Part Two – Nottinghill Forest Garden – 2011: Project Commencement

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This is Part two of a series of Articles, that critically discuss’s the Nottinghill Forest Garden Project from Analysis – to Implementation – to Future Idea’s. Part one can be found here Site Preparation Discussion “Mainframe Design” Although observation and basic design began in 2010, we did not commence the garden in earnest until January… Read more »

PDC Resource Set

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2014 was a busy year at Sugarloaf Permaculture. Half way through we started teaching our first PDC that was held at the local community gardens over 14 Sundays. After finishing at the end of November, I was relieved as my evenings were less pressured without the constant preparation and some Sundays were ours again. After… Read more »

Valuing the Marginal and Developing Diversity:

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Introduction: Resilience through Diversity Nature is most abundant on the edge. The interface between two or more ecosystems, organisms, or cultures is often where the most valuable, diverse and productive elements of a system emerge. Like the diversity of a healthy ecosystem, diverse educational communities are more resilient, socially efficient, and sustainable. In the face… Read more »

Growing Bush Tucker!

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Take eating local one step further and grow your own native edibles. It’s not only delicious, attracts native wildlife but often requires less work on your behalf because Australian plants are generally hardy just like the environments they usually grow in. I’ve listed a few to get you started.

“Poo to Peaches” – a Composting Toilet Kickstarter

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To learn more about the Poo to Peaches project and become a backer, visit the Kickstarter page Every day, the average person flushes 10 gallons of clean drinking water down the toilet. This constitutes a waste of two precious resources: scarce water supplies and human manure, which could instead be composted to form a fertile… Read more »

Creating a Forest Floor through Chop and Drop

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Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast talks about his plans for the swimming pond which was dug 2 years ago. Support species are establishing growth, but after a big rain it is time to do some chopping and dropping and encouraging the growth… Read more »

Beneficial Habitat: Beetle Banks

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Large expanses and widening fields for crop production have substantially limited the access of beneficial insects to field crop prey. The ecological services provided by naturally occurring pest predators is increasingly impeded spatially as the fields grow. The field edges, being the over-wintering and refuge for beneficial insects, are the primary source of conservation pest… Read more »

The Paradox of Oil: The Cheaper it is, The More it Costs

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There will be oil, but at what price? – Chris Nelder and Gregor Macdonald     Samuel Alexander – is a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs and research fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), University of Melbourne. He also co-directs the Simplicity Institute. The author would like to thank MSSI for… Read more »

The Chicken “Run” on Steroids!

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A tractor trailer dropped off a pallet of organic feed onto my tiny dock. This cost me $800 and would only last 3 months. I had organized a feed co-op to save a $2 a Bag. That brought my 50 pound bag of organic feed to $34. That was the fall of 2013 and it… Read more »