Last year I took some time out to make a Zaytuna Farm Video Tour for you all (embedded here, with lots of photos and text). The positive comments, both on our site and on YouTube, along with additional questions (see comments below this post), encouraged us to make another!
This new video, above, shot 11-12 months after the original video, is twice as long and covers several aspects of the farm — some we hadn’t covered before, and some we had, but now with additional aspects and details. You’ll see Geoff talking about natural buildings, cattle laneways, and how to keep goats parasite free. Geoff will take you through the entire plant nursery process at Zaytuna Farm, from seeds and potting through to actually planting a tree. You’ll see food forests at various stages of development, a new purpose-built fish pond that will soon be in production, and much more.
Mixed throughout is footage that shows some of the diversity of plants and wildlife you can see at Zaytuna Farm — a permaculture paradise that’s far removed from the worn out old cattle property it used to be only ten years ago.
This farm inspires me with what is possible with sensible permaculture design — i.e. when doing our best to cooperate with unchangeable natural laws. Beauty and diversity don’t have to be found only in ‘parks’, ‘reserves’ and wilderness areas — it can be found right where we live and work. I hope you’ll see that our gardens, streetscapes and farms can also all be full of life and beauty and can contribute to not only our own mental and physical health, but the health and well-being of the biosphere as a whole.
I hope you enjoy.
P.S. I’ll add some photographs below for good measure (see more here also).
P.P.S. If you didn’t catch them already, I also made this pictorial post, and two other videos (see links below) from the same trip (and I have another video in the pipeline…):
- How to Build a Rocket Stove Mass Water Heater
- Letters from New Zealand – a Permaculture Food Forest in the Far South
All photos © Craig Mackintosh
Geoff collects jackfruit seeds from what is possibly the oldest jackfruit tree
in Australia (southern Queensland)
It’s not a small tree
Latifa keeping busy
Zaytuna Farm from a neighbouring property
Ish and Tony keep the students fed…
… with lots of nutrient dense food
Geoff, Nadia and Latifa enjoy some chill-out time
A little (no more than 2cms long!) tree frog adds to the diversity of Zaytuna Farm
… as does this koala