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Home Harvest 2022

We’ve just wrapped up our third Home Harvest. It was so good that I’m sharing it with you here. But first, what even is it??

Funded by the City of Hobart and supported by Eat Well Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania, Home Harvest is a one day self guided edible garden tour around the nipaluna/Hobart region. The key objective is to help inspire people to use the land they have to grow some of the food they need – all towards building home and community resilience. But why? Growing food has such a large range of benefits related to health and wellbeing – physically and mentally, plus an established veggie patch can also help save some money.

Jess and George in their stunning urban garden

But what I’m very interested in is helping people to strengthen their communities to be robust in the face of disruption. We’re living through the climate emergency and climate scientists are repeatedly telling us to expect increasing shocks. Spending time *now* building resilience is critical in helping to try and make these upcoming shocks less shocking. Increasing our food security by growing some food in our gardens, community spaces and on our balconies can be part of this.

Visitors wondering through Outside The Box garden

The delightful and multi-talented Dusty and Chris who I was lucky to work with on Gardening Australia – you can watch and learn more about their story here. 

Home Harvest is a joyful exploration of what’s possible in urban spaces and reminds people that cityscapes are still landscapes. It shows people what’s possible from the smallest patch to steep slopes, rental properties, community spaces and expansive backyards. This year we increased the number of gardens participating to 18 and had over 1300 people move through them in one day. We also managed to do some live stream tours through four of them which you can watch them below.

Darling Belinda in her spectacular garden

My hope is that some of you reading this will have a crack at organising a similar event in your own community. It can be wonderfully simple and be as small or as big as big as you have the energy for. It might just be you and two mates opening your gardens, or you can look for funding to make it a grand affair. The main thing I’m trying to help people realise is that doing something (anything) towards growing a better world is far better than doing nothing. I look forward to hearing about what you create in your own neighbourhoods!

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Home Harvest Host Call Out!

We’re happy to announce we’re working with Eat Well Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania to hold our third annual “Home Harvest” garden tour in the Hobart region!  Special thanks to the City of Hobart for funding this great initiative.

Home Harvest is going to be a one day event on Saturday March 5th, 2022 in and around Hobart where productive gardens open their gates to invite the public in to have a look – best day ever right?! The main aim is that people are inspired to start (or continue) to grow their own food to increase local resilience and for all round general health and wellbeing.

Right now we’re doing a big callout to find more productive gardens in the Hobart municipality who’d like to be included. For more information, read on below…

Applications have now closed – the event is coming up on March 5th – you can book here!

HOST INFORMATION

To be a host you need these things:

  • A productive garden! This can be tiny, small, large or massive – there are no limitations on scale and we aim to show a large range of diverse gardens of all shapes and sizes. A productive garden can include vegetables beds, orchards, animals, compost systems – or it might be a balcony garden with one herb garden. We want them all!
  • To be in the either in, or very close to the Hobart municipality.
  • Up for a chat – they’ll be a lot of questions on the day and you’ll be required to show people around and explain what’s happening in your patch.
  • Available on March 5th for a set amount of hours. The hours you open your gate are up to you and will be clearly promoted so people only come in this time.
  • Passionate about growing food in urban spaces!
  • You can be a private garden or a community space and we wholeheartedly welcome people who are renting.
  • Your garden should be a real, productive garden – it does not have to be picture-perfect. Visitors want to learn and get inspired, and if you meet all the above criteria, your garden will be perfect as it is.

Keen? click here to sign up today!

WHAT SUPPORT DO YOU RECEIVE TO DO THIS?

  • There is a small fee to reimburse you for your time of $100.
  • We will provide you with a “Home Harvest” host sign that can be attached to your fence/gate so people know you are part of the tour and can easily find you.
  • Good Life Permaculture will organise all bookings in consultation with you so you can control how many people come and when.
  • Prior to the day we’ll drop off some free gardening resources you can hand out to visitors to help them get growing and composting.
  • Staying COVID safe: We take our communities health and wellbeing very seriously. We will drop off covid-safe information posters, visitor tracking sheets and hand sanitiser. You will need to tell us your maximum number of visitors at any given time (1 person per 2sqm is the current guideline, but you can certainly make it less).

PRIVACY

We respect your privacy and won’t publish your home address on our website. Instead, we’ll provide a brief profile of each garden on our website and a general location in Hobart (i.e. suburb). Once people book in to your garden, we’ll provide only those people with your address details in a private email.

IS HOME HARVEST FREE FOR FOLKS?

Yes, for people wanting to come along on the day there’s no charge at all.

Applications have now closed – the event is coming up on March 5th – you can book here!

Home Harvest is a partnership project between Good Life Permaculture, Eat Well Tasmania, supported by Sustainable Living Tasmania and funded by the City of Hobart.

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6 Hacks For Easy Chook Keeping

If you’re looking to start keeping chickens, or are wanting to tweak and refine your current system, this video is for you.

I’ve summarised just six hacks which will transform you and your chicken’s lives and included some more links to other highly useful things you can do in the resources list at the end of this blog.

This is the 14th 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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Managing Your Perennial Kale “Trees”

This week I’ve put together a little follow up video on the “Perennial Kale Trees” video I did around a month ago.  I explain how you manage the plants once they go to seed or get invaded by aphids – which happens to us all!

This little video shows you a simple way you can navigate it all and keep the plant going for a good few years. Enjoy!

This is the 13th 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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Edible Flowers

You may not realise that so many of the flowers in your garden can actually feature in your next meal.  In this latest Good Life For All video I take you for a stroll through our garden where I harvest and eat seven different flowers.

This is the 12th 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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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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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.

More resources

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

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