cleaning off graffiti from around the town (that one of us thought was a good idea to do at the time),
building a new squat compost loo with SWAP, Isobel,
going for a little ride,
advertising for our first SWAP-intern suitable to work with the whole family, particularly Zeph,
and carried on with forest work and play,
Our little ensemble of community gardeners won best ‘float’, despite our on-foot-ness.
And hello Marta!
We went out of town with our mate Pete to collect some locally grown and milled timber. We’re going to build a number of things in the next few months.
With friends Mara, Kirsten and Kat we made a banner,
which will be used each year to mark January 26, terra nullius day at the Daylesford Town Hall.
We’ve been doing little fermenting experiments and loving the results.
Actually, Connor doesn’t need elderflower cider to fool around in the gloaming.
Connor and Marta have been hanging out working together, riding the tandem and generally keeping the home fires burning.
Because it’s a time of storing,
food forestry and many people staying,
pumpkins, citrus and kiwi fruiting,
keeping the mice numbers down,
and more storing.
Collecting materials from building sites, the tip, and having friends who gift large doors and windows (thanks Nicko and Elle), has enabled the planning of the north-facing greenhouse.
Our home is a busy mess of multiple projects, ferments and general productivity. We’re using the excessive affluence of industrial civilisation to transition to low-money, low-carbon lifeways before inevitable decline or collapse.
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I'm interested in how you got all of this started? I'm on an average sized block in the Adelaide hills suburb of Coromandel Valley and would love to share the fruit and nut trees and space with people who share my values. There's a whole strip down the end of my block with an empty shed, chook shed and space for an outdoor area or whatever someone can think of. I hate seeing it wasted with so many people looking for homes.
Hi Oakherder, that sounds like a great garden and orchard space to share. We started with small steps, little by little building community around food sharing and other types of sharing and gifting. For example we started community gardens and organised workshops on permaculture skills. Permaculture SA: https://www.facebook.com/permaculturesa/ may be a good place to visit if you don't know it already. There's also this film that may inspire too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BSSB2zf2CI You cld advertise on the SA permie FB page that you're looking for gardeners to co-work your plot. But if you get involved with community groups or gardens around your neighbourhood and build relationships first before offering your home garden space, it will probably be more successful. Running inspiring film nights at a neighbourhood centre is a great way to establish relationships with people who share your values. You could have a Happen Films night, showing a few of their videos, such as this incredible one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GJFL0MD9fc Hope this is of some help.
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