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Hidden Garden Food Security
Hidden Garden Food Security
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Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Christmas Island, IOT, AU
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Wet/Dry Tropical

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Hidden Garden Food Security

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Commercial, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

Permaculture design has many faces, here we are modelling food security for remote communiities. The project is based in converting community waste into fresh food production without depending on expenisive imports. We have designed food forests, open row systems and high production horticulture into the model. Of course, education is an integral part of modelling.

Project Description

Christmas Island Gets Its First Dam Transforming an old mining pit into a 5 million litre dam has proved to be quiet the mission and has required moving about 10,000 tonnes of soil. Considering we are moving 3 tonnes in a scoop with a 30 tonne excavator it proved achievable. The dam has to be lined due to the geology of the island. Christmas Island is in the middle of the India Ocean of Western Australia. Mark Bennet and Paul Taylor have been working on this 50 acre horticulture site for the past months and are getting ready to transform the site into a fresh food farm. Of course there is no production without the basics like water and sunshine, we have the sunshine so now we are prepared to collect the water. The Christmas Island site is 50 acres and is the largest private holding on the Island with 60% of the island national park and 30% of the island and active phosphate mine. The initiative is to produce fresh food for the 2000 permanent residents there using organic high production horticulture techniques based in Trust Natures Bio-Vital system. Christmas Island has a unique geology, as it is an upheaval of a coral reef with a volcano under it. The volcano pushed the coral reef 300 meters above the sea level and it has collected phosphate for millions of years. Since the island was settled in 1900 there has been no significant farming to provide fresh food for its 2000 residents. Food is flown in from Perth at a cost of $7-$10 per kilo making a simple lettuce cost as much as $20. This project is intended to be a model for food security and for food sovereignty for many remote communities.


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