Penny Kothe

Progressing Permaculture at Caroola Farm (NSW, Australia)

Caroola Farm Open Day We are now coming into our second Spring at Caroola Farm after devastating fires in the Summer of 2013 and we are pumped at the progress we’ve made. We had our first ‘Open Day’ on International Permaculture Day this year and were blown away by the attendance of over 500 people — it put a bit of pressure on the new compost toilets and was a […]

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Permaculture Open Day at Caroola Farm (May 4, 2014 – NSW, Australia)

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…. In addition there will be farm tours, information tents, local produce for sale, food tastings […]

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Success at Floriade! (Canberra, Australia)

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 as UAA, which delivered its first food garden display and education kit, demonstrating new organic […]

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Educating Canberra – Courses for 2013

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 more formal permaculture education in the Canberra Region.

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Fields of Farmers – Let’s Start the Conversation with Joel and Daniel Salatin

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 aging’ (Barr, 2012) confirms that the next five to ten years will be critical in […]

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Pigscavation to Help Water Penetration

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 innovative way of building smaller swales that is within the economic reach of most small […]

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The First Few Weeks at ‘Caroola’ (NSW, Australia)

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 and not wet, erosion, fences and so forth…. A lovely late afternoon in the outdoors!

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Plant Profile: Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis)

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 (Ipomoea batatas) which has provided a good green mulch and soil cultivator for the surrounding […]

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Permaculture Beginnings at ‘Caroola’ (NSW, Australia)

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 or input. In order to encourage other small scale farmers and would-be tree changers to […]

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