Be inspired – Local climate heroes to feature at sustainable living festival
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
David and Sara Gormley-O’Brien of Three Acres and a Cow help people make the change to living a more sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle.
The Macedon Ranges community is fortunate to be home to many people leading action on climate change and helping build a more resilient and sustainable future for the shire.
One such small business which will feature at the upcoming Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is Three Acres and a Cow – a small, family business run by David and Sara Gormley-O’Brien from Woodend.
Three Acres and a Cow seeks to help people make the change to living a more sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle.
“The name Three Acres and a Cow came from a slogan coined by land reform campaigners in England during the late 19th and early 20th century, initially to address rural poverty,” explains David, “Later the concept was adopted by Distributionists who saw property ownership as a basic human right and that the means of production ought to be spread as wide as possible, that people ought to have the means to provide for their own needs and the needs of their families.”
David and Sara developed their business as a deliberate response to what they believe are the shortcomings of the prevailing economic system in the developed world, the global free market, and the mass consumption on which it depends.
“Instead of a highly centralised global market, we advocate small, distributed, local businesses; instead of profit being an end goal, we focus on providing an exceptional service and developing a relationship with the customer; instead of producing luxuries to excite consumption, we help people to provide for their needs and the needs of their families,” David says.
The clients of Three Acres and a Cow tend to be people making the tree-change from the city to the Macedon Ranges who entertain a desire to produce more of their own food, to grow vegetables, raise chickens or rabbits, or even a few sheep and cows on their small-holding, but they have no idea about where to start either because they do not yet have the requisite skills and experience or because they are commuting to the city for work and are thereby time-poor.
David and Sara are part of an inspirational collective of local climate heroes showcasing at the upcoming 2015 Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival which kicks off at 10am on Saturday, February 28, at the Community Garden behind the Woodend Community Hub, 47 Forest St.
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