Plastics Reduction: The Long Journey

Posted on August 16, 2019

Life after plastic-free July

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Posted on April 1, 2019

Celebrating natural darkness

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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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Signs of a cultural spring

Posted on November 4, 2018

A few days ago, some daisies blooming and plantains seeding in a recently mown caught my eye. Then my friend Helen sent me a photo announcing the proximal coming of a zero-waste grocer.

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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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No till vege gardens

Posted on December 19, 2017

In August 2017, Phil & I taught a food gardens module of our permaculture design course. As a practical exercise, participants planted up two beds at the Ashhurst Community Library Garden. This post provides a bit of follow-up on those gardens, largely for the benefit of participating students who may not have all returned to Ashhurst to see how well their gardens fared.

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Appropriate scything

Posted on September 14, 2017

Wisdom from Thich Nhat Hanh

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Garden redesign

Posted on February 10, 2017

Eleven years after moving into our Ashhurst home, we finally decided to redesign the beautiful gardens to the north of our home.

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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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