Tasmanian showcasing Tassie Wild Foods, Beaconsfield this Saturday
Rees Campbell, Wynyard based author of Eat Wild Tasmanian, will present a
Tassie Wild Food workshop in Beaconsfield this Saturday 1st June
“Our Tasmanian edible
native plants should be so much more than just “gourmet garnishes” on
the edge of expensive restaurant dishes, they can be the main event in a home-cooked
family meal, says Ms Rees Campbell, aka Feisty Tasmanian.
“We want to promote
Tasmanian plants as useful, functional, edible…conservation through
gastronomy. Almost all of these plants can be easily grown in our gardens –
they are, after all, Tasmanian natives,” says Ms Campbell.
Rees will be showcasing a variety of
Tasmanian Wild Foods, many grown in her Wynyard property Murnong Wild Food
Garden, including recipes and food tastings.
“We are thrilled to host this
workshop to learn more about Tassie Wild Foods that we can and can’t eat,”
says Ms Kym Blechynden, President, Permaculture Tasmania.
“Many people are unaware of the
amazing foods we can grow and eat that are from Tasmania. In addition to the
great taste, eating locally grown foods means low food miles and less impact on
the environment than if our food was flown in from overseas, says Ms
Rees Campbell is the
Wynyard based author of Eat Wild
Tasmanian, which explores 138 edible Tasmanian native plants. It shows you
what they look like and how to grow them, as well as 100 recipes to enjoy. For
more information: https://feistytasmanian.com/
Media contact: Ms Kym Blechynden 0402 317 812 email@example.com
Photo opportunity and interviews with Kym and Rees in the lead up to the
event in Wynyard and Launceston, and on Saturday 1st June from 10am
at Beaconsfield House, Grubb Street. There will be a variety of Tasmanian Wild
Foods – as fresh ingredients and various prepared recipes – to taste and
” We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams “ A. O’Shaughnessy
Some days we stare at each other in enraptured glee. We are tired, but our hands are dirty and our eyes are shining. Some days we look at each other in exasperation, bamboozled by some new bureaucratic hoop or miscommunication. Some days we think this will never end. Some days we lie and watch the clouds from our bus and remember how fickle and fleeting this now is.
In the midst of PDC wonderland (circe 2013), the idea of buying a piece of old pastured land and starting from scratch seemed so romantic. We dreamed of building our own home, regenerating soil, planting an orchard. These days, as the dream is becoming a reality, we have more and more respect for those who’ve realised this dream before us. I remember being told on our PDC that the first two years of setting up a permaculture property were the hardest. One year and 4 months in, I can only say, I hope that is true. What we are doing is hard work. However, the dream is still alive. It lives on in in our daughter’s connection to food and in our belief that hard work for the land we steward is worthwhile.
There are many ethical ways to build a house. Some people build out of earth, some people build out of recycled tyres, some people build tiny houses. Context is everything. For many reasons, we chose to relocate a salvaged house to our block. The use of a salvaged home may not be very common in Tasmania, but in Queensland people do it all the time. We trucked the house from Hobart and a massive crane lifted it from the roadside into place on our block. We found our house on Gumtree, actually we sourced most of the materials for our house and its renovation there. With so much waste in building, we felt drawn to the idea of recycling a home.
While all of the council approvals, relocation and renovation has been happening, we have been living in a converted bus, with our now two year old daughter. It certainly has been an adventure.
At every opportunity we try to reuse second-hand materials on our build (we frequent tip shops, op shops and gumtree), or use excess materials from others. We have bought new items as legally required, for example bathroom fittings, however we have often managed to find these items on clearance sales and ex-display models. We have also had to find ways to ask for help, something we are not very adept at doing. Throughout May we have held weekly busy bees, enabling our friends, including members of the local permaculture community to help us out in a structured and effective way. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our community, by the kindness and keenness of others. It has reminded us that we are all in this together, and encouraged us to share our story more and more.
