Costa celebrates organic markets

HARVEST TIME: TV presenter and organic food advocate Costa Georgiadis focused his talk on children and their understanding of healthy local food.
HARVEST TIME: TV presenter and organic food advocate Costa Georgiadis focused his talk on children and their understanding of healthy local food.

GARDENING guru and organic food advocate Costa Georgiadis celebrated the Spring Harvest Festival in Lismore this week.

The festival was part of the 13th anniversary celebrations of the Lismore Organic Markets.

Stall holders and visitors were treated to free hugs, one-on-one chats and a special talk from the ABC's Gardening Australia presenter.

Costa Georgiadis has been involved with the development of a program called Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability at Burleigh Heads State School on the Gold Coast.

The program will allow Lismore organic farmers to sell their produce at the Burleigh Heads State School market.

Mr Georgiadis was invited to visit the market "to help build that connection between both communities".

After a number of photo requests from locals, Mr Georgiadis had a chat to students and parents from Tuntable Falls Community School.

The TV presenter, who hugged almost every person he came into contact with, spoke to more than 100 kids and adults about the importance of organic food and correct farming practices.

During the chat Mr Georgiadis 'swam' in a recycled garden bed and interacted with many of his assistants, specially the children.

He got a few laughs when he showed an electric kettle he had accidentally burned that morning when he put it on the stove to boil some water.

Asked about the growing anti-CSG movement around the country, Costa Georgiadis said that "anything that disrespects water and the infrastructure of the ecosystem should be challenged, and it can't be left to chance.

"It is everyone's responsibility. The reason why I am so into working with kids is because I have a big problem with the fact that there are too many adults telling lies to kids. Unless we start telling them the truth, they are going to inherit all the mess that our consumption and accumulation will leave them".

Costa Georgiadis said that places like the Lismore Organic Market are important because "it values local, drives connection and builds the community".

The Lismore Organic Markets is the longest running organic farmers market in the country.

Costa also visited the Lismore Community Garden after the Spring Harvest Festival.

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