FROM organic orchards to composting toilets, sustainable living is proving to be a topic of interest in the local region.
As part of Sustainable House Day on September 8, Pam and Matthew May opened up their Keppoch property to the public to share tips and tricks about how they live as sustainably as possible.
Over 120 people dropped in to the rural bush block to see how the couple challenge the normal concepts of the bare essentials.
Perfect spring weather encouraged participants to travel from all over the SE, as far away as Mount Gambier, Beachport, Edenhope, Keith and Bordertown.
Pam led tours of the garden describing the use of living mulch in the orchard, experiments with subtropical plantings, the extensive development of sandy soils and future projects including a partially finished wood fired pizza oven.
Discussion ensued with guests sharing their methods for using organic pest control methods.
A retired market gardener gave tips for greenhouse vegetables and everyone sampled Lemon Verbena.
Meanwhile, Matthew explained the design of the 120 square metre passive solar home, showcasing local limestone walls, a composting toilet and green roof construction.
The attentive audience were able to ask questions of the Mays and also offered their own experiences of sustainable living.
Architectural drawings came to life as everyone clustered beside the stone walls enjoying the warmth of sunlight from the north while surveying the permaculture food forest which is slowly evolving to encompass the house.
Sustainable House Day is an opportunity for Australians to open the doors of their city or rural properties and showcase ideas for sound ecological lifestyles.
The Mays have started a register of interest in sustainable living events and hope to develop a series of workshops on popular topics through the year.
If you would like to be involved in the SE sustainable network, contact Pam on 8765 6116 or send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.