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Organic Seeds

 

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.

Gorgeous Gifts:
Seeds, Seedlings, Fruit, Vegetables, Preserves, Home Cooked Meals,
Bushes, 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".

Homegrown Revolution


 

Urban Food Gardens

Public Debt per Capita
Click on each country for details.

Edible Landscapes are the in thing.

Whitehouse Food Harvest

Whitehouse Garden

 

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

Permaculture Principles

Permaculture: 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.'


Gardening Forums

 

Fruit Trees , Nut Trees, Bush Food, Perennial Herbs & Vegetables

Why Prune?
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.

 

For Love of the Earth


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.

Spring


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
Bell Victoria

Some valuable sites to help get you started
http://www.transitiontowns.org
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

Aloe Vera Farm

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 Australia

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. 


Fragrant Herb Lawns - Chamomile and Thyme

'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

 

 

Abundance of Olives

 

Design of our abundance flags in olives!

Gardening with Consciousness
Nature

Permaculture and Food Forest

Permaculture is....

  • sustainable agriculture
  • alternative energy 
  • ethical investment 
  • organic gardening 
  • whole farm planning 
  • bioregionalism 
  • eco-villages 
  • appropriate technology
  • alternative economics
  • solving problems
and much more!
 

Harvesting Olives

Shaking olives into octopus
harvesting machine.

 

Harvesting Olives

Olives off to the press

Olive Tree

The fruit of the olive tree....
a very healthy fruit-juice!

Raspberries

Gardening Oz

Findhorn

Damanhur

Friends of the Earth

What The World Eats

Whitehouse Farmer

Eat the View

Raspberries

Growing Rasperries

Raspberry Harvest

 

Bali

Growing green vegetables - Bali.

Growing Strawberries

Growing strawberries.

Natural News

Open Garden Scheme

Vegetable Gardening Forum

wwoofing
willing workers on organic farms

Biodynamics

Cuban urban gardens

Perelandra

Permaculture

 

 


Beans

Traditional Irish Song ~ The Garden Song

Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow
All you need is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground
Inch by inch, row by row, someone bless these seed I sow
Someone warm them from below til the rains come tumbling down

Pulling weeds, picking stones, we are made of dreams and bones
Need a place to call my own for the time is near at hand
Grain for grain, sun and rain, find my way thru nature's chain
Tune my body and my brain to the music of the land

Plant your rows straight and long, temper them with prayer and song
Mother Earth will make you strong if you give her love and care
As old crow watching hungrily from his perch in yonder tree
In my garden I'm as free as that feathered thief up there!


Gardens 4 Gaia

Gardens4Gaia is an effort to encourage people to grow edible food plants, no matter where they live, whether in an urban setting, an apartment, a home with a backyard or out in the country. This site has some excellent links and also an interactive ning presence.


Climbing Vine Childcare

This is a kindy child-care program that incorporates a love of nature, growing things, eating their vegetarian produce and learning about the joys of Mother Earth while developing little bodies. We support this wonderful initiative and hope that it inspires others around the world to do the same.

Wouldn't it be fabulous to see a similar program developed in aged-care facilities also?

'Climbing Vine Childcare provides year-round, botany and life sciences infused programing in Newfield offering children the opportunity to learn about the natural world through hands-on activities and experiments.

Children are invited to work, play and grow in a thoughtfully prepared environment that extends well beyond the yurt classroom to the vibrant garden, greenhouse, orchard, field and forest.

Come grow a garden! Each child will use and care for her own tools. Children learn to plant seeds, transplant seedlings, water, weed, compost and mulch.

Ithaca Kindergarten

Children Say..."Mom that was the perfect place to be a garden for me. I think Katie and Michelle are beautiful people. I can't wait to come plant some seeds on Monday. Is that the day after today?" - Asher, age 4 '

 

Food Forest

There are many exciting initiatives and 'groundbreaking' - did she really say that? -
work being done throughout Australia.

Grow Food

The Food Forest today is the result of the vision of owners Graham & Annemarie Brookman and functions as a remarkable 15 hectare Permaculture farm and learning centre. From its buzzing biodiversity come over 150 organically grown varieties of fruit and nuts, wheat and vegetables, free range eggs, honey, carob beans, Australian native foods, nursery plants and timber.

More Gardening and Farmers Links here

Tip: Plant your food garden - even if you know you're moving in a few weeks or months. I have a dear friend who got all her veggies, herbs and fruit trees started in pots of various sizes. When it came time to move she packed the trailer on her car with the smaller and medium sized pots and the large pots went in the removalist van. New home - instant garden - food at the ready.


As I travel around I'm always amazed at the billions of dollars put into making and caring for lawns. Precious food growing land! The new occupants of the Whitehouse have it right!

Renewable Soil - Dr Christine Jones is an internationally renowned and highly respected groundcover and soils ecologist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management techniques that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate soil nutrient cycles, restore water balance, improve productivity and create new topsoil.

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself ... Roosevelt 1937

The future for Australia depends on the future of our soil. ...Dr Christine Jones

Carbon Trading - Natural Sequence Farming - Here are some pertinant points which could be taken into account at this time in the Carbon Trading debate.


Yoga --- Sustainable Farming --- Permaculture Gardeners --- Anastasia Gardeners --- Herbalists
Serve *** Love *** Give
Exciting Prospects for Farm Designers, Managers and Enthusiastic Workers

I’m overjoyed to be able to pass on this information in the spirit of networking and deep love for Mother Earth and all her life-forms ~~~ On 25th January I had a call from Ananadamurti of the Satyananda Ashram on Mangrove Mountain.
Being of Irish heritage, he was drawn to my Celtic connections. ;))

Satyananda Ashram is on a large property in Darkinjung Country inland from the central coast of NSW. The local aboriginal people are familiar with the land and have performed ceremony and taught such things as bush tucker gathering there. It is only an hour and a half drive from Sydney or 40 minutes from Gosford.

High above the ashram itself is well over 200 acres of splendid land. Stage One would be to design, develop and manage 10 acres. Scholarships could be available. It was once farmed to provide plants and food to Sydney outlets and still has quite a lot of infrastructure including green houses – one being 50 metres by 50 metres; a kiwi fruit and apple orchard, peaches, oranges, figs etc and four dams.

Ananadamurti has a background in management and biology and is now encouraging committed people to assist in developing the farm with the objective of serving the community and helping under-privileged people. The Satyananda brief is to Serve, Love and Give and anyone drawn to this initiative would involve themselves in ashram life and ways. Delicious vegetarian food and plenty of accommodation is available. Satyananda followers from all over come to help work the property as do wwoofers.

If a co-creative lifestyle involving working on the land and becoming a part of the Satyananda community appeals to you, I invite you to familiarise yourself with the information on the Australian Satyananda Ashram website and contact Ananadamurti direct at anandamurti14@yahoo.com.au with ‘via Cedar Rivers’ in the subject line. Also cc me with a copy of your initial correspondence to celtic.gardens@hotmail.com so that we may co-ordinate proceedings.

"We are peaceloving and we take our time to do things once" "Yoga and permaculture go well together don't you think?"

I do

 

Natural Sequence Farming with Peter Andrews

Scientific Facts reveal Australia could lead the world in climate change management.
1. Australia could be carbon negative in a year!
2. Plants and water tables are 10 to 100 fold more productive than artificial irrigation.
3. Water quality, soil fertility, environmental balances, water availability; of the greatest efficiency, were once features of the Australian landscape.
4. Plants and water tables have more than 80% influence on climate than any other environmental component.

 

 

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