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Commumunicatecreative: Permaculture made graphic

July 14, 2012 | Art | 2 comments | Author:

Recently I had the good fortune to meet up with Jasmine Whyte and Sangye Christianson, who together are the permaculture tour-de-force {communicatecreative}. Together they create visual and video resources relating to valuable knowledge, like soil makeup. And companion planting. And … Read More


Aquaponics as Art

June 8, 2012 | Aquaponics, Off-Farm goings on | 7 comments | Author:

When I say ‘vermiponics’ to most people i get either a blank stare or a vague nod, mostly. But artist Amy Youngs has created a vermiponics (that’s aquaponics with added worms) system that is both whimsical and functional… art and … Read More


The art of food preservation (with no fridge)

March 20, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Art | 9 comments | Author:

Well, we all know food preservation IS an art, but this is a slightly different type – Korean artist Jihyun Ryou has done a beautiful project translating traditional food preservation knowledge into quirky design…


Humanure Artists with Grunt: Cloacina

November 29, 2011 | Art, Humanure | 3 comments | Author:

As Nick found out when researching for his TEDx Canberra talk on how to save the world with humanure, it’s hard to find good pictures of poo. You may not believe it, but not many folks draw poo very well. … Read More


New Community Gardens Poster (free download)

September 16, 2011 | Art, Resources | 4 comments | Author:

The Australian City Farms and Community Gardens network has just released a new poster for free download.  And it is a beautiful thing. Chooks, roots, fruit, earthworms and of course community, all flourishing together.


Sydney’s best kept secret permaculture garden

September 4, 2011 | Art, Gardening, Off-Farm goings on, Urban Permaculture, Vegetable Gardening | 6 comments | Author:

Tucked away within the Sydney College of Arts campus at Rozelle in Sydney is a gorgeous public garden of eatin’. Native bees, sugar snap peas, banana circles and raspberries all co-mingle in a glorious emerging jumble of edibility. It’s all … Read More


Regarding the Lexicon of Sustainability project

August 22, 2011 | Art, Farming | 14 comments | Author:

The Lexicon of Sustainability is a project that almost wriggles with excitement. It’s taking all those very important and even edgy things that we should care about and makes them so delicious that you want to eat them all. Which … Read More


Yeomans and the art affair

August 1, 2011 | Art, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 8 comments | Author:

P.A.Yeomans was a visionary farmer who could read the Australian landscape in a way unheard of, before or since. He designed water into landscape and drought-proofed farms, designed a sub-soil Keyline Plow, and generally left a massive legacy of knowledge … Read More


Seven Thousand Oaks

July 27, 2010 | Art | 2 comments | Author:

Vicki Mason Oregano, Wattle and Rose brooches. Photo by Bill Shaylor

Recently I found myself sitting in a Melbourne basement talking to interesting people for a whole day. It was an unusual Sunday for me. Once upon a time, this sort of thing was quite normal in my life, but these days my Sundays seem to be spent either hosting Permaculture courses, or digging holes, or considering lichen, or re-thinking the planting design for the second food forest below the main swale. So a day spent chatting in a basement was quite a treat, in its way.

This long chat was a forum as part of the Seven Thousand Oaks festival. I think i was there in the capacity of an artist/farmer who also delves in sustainability education, but I’m not certain… what i do know is that I met a bunch of amazing and inspiring folks and came back home full of new ideas and different directions relating to Permaculture, mapping, social sustainability and covenants. Including the following:


Microcosms in Melbourne

March 5, 2010 | Art, Seed Balls | 1 comments | Author:

seedballs on tarp

Just a little note of an off-site project of ours happening in Melbourne this month as part of the 2010 Food and Wine Festival. Westspace's series of rooftop installations entitled 'The High Life' is part of The Edible Garden initiative being spearheaded by the venerable Diggers Club as part of this year's festival.

Kirsten's contribution to this series is a seed ball project entitled The Latent Power of Germination and will be up on the rooftop of the Order of Melbourne from the 16-23 March, and also throughout the city thanks to hundreds of complimentary packets of seed balls. You can read all about it at Westspace's The High Life project page.

So if you live in Melbourne, please come along, sneak a peek, pick up a packet and off you go, a veritable harbringer of bloom.