Paid To Be Green?

Two big surprises in the last couple of days.

Yesterday, I had a call from a lady who is a member of the Newport Organic Collective and have been asked to run a cheese making workshop at the Spotswood Community House.  The date is yet to be confirmed but it is a paying gig at $30 an hour and all materials supplied, which will keep the chooks in feed for a month or so.  We will be making Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese during the workshop and I am really looking forward to it.  I better brush up on my Mozzarella skills!

Today, I took a call from Grass Roots magazine, and have been asked to write another story.  Apparently the feedback from readers to the publishers has been great, so I will be writing about what projects are currently going on and what I am planning to do over the next few months.  This is also a paying gig, and the going rate is about $80 per page.

I don’t really care much for the money or really need it for that matter, but it is nice to be offered some small compensation for my time and skills.

With several new projects on the go around the suburban farm, like a large arbor in the pool area for grapes (I called in professional help), a new bed and climbing frame for passion fruit, an extension to the chook house, and a clay cob oven in the pipeline over the next few months, I am very excited and thrilled that I have many action packed weekends ahead of me.

That should take the sting of going back to work tomorrow! Sustainable Living has never been so much fun.


  1. says

    I agree with Dixiebelle, your skills & knowledge is very valuable therefore it is not surprising people would be more than willing to pay for it.

    Gav I have also noticed that in the last 18 months that I am booking photography jobs because of my green work and because of my volunteering photographic support of The Wilderness Society. Clients are telling me that they want to support my business because of our commitment to making a difference.

    You and I Gav don’t do what we do because of financial gain but it is nice when it happens (even a little) :)

  2. says

    Good work, your skills are valuable to other people, and your time is valuable to yourself, so why shouldn’t you be paid to take time out to teach?! (And it’s nice to do work that’s also enjoyable!)

    Good luck going back to work…

  3. says

    cool, bummer having to go back to work, even though i know you like your job its still a drag having to leave the nest isnt it.

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