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
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
Our next PDC is coming up, starting on Sunday 19 August and finishing on Friday 31 August. We are very excited about the changes we will have made to our property by then, to increase the comfort of our students.
It is with great pleasure that we announce our internship curriculum! We feel that we have included the most important subjects that people need to know in order to start living sustainably and more self reliant. We are very excited about having two wonderful teachers coming to teach two of our specialist courses, these courses are also accessible for non-interns. Interns will need a PDC to do the internship, people just attending our specialist courses do not need to have a PDC.
Part of our Food Forest.
Tom has been planting out our Food Forest over the past few years. We use a Chook Tractor to prepare the soil, they get rid of the weeds and grass seeds for us, and dig the soil up and fertilize (and they still lay eggs too!!). When the soil is prepared enough we move the chook tractor to another spot in the Food Forest that needs to be prepared.
The Food Forest will supply an enormous amount of food, as well as stopping the need for a lawn mower. Grass can’t grow where other plants grow, thus reducing root competition between unwanted grasses and the fruit and nut trees we want to promote. Tom plants the borders out with Arrowroot, Lemongrass, Citronella Grass and Galangal, to provide buffers from Bush Turkeys and borders for areas the lawnmower still needs to get to. The borders also provide protection from the elements for the fruit and nut trees.
The prepared soil planted out Continue reading