Save Seeds of Every Kind
Save Organic Seeds ~ a bountiful gift ~ share your seeds with others.
Teach your children to grow food and lots of extra for friends and animals.
Seeds, Seedlings, Fruit, Vegetables, Preserves, Home Cooked Meals,
Trees, Flowers, Gardening Tools and Other Items for the Garden.
♥ Feed Our Loved Ones and Feed the World. ♥
Imagine for starters – that all the lawns – front and back of homes, apartments, communal spaces and vacant government land – in every country of the world – be turned over to permaculture food gardens and organic orchards.
Weather Around the Globe
Mother Earth is cleansing Herself. She has been patient with humans for centuries of neglect and misuse.
Extreme weather has begun to cause radical changes in lifestyles and the way we acquire our food. This is not going to change anytime soon.
For years I have been encouraging anyone with property to grow your own food and surplus for friends; to barter and for the animals and birds. Green houses help protect food from the raviges
I Double My Growing Season No wonder greenhouses are sprouting up.
Unique Greenhouse A geodesic dome greenhouse garden structure, from polycarbonate glazing,
suitable for indoor gardening, and year round organic gardening.
Little Homestead in the City
A journal of modern day eco-pioneers, revitalizing and revolutionizing the city landscape through intensive agriculture and modeling extreme sustainability through urban homesteading. These once-ordinary city dwellers are boldly reclaiming their lives and land showing that small can be beautiful and productive... Warning: Some posts may cause drastic changes in your lawn, excessive seed buying, frenzied bouts of planting and the overwhelming desire for hand-cranked goods. We are not responsible for family
and friends possibly labeling you as a "nut".
Urban Food Gardens
Public Debt per Capita
Click on each country for details.
Edible Landscapes are the in thing.
Whitehouse Food Harvest
Seed Vault - 500,00 crops
FARMERS and GARDENERS
As you know - more than anyone - the times have changed so radically that in many cases the old, traditional ways of farming are no longer relevant or viable.
Do you want exciting change? Would you consider embracing Anastasia's ideas on farming, gardening and community building.
Could YOUR farm become such a community?
The Permaculture Concept - Part One of SIX on YouTube
You may visit the many informative youtube presentations on permaculture via this link
Some Insights from Bill Mollison Anyway, for the record - and as a primer for those wanting a head start in the post stasis environment - here are some videos in which Bill gives insight into the techniques, practices and benefits of the most important interdisciplinary earth science of our age. To find out more about Bill and his work please visit; http://www.tagari.com ..."Tagari" is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning "those of us who are gathered here" or "us mob". The Permaculture Concept - Part One of SIX
Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network
The Australian City Farm's and Community Gardens Network's 2009 Sydney community gardening calendar was launched in early December by the Mayor of Randwick. The Australian Community Gardens Network is an informal, community-based organisation linking people interested in community gardening across Australia.
The aims of the network include:
- facilitating the formation and management of community gardens and similar social enterprise by making available information and, where possible, advice
- promoting the benefits of community gardening and urban agriculture
Future Vision by Starhawk
Gardens and Food: Every house has its own small street garden space in front, as individual as fingerprints—some are wild collections of rambling roses, grapevines and honeysuckle, others are geometric potagers. But the communal food-growing areas along the streams and footpaths are sculpted into flowing curves, spirals and round beds with keyholes, esthetically pleasing and actually making more efficient use of space than traditional rows. Trellises rise up the walls of the Victorians in the neighborhoods, and even some of the skyscrapers have been retrofitted with tiles that provide pockets for hardy plants. Every possible inch of growing space is used. Starhawk Permaculture Resources
List of Farmers' Markets in Australia
Australian Farmers' Markets Association
'A Farmers' Market is a predominantly fresh food market that operates regularly within a community, at a focal public location that provides a suitable environment for farmers and food producers to sell farm-origin and associated value-added processed food products directly to customers.'
Firstly fruit trees do not have to be pruned in order to produce fruit. Fruiting is a natural occurrence to ensure the survival of the tree. Many gardeners may choose not to prune. Our thought on the subject is that although unpruned trees will crop, (particularly when young), they will suffer in the long-term without proper care.
Growing Trees Organically
There is no reason to chemically fertilise a newly planted tree. If the site is well chosen and prepared according to organic principles, the soil should be sufficiently enriched to provide the soluble nutrients, water, and microbes required for optimum plant growth and ecology. Established trees benefit from additional fertiliser, such as organic seaweed emulsion, or liquid worm manures.
Community Food Gardens community gardens can be productive of both food and community amenity. As places where people come together, they facilitate the conviviality that builds a sense of place and community. In a world that may have to face increasing food prices due to the rising cost and peaking of the oil supply, even small community gardens will have a big role to play in making our suburbs environmentally, economically and socially places to live.
What is Australia's Open Garden Scheme?
Australia's Open Garden Scheme is a non-profit organisation that began in Victoria in 1987.
Our aim is to promote the knowledge and pleasure of gardens and gardening across Australia.
We do this by opening Australia's most inspiring private gardens to the public.
