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Merri Bee Organic Farm
Merri Bee Organic Farm
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Thomas Rd, Nannup, Western Australia, AU
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Alexander Ihlo Alexandra Berendt Amanda McLennan Charles Otway Charlie Jones Dan Boulton Jarod Santana João Gonçalves Klifford J Fyshwick Leeanna Farrell Lindsay Cocks Peter Hipe Terry Haven William Park
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Merri Bee Organic Farm

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Rural, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Political

Project Summary

Merri Bee Organic Farm has been developing a Permaculture for 25 years, and has become a demonstration site for many of the principles and strategies of Permaculture design.

Project Description

 Merri Bee Organic Farm is creating perennial abundance to satisfy human needs locally ( eg food, water, shelter, energy, community and wilderness) , whilst restoring a cleared , steep piece of rural land on the banks of the Blackwood river, just outside the town of Nannup. Our farm is designed as a ‘closed loop’ system, in which the yields and by-products of one element are used to satisfy the needs of another, constantly circulating and transforming energy and nutrient by passing it through multiple elements. Special emphasis is given to biodiversity and soil improvement. Our soil was poor non wetting sand in many places but increasing  soil biodiversity has now allowed gardens to flourish even in severe drought.  We are exploring and demonstrating the principles of Permaculture, and after 25 years we can see they work! Achievemnets include building  mudbrick and recycled timber solar passive home and numerous animal shelters,a food forest of 80 plus types of useful plant , solar hot water and photovoltaics, compost heated water, food and water security, the creation of a right livlihood for a family supplying others organic food, a grey water system, swales, a wicking bed, revegetated hills and  beautiful soil.     Recently started  running courses here, inspiring others to get responsible for their own food, water, energy needs and waste management. Keen to build a biogas plant as a community project! Also on the list: a woodfired oven, a chinampa system and cellar as a fire bunker and vege  storage. Thanks to Bill who inspired us and thousands more!


Wicking Bed

We created a wicking bed in early Autumn to demonstrate how little water is used in this system. Lettuces are possible again!

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