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Permaculture

Ideas and ramblings about the permaculture design system

Sustainability in Australia – a few ideas

July 13, 2007 |

First published: 2007

HE WAS QUITE DEFINITE ABOUT IT: “Saving the world is about saving ourselves. The world does not need us. We need to go native, to stop being a European society in Australia. We need to become an Australian society”.

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Guidance from a real earth keeper

July 24, 2006 | 2
 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.

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Words of advice to environmentalists

February 1, 2006 |

Author: Russ Grayson 2006

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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.

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Participatory approach introduces new methods to growers

September 1, 2004 | 2

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.

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Australian backyards productive places

August 26, 2004 |

WAY BACK IN 1992, the Australian Bureau of Statistics did something as unusual as it was useful. It assessed the productivity of Australia’s home gardens.

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Comfortable mudbrick on the Southern Highlands

July 13, 2003 |

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.

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Four ways of reading the land

August 26, 1998 |

Story & photographs: Russ Grayson 1998

An ability to read the landscape is a critical skill for landscape designers, farmers and other landusers.

David Holmgren describes four techniques that have proven of value.

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The man who brought ethics to investment

July 20, 1998 | 1

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.

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A new ecological restoration to feed people

August 26, 1997 | 2

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.

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