Cool Climate – Warm People

Temperate Permaculture Sometimes it’s good to step into another climate and see what foods love that bio-region. Last week a young man said to me that he would love to see permaculture theory put into practice. Now we have great opportunity to see what 40 years of permaculture in practice can do. The Southern Highlands NSW has mature sites showcasing many key permaculture strategies such as water and frost management, solar windows, greenhouses, specialist plants, community gardens, raised wicking beds, animal husbandry and more. The Southern Highland permaculture elders who will greet us are David and Anne Johnson, Peter Lach-Newinsky, …

Bush Tucker Adventure Filling Fast

Digging Native Tucker Thank you for everyone supporting our first Bush Tucker workshop. We will explore native food plants, especially those belonging to our bio-region. This class is nearly full! This class has been very popular.  We hope Narelle will run another one for us one day. Lucky for the folk coming this Saturday because they will get to see the last fruits hanging on our native walking-stick palms. We look forward to seeing you all and having fun with native tucker.

Resources For Illawarra Native Food Plants

Getting Hungry for Native Tucker? Soon on March 24th, our Bush Tucker workshop will be in full swing. We are looking forward to showing off some native plants in production. Narelle Happ will lead the discovery of bush foods, offering us information and tastings of some beautiful native fruits and teas. Terry Rankmore has a comprehensive book on Wild Plants Of The Illawarra showing historical uses by local Aboriginal people. This great resource is a free download through And there’s more online to fuel your curiosity, There is a forum for Wild Crafts of Australia.

Top Bush Tucker Foods of Illawarra

Help Food Diversity Although there are thousands of food species in the world, most people get most of their calorific intake from just 3 different food plant species, wheat, rice and corn. This alarming decline in diversity of food species is also happening in our bio-region. The Illawarra is a spectacularly abundant micro-climate and fast loosing native food knowledge and species. The Pallate vs Plot Paradox Most people prefer to eat what they have grown up learning to eat. Many foods are comforting and full of memories. Food is a cultural experience. But the lands that people have settled upon …

If you truly love nature –

you will find beauty everywhere Vincent van Gogh Enjoy The Wild Foods With every migrant of people around the world, food-plants were in the rucksacks. The first people of New Zealand transported their favourite sweet potato, our Aboriginal people travelled with seeds, and yams. American Indians carried their ketchup and corn cakes. In fact, where ever people travel, they bear the foods of their culture. In steps – Permaculture! Permaculture tries to build a resilient, sustainable culture. We try to ease pressure on the land. Instead of forcing the land to grow what we are accustomed to, we can be …