Caroola Farm (map) is hosting an open day celebrating permaculture, sustainability and local food / community resilience on Sunday 4 May, 2014 (International Permaculture Day). The vision for the day is to provide a selection of permaculture talks on subjects such as garden design, water management, passive heating / solar, healthy animal husbandry and more……. Read more »
Posts By: Penny Kothe
Beautiful innovation at Floriade 2013 — Urban Agriculture Australia helps Canberra celebrate the annual festival of flowers. Spring took on a whole new meaning at this year’s Floriade ("Australia’s Biggest Celebration of Spring"), with an innovative, interactive and inspiring edible garden display by Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA). Over 14 organisations formed the collaborative venture known… Read more »
Who said winter was a quiet time on the farm. I have to say we’ve never been busier, preparing, planting and more.
Scorched land What can I say, the beginning of 2013 saw a huge exposure to external influences, including bushfire and lots of rain, but continued learning, planning and a solid and exciting way forward!
Canberra, Australia’s capital, has been lacking access to permaculture education. Whilst the surrounding areas of Bungendore, Braidwood, Bredbo, Murrumbateman and Yass show some great examples of permaculture applications, and Permablitz ACT exists as a growing and active group, a group of independent permaculture specialists have now set up Permaculture eXchange to address the need for… Read more »
Caroola Homestead Continuing from the last post, the last few months of 2012 at ‘Caroola’ were a hive of activity, with many visitors taking the opportunity to help out along the way….
As 2012, “The Year of the Farmer”, came to a close, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest insights into the country’s ageing farming population tells an urgent and cautionary tale that was largely overlooked. Critical Human Succession Today the average Australian farmer is 53 years old (with 25% over 65) and the issue of ‘structural… Read more »
Capturing water before it runs off your property is key to rehydrating parched landscapes. Building ‘swales’ or channels along contour with uncompacted mounds is one way of assisting water infiltration. Building swales can also be an expensive exercise utilising heavy machinery which is expensive to transport and hire. Nick Huggins, of Jacmarall Farm uses an… Read more »
Continuing from a previous, introductory, post. I started out with the strategy of walking the paddock closest to the house. I took a spade and camera and walked along the boundaries and across the centre. Digging and looking at the soil, taking photographs, looking at the trees and the pasture, the slope, where was wet… Read more »
This passionfruit was growing in a family vegetable garden setting in Coonamble (western NSW, Australia), in a hot and dry climate with low rainfall, but the garden beds were irrigated by creek water. The vine is growing over a farm fence which has three horizontal wires. Surrounding the vine in the understorey is sweet potato… Read more »
Caroola Homestead ‘Caroola’ is an example of a small-scale conventional farm conversion to permaculture (small by Australian farming standards), or at least it will be. It’s not often you get to see a project of this type through its lifetime and the thought processes behind it, so I thought I’d share, and welcome any comments… Read more »