Worms are added to the box in their castings, on top of the scraps.

Permaculture Urban: a simple worm farm

2 polystyrene boxes make a compact worm farm for urban use

Top box with worms and worm casting, bottom box with worm liquid.

If you want to start growing your own food using Permaculture, soil would be a great place to start. A lot of people in urban areas do not have access to soil, so they would need to buy or make their own. Making your own is very satisfying, and a quick and easy way to start is to make a worm farm.  Continue reading

The first design for our Urban Permaculture site

Sunshine Coast Permaculture Urban: the beginning

We have a space on our demonstration site which is currently used as teaching space, but which is to be our home in the future. This space has a small (fenced off) area around it, which makes it ideal to become an Urban Demonstration site. The building is ideally located, north facing and solar passively designed by Tom. I have drawn up a design for this Urban space, which needed to be part of the greater design for the property, but will also eventually be a fully self contained Urban Demonstration site.  Continue reading

Northey Street City Farm Brisbane – Farm Manager position

Northey Street City Farm….. a place for learning about living sustainably in the city

Position: Farming Manager
Hours: 24 hours per week
Pay rate: NSCF Award Agreement Manager Level, $24.80 per hour excluding entitlements
Contract Position: Permanent part time
Responsible to: Management Committee

The Farming Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming (sub tropics), preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a commercial market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.   Continue reading

Superstorm Sandy; the new normal?

A freak storm, never before seen. After the end of the normal hurricane season, this “superstorm” developed and severely affected the Carribean and northern US, killing people and causing devastation everywhere. But are we really that surprised? Is nature trying to point out the error in our ways? How can New Yorkers possibly think that they are innocent in creating this storm?  Continue reading

Tackling the Urban Challenge

Maximising space on a balcony

Most people in the world today live in an urban environment. Although this comes with advantages such as closeness to facilities, community, markets etc., it also comes with challenges for those who would like to live more sustainably and are keen to become more self reliant and grow some of their own food.  Continue reading