Upcycling, preserving at back to basics expo

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Julie Crahay and Julia Crosson are gearing up for the savvy living expo.

By Mick Jensen

Upcycling tips, preserving advice and edible weeds are among the topics that will feature at this year’s Back to Basics expo in Tinwald on August 12.

The annual “natural savvy living” event aims to inspire the community to ask questions, to gather information and to go away to give new things a go.

Organiser Julia Crosson said the expo was held to encourage community resilience and to help people become better stewards of the land and their own resources.

This year’s event would again feature a wide range of interesting and useful topics including power saving tips, natural remedies, eco cleaning, bees, sugar-free living and wholefood ideas.

The cadet forces would share bush skills advice, while another speaker was lined up to talk about how food had helped him reverse the disease in his body, said Mrs Crosson.

The information day would feature demonstrations and encourage conversations and hopefully even build friendships.

Helping Mrs Crosson to organise this year’s event is Belgian born Julie Crahay.

The pair met at a newcomers network coffee morning and hit it off.

Ms Crahay, who has been in New Zealand for 12 months, said she was looking forward to meeting new people, learning more about sustainable living and making connections in the community.

“I think it is great that people are willing to share ideas and advice and also are happy to meet up again to help others develop their skills.”

The Back To Basics Expo will be held in the New Life Church building (58 Melcombe Street) and runs from 11am until 3pm. Entry is free, although donations are welcomed.