Irrigation and Plumbing Practical 23 and 24 August 2014

Part of our Farm Establishment Series of Practical Workshops

David Spicer’s courses include 30% theory and 70% practical application. His approach to teaching comes from his proven practicality, having over 15 years’ experience in permaculture design and education working and teaching with Bill Mollison at the Permaculture Institute Tasmania and Geoff Lawto;  managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia Zaytuna farm.

Water is one of THE most important things in any garden or farm situation. Learn how to set up water systems to get water where you want and when you need it and without spending a fortune … CONTINUE READING

Farm Establishment Series of Courses

The Chick PalaceWe’re incredibly excited to be teaming up with Permaculture eXchange and David Spicer to deliver the following three courses later in the year.

If you’ve done your Permaculture Design Certificate, maybe an Introduction to Permaculture, have an interest in the practical side of managing a property, or have bought a property but really need some practical insight, then these courses are for you!

Farm Fencing Practical 9 and 10 August … CONTINUE READING

Spring activities on the Farm

Guilds for the forest gardenWe’ve got a lot done already on the farm, and some good drops of rain to go with it.

Ongoing activities include:

Breeding – sheep, cattle, chickens and ducks

Tree planting – forest gardens, windbreaks, forage woodland belts

Fencing – yes, we are still repairing fences from the bushfire

Animal processing – on-farm for our own consumption.Planting mulberries

What’s next?

More tree planting, yeomans plowing and tree mounding, finishing the polytunnel, paddock remineralisation, systems for holistic grazing, irrigation … CONTINUE READING

Windbreak tree planting

As part of our overall farm ‘masterplan’ we have a number of tree plantings planned, including the addition of various windbreaks.

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Cold winter winds come from both the North-West and the South-East. With the South-East sector closest to the house, we decided to start there.

Having ordered a number of Casaurina’s (River She-Oak), along with Acacia’s and collected Oak seeds from the streets of Canberra, we set about preparing the ground.

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Without the luxury of finer equipment, the bulldozer came out to make two … CONTINUE READING