Floodplains: the Biggest Slow-Release Water Source Around

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Article and diagrams copyright © Cam Wilson At the top end of the Marshalls’ property on the Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia, the creek is bone dry. This spot, fed by 1250 Ha of native forest, has been that way for 10 weeks now. Meanwhile, 1.2 km downstream at the base of their property, flowing past… Read more »

Mulloon Creek Intern Program, Spring 2012

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Our intern program is centred around learning by doing. Here at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms there’s a great mix of both the established bread and butter commercial operations, as well as a lot of innovative development that’s taking place over the coming years within our ecological agricultural practices. If you’re interested in the large-scale design… Read more »

The Dehydration and Rehydration of the Australian Landscape

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Article and diagrams copyright © Cam Wilson This is a pictorial tour of the degradation and dehydration process that the Australian landscape went through post European settlement, along with one of the major aims of Peter Andrews’ Natural Sequence Farming approach, namely the rehydration of the Australian landscape. If you were one of the early… Read more »

Mulloon Creek Intern Program, Summer/Autumn 2012

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Our intern program is centred around learning by doing. Here at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms there’s a great mix of both the established bread and butter commercial operations, as well as a lot of innovative development that’s taking place over the coming years within our ecological agricultural practices. If you’re interested in the large-scale design… Read more »

Soil Decision Making

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Winona paddock Pasture cropped & time control grazed Adjoining paddock Traditional Crop and set stock grazed When you are trying to decide which method of soil improvement to take, sometimes it seems like there are as many different approaches as there are bacteria in a teaspoon of healthy soil. This isn’t necessarily a huge problem… Read more »

A Guide to Back-Flood Swales

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This article talks about some of the design issues you’ll face when constructing a back-flooding swale, the signature of Mr Geoff “Reconstructive Earth Surgeon” Lawton. It’s a great idea and provides a few additional beneficial functions to a standard valley dam, namely increasing the catchment by whatever length the contour trench wraps around the landscape,… Read more »

Keyline Swales – a Geoff Lawton/Darren Doherty Hybrid

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A swale on Zaytuna Farm – © Craig Mackintosh (Remaining images below © Cam Wilson.) Geoff Lawton and Darren Doherty are the two highest profile people in Australian Permaculture when it comes to broadacre water harvesting earthworks. They’ve both had success in some very tough environments, and yet it’s interesting that their styles are quite… Read more »