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Food Forests

Come for a tour of a few of our small food forests to learn what they are, the plants we’ve included and how they play a key role in our steep landscape.

This is the 11th video in our Good Life For All series. Each Monday I’ll pop up a video to help inspire folks in building climate resilience for their homes and communities.

How can food forests help build climate resilience?

Two key ways are…

  1. Food forests are perennial plant systems. Perennial landscapes have minimal disturbance to the soil and have abundant soil cover with a diverse range of plants. Overall, perennial landscapes are more stable and on a large scale can help store significant amounts of carbon in the ground. Great for countering the climate emergency.
  2. When it comes to food production, once established perennial food systems like food forests can produce more crops with less inputs for longer amounts of time. This is highly useful to build resilience into our food production patterns.

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How To Make Yoghurt (video)

Making your own yoghurt doesn’t have to involve buying new machines/gear. It just involves your existing pots and pans, time and some mature yoghurt to get the party started!

The latest video in our Good Life For All series shows you exactly how – I love making these little videos as a way to support people to build home and community resilience – especially in the face of the climate emergency.

How does making yoghurt build climate resilience?

  • In times of disruption (i.e. covid, climate change), food outlets have approximately only 4 – 7 days of food stocked on their shelves. When we learn more skills around how to make some of our own food, we become less dependent on shops to provide it to us.
  • Making your own yoghurt can help prevent food waste. You can make yoghurt from slightly sour milk which you’d normally avoid eating. The more we eliminate food waste the better… In Australia alone, around 40% of landfill is pure food waste. Once there, it’s buried and compacted with mixed waste where it becomes anaerobic and produces methane gases. A toxic gas which is up to 25 x more harmful than Carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • Making yoghurt can contribute with resource resilience, i.e saving some $$$ and reduce the amount of plastic being used in your home.

You can watch all about it below and also read an older blog I wrote about it here.

BUT FIRST: I made a significant typo in the vid captions. When I talk about heating the milk, it should say 80 degrees Celsius (not Fahrenheit). Sorry! I blame it on late night editing!

This is the 10th video in our Good Life For All series. Each Monday I’ll pop up a video to help inspire folks in building climate resilience for their homes and communities.

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A Reading From My Book, ‘The Good Life’

This past week I launched my book in nipaluna at the Town Hall with Kirsten Bradley and 300 other new and old friends. It was very special for me to be able to share this moment with so many beautiful souls.

Dear friend, Kirsten Bradley and me 🙂

To celebrate the book coming out into the world, this week’s ‘Good Life For All’ video* is a reading of the last chapter of my book!

While the book includes lots of practical tips for the home, kitchen and garden – at its heart it’s about how to grow a better world (and a good life) for all. This little snippet gives you more insight into just that :-).

*This is the 6th video in our Good Life For All series. Each Monday I’ll pop up a video to help inspire folks in building climate resilience for their homes and communities.

You can snaffle a copy of your own at your local bookshop or online here. 

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Worm Farm Tour

As part of our Good Life For All videos we’re uploading to Youtube weekly, I filmed a little tour of our large worm farm to show folks how it works and why we love it so much. Enjoy!

DID YOU KNOW: Keeping food scraps out of landfill and returning them to the Earth isn’t just about benefiting your patch. It’s also wonderfully effective in preventing methane emissions – a toxic gas up to 28x more harmful than C02… So when you’re composting – you’re taking part in a meaningful climate solution.

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You can see previous worm farm related blogs I’ve written over the years below:

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How To Prune A Young Fruit Or Nut Tree

For our second video in our Good Life For All series I show you how to prune a young fruit or nut tree. This method can be used for most fruit trees to shape them for maximum yield.

Pruning can be confusing

For anyone who’s researched pruning, you’ll notice there’s an overwhelming amount of ways to prune a fruit/nut tree. So it can become confusing to know which one is the the “right” way. Over the years I’ve tried a range of methods and you know what – most of them have worked. My point being, don’t freak out if someone tells you you’ve done it wrong, trees want to grow and, even if you do make a mistake, they’ll heal/come back and continue to mature into fruiting beauties.

This video is a prime example of just that…. Technically I should have held off to prune these almond trees until summer (as that’s when folks recommend you prune all stone fruit to avoid the risk of a disease called Cytospora canker), however I needed to treat them for rust which involved spraying a lime sulphar and copper spray on them before spring (same treatment you use for curly leaf on stone fruit). I also really needed to shape them before they put too much energy into growing into a shape I didn’t want. Pruning them in late winter made these things possible. ALSO I’ve pruned lots of stone fruit in winter over the years out of necessity and they’re all still healthy. But I do try and stick to the rules as much as possible – life just often doesn’t work out like that!

I hope you enjoy this weeks video :-).

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Winter Property Tour

Today I’m launching a new series of weekly Youtube videos. I’m calling this series Good Life For All as I’m really keen to help share practical skills for building home and community resilience towards a climate safe and just future. Because while we have an incredibly abundant and good life – I’m much more interested in helping everyone have their own version of a good life.

So every Monday morning I’ll drop a new video with me showing you a skill in our garden, community or kitchen to help you live a good life, anywhere, anytime.

This first video is a winter property tour so you can get a sense of where we are and what we’re doing. There’s still so much to do on our property – but it’s already punching above its weight, providing us (and our loved ones) with food and deep joy.

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The Good Life: How To Grow A Better World – My book!

Some exciting news!

I wrote a book, it’s arriving in bookstores on August 31st and is now available for pre-order here. 

The Good Life: How To Grow A Better World is all about how to live a good life in the face of the climate emergency. 

From growing your own food to composting, building a rocket stove to car sharing, this book is centred around showing people how living an ordinary life can make an extraordinary contribution to countering the climate emergency. Whether you have a large farm, a half-acre, a backyard, a tiny balcony or no balcony at all, there are tips and tricks to suit everyone.

I also want to say that writing this book was an incredible experience for me. It’s been a steep learning curve (to say the least) and also an exercise in vulnerability and backing myself. In a world which doesn’t always foster either of those things, I’m equal parts stoked and terrified to stretch myself – all to help grow a better world *for all*.

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