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Sunday, 04 November

01:05

Permaculture for children: Were going to Africa! Please help us raise $10k. Our Permaculture Life

 

This December I have been invited to Africa to assist with permaculture education programs, sustainable food gardens for schools, curriculum development for permaculture in schools, womens self-help programs. Because there is a big focus on permaculture for children, I am taking my two eldest children now 10yo and 12 yo whove grown up with permaculture.

Please support us and donate generously.

Id love your help to raise $10k for sustainable food gardens for women and children in Uganda and Kenya. We are collecting funds all November.

On December 5, my children and I fly to Africa and can distribute the funds directly to community-initiated and led programs.

100% of all donations reach real people in need. We are donating all our costs and time.

 

Where to donate

You can find more information about the programs and donate via our registered charity Ethos Foundation, Click this link to read more and donate.

Help us fill our suitcases with books and laptops

We would love to fill our suitcases with good permaculture books and good working laptops too. Email me if you can help with this.

Ethos Foundation Africa

Please support these programs focussing on permaculture for children and women.

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Sunday, 17 July

22:41

School Garden Update "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The Community School Garden at Beachmere State School was originally set up in partnership with Beachmere Area Network Group and 2016 is its second year of its operation as a shared project.

Over the past 18 months the program has  consolidated  as the garden has adopted an approach which is more engaging of the children's input.

Students not only tender the plants and water the garden, but we are developing more activities growing vegetables from seed. 


We  grow and harvest a variety of different produce -- depending on the season --from herbs like parsley, basil, mint and dill; to lettuces, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, cabbages, beans, carrots, spring onions, kale, peas, loofahs and sunflowers. We keep a lavender hedge, run a worm farm and share our activities with a hive of stingless native bees.

Harvested produce is currently taken by the children or supplied to the school tuckshop.

While a small group of students maintain the garden most school days, on Thursdays approximately 200 children, from all levels, attend the patch for garden based activities. 

It can be full on.

We are fort...

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Wednesday, 01 June

08:26

The new Gold Coast playground "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Gary Opit, Yelgun.

Gold Coast relatives invited us to view the new renovations at Pacific Fair shopping centre and we obliged, hoping to get an impression of the future of Byron Bay.

Decades ago on rare occasions we had visited Pacific Fair with our children, who enjoyed the little tram ride around the large water lily lagoon, surrounded by a couple of streets of frontier-style local shops. Beyond that were two-level shopping arcades and department stores.

At that time a large brightly coloured open area had been set aside for children encircled high above by a metre-wide train line with an engine and carriage that carried fibreglass figures of comical animals. We dined in a cafe on an island with a large timber water wheel, revolving and splashing, surrounded by colourful goldfish.

In that same location I had played as a child in the 1950s and 1960s before the caravan park was built and then replaced by the shopping centre and casino. My brother and I explored the forests, crossing the wetlands on fallen paperbark trees, walking to the quiet beaches through groves of ancient giant banksia trees and cypress pines.

The large lagoon and childrens playground has now been filled in and replaced with multi-level shopping arcades, but a sliver of open space has been retained. An arcade-width of imitation grass and shallow rectangular tiled water features with lounge chairs in pavilions, which resemble prison cells, timber and rope replacing iron bars, are the new playground. People were sitting within them enjoying the splashing of the imitation waterfalls.

Children were still evident. Several small groups of a dozen ten-year-old girls were following women on what may have been some kind of a school outing. All were well mannered and fashionably dressed in hot pants and wearing small amounts of tasteful makeup. They were earnestly viewing the window displays of exclusive and world famous international brand names featuring $50 knickers and $3000 handbags. Air-conditioning kept the simmering heat of early winter away and the sound of traffic muffled the breaking of waves of the coral-dead Coral Sea.

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Thursday, 10 March

01:05

School Garden Grows Stuff For 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

The school garden began the term with weeds a'plenty and all the impacts of the Summer heat and school break neglect.
But after a lot of recovery work the crops are a comin' on and the beds have been renovated. Because of the heat we've moved a lot of activities into the shade tunnel while outside has not been kind to many seedlings.
With the Autumn plantings due, the children have been growing our requirements from seed.
In production already are corn, luffas, zucchini, cucumbers, sunflowers, some herbs, lettuces, pumpkins, eggplant and tomatoes. 
With this rain all systems are go. 

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