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 …

Getting Hindsight

Are you wondering what advantage comes from a little bit of permaculture planning before you spend the rest of your life pottering about in your garden growing food? How does design increase the success of a garden? Join us in our upcoming tour, March 4th afternoon tea and discussions at Earth Keepers in Buxton. Not only will you meet permaculture teachers Judith and Paul Collins but also be engaged in discussions about effective permaculture design with April Sampson-Kelly. The group will explore what makes this property unique, and witness how this wise couple face the challenges of being self-reliant in …

Gentle Earthworks for Abundance

Go Easy There’s more than one way to shape the land and direct water to your gardens. Most people can’t afford machinery to shape the land and build abundance. So, they usually abandon hope of reshaping their site and work with what is there. Why bother shaping the landscape? We can shape the landscape to: collect surface water when it rains store water in shallow ponds provide water for birds, lizards, frogs encourage beneficial insects improve the soil water the plants prevent erosion and nutrient loss What are our no-dig options? We can use animals (pigs, chickens, guinea pigs) or …