Grand Permaculture Tour

Celebrating 40 years of Permaculture Recently a young relative asked: “So, what did your generation invent apart from the beanbag?” “Eerrr, the computer….and Permaculture” I replied.  I am probably the youngest ‘elder’ in Permaculture. Getting an elders award in 2015 was a wake up call. As was the passing of Bill Mollison. I was startled into action when I realised that we are losing our elders before we have celebrated their successes. Many permaculture people are lone wolves living a grand life in their magical gardens. They sit quietly enjoying the ruminations of with their little inventions. I’m on a …

SOLD OUT AGAIN – Taste of Brazil

Bon Appetite! Our special Brazilian event: How to get the Real Taste of Brazil is sold out now. Sorry if you missed out. But this is great news for our community because we are able to support gifted creators who generously teach others. We are proud that we achieved our design challenge to build a cutting edge hybrid wood stove because efficiency is a key tool in adapting to climate-change. How? Efficient designs save fuel, save pollution and enable many people to build a better future for themselves and their family. Powerful and Beautiful The finish touch to our Rocket-Boosted …

Long Lunch from New Hybrid-Rocket Stove

Exciting New Event on December 3rd We are excited to announce a special event: How to get the Real Taste of Brazil. Learn to cook traditional Brazilian food on a traditional ‘Fogoa’ Wood stove. But just as you might expect, we don’t do anything without improved efficiency in the mission. Flo, April and Paul have engineered, designed and built a hybrid Rocket Fogoa.  Come and join us in celebration. Meet Our New Fogoa-Rocket Stove April had the dream to build a rocket stove to help use up the abundant fallen timber in the permaculture food forest. Paul had the skills …

Grow Your Own Teas

Wake Up To Home-Grown Cuppa There are many tea plants that thrive in our beautiful climate. Not only can we grow official ‘tea’ Camellia sinensis and coffee, we can grow many nutritious alternative tea herbs. We can even grow our own sugarcane to sweeten the brew. Herbal Teas Mint Orange or Lemon or Lime Blossom Citrus peel sage flowers lemongrass lemon verbeena Nasturtiums Fennel Chickory Raspberry leaf Nettle Bamboo Native Tea Wonders Lemon Myrtle Anniseed Myrtle Native raspberry leaf Native finger-lime flowers and leaves Why It Pays To Grow Your Own Growing you own saves you and the planet a …

‘Home-grown’ Softens Footprint, Boosts Empowerment

Grab a D.I.Y. Cuppa The True Cost of a Cup of Tea Most tea and coffee in the western world is served in polystrene cups with enginerred no-spill lids. The high cost to the environment of the cup is well known. But, what are the costs for the contents? Oil Oil is the main fuel used to transport the products from nation to nation. It is also used in the manufacter of many of the high-end nylon tea-bags which do not decompose. The Polystrene is made from aliphatic hydrocarbons although the original invention in Berlin in 1930s used the resin …