Power of Our Community

Celebrate Peace Here we celebrate a day of national unity and a sunny holiday from our routine work-life. We reflect on the benefits of peace and maybe wonder how we can work toward a fairer distribution of wealth. The social aspects of Permaculture are not easy to see but easy to feel. Permaculture has been founded by brave, often reclusive pioneers. Permaculture was born a few decades ago during the ‘hippy’ era and has grown up to be inquisitive, intelligent and creative. The Permaculture movement has worked hard, developing new strategies (such as solar power, biochar, bioremediation, water management techniques …

Solar-It-Yourself Workshop – Jan 30th 2016

Would you like the sun to be working for you? We all have a bit of solar power over our heads. Let’s harness a little of this free power, channel it into our favourite gadget! Come and see our range of solar systems and gadgets: Solar hot water, Solar hot-water-to-radiators home heating system, Solar Oven, Solar Jug, Solar drill and much more. Learn to make and maintain different types of solar gadgets. Get that abundant solar power flow from the sun to your gadget.  Then taste the delights of something cooked with just solar-power, get a gadget to worship the …

Rocket Stove Workshop A Blast!

Thank you to the beautiful participants at our Rocket Stove and Gasifier Workshop. Paul took us through a little bit about the theory of fire, then a bit about the politics of firewood sourcing and how to burn cleanly. Then we jumped into making our own rockets stoves and gasifiers. The children and I cooked Banana pancakes on one of the Rocket stoves and we finished up with a preview of a proto type of a space-heater rocket stove. This workshop was instructive, fun and delicious.  

Rocket Stove Quiz

Do you know what is so efficient about a little Rocket Stove?   A: Insulating the heat chamber reduces loss of energy in the burn A: Options for insulation material: you can even use a sealed chamber of air as insulation as long as there is no movement of air in the chamber – movement of air looses energy. Easy insulation materials [that don’t burn] include perlite or hemp and lime or gritty wood ash (without any charcoal). If you want upcycled materials then you can use lightweight, non-flamable materials in approx 5mm size particles. Dense materials like sand simply …

How To Build A Swale When You’ve Got No Soil

In 1956 someone built a path.  Not a lot of thought needed to go into the path. People trod this path every day back and forth people as they walked to the letterbox, to friends houses, to school, to uni, to work, to orchestra, to the buses, to the city, to the beach, and sometimes to the rest of the world. But the path had a dark side. It also worked very well to harvest water and direct it straight to the house.  So, finally, we built a new path that is happily compacted and maintained by the foot-traffic and …