Second Steps to a Food Forest in the Southern Tablelands – An Update from 2011

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By Inke Falkner & Dominick ter Huurne In September 2010 my partner Dominick and I bought a 40 hectare property in the Southern Tablelands mostly covered with native bush. Initially we bought the piece of land as a weekend retreat, but we enjoyed ourselves too much and moved there from Sydney full-time in January 2016. We have been very busy building our house, but that’s another story. A few months […]

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Prickly Pear Perfection

Prickly Pear Perfection

The prickly pear cactus is a common name used for a variety of species of cacti within the genus Opuntia. Being a true cactus species, it is native to Mexico and the Americas. It is even featured on Mexico’s coat of arms. However, it has been introduced around the world, with one of the earliest records of introduction being in Australia in 1788. Some species of cacti introduced to Australia, […]

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Organic Produce In High Demand From Colorado Farmers

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Growing numbers of Colorado farmers are making the switch from traditional farming methods to organic ones, to accommodate the increasing demand for organic produce in the local market. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) annual Certified Organic Survey, the organic agricultural industry in Colorado has more than doubled in sales since 2012 – from $66.2 million to $155.2 million in 2015. Currently, organic farmland covers more than 155,000 […]

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Mental Permaculture, Part 3: Energy Flows

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Permaculture: a set of design tools, a way of creating gardens, of perceiving connections, of gaining insights into our environment. But can it also be rebellious? Co-founder of permaculture Bill Mollison once remarked about a book review describing Permaculture Two (1) as “seditious”,

“If you’re a simple person today, and want to live simply, that is awfully seditious. And to advise people to live simply is more seditious still.” (2)

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The Early Polleniser Polyculture – A Support Polyculture for Orchards, Farms and Gardens

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Paul Alfrey from the Balkan Ecology Project introduces a polyculture to provide pollination support for farms and gardens, yields of nutritious fruits and nuts, valuable nesting sites for endangered native bees, and spectacular flower displays to shake off the winter blues. We’re extending our Polyculture Project to include experimental perennial polycultures. Our aim is to develop models that are low cost to establish and maintain, can produce healthy affordable nutritious […]

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Prime Farmland Destroyed Thanks To Energy Company’s Lack Of Foresight

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A lack of foresight on the part of Linc Energy has caused “irreversible” damage to more than 300 square kilometres of prime crop land in southeast Queensland. After “flammable levels of hydrogen” were found near Linc Energy’s Hopeland underground coal gasification (UCG) site in 2015, an excavation caution zone was established around the contaminated land and dams associated with the facility. However, according to the Department of Environment and Heritage […]

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Helpers of the Garden

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When we garden we typically can use all the help we can get. We can always use an extra set of hands, cooperative weather, more hours in the day, and a whole lot of luck. Often though, we forget that the very thing we are growing can be our most important partner. One such vegetable that can help out in the garden is the leek. The leek is a member […]

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The Definition of Sustainable – Permaculture

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Sustainable living includes the practice of reducing or lowering your dependency and use of natural resources by replacing it with different kinds of suitable alternatives. It can be ensured via two things: 1. You can either stop consuming products that do not promote sustainability or 2. You can change the way you conduct your daily activities and come up with measures that can promote sustainable living. There are several steps […]

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Energy Crisis Won’t Be Solved With A Return To Fossil Fuels

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Power outages during a heatwave in South Australia have led some segments of the public to push for a return to the use of fossil fuels and less reliance on sustainable energy solutions. However, depending on coal-fired power plants instead of renewable resources will generate further emissions, adding to the global warming crisis that is causing the heatwaves to begin with. Currently 40 per cent of South Australia’s electricity grid […]

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Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 2

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Tim Wickstrom is a former Verge grad who has started his own forge business to make permaculture and garden hand tools (Check out his Alumni Profile here). Here is the second piece of his three-part guest blog series: PART 2 – THE TRADITION OF HAND TOOLS The use of hand tools is one of the definitive characteristics of our species. We even go so far as to define our preindustrial past by […]

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Australia Could Be The First Victim Of “Madhouse” Denial Of Climate Science

Australia Could Be The First Victim Of  “Madhouse” Denial Of Climate Science

As the United States government begins scaling back environmental protections, climate scientist and Penn State professor Michael Mann is warning that ignorance of scientific data could lead to global disaster – starting in Australia. Consistent refusal to accept scientific evidence supporting climate change and his insistence that global warming is merely a “hoax” isn’t just an embarrassment for the United States, Mann said. By engaging in a “fake debate” about […]

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Degraded Land Impacts The Metabolism Of Local Bees

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Researchers in Perth have potentially uncovered a secret to understanding the declining populations of bees around the globe. According to a study conducted by Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Curtin University, and the University of Western Australia, when human impact leaves bees with a lack of food, they don’t make an effort to forage further from home – instead, they start to depend on food sources stored inside the hive. […]

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