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Notes from the CSG blockades

May 1, 2014 | Off-Farm goings on | 16 comments | Author:

Right now, multiple communities in NSW, QLD and beyond are in uproar and blockade mode against Coal Seam Gas (CSG) exploration – but you won’t see it on the news. Why not? It’s hard to say – mainstream media is a … Read More


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… 


Insert optimistic metaphor for new life here

September 6, 2013 | Off-Farm goings on | 11 comments | Author:

My entire country is in hysterics. Heck, I am nearly in hysterics. It’s election day tomorrow, and it’s likely to be extremely not good. Clearly it is time for seedling porn. How are your spring babies coming along? Are you likely … Read More


Help make the ‘Just Food’ doco and score a Milkwood course voucher

August 28, 2013 | Off-Farm goings on | 7 comments | Author:

The excellent crew over at Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance are making a doco that will tackle some very big issues happening in Australia right now. Do we really want a local food system and national food security? Time to shed … Read More


Eating a pig we named, and bees, and fermentedness

July 20, 2013 | Fermenting, Food & Fermentation, Off-Farm goings on | 18 comments | Author:

I’m not sure how she got called Fatso. Probably because there were three of them, and she was the plumpest, by a fair margin. She was the pig which tended to disregard the electric fence occasionally and go for a … Read More


A visit to Melliodora with David Holmgren

March 30, 2013 | Building, Forest Gardening, Natural Building, Off-Farm goings on, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 11 comments | Author:

Recently Nick was lucky enough to hang out with David Holmgren for a couple of days at Melliodora, the superb small-acre permaculture site that David has established with his partner Su Dennett  in Hepburn Springs, Victoria. Being in the thick … Read More


The Banana Octopus and the Kiama Show

February 2, 2013 | Farming, Off-Farm goings on | 7 comments | Author:

The delights of the country show are many. For me, though, it’s all about the vegetables. Specifically the vegetables dressed as animals, or people. All the rest of pales in comparison. Last week I was lucky enough to catch the … Read More


EcoPOP – cooling Sydney’s streets…

September 15, 2012 | Gardening, Off-Farm goings on, Vegetable Gardening, Vermiculture (worms), Water Harvesting + Reuse | 10 comments | Author:

An ecoPOP is a small and self-contained city oasis, boasting a simple, self-contained system of self-watering fruit trees, herbs, water collection and a worm farm. Intended to be installed in places like a median strip in a suburban street, they’re … Read More


Allsun Farm and Us, 2009 – 2012

September 7, 2012 | Farming, Gardening, Grow It, Market Garden, Off-Farm goings on | 6 comments | Author:

‘You have to come to the Allsun farm open day’ said my scythe-mad friend Nikki. ‘They’re a microfarm and they do market gardening and all this amazing stuff there with integrated animal systems and they’re just brilliant’. Hmm, we thought. … Read More


Meeting The Seed Savers, Jude + Michel Fanton

July 25, 2012 | Off-Farm goings on, Seed Saving | 5 comments | Author:

In a small house in Byron Bay, surrounded by lush gardens sporting edible plants from ever continent on earth, live two of Australia’s living legends. No truly, I’m not being romantic – if i can achieve but a fraction of … Read More