Campbell Wilson

Floodplains: the Biggest Slow-Release Water Source Around

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 the fodder poplars, the bamboo and the ferns and dense native revegetation (where only blackberry […]

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Mulloon Creek Intern Program, Spring 2012

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 and implementation side of landscape health within a productive farm environment, be sure to visit […]

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The Dehydration and Rehydration of the Australian Landscape

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 explorers, walking into a wide floodplain system in the early 1800s, more than likely you […]

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Mulloon Creek Intern Program, Summer/Autumn 2012

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 and implementation side of landscape health within a productive farm environment, be sure to visit […]

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Mulloon Creek Internship Program

Here at Mulloon Creek, our intern program is centred around learning by doing. We have a lot of development happening over the coming years within our ecological agricultural practices and, as we see it, an essential part of that work is the rehydration of the landscape and the planting of various productive agro-forestry systems to complement the farming practices. If you’re interested in the large-scale design and implementation side of […]

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Soil Decision Making

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 when you’re talking about a suburban backyard scale. It’s easy in that situation to: do […]

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A Guide to Back-Flood Swales

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, as well as utilising any dam overflow quite effectively by spreading it around the landscape […]

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Keyline Swales – a Geoff Lawton/Darren Doherty Hybrid

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 different, particularly when it comes to infiltration strategies. This article is a short comparison of […]

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Part-time Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course (Forest Edge Permaculture, Heathmont, Melbourne)

Two courses commencing Saturday the 5th of September or Sunday the 6th of September, one day per week over 13 weeks Having managed the PRI site and taught on Geoff’s PDCs in the past, Cam Wilson is now teaching courses out of Melbourne where he is currently based. To suit busy urban lifestyles, we offer the traditional Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) part-time over 13 weeks, with either a Saturday […]

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French Drains for Urban Storm-water Infiltration

When rainwater harvesting is mentioned, most people think of tanks straight away. That’s a great start, but there is a much bigger storage you have available to you on your land – the soil. (Check out Brad Lancaster’s fun U-tube video on this site, ‘The muffin tin and the sponge’ for a good intro) So when your gutters flow and your tanks are full, don’t send all that valuable water […]

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