Possum Living

Possum Living

Nearly all us have work days where we dream of packing it all in and somehow turning life into one long holiday. And then there are those who actually do it.

Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money is a book written in 1978 by Dolly Freed, an 18-year-old living almost entirely self-sufficiently with her father, Frank, on their half-acre plot near Philadelphia.

Though there have been many books on living frugally since then, this is one of the originals. And it’s super excellent.  Continue reading

David Holmgren + Nicole Foss speaking in Sydney this Friday Night!


In some excellent last-minute news, Transition Bondi are hosting an evening with David Holmgren + Nicole Foss this Friday Night at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts starting 6.30pm.

Please come if you can, and tell your friends!  This is an important conversation that we all need to be a part of (or, more correctly, that we are a part of, whether we like it or not).

Who’s up for facing their future head on so we can strategise and learn to create abundance and resilience? We are. You are. See you Friday.

Experiments in Colour: DIY Plant Dyes

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Allow us to point out the overwhelmingly obvious here, but how damn awesome are plants? They’re satisfying to grow, super delicious to eat, and of course also perform a whole host of tasks that keep our planet humming.

But wait, there’s more. Another side of their beauty really shines when you use them for dyeing fabrics.  Continue reading

Permaculture futures: Urban GreenSpace


Most of us know all too well that our cities could do with more green space.

Adding flora to our concrete jungles has proven to bring huge benefits to our physical health by lowering overall temperatures, reducing pollution, and buffering noise.

Green Space is also super for our mental health – creating space where communities can be strengthened, and anxieties are lowered.  Continue reading

Let there be Mud: the Basics of Natural Building

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Natural Building is rather a broad subject. It takes in everything from strawbale building to cobb, light earth, rammed earth, roundwood construction, earth floors and mud and lime wall renders, just for starters.

We figure it’s best to dive straight in, and get hands-on while you get your head around these different construction techniques. Here’s some photos from our last Natural Building course, with a big crew of students doing just that… Continue reading

Community Supported Agriculture at Transition Farm, VIC


The term CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – gets used a fair bit in this country, sometimes referring (incorrectly) to veggie box schemes filled with veg from far and wide.

But in reality, we have very few true CSAs in Australia; hence our limited understanding of what one is, and why they can be so valuable to their communities. Time to shine a light! Continue reading

Strategies for a Changing Economy – Survive and Thrive


David Holmgren and Nicole Foss are on the road delivering workshops and lectures (as well as teaching on our upcoming PDC) in the next month, with some seriously important things to say – are you ready to adapt and thrive?

“We are approaching many limits to growth over the next several decades, and are consequently facing many challenges in our immediate future.

Finance, energy, environment, resources and climate will all impact on the single-minded, one-dimensional trajectory human society has been on in our era of growth imperative.

Our current path is unsustainable. It cannot and will not continue, so we must adapt our societies in order to build a new future.  Continue reading

Farming Edible Insects (Hello, Zero-footprint Protein)


Protein can be a wee point of contention sometimes. Talk to most about food production and our environment and you are likely to come across the discussion of meat.

As you no doubt know, much of the animal protein we eat produced in Australia is responsible for the use of exorbitant amounts of water, and not-so-great levels of methane emissions.

And then there’s a very big humane argument to be had…  Continue reading

Keeping Stingless Bees in the City


More than ever, the world is waking up to the importance of bees in our ecology.

More and more folk are exploring beekeeping, whether it’s for the honey harvest, the extra pollination of our food thanks to those bees working busily on all things pollen, or purely for the fascination of these brilliant insects.  Continue reading

Our favourite (Instagram) Farmers

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For every green smoothie, garland-wearing dog and perfect sunset on Instagram that creates a bizarre parallel universe of sunshiny perfection, there’s also a small farmer or two posting downright useful images.

As it turns out, instagram is also a good place to take inspiration from how other peoples crops are doing. And what their truck looks like, when it’s bogged. And how they grow clean food, the way it should be done… Continue reading


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