Friday, June 15, 2012

Sepp Holzer Films

Here are 3 films on Sepp Holzer's permaculture practices, that I hope you will all find as interesting as I have!

Enjoy :)

Farming with Nature:


Terraces and Raised Beds:
(please ignore dodgy initial sound quality - it does get a bit better!  Keep volume down and skip to 15 secs to avoid it :)

Further details on Sepp's hugelkulter raised beds can be found here.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Composting with Paul Taylor of Trust Nature

So many people seem to struggle with composting and many farmers don't believe it's a viable practice for improving agricultural soils.

In Australia, there are several organisations and companies working in the world of regenerative agriculture, who aim to show farmers that composting works and can provide amazing results.

One of these is, run by Paul Taylor.

Check out this two part video of Paul's explaining how to make a biodynamically diverse compost to use as a soil improver and for making your own microbe rich compost teas.

Watch out for more from Paul and Trust Nature in future :)

Friday, June 08, 2012

Garden Diary with Winter Colour

I love this time of year!

The Protea with lots of flowers...

So many things growing like crazy and so much colour :)

Protea flower thinking about opening
This past week the protea flowers started to open and will soon be showing us it's lovely fluffy insides, which I can't help but stroke on the way past!

Unfortunately, I have no idea what species of Protea this is, so if anyone knows, please let me know :)

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Farm for the Future

Here's a great BBC documentary made by Rebecca Hosking and Tim Green in 2009, which shows how peak oil will affect farming and food distribution.

Rebecca and Tim look at how a return to local food production, diversification in crops, organic methods and regenerative agriculture will help us cope.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 gets a bit of a facelift!

Just a quick note to say that the Dirt The Movie guys have given their website a bit of a facelift and the new site is now live.

If you haven't already done so, now's the time to check the movie out and learn why soil degradation is such a hot issue.

Or should I say, a dirty word?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Milkwood Permaculture Design Certificate

For those of you who live in or around Sydney and are interested in Permaculture, do yourself a favour and book in for the next Permaculture Design Certificate course run by the guys at Milkwood.

These courses are not cheap, so you really need to be sure that you're choosing one where you will get real value for money: where you will be learning from those with tried and tested PRACTICAL Permaculture experience.

If you attend a Milkwood course, then you can be guaranteed that you are learning from some of the best.

Nick Ritar in particular actually has a background in systems architecture, which enables him to translate the more difficult to understand elements of Permaculture design into a language that the layman can understand.

Here is Nick at the TEDx Event in Canberra last year:

Oh, and here's a great video from Milkwood that shows you what can be expected on the course! :)

Friday, June 01, 2012

Transition Network News

Mike Grenville of the Transition Network has let me know that their new paper, The Transition Free Press, will be available online!

Note that those, like me, who jump the gun will discover that the link in that article doesn't work yet... The first copy should be made available online from lunchtime, UK time, today :)

Ohh...and for those looking for the Rob Hopkins book, The Transition Companion, and not managing to find it locally, it can be ordered from either Green Books, or if you live outside the UK, can be purchased with no postage costs from the fantastic Book Depository.

Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)

The ANPSA is a great online resource for those with an interest in native Australian plants, regardless of level of knowledge.

However, for a novice gardener or internet user, it can be a bit bewildering trying to find your way around, so I thought it might be worthwhile highlighting some of the key resources that are worth checking out.

Hope this helps! :)