Our life is very different now. In Margaret River, WA, we had a mortgage, we worked 5 days a week, and we spent our weekends hurriedly trying to save seeds and make compost. Moving to Tasmania, we felt that we had a fair shot at setting our lives up differently, less focused on financial income and more focused on food production and family. We earn money pruning fruit trees in people’s gardens (and teaching people basic pruning) over Autumn and Winter, while our daughter runs around collecting sticks and eating hummus in the sunshine (or rain). The rest of the year, we do permaculture design and implementation and organic garden maintenance. We were very fortunate to have financial help/inheritance from Macca’s family. It has enabled us to set our lives up in this way. However, we have stretched it as far as possible. We have made it work as hard as we could for the life we wanted.
For those out there dreaming this dream, we see you. We know what’s ahead of you. To those out there living this life, we see you, we know there are days, weeks even, when you want to give up. We know your joy and we know your pain. To those who have realised this dream, we salute you, we know what you have achieved and your successes give us strength and push us forward when we do not know how to continue. We see you.
Love and seeds,
Heather, Macca and Lux @happyvalleypermaculture
P.S We are considering running a half day course on the ins and outs of the process of building using a salvaged house. It’s likely to be run in the Huon Valley, but we are open to suggestions. To express interest in this kind of course, or if you have further questions about any of what we so, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture, returns to the state where the movement began for series of presentations in Launceston (May 18th) and Hobart (May 25th).
Based in some of the history and research from his groundbreaking, recent book, Retrosuburbia: The Downshifters Guide To A Resilient Future, David will be presenting Aussie St: Our Shared Suburban History and Future, which tells the story of how Australians have lived their lives from the postwar era, through decades of rising affluence and lifestyle change up to today, and what we can do to flourish in the future.
Aussie St is a permaculture soap opera, made real by masterful storytelling that sounds a warning and clarion call for direct action on the home front. The presentation is also a window into the rich palette of design solutions and tips that Holmgren has explored throughout his celebrated career. David’s work is rightly revered around the world, and has changed many thousands of lives.
Come and be inspired by his unique vision during this rare visit to permaculture’s home state of Tasmania.
Katie returned to Tasmania in 2010 after living in Perth, WA, for ten years. She now can’t imagine calling anywhere else in the world ‘home’. Residing on Hobart’s Eastern Shore, Katie is especially interested in Permaculture in suburban properties. Hoping to someday own goats and chickens, she currently navigates (with varying success) the household and gardening challenges presented by an energetic and curious young canine family member.
Katie is responsible for our monthly newsletter, as well as liaison with our Permaculture Tasmania ‘locals groups’, including looking at setting up a locals group in the Hobart/Eastern shore area.
A *huge* welcome to the *fabulous* Heather who has joined the Permaculture Tasmania team this week. Heather’s role will be as our @PermacultureTasmania Instagram guest poster, sharing inspiring posts about Permaculture principles and activities in action from across Tassie.
Heather and her husband Macca moved to the Huon valley, from Margaret River, WA, a year ago. She is a recovering High School English teacher, a mum and a passionate gardener. She studied her PDC under Jeff Nugent at Fair Harvest Permaculture with Macca and her Mum in 2013. After completing her PDC, Heather went on to teach Introductions to Permaculture and sections of PDCs at Fair Harvest as part of their teaching team. She and Macca now work as Permaculture designers and design implementers. In their spare time they work on their salvaged house and their own gardens. And in their spare time from that, they eat good food, drink coffee, brew and drink homebrew, try to rest and be mindful and laugh at how much they still have to learn.
Check out our Instagram page for some inspiration and great ideas as she starts posting this week! Don’t forget to use #PermacultureTasmania for any posts you’d like to share too.
Our *wonderful* membership officer Amy has been working on additional membership benefits with different partners. We are *thrilled* to announce a new member partnership with Apiwraps Beeswax and Kitchen Wraps.
“Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps is a business built on a firm foundation of quality, ethics and care and they are committed to a sustainable and useful alternative to plastic food storage. Apiwraps Beeswax Wraps are a healthy, eco-friendly, sustainable replacement for plastic wrap. They are handcrafted in Australia from local beeswax and GOTS Certified Organic cotton along with natural pine resin and organic coconut oil and packaged in hygienic recycled paper envelopes.”
Permaculture Tasmania current financial members will receive a *generous* 15% discount on purchases from the online store including the multipack specials (and excluding subscriptions). To access your discount code, please contact email@example.com (with the subject line – membership officer).
Check out the website for more information: https://www.apiwraps.com.au/