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It’ such a key part of our lives – indeed, all of life – that it can be said to be quite literally elementary; but much of the way in which this vital force is being used appears sometimes to lack some understanding of what water is, and how it behaves.

A Fragile Resource?

Much of current thinking (see for example 1) emphasises the fragility of our access to water and the dangers of using too much of it.

“Save water,” we are told; the implication being “This is a finite resource – be careful of using it up!”

This notion of scarcity and wastefulness is akin to the perception of fossil fuels and their use, but when examined closely it can be seen that as a resource water behaves somewhat differently.

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I have seen on Ted, about Allan Savory, then the photos Before/After about holistic management, that make me feel better.

By miraculous chance, I discovered those articles on PRI written by Dan Palmer about holistic management.

Therefore I started to work on those articles. I studied, summarized, in a mind map way, all the questions I’ll have to ask myself to define my holistic context : The Savory way, and the Palmer way. At this time, I was understanding that I was very interested and at the same time, I was struggling on two points.

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We are seeking expressions of interest from an individual/s interested in setting up their own organic, permaculture or biodynamic market garden business/s within Honeycomb Valley Farm, Nabiac, NSW.

We have land available (initially 3 acres to 15 acres of the 90 acre farm with potential for more – this is a separate area to where tourists currently enjoy established gardens) plus water from a 3 megalitre dam available for nominal lease for a person/people/group who would like to run their own professional organic market garden business/s from the farm. We also have some equipment available for agreed usage cost eg: small Kubota 26hp with detachable bucket & rotary hoe.

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Chamomile-Bunches

Chamomile Bunches

It has crept up on us slowly, perhaps without the initial intentions of what we are now left with: prescription medicine. Medicine, for all of the valuable attributes it provides, has been an equally destructive force. Like the chemical fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture, the onslaught of fix-it-all antibiotics and a pills-over-health mentality has put us in more need of more and stronger medicines to combat the highly involved bacteria, infections, diseases and viruses.

Why is it that, in a time when technology has advanced so far, there are notable escalations in allergies and chronic diseases, namely in the first world? It’s counterintuitive, and many of us out here in the real world are catching wind of what may be the cause: Too much technology. Food, once believed to be a health promoter, has become a detriment. Medicine, once believed to be curative, often comes with so many side effects it hardly seems worth “getting better”.

And, herein may lie the answer, an old adage that seems to be cropping up more and more frequently these days: Let food be thy medicine. Of course, it starts with prevention, a daily dose of fruits and vegetables full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals (and minus the excess sodium, syrup and processing), to have healthy immune systems. Thus, in our permaculture gardens, we are growing quality, organic food, thick with nutrients that they’ve gotten from the rich soils we create. It’s a good start.

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Imagine a place that people can go to get through their problems and prepare their selves to restart a new life. Imagine that these process includes learning a permacultural way of understanding the reality. That’s what ARCAH’s project is working to reach in a therapeutic community (CT) SP- Brazil.

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View of our permacultural yard in the CT

ARCAH is a Brazilian NGO who’s vision is to be efficient and to offer quality support to social projects and business focused on the reduction and, where possible, eradication of homelessness through programs developed from productive occupational therapy on self-sustainable farms.

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Zaytuna Farms Solar Panels on the Shed Roof

My Intentions in writing this article are to share with you my personal experiences of ten years of research as a consumer and a potential customer, just wanting to do the right thing for the earth when it comes to having a cold beer and a cool house while living in Sydney by supplying my property with a renewable energy source in the traditional manner; that is, using small roof top P.V solar arrays and a Bi-Directional, grid feed inverter.

Now as any good permaculture teacher would say to most questions you throw at them, I am about to answer this question in the same manner;

Q. Is going solar the best thing for the earth when it comes to my power needs? A. “Well it all depends – on the weather; wether you do or wether you don’t !”

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Posted by & filed under Community, Economics, Events, Resources & News, General, Health & Disease, Population, Society, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

This is a film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas.

With endorsements from:

“If you care about our country, see it!”

- Alan Jones

“No Australian voter should miss this film”

- Bob Brown

Fracking is an issue that is presenting difficult questions for all of Australia’s political parties, but at its heart is a very human drama. What we find is that smouldering resentment has turned conservative country people to civil disobedience. Politicians with their snouts in the trough are caught off-guard not knowing who to support.

Our central character is Dayne Pratzky – a knockabout pig shooter building a simple home on his block of land in Central Queensland. One day the gas company comes calling and demands access to his land for gas mining. Dayne is told he has no right to refuse access to his land, and so begins his journey as a reluctant activist that will take him around the world.

Dayne introduces us to the people drawn into a battle that is crossing the ideological divide, bringing together a peculiar alliance of farmers, conservationists and political conservatives. Along the way Dayne finds love, tragedy and triumph as he battles to save his community from becoming an industrial wasteland. There are laughs, tears and near death experiences, and a raft of colourful Aussie Bush characters.

But it’s the underlying theme that is critical: Who owns our land? Who owns our future? Can we balance competing claims for our water, food and energy and still preserve the environment?

One thing is certain: the rush to extract Coal Seam Gas is changing our way of life and forcing us to ask tough questions about what we value.

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In Part One,Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast, shows you the daily process of feeding the bio digester to make biogas.

Biogas is mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen.

In this he shows the routines in the morning with the cows and how to ensure the manure stays uncontaminated.

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Posted by & filed under Aquaculture, Community, Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, General, Water.

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INTRODUCTION

This is a guide to building a gravity fed aquaculture system the techniques of which can be applied elsewhere. This is such a huge subject that it really requires a book dedicated to it, so here I will tell you only what we did, but I will also point you in the direction of some great resources.

This particular system uses a passive flow of water redirected from a stream into a fish pond, that then over flows down a number of vegetable terraces, supplying them with nutrient rich water. This system was accomplished on the side of extinct super volcano in the western mountains of Guatemala, in a project known as the Yoga Forest.

In addition to the near vertical angle of the project site, we had the monsoon season to battle with, killer bees, my lack of Spanish language skills. But we also had some very skilled indigenous men, our unbending enthusiasm and lots of humor.

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