The Live for Less team will be there with bells on at the upcoming Green Heart Fair at Chermside on Sunday 4 June. Here’s what we have lined up on stage in the Live for Less marquee.

Jack Wilson Stone, beekeeper and honeybee advocate


Jack is the founder of Bee One Third, a Brisbane-based rooftop and urban beehive initiative. He’s been placing and maintaining beehives on rooftops of commercial buildings around the city since 2012. Clients include City Subaru, Roma Street Parklands, Hotel Jen and the James Street Precinct, with which he shares some the honey harvested for use within their restaurants and as thankyou gifts. The rest he sells online and through local markets and retailers under the Bee One Third Neighbourhood Honey brand banner.

Hear Jack speak in two sessions on the Live for Less stage about beekeeping and why honeybees are so important to our global ecosystem.

Claire Bickle, horticulturist and chook guru


Claire is a qualified Brisbane based horticulturist, having a Diploma in Horticulture and an Advanced Design Certificate in Permaculture Design. She delivers Sustainable Living Seminars for the Brisbane City Council and has been a guest speaker at many different Queensland gardening events and expos. She has presented the ABC Radio shows Chook Talkback and Gardening Talkback, and appeared on the community TV gardening show Blooming in Brisbane. She has also written for many horticultural and sustainability publications such as Earth Garden & Good Organic Gardening.

Claire will be giving two talks on the Live for Less stage: Chooks the Ultimate Recyclers and Making Your Own Fertiliser and Plant Sprays.

Annette McFarlane, ABC Radio


Annette is a passionate organic gardener, seed saver and community educator. She grows a wide variety of fruit, vegetables and ornamental plants in her own garden and keeps hens and ducks. You can hear her each Saturday morning on ABC Radio. She also writes a gardening column in the Sunday Mail. Annette is author of four bestselling books including Successful Gardening in Warm Climates and Organic Vegetable Gardening.

You’ll find Annette next to the Live for Less marquee with her Upcycle Café where she will do a workshop on turning unwanted household items into planters and pots. She will also speak on the Life for Less stage.

Rob Pekin, Food Connect


Food Connect provides residents with local, seasonal and ecological food direct from local farmers. It serves households around Brisbane with retail orders and provides wholesale services for co-ops, buyers groups, cafe’s and restaurants. Their produce has been grown using natural, holistic and ethical farming methods by passionate farming families. Food Connect food is as mother-nature intended – a little imperfect, unruly, dirty and rough but they guarantee that it will be delivered fresher, tastier and healthier.

Catch Rob and his team underneath the Live for Less marquee as they teach you all about ethical and sustainable food.

The Green Heart Fair is on Sunday June 4 at 7th Brigade Park Chermside from 9am. Find out more at