SUSTAINABLE land use and living will be top of the agenda in Bega this month.
SCPA – South East Producers are celebrating their 20th birthday this year with a major event, the South Coast Field Days.
Held on September 21 and 22 at the Bega Showground, the event brings together the best local ideas, innovative practices and people around the theme, “Sustainable Land Use and Living”.
This theme can be divided into three categories – what we eat, how we live and how we look after the land we live on.
The South Coast Field Days has a proud history of being one of the first sustainability field days in Australia in 1993, with many related events in following years based in the local township of Candelo.
Back then, sustainability was not on the social agenda.
Now it is an economic term, which shows how much things have changed.
Revived at the Bega Showground, the South Coast Field Days are attracting attention from many in the community with so many people of all ages creating their own kitchen gardens.
There is much more family interest in cooking and more people wanting to be involved in small scale farm business enterprises.
Guest speakers will include Rohan Anderson, author of the Whole Larder Love blog and books.
Mr Anderson is a forager, hunter, fisherman and cook.
Also speaking will be Daniel O'Brien (Chicken Caravan) and Bruce Davison (Candelo Salers and soils microbiology).
Nick Huggins, Cam Wilson and Rob Fenton will discuss sustainable agriculture, Kym Mogridge will talk about grey water re-use and Frank Thomas will focus on straw bale building.
Other guest speakers include Nic and Erica Dibden from South Coast Cheese, and Fraser Bayley and Kirsti Williamson from Old Mill Rd BioFarm.
The field days feature demonstrations all weekend.
These will include Cooma’s Neil Lynch showing sheep dog training, making “biochar”, timber milling, weaving, forging, seed saving, chook tractors, composting and many smaller stall demonstrations.
Local chef Patrick Reubinson will team up with Mark Williams from Small Cow Farm to demonstrate home-based cheese making over the two days.
With so many people moving here and developing new enterprises, it is natural there will also be the more traditional local farmers of beef, sheep and dairy.
The result is an exciting blend of tried and tested skills and terrific new business ideas.
The South Coast Field Days will be held on September 21 and 22 at the Bega Showground.
For more information, visit www.southcoastfielddays.com.au.