In which We Get Planting…

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The kitchen garden is an essential part of any life lived in a house with a yard, in my opinion.

I love the small cycles it brings us closer to with the ebb and flow of growth, flower and fruit. The dry and the wet. And the crunch of harvest.

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Would you like to win a Patch from Scratch?

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So this is exciting – we’re teaming up with Organic Gardener Magazine to offer a Permaculture Garden Makeover for one lucky duck – who wants in?

The competition is Australia wide and entries close 30th September, so get writing on your entries, people! So much goodness in this one…  Continue reading

Visiting Kangaroo Valley Permaculture

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Kangaroo Valley is this rather special place where a thick mist rests, each morning, until about 10am. And then magically lifts, to reveal lush farmlands, rivers, creeks, and escarpment rainforest, all around.

Recently I went there to visit Kangaroo Valley Permaculture – an established permaculture homestead that is a bit of a  jewel within a jewel – a special place nestled in this magical valley…  Continue reading

A wanderer’s guide to Iluka

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Recently we went north for a quick visit to see family in Iluka, a tiny fishing village which sits at the mouth of the Clarence River, about an hour south of Byron Bay.

Somehow the skyscrapers and beachside resorts of the north coast missed this little place. And I’m so glad they did.

Surrounded by world heritage rainforest, the Pacific ocean and the Clarence river, Iluka seems to have but one setting: slow.  Continue reading

Trying out the Hungry bin Wormfarm

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Is it possible to recycle 100% of a small family’s organic kitchen waste with just a simple, single worm farm? I’ve always wondered.

I’ve done 50% of our scraps easily – but the whole lot? That’s… a lot of scraps, in our house.

Well, it seems you can, if the design is right. We’ve been trialling a Hungry bin worm farm for a week or two now, and we’re darn impressed with the results. Continue reading

Green Day Out: August 23rd in Balmain

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Do you live in Sydney? What are you doing on Saturday the 23rd? Come play with us at the Green Day Out!

It’s going to be a great day of kid-friendly stalls, workshops – and I’ll be making seedballs with whoever wants to learn…  Continue reading

Foraging Greens for our Ricotta + Weed Cannelloni

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Mmm cannelloni – winter comfort food at it’s best: pasta stuffed with ricotta and greens, smothered in home made passata and cheesy goodness.

But first, one must forage one’s weeds. So off we went.  Continue reading

The many delights of Fresh Turmeric

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Recently we were lucky enough to score some of the amazing, earthy sunshine that are organic turmeric rhizomes.

So much goodness in this plant! But like many harvests, when it rains it pours. Here’s what we did with ours.  Continue reading

The 2015 Permaculture Calendar is go!

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Hooray for the 2015 Permaculture Calendar! Once again the crew at permacultureprinciples.com have created a beautiful and intimate calendar that is packed with useful info and also just plain lovely to have on your wall.

And yes, it also has the best cover boy of all time (not that we’re biased or anything) – namely our little dude, harvesting shiitake mushrooms from our home patch.  Continue reading

Permaculture Futures: Green Up Top

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Next in our lineup of Permaculture Design Course grads are Michael Zagoridis and Emma Bowen from Green Up Top – a social enterprise dedicated to farming pockets of Sydney’s inner-urban suburbs.

Zag went on to do a market gardening internship with us at our farm, and these days, there’s no stopping these two pocket rockets of goodness!  Continue reading

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