An American casting company, in conjunction with BBC Worldwide, has contacted Permaculture in NZ because they're wanting to make "a compelling, organic new documentary series that follows real people." They're looking for people "who are interested, have begun or want to leave modern civilization in order to start anew with their own government, own resources, everything. Really, building a society from the ground up."
Recently I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of creative young urban growers from across New Zealand. They've been a source of inspiration and hope, and they are all involved in the Six Figure Farming NZ Tour that starts next week (Feb 4th).
JM and Curtis have both been engaged in small-scale intensive market gardening for enough years now to prove it works (is sustainable and profitable) and both have authored detailed, practical books on the subject.
When you are planning your lifestyle block, look for the patterns in the landscape ... and then the site will almost design itself.
When designing a lifestyle block or farm, I always start with the basics: creating a healthy landscape where lots of water is stored in the ground, springs are restored, and waterways are clean, productive, and not suffering erosion. A healthy landscape is both droughtproof and less flood-prone, and is very productive and resilient. Sadly, little of the NZ landscape is any of these ... so some of the ideas here may be new and surprising.
The GreenBridge team is writing monthly articles for the Taranaki Daily News "Property Weekly", and taking some permaculture thinking to the mainstream.
Check out the second article "How to know if a site is right for you"...
The GreenBridge team is writing monthly articles for the Taranaki Daily News "Property Weekly", sharing concepts and expertise, and by default taking some permaculture thinking to the mainstream.
Check out the 1st article "Choosing your dream property" here http://www.greenbridge.co.nz/apps/blog/choosing-your-dream-property
I just stumbled across a video on YouTube where a UK permaculturists uses a simple hand-drawn diagram to explain the basic ecological principles that underpin permaculture growing techniques, principles like succession, the ecological services given by different plants, and mutually-benficial interactions of plant guilds, and the effect of soil Ph and microbiotic communities on what can grow there. Online video is highly accessible medium for teaching new concepts, especially to visual learners.
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Te Mara Farm in Motueka (South Island, New Zealand) is part of Atamai Ecovillage and has been developed as a traditional mixed farming operation. It’s organic - but not certified. Free-Range egg production is currently the main source of income, though there is also veggie production, a small dairy, sheep and some pigs. There is a well-designed nursery set-up for propagation.
Rosemary Penwarden of Oil Free Otago was interviewed recently on the RadioNZ programme Our 'Changing World' about the new community workspace in North East Valley, Ōtepoti (Dunedin), where ordinary gas guzzlers are being converted into electric vehicles:
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