Ideas and ramblings about the permaculture design system
First published ABC Organic Gardener 2006.
WHAT CAN YOU SAY about a book by someone who wears pearls while gardening and who talks about being a ‘WWEW’ – a Wild Wise Elderly Woman? Nothing that would surprise her, that’s for sure… just good things.
Author: Russ Grayson 2006
THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT — Gleebooks has become the literary centre of Sydney. Not only does the bookshop in Glebe Point Road have a wonderfully diverse range of titles, it has a constant program of talks and book launches in its upstairs room. These literary evenings can be crowded.
PTD — Participatory Technology Development — is an approach that encourages farmers to try out new techniques, to monitor results and to make decisions about adopting new farming techniques.
First published 2003 by Russ Grayson.
IT IS WINTER on the Southern Highlands of NSW, a time when the warmth of the sun is weak and the cold south-westerly blows in from the snowfields. Yet, no matter how cold it is outside, to step into the yellow-orange mudbrick glow of this house is to enter an abode of warmth.
First published in Green Connections in 1998.
AFTER MORE THAN 20 years in the world of money, Damien Lynch wants more of it. He wants it not for selfish reasons, but to bring to life a project which would combine both profit and environment. Damien’s project, August Ecoforests, is the culmination of more than 18 sometimes difficult years pioneering the ethical investment industry in Australia.
Article by Russ Grayson 1997
RAIN FALLS and drains downslope, carrying the loose soil to accumulate in the valley below. Washed by millennia of runoff, the hills take a rounded shape of steep upper and gentler, lower slopes. Over time, trees and shrubs cloak the slopes and assume a pattern based on elevation and need for soil depth, tolerance to shade and wind and moisture requirements. NSW’s North Coast is a landscape shaped by water.