Sustainable living

A taste of permaculture

March 2010

I’m just back from the Gardening Australia Expo in Adelaide where apart from selling subscriptions and magazines, I was able to link up with friends and permaculture contacts.

Grand poultry design

Grand poultry design

March 2010

Chook lover from birth, KATE FEAIN, tells the story of the 'Chook Clock' - her ultimate poultry house and garden design - then gives some more modest pointers on how to care for and house chooks.

Swan Eggs, Valley Of The Mists Wetlands

Valley of the Mist

February 2010

Dennis and Marilyn Ryan grow native foods and organic citrus on their property near Macksville (NSW), but caring for the valuable wetland that laps their backyard is just as big a passion. MARC LLEWELLYN visits.

Pete's Patch

February 2010

Tino Carnivale maintains Peter Cundall's vegie patch at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.
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Honourable farming

December 2009

Organic farmer and author, Michael Ableman, wants to see honour return to the art of farming, and every local community growing food. RYAN SANGARA visited his Foxglove Farm in British Columbia .

From dirt farming to green farming

December 2009

Phillip Adams, on his regular ABC Radio program Late Night Live, recently spoke with two experts on the topic of carbon sequestration, reforesting the land and the future of our soils – extensively damaged through modern agriculture. Here is an edited transcript of the discussiom.

Lessons from Nino

December 2009

MARC LLEWELLYN, the author of Finding Nino - a Seachange in Italy, reveals how an Italian peasant farmer sparked his love of organic gardening.

Back in Australia, his love affair with home-grown produce has flourished.

Sweet Success

December 2009

Craig Sams was a pioneer of the natural food movement in the ’60s, going on to establish the most successful organic chocolate company in the UK. He talks to SIMON WEBSTER about food, business and gardening.

Slow food Italia

December 2009

It had been my dream for years to head to Italy and seek out the essence of the Slow Food movement. Astonishingly, on a tight budget but with good preparation, my dream swiftly came together this year and before it could be frightened away, I found myself hurtling down 'Slow Food Street' in Bra - the northern Italian city where it all began.

Backyard beekeeping

December 2009

It was a climactic moment when I strapped a beehive to the back of the ute and brought home 60,000 micro livestock. I almost felt like a real farmer. It was climactic because for years I've been reading books, watching DVDs and attending field days in anticipation of exactly this moment. Nevertheless, I felt woefully inexperienced to take on backyard beekeeping.

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