multi-award winning photography. He works across all media having spent many years presenting on radio & TV and today his self-produced videos have had well over 3million views on his popular YouTube channel. ( www.youtube.com/user/AGardenersClippings )
Adam is a regular visitor to Norfolk Island hosting bespoke tours exploring the gardens, food, history, sustainability & culture of the island. Adam is based at Lake Weyba on the Sunshine Coast and in his spare time is embarking on his largest project to-date – renovating his family’s home and developing over 1 acre of gardens.
Adam is Diploma qualified in both Horticulture and Sustainability and has also studied Landscape Engineering, Construction & Design and Media & Communications.
Sunday May 7, Compost Corner – Hensel Building
Paul Plant is well known as editor of popular subTropical Gardening magazine. You can regularly hear him talk on ABC Sunshine Coast 90.3FM and Noosa 101.3FM radio. As a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, he is an avid gardener and plant collector. Fin out more at:
DR TOBIAS SMITH
Sunday May 6 – Compost Corner, Hensel Building
Tobias is an ecologist and native bee researcher, and currently works in a range of different bee-related positions, including the Rader Ecology Lab at The University of New England, Sugarbag Bees and Bee Aware Kids. Tobias’s research interests are focused mainly on bee communities in human-dominated landscapes and on the use of native bees as pollinators in crops. Tobias first became interested in bees as a child, and during PhD study at the University of Queensland became passionate about community education on bees, ecology, and biodiversity. Tobias is also a native stingless bee keeper, and keeps hives around Brisbane and in northern NSW. Tobias tweets as @EcologyToby and @BeeAwareAus
Sunday May 6, Compost Corner Hensel Building
Eugene will take us on a river journey and introduce us to the wonders of indigenous flowers.
Eugene Bargo is a proud, Goreng Kabi man, and Eugene’s country is Burri Burri and Nargo.
Growing up Eugene remembers being persecuted for being Aboriginal; he encountered extensive challenges from the local community, having to deal with the ignorance and misconceptions from non-Indigenous people regarding Aboriginal Australians.
Eugene was Dux of his school but says his most important teachings were from his dad. He fondly remembers his father being very wise. He was fortunate enough to obtain valuable lessons from his father’s teachings especially around men’s business, he found this very grounding. Eugene recalls, “My father’s teachings are still priceless and inspiring today long after his passing.” Eugene’s mother was another significant person is his life, his mum ran Opel House, worked at St Vincent de Pauls assisting the homeless and mob where she could.
There have been various roles in Eugene’s working life from cutting cane with his dad to construction, and returning to study, becoming a qualified social worker. Eugene is now a florist and enjoys growing Australian native flowers and plants on his property.
For the past 48 years Eugene’s been partaking on cultural journeys, yearly travels take him where his ancestors gathered. He believes if you sit still quiet and long enough you can hear the songs and stories of the past. Eugene has a real passion to educate our people especially young Aboriginal boys/men and he organises camps for the boys on his country, to inform them about men’s business, sacred sites etc.
Eugene feels our culture is fractured and wants traditional stories to be taught in schools. This is very important to him because he believes our stories need to be told to the next generation.
Fortunately for Eugene he was given the opportunity to purchase the property he now owns which happens to be his country and where his great grannie and mother grew up; he has had the opportunity to show his children and grandchildren. Proudly Eugene declares, “this is 6 generations.”
Eugene is a concerned Aboriginal elder who endeavours to educate and inspire others, he lives a very simple life that most would struggle with, but others may envy.
He lives on traditional country without electricity or a television for over 17 years.
Sunday May 6, Compost Corner, Hensel Building
Zela will be talking about growing fibres for paper and paper making. Zela is self sufficient in her Permaculture garden where she experiments with fibres and also seed saving. She continues to exhibit, educating on environmental issues using the scoby from kombucha fermentation, felt work and also paper making.
I feel really lucky. It’s like I’ve had a blessed life. I was awarded Scholarships to help me get an education and break out of the cycle of poverty. I experienced the heady camaraderie of political activism in Queensland as a student. I sold my hand-thrown and painted pottery when appreciation for handcrafts was at its peak. I found loving people to teach me Indigenous culture and values. I lived through the counter-culture era of alternative lifestyles and high environmental ideals.
While my children were young we lived out those ideals in an incredibly lush, beautiful region with horses to ride, organic vegetables and fruit on the trees. The Mary River Valley with its subtropical rainforest, creeks and waterfalls inspired my visual art. All these experiences have given me unique philosophy and values that I bring to bear in my workshops, events and artworks.