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22 Acre Rural Residence
22 Acre Rural Residence
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Beechwood, NSW, AU
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Warm Temperate

Carol Bruce Carolyn Payne-Gemmell Christine Bauer Daniel Fabian Kim BEST Matt Luthi
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22 Acre Rural Residence

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22 acres of rural residential property on the Hastings River. Emphasis on restoring fertility and constant experiments with plant and animal systems. An on-swale food forest is the largest system we've installed.

Project Description

This property is our home of 2.5 years that we're trying to turn productive using permaculture principles and design techniques.

Among our challenges:  Deer, rabbits, and wallabies which graze down anything we plant.  Weeds that don't conform to the permaculture weed view of weeds-as-repairers (eg. fireweed and paramatta grass).  A 30-year old "passive-aggressive solar" home (it gets full sun in the summer).  And the usual time, money and experience limitations.

Working the land for us are weeds, meat rabbits, goats,  a few cows, chooks, muscovy geese, hideously noisy guinea fowl, and of course chooks.

Successes so far: healthy, breeding animals, observed increases in insect and plant diversity and health, swales built and groundcover established, bamboo thriving, dams cleaned, solar hot water installed, extra insulation installed and pumpkins - LOTS of pumpkins!

Someday we hope this property is a shining example of how well permaculture works.  We'll be selling surplus, hosting WOOFers and PDCs.  Until then, during its "awkward adolescent" phase, we hope to attract permies to come see what early days are like for a permaculture rehab project and to offer expertise and advice.



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