Up until recently, we were teaching permaculture from our farm and elsewhere when required. We’re taking a break from teaching to focus on our family, our health and our future.
A story always starts somewhere
Our story started in a small apartment block in Hong Kong and it took us on a farm in the NSW Central Coast.
With the conviction that Business-as-Usual is an attitude that will lead our World, and our society, to an intrinsically unsustainable future, we felt compelled to rise our head up from the numbing routine of First World modern day living, to teach ourselves, to change our lifestyle, and to lead or inspire others by example.
So we taught ourselves how to change. Day by day, we adjusted our lifestyle so it is less damaging to our environment, it is more mindful, it is simpler. We started growing some of our own food while teaching our new born child the true taste of tomatoes and the simple beauty of a Lady beetle.
Then one day, we met Rowe (Rosemary Morrow) who nourished our desire to transfer our knowledge and help others… So we started teaching and we created Terra Permaculture.
The main protagonists in the story are connected by family ties – there is the mum (me!), the dad, and the child. I am the ‘public figure’ while the other two play a super strong role… but in the background. In short, you won’t see their faces!
As our story unfolds, people move and projects evolve. We now live on the Central Coast, less than 1.5 hours from Sydney, where we established a permaculture homestead with the intention to grow beyond organic food. Valley’s End Farm was born.
Ethics as storyline
The ethics of permaculture is at the heart of everything we do.
We are passionate about the possibility that we all can be actors of positive and lasting changes that would make our families, our communities, our towns and villages more independent and resilient.
Our goals in life intertwine and synergize with our ‘professional’ objectives. We endeavour to:
- Teach to those who are curious about permaculture’s ability to restore and nurture
- Inspire positive change in many disciplines
- Be informative about risks ahead (energy descent, economic decline, climate change, food security and sovereignty, etc.)
- Provide tools to prepare for these changes
- Explore methods and techniques of survival and successful sustainable development that have already been proven in different latitudes for generations
- Accompany the implementation of best practices that respect nature and man in the long term
- Stimulate the adoption of ethics in all human behaviours
- Inspire others to pass on this knowledge
“Restore – Nurture – Prepare”
We folded Terra Permaculture in 2019 to focus on our family, our health and our future but we still can’t let go of our logo! There is a very strong story behind it that we want to continuously acknowledge.