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Chris McLeod
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Joined:
09/03/2011
Last Updated:
19/03/2011
Location:
Victoria, Australia
Climate Zone:
Cool Temperate
Gender:
Male
Web site:
ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/





My Projects

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Fernglade Farm

Fernglade Farm

Cherokee, AU


Projects

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Mushroom Cultivation in Small Scale SF Permaculture Demonstration Site Gateway Gardens City yard project Family Sustainability Sailchearnach
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About Chris McLeod

I came across a copy of "Introduction to Permaculture" by Bill Mollison back in 1994 and haven't looked back. After this time I started getting concerned about our food chain, because I realised that the fruit that I was purchasing from the market in Melbourne had little to no taste. From there I began growing my own fruit trees and seeking out specialist orchardists who really cared about their fruit.

Well, 300+ diverse fruit trees, 12 chooks, 12 raised no dig vegetable, herbs and experiments with hugelkultur beds later, I find myself up in the cool temperate environment of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria.

The house I live in is disconnected from all services other than road maintenance by the council. There is no garbage pickup, no drainage, no water, no sewerage, no power. All the infrastructure that people take for granted, I have had to supply.

• Power is through off grid solar which I sourced the parts for and wired up myself
• Drain water is collected in drains and distributed through pipes into the orchard and swales
• Water is collected from the roof and stored in above ground tanks. The soil is too well drained to maintain a dam
• Sewerage is processed in a worm farm which requires no energy or desludging and the resulting worm tea and vermicast is distributed into an area set aside for the benfit of the native animals who graze in the orchard
• All organic garbage is disposed of through the worm farm. All other recyclable materials are deposited in the recycled materials bay at the local waste transfer station. Only a small amount of plastic is collected and disposed of.

I built the house myself too (yes, I'm very fond of all 60,000+ nails!).

The Macedon Ranges is also in a very high bushfire risk area so the house has many mostly passive and some active methods of protection against this scenario. It has been constructed to the highest required standard of the new bushfire building standard AS3959-2009 and I am willing to take questions in relation to this.

There's allways something going on here, so if there is any demand for it (ie. people join), I'll post updates.

Regards.

Updates

Sprinter

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)

Game of Bones

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For a vegetarian

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Weekly notes from Poopy!

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Repo Man

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Learn to learn

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Bean counting

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The Table Bunch

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CBF

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Wombat with the good hair

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Three little birds

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Allergic

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Magic couch ride

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Twelve monsters

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Twelve monsters

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Twelve monsters

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The Devil went down to Cherokee

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Stuff wallabies like

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Summer has left the building

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Endless Summer

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Friend or Foe?

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The early worm gets the bird

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A little bit more sunlight

This week has involved work on increasing the off grid solar electric capacity here at the farm. I also include a link to a video I recently uploaded showing the chicken enclosure, hen house and gravity fed water capture and distribution systems.

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

This is a link to my weekly blog showing all of the things going on at the Permaculture designed and Organic farm here in the South Eastern corner of Australia. This week I'm writing about water and hopefully giving people a new perspective on plant life

Posted about 3 years ago (0 comments)

Talkin 'bout waste

The waste heirachy

Posted over 6 years ago (3 comments)

Soil repairs after earthworks

How to start repairing the topsoil after it's been squashed by a 20 tonne excavator

Posted over 6 years ago (2 comments)

All about earthworks

This week, I've had a 20 tonne excavator helping out!

Posted over 6 years ago (0 comments)
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