There's a lot of good content on this site, provided over the years by members. But much of it is hard to find. To help with that, I've implemented a community tagging system - articles may be tagged with appropriate keywords, which will then appear in a "tag cloud" in the right-hand column of each page.
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'Trees for Homes' is the outcome of ideas I've had over the past year - after attending the Permaculture Convergence, a hui and a PDC.
Basically, the idea is to empower people to grow their own healthy food and share it with each other. The idea is to create a 'community' orchard by using the space around peoples' homes (Zones 1-2), where the trees can be cared for more easily than on public land where they can sometimes be forgotten about, damaged or vandalised. To me, 'community' relates to the people growing the trees rather than the land that the trees are growing on.
We've finally isolated and fixed a server problem that was causing mail from our contact forms to vanish (we have been cc'ing it to other addresses since we became aware of the problem). So if you've emailed us via the website over the past couple of months and not had any reply, please accept our apologies. We weren't being rude, just blissfully unaware.
It doesn't feel like autumn and my peas seem to agree! They are putting out new flowers and pods at the top of their stalks everyday. Unusual for Invercargill in April? I have no idea, this is my first year having attempted a summer vege patch!
I learned about the evil of a pretty white butterfly and just how many babies it can have in one evening. And how hungry those wee caterpillars are! They didn't seem to fussed on the silver beet or lettuce, just went straight to the brassicas. It is nearly impossible to tell what is broccoli and what is squishy insect body :P
The human race has come so far
Our lives are driven by the motor car.
The need for speed and better and more
Keeps our pedals to the floor.
Buy and buy and buy and buy.
The limit to growth must reach the sky.
But as Newton under the apple tree found,
What goes up must come down.
Now we've made it to the top
Out wheels roll on - they cannot stop.
How are we going to ride the slide?
There is nowhere we can run and hide.
There is no quick or easy solution
To fix the destruction and pollution.
Help build Jorgette a winter ready roundhouse with permaculture focused infrastructure.
Jorgette is moving into a 1/4 section of land with a few old trees and patch of brush. We are going to be building a reciprocating roof roundhouse what will be winter ready and a bit more permanent- with cob walls and a ranch slider.
We will be setting up infrastructure including compost toilet & solar shower that we will be building on thursday. Over the week we will also do a Permaculture design & build of water, solar, heating & growing systems.
We are very exciting to be running our third PDC course @ Solscape Eco Retreat in Raglan.
This 2 week intensive learning experience will deliver participants their Permaculture Design Certificates while exploring the ideas of Designing For Change. We acknowledge that change is upon us. Where it leads we do not know but a willingness to begin the transition and consciously design resilience into our lives will put us in good stead.
Dates: March 12th to March 26th 2013
Price: Residential rates from $1545 // Non-residential $1045
Permaculture Design Course in Karamea
(May 14 to May 28, 2013)
The course will cover theory and practice in Permaculture and will be held on a developing permaculture farm in sunny Karamea at the top of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
I have just read a recent think-piece by Gary Williams, in the Kapiti Coast. It's entitled 'Natural Economics - Being Present, Living in Our Time and Place'. It is a good read, so I thought I'd post it up.
It's the second of two recent pieces he's written on economic systems. He gave me copies whilst I wwoofed there recently but I have lost the first piece. I'll get it off him and post it up soon.
A brief excerpt which I think introduces it well is...
I’ve been wondering for a while how much work and resources would be required to build a prototype for a neighbourhood scale organic-waste-to-energy plant, with a pedal-powered mulcher. I’ve heard a lot of theory about biogas digesters, but this article entitled ‘DIY Methane Generator‘ seems to be based on the experience of some people who have actually experimented with it on their permaculture farm, with some success.