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Happy Fish, Happy Harvest: Matt’s Aquaponics Adventures

April 20, 2015 | Animal Systems, Aquaponics, Urban Permaculture | 9 comments | Author:

What do you get when you cross a sustainable fisheries bloke with a Permaculture Design Course? An Aquaponics system enthusiast, advocate and entrepreneur, that’s what. Matt Spalding took our PDC last year and since then he’s been going gang-busters on … Continued

You Can Farm by Joel Salatin: Book Review

January 13, 2015 | Animal Systems, Farming, Publications | 1 comments | Author:

You Can Farm is probably the Joel Salatin book that kicked off more future farmers than any other, and I have to include us in that count. This book took our attitude to small-scale farming from ‘wouldn’t that be great’ … Continued

Visiting: Peter’s off-grid Homestead, Kangaroo Valley

September 4, 2014 | Animal Systems, Ducks, Gardening, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 9 comments | Author:

It’s many a city dweller’s long-lived dream. Skip out on the hustle and bustle and set up a life of clean air and green space in the country. Peter Brandis held that dream for 25-plus years – and one day, … Continued

Farming Edible Insects (Hello, Zero-footprint Protein)

June 12, 2014 | Animal Systems, Appropriate Technology, Urban Permaculture | 15 comments | Author:

Protein can be a wee point of contention sometimes. Talk to most about food production and our environment and you are likely to come across the discussion of meat. As you no doubt know, much of the animal protein we … Continued

Visiting The Agrarian Kitchen in New Norfolk, Tasmania

March 19, 2014 | Animal Systems, Off-Farm goings on, Small Farm Skills | 9 comments | Author:

What a gorgeous place this is – bursting with organically grown food, fruit, herbs and animals, and boasting the prettiest cooking school we ever did see. Just when I thought Tasmania couldn’t get any better… 

Check out this Farm Gate Raw Milk Dispenser

January 24, 2014 | Animal Systems, Appropriate Technology, Harvesting | 21 comments | Author:

How good is this farm gate idea? Raw milk, fresh from the farm the dispenser stands on, available to anyone who cares to come along and bring a bottle – 24/7. You little ripper. 

3 days at Polyface Farm

June 4, 2013 | Animal Systems, Farming, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 20 comments | Author:

It’s the pace of everything, that gets you most of all – everyone is busy – doing a task that needs to be done, right now, then walking purposefully to the next task, which also needs to be done. Joel Salatin often … Continued

Herdshare: strategies for sustenance

May 28, 2013 | Animal Systems | 44 comments | Author:

The herdshare arrangement is one in which you own part of an animal or herd, along with others who hold shares in that animal or herd. Say, a cow, for example. As a part owner, you are entitled to part … Continued

Researching: Dovecotes as wild nutrient collectors

May 21, 2013 | Animal Systems, Nutrient Cycling | 45 comments | Author:

Dovecotes are a great addition to any small farm (and possibly your backyard too). Keeping doves is like keeping chickens, in a way, except there’s minimal feeding involved if you take the traditional approach. The doves fly off every morning, … Continued

The Sun Hive: experimental Natural Beekeeping

March 5, 2013 | Animal Systems, Animals, Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping, Permaculture | 69 comments | Author:

Sun Hives are a hive design coming out of Germany and now gathering interest in Britain. They’re part of the world-wide movement towards ‘apicentric’ beekeeping – beekeeping that prioritizes honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal. … Continued

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