Some of Tasmania’s most informative and entertaining speakers will discuss the critical issues of “food, forests and family” at a new forum held as part of the Cygnet Herb, Health and Organic Expo, on Sunday November 28th.

Tasmania faces the challenging reality of changing global markets and declining traditional industries. But there are exciting opportunities for communities, families and regions to chart a sustainable future.

A range of speakers from diverse fields will discuss these challenges and opportunities at the forum, a new event held as part of the annual Herb Health and Organic Expo. The forum has an overarching theme of ‘building resilient communities’. Cygnet and the Huon region provide an ideal backdrop to discuss this issue, as the area witnesses a decline in traditional, commodity-based industries such as forestry, alongside a growth in community cooperation in the ‘transition towns’ movement. Cygnet itself is a real model for sustainable living.

Headlined by ABC TV’s Tino Carnavale, discussing organic gardening, the forum also features:

Adam Burling (Huon Valley Environment Centre) on how forests are essential for our own sustainability

Emma Haswell (Brightside Farm Sanctuary) on farms and sanctuaries.

Paul Healy (The Mercury garden guru) on composting and climate change.

Celia Leverton on permaculture

Dr John Todd on the Health benefits of a warm house with good air quality.

Belinda Robson (Natropath, Gould’s Naturopathica) on naturopathy

Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick (Utas) on how to resolve conflicts between nature conservation and organic food production in home gardens

Senator Christine Milne (Australian Greens) on food security.

The Cygnet Herb, Health and Organic Expo is an ideal event to gain insights from producers, organisations and community activists about opportunities for innovative and sustainable ways of living.

Its also a great chance to stock up on natural health products, delicious food and thriving plants ready to put in the garden!

The Cygnet Herb Health and Organic Expo runs from 9am to 4pm Sunday 28th November. Entry is $3. Kids under 12 are free. For more information contact
Will Mooney Huon Valley Environment Centre