Breeding baby chickens

1 day old baby Light Sussex chickens. We started with 3 dozen in the incubator. 1 dozen got discarded due to being infertile eggs or not forming a proper embryo. So far we have 8 hatched and healthy, and a few more eggs we’ll give to the end of the day…

In the incubator.

Newly hatched

New home after 24 hours

Huddling together…

Summer 2013 – water, bushfires, regeneration and lots of learning

Summer 2013 at ‘Caroola’

Summer 2013, what can I say, huge exposure to external influences, including bushfire and lots of rain, but continued planning and a solid and exciting way forward!

Water…

Water, as any permaculture designer will attest, is one of the most important issues for designing a productive system. Suffice to say the water situation at Caroola needed improving. Whist rainwater runs freely into tanks, the capacity and pressure is not enough to service future stock, tree and garden needs. There is a water easement to the nearby Mulloon Creek and an unequipped bore as well, but working … CONTINUE READING

Starting our permaculture journey

The start of my permaculture learning…

Off I headed to Melbourne, ready to ‘learn’ permaculture in 2 weeks from the famous co-founder of permaculture Bill Mollison and the equally enigmatic Geoff Lawton.

Bill Mollison

I was a bit dubious that the course was at Melbourne University, but none-the-less it is a lovely walk each morning from the place I am staying, just enough to stretch the legs.

Why am I here?

I came across permaculture by accident when looking for sustainable farming techniques and ordered the permaculture ‘bible’ – Permaculture, a designer’s manual. … CONTINUE READING