Costa Georgiadis sprouts sustainable living to inspired William Bayldon Public School students.
Costa Georgiadis sprouts sustainable living to inspired William Bayldon Public School students.

High five for sustainable living

COSTA Georgiadis wasn't hard to find at William Bayldon Public School yesterday.

The hairy eco-advocate's antics had the students in stitches of laughter.

An ambassador for the Sustainable Living Festival, the Greek-Australian is best known as the host of SBS show Costa's Garden Odyssey.

"You're looking at a strange man in overalls talking about strange things, like why should gardening or farming matter?" Costa said to his student audience.

"We grow the fuel that makes your engine go and when you start to think about our food as our energy - you ask yourself is that food alive or dead?"

A wheelbarrow of hay, paper waste, a jug of molasses, a shovelful of cow poo and a jug of chicken poo and he had created a no-dig garden for the school while entertaining eager onlookers.

While he was keen to spread the message about the importance of living simply, for the students it was all about that wondrous beard.

"He's a good gardener and he's funny," said nine-year-old Chloe Paunovic, who grows "tomatoes, potatoes, onions and flowers" at home and watches his show regularly.

Catch up with Costa today at the Community Garden in Combine St and tomorrow at the Sustainable Living Festival at the Botanic Garden.



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