February 2016 Newsletter

February 2016
Hello from Sustainable Living Tasmania
  Event calendar:
EVENTS CALENDAR
  Opportunities to volunteer:
OUR PROJECTS
 

Tassievore weekly challenges
Tassievore weekly challenges

Love eating and growing delicious food? Join the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge, it's a fabulous way to support our local growers and retailers, connect with your food and learn some new skills. Take each weekly challenge and share your experiences with us through our Tassievore Community Group or via our Tassievore News webpage for your chance to win great locavore prizes. This year, we will focus on 4 weekly challenges:
 - Get Growing - Sow, Grow, and Harvest your own produce
 - Ask for Local - Shop at locally owned business and buy locally made products
 - Find your Food Story - Follow your food from Production to Consumption
 - Share - Swap excess produce or serve a tasty tassie treat to a neighbour.

Tassievore farm tours
Tassievore farm tours

Throughout March we are celebrating our local farmers and their sustainably grown produce. As part of Tassievore, we are providing you with the opportunity to tour some of our most quintessentially Tasmanian farms. We'll be visiting the 2 Meter Tall Brewery in Hayes, Matthew Evans’ Fat Pig Farm near Cygnet and Whistler’s Ridge Permaculture Farm in Franklin. Visit our events page to find out the details and reserve a place.

Sustainable Living Community
Sustainable Living Tasmania Facebook Community

At Sustainable Living Tasmania, we work hard to be the hub of all things sustainable and to build connections between people in the sustainable living community. We have just launched our community public group on Facebook to help you connect directly and ask questions, share ideas and promote your services. Join up and help us build a more robust sustainable living movement and healthier environment in Tasmania.

Living Local Feast
Living Local Feast

Join us for the sixth annual Living Local Feast on Saturday 2nd April for a celebration of Tasmanian Food. The Feast is an opportunity to experience the wonders of our island state through a gourmet 3-course meal.The dinner will consist entirely of Tasmanian ingredients and will be followed by a chance to bid on items that highlight the best of Tasmania in our fundraising auction to support our hard work here at Sustainable Living Tasmania.

Calling volunteers
Calling volunteers for a Hobart pedestrian count

Next Tuesday 8th March we are conducting a pedestrian survey throughout Hobart to help the City of Hobart better understand how people use the city. Council will provide us with a small income for collecting the data and the more locations we cover the better. We need many, many volunteers for two or three hour shifts to help with the count, so please help us out where you can.

Small space edible gardens
Small space edible gardens

Are you interested in gardening and want to learn how to increase the productivity of the space you use? During the month of March, David Stephen, Tasmania's own gardening guru will be available to show you how, at the South Hobart Community Garden each Saturday from 3-5pm (not Easter Sunday). Anyone is welcome to come and talk with David about preparing soil, choosing the right plant varieties and using the space appropriately to ensure that your garden bursts forth. You may even be inspired to adopt a plot at the community garden to have his on-going guidance.

Earth Hour
Earth Hour

On 19th March at 8.30pm switch off your lights and join millions of people around the globe in protecting the places we love from the impacts of climate change. There are so many beautiful places and species left to cherish, but we all need to allocate time in our lives to take this seriously and make some dramatic changes to the way we commute, heat our homes, shop and invest our money. Bendigo Bank is supporting Earth Hour again this year and continues to stand by their position to not invest in fossil fuels. As a special offer, they are giving Sustainable Living Tasmania $150 for every successful home loan application from our members. Now is a great time to divest away from the big banks and into your local Bendigo Community Bank® in Tasmania. Keri Taylor can help you with this, contact her on 0409793406.