Tom leaving to teach a Permaculture Design Certificate in Vanuatu.

Tom to teach a Permaculture Design Certificate course in Vanuatu!

After unfortunately having to cancel our PDC course here in Australia, we were fortunate that Tom was asked to teach a Permaculture Design Certificate course in Vanuatu. ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, has several projects in Vanuatu with people who need Permaculture training.  Continue reading

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Biogas Project update

On the 18th of March we started our Biogas project. This project involves making a bio-digester which will turn manure into methane gas for cooking and other energy needs. Tom had to re-do some fencing and clear the site for the bio-digester. He calculated that with the amount of manure we are getting (around 30kg per day), we need a 5 cubic metre bio-digester, which will give us around 1 1/2 cubic metres of gas per day.  Continue reading

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Separating cream

We currently have 2 Jersey cows in milk, having had their beautiful babies not so long ago. As breastfeeding mums can attest, the more the babies feed the more the mums produce, which is a wonderful natural system. We milk our cows 4 times a week and which gives us around 50 litres of milk and the cows still have plenty of milk left for their babies. We stagger the milking: 2 days at the beginning of the week, 2 days towards the middle/end of the week. Per 2 days we get around 25 litres of milk. On the second milking day, we combine the 2 days of milk and put it through a cream separator. Continue reading