Earth Day

Earth Day Special: Vandana Shiva and Maude Barlow on the Rights of Mother Earth.

This embedded video is from Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman.

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Swaraj: A Deeper Freedom

By Vandana Shiva

In Hind Swaraj, Gandhi exhorts using ‘soul force’ as a means to seek ‘right livelihood’ – which is what real freedom is all about.

In Hind Swaraj, Gandhi exhorts using ‘soul force’ as a means to seek ‘right livelihood’ – which is what real freedom is all about. Continue reading

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Chook saga 2

Part 1 is here.

So just as we were crossing our fingers for no more chooks becoming dog, cat or goanna lunches, I was up at the house when I heard a short chook alarm sound.  Continue reading

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Chook saga 1

We had a whole glorious year of free-ranging our chooks before the predators found them.  Continue reading

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Glyphosate: safe or sorry?

Reprinted from Organic Gardener: May/June 2010

Despite its reputation for being a relatively innocuous herbicide, recent research indicates that glyphosate may pose long-term dangers. Continue reading

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Mulch and compost

To buy or not to buy, that’s the question. Continue reading

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Hot

The last couple of days have been quite hot indeed.  Work in the garden has progressed slowly and mostly in the shade.  As we weed and water the little seedlings our thoughts turn to our much-discussed watering system fantasy.  Complete with timer. Continue reading

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The vegie planting plan

Here is what we plan (planned) to plant in 2010/11, starting from spring 2010.  Ta da!  Continue reading

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How much do you plant?

Being self-sufficient in water and energy is really just a matter of infrastructure (enough tanks/batteries/wood stoves etc) and learning how to use it. Being self-sufficient in food is another matter altogether. Continue reading

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Post-rain frog orgy

Green tree frogThe recent rains around here have been devastating for a lot of people, but fortunately we’re relatively insulated, and the main inconvenience for us is being kept awake at night by the gazillions of frogs being madly passionate (am I anthropomorphising?). Continue reading

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