Oh, dacha! The part of lifestyle, favorite hobby for many tens of millions; more than just hobby, almost occupation for millions, recreation and country-wide vegetable and fruit garden. In the country where so many people consider themselves poor and are so considered by foreigners, there are tens of millions of landowners, and the patches of their land are usually not all that small. Let's open the door in the fence and enter the dacha land... Wiki Dacha
National Farmers' Federation There are 154,472 farms in Australia - including those for whom farming is not their primary business. However, there are 137,969 farms solely dedicated to agricultural production
ABC - Landline 25 January, 2009 Landline 1000 Episodes This special episode celebrating Landline's milestone 1000th episode features some of the memorable stories as well as the eleven presenters who’ve fronted the show over the past 17 years.
ABC - Gardening Australia New Stephen Ryan and his team share their gardening knowledge and know-how, advice and handy tips for all types of gardens in all types of conditions all around Australia.
What is a Transition Town or Village, City, Forest, Island?
It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: How can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?
After going through a comprehensive and creative process of:
* awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and
the need to
undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon
* connecting with existing groups in the community
* building bridges to local government
* connecting with other transition initiatives
* forming groups to look at all the key areas of life
food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics and livelihoods
* kicking off projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience
and carbon issues and community engagement
* eventually launching a community defined, community implemented
"Energy Descent Action Plan" over a 15 to 20 year timescale
Some Current Australian Transition Town Initiatives
Sunshine Coast Queensland
Bellingen New South Wales
Armidale New South Wales
Newcastle New South Wales
Some valuable sites to help get you started
Sonya Wallace SEAC www.seac.net.au
David Holmgren www.holmgren.com
Richard Heinberg www.richardheinberg.com
Global Public Media www.globalpublicmedia.com
Oil Depletion Protocol www.oildepletionprotocal.org
Eudlo Relocalisation Group www.relocalize.net/groups/eudlo
Transition Towns UK www.transitionculture.org
Solar Living Institute www.solarliving.org
LETS - Local Exchange Trading Systems or Schemes - are local community-based mutual aid networks in which people exchange all kinds of goods and services with one another, without the need for money.
Amazing Aloe Vera
A sign in front of an aloe vera farm in the Yucatan in Mexico read 'Aloe Vera - The Future of the Yucatan'. Healers using Nature's products have known the health benefits for centuries ~ references can be found in over 12 million websites on the internet.
Mike Adams of Natural News has a fascinating article extolling the benefits of the plant.
'There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by aloe vera. In
a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that: Read the full article and others here.
Project Summaries - EcoSchools Program Grants
Pretty Beach Organic Vegetable Garden
In keeping with Pretty Beach Primary School's continuous efforts to create an ecologically sustainable school, the Eco Schools grant will fund an organic vegetable garden, helping to close the school's ecologically sustainable loop. The Vegetable garden will allow the children to see the final outcome of their already operational worm farms and compost bins. While also, generating a full and positive understanding of the origin of food, seasons, nutrition and teamwork.
Permaculture originated in Australia when ecologists Dr. Bill Mollison and David Holmgren developed ideas that can be helpful in creating self-sufficient agricultural systems. To reduce humans' reliance on using hazardous industrial-agricultural approaches, the ecologists developed the concept that will aid people to create sustainable environments without harming the Earth.
Permaculture Project in Sabina Home and Boarding Scool in Rakai, Southern Uganda
Permaculture is a method for designing sustainable, human-supporting landscapes that mimic the operation of natural ecosystems. We are using permaculture to boost the sustainability of Sabina home and school, on a site of around 110 acres in tropical Southern Uganda.
Djanbung Permaculture Gardens
Djanbung Permaculture Gardens is a permaculture gardens, resource education centre and cafe. A superb example of earth wise living, Djanbung gardens is dedicated to permaculture, ecological design and the development of human creativity and skills. Djanbung gardens was founded in 1993 as a purpose-built living, learning environment for Permaculture Education and Permaculture demonstration, the gardens attract vistitors and students from around the world More>>>>
Organic Permaculture No-Dig Garden
Rainforest Rescue is a not for profit organisation committed to protecting rainforests forever. We create opportunities for individuals and businesses to support rainforest conservation. All of our projects address climate change and involve restoration, purchase and protection of rainforests in Australia and abroad.
Rainforest Rescue is an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee. managed by a Board of Directors who contribute their service on a voluntary basis.
Milkwood Permaculture can help you gain the skills you need to live a more sustainable life. We offer a range of courses which clearly and simply explain the principles of permaculture and give you the confidence to design permanently sustainable systems which solve everyday problems with logical, positive solutions.
How to Start Massive Local Food Movements
Many of us have heard described the impressive growth of urban agriculture in Havana, Cuba, after the country faced food shortages in the early 1990s due to the fall of the Soviet Union, a longtime trade partner.
'The home lawn is as much an Australian icon as the Hills Hoist or the Victa mower. Lawns make large demands on your energy and the environment because they guzzle water and need constant maintenance. Many gardeners recognise the need for a reduced area of lawn as they no longer need large expanses of grass, and also want to use water-wise methods'.
and ideas from the Organic Gardener