Buy local

Posted on February 13, 2019

By my early twenties, I had identified the passions that have since been the constant drivers in my life: social justice, community building, and care for the environment. Money wasn't on the list, but when I chanced upon a book about local economies, the penny dropped.


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Build your own baling box

Posted on January 17, 2019

From time to time we get asked about our simple-as plywood box for baling hay. Once you've seen the photo, you've probably figured out how to make your own, but for those who like detail, I've written some instructions. Please make sure to read the caution below the instructions.


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Energy-efficient driving

Posted on July 18, 2018

Owning a second-hand Nissan LEAF has changed the way I drive. Had I adopted these habits while driving a petrol-powered vehicle, I would have reduced my energy footprint even then.


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Appropriate scything

Posted on September 14, 2017

Wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh


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Make your own tortilla press

Posted on January 24, 2017

When our family moved from my husband's hometown in Tucson, USA, to our current home in Ashhurst, New Zealand, Phil just about went into root shock. No matter how hard we searched, there was no way we could buy preservative-free tortillas.


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