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Regenerative Agriculture: On Home Soil

In a world of a changing climate and an increasingly politicised and broken food system, regenerative agriculture is a large-scale example of practices we can adopt in our own backyards which are beneficial for both our health and our environment.

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Dehydrating Fruit: Cut And Dried

With summer comes a bounty of fruit, often in very large quantities. Dehydration is a relatively easy and effective way to make the most of the season’s generous gifts.
There are many ways to preserve fruit. You can turn it into jams, jellies, relishes or…

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Eating Organically: The Green Standard

More and more people are willing to spend the extra money for organically grown and prepared food, with an Australian industry now worth $2.6 billion annually. So what’s all the fuss about and are there genuine reasons why we should be choosing organic?

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Rental Retrofits: Lease On Life

With almost one in three Australians now living in rented accommodation, it’s more important than ever to ensure permaculture practices are not just implemented by those who own their own home. Even if you’re renting, there are plenty of simple and reversible things you can…

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Sleep Hygiene: Rest Assured

One of the most important things to keep us healthy in both body and mind is sleep. But as we strive to juggle families, work and living clean and sustainable lives, the amount of sleep we get is easy to neglect and its quality is…

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Connecting Communities: Once And For All

Permaculture design is successful because it mimics nature’s interconnectedness. An interconnectedness which allows nature to be a self-supporting mechanism that can exist and thrive without added inputs or unnecessary waste, and it’s successful because nothing exists in isolation. If we can implement similar systems into…

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Pandemic Positives: Silver Linings

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can. When it came to thinking outside the box during the enforced restrictions associated with the global pandemic, Arthur Ashe’s words rang loud and true. The result was some great and positive outcomes born…

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Easy Peasy: Lemon Squeezy

If you’ve got a bountiful harvest of citrus to squeeze, you don’t need to mess around with fiddly squeezers or noisy and expensive electric appliances. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as being able to make something at home that produces just as good – if…

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On The Side: Kimchi

Kimchi is a spicy fermented side dish traditionally made as a way to preserve vegetables for harsh Korean winters. These days, its significant health benefits have made it popular in many other cultures.

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Good Oils: Homemade Soap

By using oils and fats readily available, soap can be made at home free from synthetic fragrances and colours and can be used to wash everything from your hair and body to household dishes.

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SEED MOB LAUNCHES Seed Mob is set to become Australia’s first Indigenous youth-led environmental organisation. With a vision of a just and sustainable future powered by renewable energy, this national grassroots network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people have set out to protect…

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Pip Picks – Things We Like

Etiko ORGANIC SNEAKERS Ecological footprints don’t get much lighter than those made by Etiko shoes. As well as using organic cotton, natural latex rubber soles, non-toxic dyes and zero animal glues, the box they come in is made from post-consumer waste. Handstitched by Faitrade employees,…

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International Projects

PANYA PROJECT www.panyaproject.org The Panya Project, established in 2007, is a small permaculture community and education centre nestled in the foothills of northern Thailand. The ten-acre site is a thriving example of low-impact, community-based regenerative living. The small residential community welcomes regular volunteers (pre-Covid, anyway)…

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Urban Foraging – Amaranth

Amaranth is a common and highly nutritious weed easily recognised by its beautiful but rather peculiar nodding seed heads.
There are about 70 species of amaranth, all edible, and many of them have become successful colonisers (or weeds), making it a reliable food source in…

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Flying Fox

Flying foxes are vital for biodiversity, pollination and a healthy ecosystem. And some researchers believe they could be functionally extinct by 2050.

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In The Garden: February-May

Seasonal garden guides for Australian climates COOL TEMPERATE IN THE GARDEN Words By Fabian Capomolla What to sow FEBRUARY Plant winter vegies including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, Florence fennel, leek (seedlings) and parsnip. Once the weather starts to cool, get your garlic…

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Rockmelon

From tropical western Africa and introduced to southern Europe 2000 years ago, melons have been a popular fruit for a very long time. A distinctive group of melons called cantaloupes were developed in a place called Cantallouppi near Rome, where they became very popular with…

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Kids’ Patch 19

Willow (2 years), Levi (9 years) & Airlie (6 years). Kincumber, NSW Our kids’ patch winners for this issue are Willow, Levi and Airlie from Kincumber, NSW, you’ve won a copy of The Runaway Dandelion by Jill Regensburg. Next issue we are giving away some…

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5 Bugs For Biocontrol

Your garden, big or small, is an ecosystem where living things interact with each other and their environment. An ecosystem is healthy when the relationships – insect/ insect, plant/insect or living/non-living – within it function well. Formed over many thousands of years, these relationships provide…

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Read & Watch

The books and films inspiring you to make a difference GUIDE TO GARDEN AMENDMENTS BY NIGEL PALMER (CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING 2020) Review by Emily Stokes He had me at Ferments. Maybe Regenerative, or Mineral and Biological Extracts, and possibly Locally Sourced. It was a combination…

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Issue 19 Flipbook

In Issue 19 we explore how to plan your crop rotation the right way, ways to sleep better naturally, and how to make Kimchi.
We also look at how to connect to country, no matter where you are.

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Brains Trust

Questions answered by Emily Stokes COMPOST What’s better, a compost pile or a worm farm? It depends on how much material you have. An effective hot compost pile needs to be at least one metre by one metre at the base (even better if it’s…

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