BILLED as a "community celebration with lifestyle solutions", the inaugural Living Earth Festival at Mullumbimby Community Gardens plans to usher in spring with a bang.

Evolving out of the 2011 Local Food Festival and 2012 Living Soil and Food Festival is a comprehensive program of educational workshops, cooking demonstrations, public forums and live performances.

"The Gardens are a living example of successful community collaboration," co-ordinator Jeannette Martin said.

"The festival will bring together leaders in the fields of sustainability, new ecology, community building, local economics, indigenous wisdom and more."

Headlining the September 1 event are Gardening Australia television hosts Costa Georgiadis and Jerry Coleby-Williams who will present a series of public talks and interactive events.

"We'll also have plenty of free activities to keep the kids entertained including the ever-popular jumping castle and 'sideshow alley' with donut target machine, thong throwing, and Belgium egg rolling competition," Jeannette said.

In a nod to the now defunct Chincogan Fiesta, Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club are collaborating on a street parade - and a secret event that involves a "big hill".

"Schools, sporting clubs, non-profits, dancers, circus performers, stilt walkers and everyone else living in the area are welcome to join either on foot or on a motorised float - we just ask you to make it as colourful and fun as you can. The festival is being supported by an amazing team of volunteers but we will need help making pizzas, cooking barbeques, supervising children's activities and controlling traffic and parking on the day," she said.

People wishing to volunteer their services can contact Sue Thomas on 6684 0034 while anyone wanting to get involved in the program can call Jono Fae on 0411 087 783.


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