By Leanne Ejack
Student PDC Jan/Feb 2014 at PRI Sunshine Coast
I was bred, born and raised in the Western Canadian prairies surrounded by massive cattle feedlots and kilometre-long stretches of monoculture grain crops. I always enjoyed the farming lifestyle, but I knew as a young teenager that the farming practices that I was surrounded by were inflicting long-term harm to the soil and environment. Spending a year after university working for a large agricultural company opened my eyes even further to how these large companies have spent years manipulating farmers into complete dependency upon their chemical inputs. Farmers are caught in a toxic and corrupt spiral of powerlessness. I was driven to start educating myself about a more sustainable way of food production that also placed the power back in the hands of farmers. I had heard about permaculture and,after researching it further, I knew I needed to become more immersed in it. Continue reading
Tom has come back from Vanuatu with lots of photos and stories to tell! He taught a class of 10 local students, who took the Permaculture Design information back to their villages and projects, to put it into place there. Reports have come back from Vanuatu since the course, that most students are doing great and have started to implement their Permaculture knowledge!
With Tom away teaching a PDC in Vanuatu, lots of jobs are being industriously done by our wwoofers and volunteers. We have made a rocket stove for the chill space to be warm in winter, the food forest had a small “chop and drop” done, and twice a week we make cream. We get around 2 litres of cream a week, one litre we make butter with, the other litre we enjoy with various yummy dishes! I have taken some pictures to show some of the jobs done here on site, and also how lovely everything is starting to look this time of year, with the winter flush starting! Continue reading
The old mine site, heavily compacted over acid producing material, capped with 3 mts of compacted clay and 500mm of very poor soil
Paul Taylor was in Laos in January, working on regenerating a mine site by focusing on soil improvement and planting a food forest. Here you will find his photo diary of the steps they went through to achieve this. Continue reading