Heatwaves this Summer came and went. Mercury reached well over 40°C on several occasion.
I know there will be more of them in the future as our climate progresses to unpredictable instability.
Meanwhile, we buy another aircon, we sip slushies and we tweet about how hot it is. Who are we kidding? Continue reading “Rewilding… for our own sake”
Here is a collection of pictures from our part-time PDC.
Every day we start with a practicum session – we get our hands dirty, we energize our body and ground ourselves with skills that enrich our resilience and perpetuate traditional life skills.
Last week, we were blessed to be able to visit Jacky, Gary and Kelly, an absolutely loveable family who lives a bird-flight away from our farm. The whole family cares for rescued wildlife and dedicate their time, their skills, their land and their resources to raise and care for native wildlife. Gary, builder by trade, explained our group how their future solar passive home was designed and which material he is using to make it an ecological home.
Harvesting worm casting
Pattern recognition at home, the garden and in our social life
Seeking energy efficiency
Making seed raising mix
Learning about climate and microclimates
Site visit to Jacky’s solar passive home
Connecting with wildlife
Learning about ecology
Exploring microclimates and how to use them
Bower Bird love nest
Brainstorming on permaculture principles applications
Jacky’s permaculture design explained to our students
Jacky explaines her goals
Photo credit: Paula, Marco, Alexia
Feature image: drawing of my child!
It is not too late to register to Garden to Table’s Residential Permaculture Course held with John Champagne, Megan Cooke and myself in Pacific Palms, NSW – 19 November to 1 December 2016
We come from families of farmers and gardeners and they are, like everybody else, growing old.
They’ve always managed their gardens the same, traditional, way ; carting in wheelbarrow-full of composts and manures to enrich the soil, ploughing with a rotary hoe, planting densely, weeding by hand, etc. The older they’re getting, the lesser the area is cultivated (and the weeds colonize the vacant land), and the more reliant they have become on synthetic fertilizers, slug pellets and weedkiller too. Continue reading “Design from patterns to details”