Secure browsing

As of today, all traffic from is being sent via secure (https) protocol. This is fast becoming the norm, although the site may be a little slower if you are on a poor Internet connection.
The change may have the side effect of stored passwords being lost, as your browser is only storing them for the standard (http://) url.

Put it in the Diary! Permaculture in New Zealand Hui 2016

Great news... we've a date and venue for our hui next year.

We want you to join us:
At Epworth Retreat, Finlay Road, Hora Hora near Lake Karapiro, Waikato.
On ANZAC Weekend, Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Monday 25 April 2016
Exact start/ finish times TBC

Mark it in your diary and start those travel plans.

A study on the inverse relationship between farm size and yield

This 2006 study provides further support for the inverse relationship between size of landholding and productivity - ie that smaller farms are more productive per hectare than large farms. This relationship has now been well demonstrated in a number of countries

Link to the Radio NZ coverage of a permaculture property last Friday

The promo explicitly mentioned permaculture, but I don't think the actual piece did. From the website:

"Motivated by the converging problems of environmental degradation, over population, peak oil and climate change, Olmec and Melisa Sinclair (above) have spent several years developing a block of land that focuses on resilient solutions for food production, shelter, energy and water..."

Mapping tools

I was pointed to this web-site by a neighbour for calculating pasture areas but found so much more. As well as the Area Calculator Tool which is as easy to use as clicking on a few points on a google map, giving you the area and perimeter in feet, meters, acres, kilometers and miles... there is also a Distance Calculator, Elevation Calculator, Geocode Tools, and a link to a Free Mapping Tool.


Seventeen trips to Burma and each trip is so different, over time they have become more interesting and enjoyable. No longer a tourist, merging into the culture with the locals comes naturally, although each year I do try to explore a different area in this diverse country. This year it was a trip into Kayah state, recently opened to foreigners, but that is another story and this one needs to focus on permaculture.


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