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Book Reviews

You can have your permaculture and eat it too


by Robin Clayfield (2013, Robin Clayfield Earthcare Education)

Robin Clayfield has just released the third edition of this book. The information is drawn from years of experience in gardening, cooking, design, research, teaching and creating. This is a tome of information, covering everything from permaculture principles and ethics, through hands-on practical gardening advice, to everything you need to know about cooking and catering. Whether you’re after a legume crop species list, a chook poo tea recipe for the garden, a menu for a crowd of twenty for a week, or how to make an oatmeal face scrub, you’ll find it all in here.

Changing gears: a pedal-powered detour from the rat race


by Greg Foyster (2013, Affirm Press)

Greg Foyster gives up his job in advertising and sets out on a quest to pedal a pushie 6500 kilometres, from Melbourne to Cairns via Tasmania, in search of what it truly means to live sustainably. Along the way he explores the notion of simple living, as he meets and stays with a variety of people all practising sustainability in one form or another. The eclectic mix of characters, portrayed in an often brutally honest and hilarious way, along with the details of what it’s like to travel that distance on a bike completely untrained, and with his much more practical partner Sophie, makes for a great read. Greg’s selfeffacing manner and ability to cut through the crap make this sustainable adventure not only inspiring but also very entertaining.

Sustainable food

by Michael Mobbs (2012, Choice Books)


This is the follow up to Sustainable house (1998, Choice Books). After making his house more sustainable, Michael Mobbs came to realise that most of the damage done to the environment is during the process of getting food to our plates. The huge amount of information in this book explores all aspects of what it means to eat sustainably in the urban environment. Topics range from sustainable choices when buying food, how to work with your community to create sustainable food options, growing your own food, and community gardening. There’s plenty of practical advice on composting, managing pests, keeping bees and chooks, verge gardening and dealing with councils. After reading this you’ve got no excuse not to grow your own, no matter how small your space.


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