Connecting, learning at basics expo

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Rain on Saturday did not deter a good turnout of people at the annual Back To Basics Expo.

Held in the New Life Church building in Tinwald, the event drew more than 300 people.

Organiser Julia Crosson said the expo was a hive of activity and a “great day for the community to connect and learn”.

It was a relaxed affair and featured a good amount of produce to give away, including apples, pumpkins, silverbeet, magazines and seeds.

Four guest speakers shared their experience and expertise on subjects as diverse as Food as Your Medicine (Bruce and Helen Mitchell), kombucha (Diane Candy), food on a budget (Marie McAnulty) and soil and health (Sheryl Stivens).

Mrs Crosson said there had been a good turnout at each speaking session.

A lot of the sites this year had offered the public the chance for a follow up after the event, including Mid Canterbury Timebank, SEEDS, Eco Educate, Playcenter Outdoor Explorers, Ashburton Creative Fibre, Soil and Health and Ashburton Toy Library, she said.

Pictured: left, Mary Smack learnt about bees wax wraps at the expo three years ago and this year taught others how they work, right, dedicated preserver and jam maker Trish McLaren has been at all of the six previous expos.