Monday, 14 April 2014

I'm giving a talk this Thursday Apr 17 ASHBURTON

I'll be sharing some gems this Thursday (along with La from Home Grown Mt Peel), about how down to earth eating (and living) can massively benefit your life. Come along if you can!

It's brilliant to be able to start getting out there and talking to others about all this great stuff, how to get started, and how easy and life changing it can be...

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Take a second look...

Turns out what I thought was a horrible weed patch waiting to be pulled, is in fact full of highly nutritious edible plants and fabulous bugs and insects, all working together in harmony.

My view on gardening is going through a massive change as I learn all about forest gardening and companion planting with hints of permaculture beginning to show through too.

The best thing of all is getting out there and trying these new things out!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Our first step towards becoming more Resilient

Clean water, clean air, shelter, nutritious food. Basic essentials of life. The food you're feeding your children is safe and nutritious right? Of course it is. It comes from the supermarket all neatly packaged in plastic with a label. Really? And if it's there this week it'll be there next week, right?

I've been asking myself questions like this lately. I know the global food supply will come under threat with climate change and more severe weather patterns. And although our family doesn't personally rely on supermarkets much, we do rely on organic whole foods sourced from NZ and around the world.

So. With my knowledge that real nutrition is food in it's most natural form, and that some of the things food needs to be grown are bees, good soil, clean water, sunshine and not too much wind. That has lead me down the track to our first step in becoming more resilient...

Resilience Step 1 - Plant a Food Forest
Large Apple Tree with circle of Raspberries planted around drip line
Herb seeds scattered between berries and tree
Comfrey planted in between also
Dock & nettle left in ground as they are beneficial
Twitch dug and turned over
Yesterday I started planting the beginnings of our food forest. A big step as it's a new thing to get your head around. But what I learn't from the Guyton's recently is just get out there and get started!

Food forests, when done right after time, have the ability to mostly look after themselves while providing incredible nutrition and an abundance of the good stuff that we, plants and soil all need to thrive.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A huge shift in my thinking....

Information, Adaptation and Resilience. Have I lost you? Stay with me for a minute...

These are the main notions that keep circling my head since reading the latest Climate Change Report summary which came out last week.

So, how has my thinking changed? It's simple. I can't save the world. I'm just one person. But I can help my community become more resilient.

Our children (and us) face a changing climate, bringing with it massive threats. For everyone. If you're a sceptic read the report.

So how about we turn these threats into opportunities. Smart people do this. The not so smart don't, and they will become the most vulnerable.

Start by bringing it down to a local level. Where ever you live how is your climate most likely to change? If you don't know, get some experts together and work it out. Get Informed.

With that information you can then begin to work out how you can Adapt. And when you adapt you start to form Resilience.

I sure as hell don't want my daughter to ask me why I did nothing about it when I still could. I want to be able to say... 'Darling.. I did'.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Future Living... where do I start?

David Round - Environmental Lawyer
Sustainability Panel Discussion
I don't know where to start... the Future Living Festival was so awe-inspiring, so jam packed, and so informatively empowering that discussions formed since will have ripple effects across our community for a long time to come.

My camera batteries went flat and I didn't manage to charge them. Big mistake. Hence, no photo of the inspirational Robert Guyton or his incredibly knowledgeable wife Robyn.

But never fear, I may find other photos to share, and we will be visiting the Guyton's Forest Garden in Riverton in a few weeks time!
Eugenie Sage - Minister of Parliament
Sustainability Panel Discussion

Sam Judd - 2013 Young NZ'er of the Year
Spreading the word about waste, water
& the devastating effects of plastic pollution

Water Matters Forum Panel
Full house

Monday, 24 March 2014

Geraldine. Our Town. Leads the Way...

This week Geraldine is empowering it's community to become more sustainable, in a big way.

The Future Living Festival opens on Thursday, starting with the controversial Water Matters Forum and ending on Sunday with Sustainable Living Tours.

There's a LOT of excitement in town. Children have been busy painting flags and making lanterns, volunteers are being trained and there's been special sneaky peaks of costumes coming together for the Earth Hour Parade!

Wow. So many people have been part of this festival.  Most of them volunteers.  All of them massively enthusiastic about creating a more resilient sustainable community.

What a great thing to have been a part of. Get your tickets quick. Before they sell out!

I can't wait to see the Taniwha...

Friday, 21 March 2014

30 wheelbarrow loads....

Rhubarb being tucked into bed

Straw. Lots and lots of it. I've done about 30 wheelbarrow loads of it up and down the hill now I reckon!

This stuff is gold. It's organic, very hard to come by and amazing for edible gardens. Place a good thick layer of it around your veges to tuck them into bed for the cooler months. It'll keep the heat in, the weeds out, promote lots of beneficial bugs and bacteria, and help the soil retain moisture. Better soil, healthier plants, healthier people.

Plus it tidy's up the garden for our upcoming tours!

Beautiful stuff.