PLANTING IDEAS: Mandala’s Paul Chermak, Samanta Santos, Larissa Santos and Luca Dransfield in her arms with Leah Galvin and Vlady Santos
PLANTING IDEAS: Mandala’s Paul Chermak, Samanta Santos, Larissa Santos and Luca Dransfield in her arms with Leah Galvin and Vlady Santos Supplied

Plant ideas about sustainability

IS your green thumb tingling? There is a sure fire way to put a stop to it - plant something.

Leah Galvin, from Permablitz, a voluntary community group that builds vegie gardens in schools and homes across the Coast, said people were embracing the sustainability trend and the benefits of growing fresh food.

"It is not hard to grow food intensively in a small space even in the city," she said.

Mandala Organic Arts Cafe at Mermaid Beach is hosting a movie night with live music and guest speaker, permaculturist Geoff Lawton.

"Geoff has produced a short film called Urban Permaculture. It shows examples of how to grow foods in a sustainable way," Miss Galvin said.

"We want to attract mainstream people who have an interest in gardening but don't usually reach out for information in this way.

"It's about sharing ideas and connecting people."

Permaculture is a system of gardening or design that maximises mutually beneficial elements available in the natural environment to save energy, eliminate waste and produce large quantities of organic food with little effort.

Miss Galvin studied nutrition and lived on an organic farm in Thailand for a year before relocating to the Gold Coast.

"We have the prime conditions here and there is not a great deal of this kind of thing happening," she said.

"It makes sense with our coastal lifestyle to make the connection between fresh air and clean food.

"We want to inspire as many people as possible."

The event will be held from 6pm on November 4, at Mandala Organic Arts Cafe 2558 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach. Call 5679 1762 or visit www.permaculture. org.au.



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