As part of the Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival, Katanning Landcare held three family-friendly EcoWeek workshops on the last weekend in March on composting, aquaponics and permaculture. Yann Toussaint of Albany led Friday’s workshop, held in Katanning, which compared composting systems.  Participants learned about the different types of composting systems and worm farms so they could determine what would best suit them.  They were able to make worm tubes to take home with them, and helped to rejuvenate a three-year-old composting pit.  This composting pit was an excellent example of compost that had turned into beautiful black soil full of nutrients and ready for the garden.

Aquaponics was on Saturday and proved popular.  Sue Reid of Cheidy’s Aquaponics in Jandakot came to Katanning and delivered a lively workshop.  Participants responded well to Sue’s practical, down-to-earth workshop and enjoyed working with her to build an aquaponics system which was ready for water, fish and plants by end of day.

On Sunday, Jodie Lane of Fair Harvest Permaculture, delivered a full day of permaculture principles.  Using an engaging set of interactive exercises, participants learned how to identify critical design elements in their environment, and how to manage them.  Jodie also took us on a virtual tour of her permaculture gardens and business in Margaret River.

The relaxed atmosphere during the workshops was very appealing as noted by one of the participants. “It’s been an amazing three days.  Such a valuable resource for the community.  I would love to see more from Katanning EcoWeek and will encourage others to come along.” For future workshops and events, you can like Katanning EcoWeek’s Facebook page or call Brenda at the Katanning Landcare Centre on 9821 4327.