We appointed two new life members (congratulations Hannah Moloney and Della Cooper) and welcomed two new Committee members.
Congratulations to the 2019/2020 Committee: Kym (President), Amy (V/P), Katie (Newsletter), Gordon (Events), Kim (Treasurer), Kristy (Secretary), Sherry (Public Officer) and Alexia (Membership). Thanks to our outgoing Committee members, Claudia and Steph.
1. Tell me about Tiger Hill Permaculture – how it began, why permaculture Well, while spending several years doing permaculture consulting work overseas on commercial and aid projects, I was always searching for a hill station where I could set up a project to assist locals with research and development toward permaculture. Getting access to land was no problem but getting funding was. I had studied for some time with other teachers around Australia and completed two PDCs and part of an accredited permaculture training. My father introduced me to permaculture and when I did my first PDC, that feeling of wanting to be part of global change resonated with me. When needing to get experience in the field I packed my bags and headed off overseas as I had a burning desire to work with other cultures and do aid work. Fortunately when I returned to Australia I worked toward finding that special place and started looking nation wide. As my fathers family were from Tasmania, I looked this far afield and found Tiger Hill to fit all my search needs. My dream was always to create an educational community no matter where the location. So I invested in myself and have started setting up Tiger Hill Permaculture as a farm forestry model based on permaculture design. Now I take up to 60 volunteers annually and teach them practical skills towards sustainable living. I am totally self funded from salary.
2. What permaculture principles are in action at THP? Major large scale water harvesting and storage systems, small scale water harvest and storage, gravity irrigation, capture and store food resources (preserving), companion planting, zoning, edge systems, recycling, organic food production, care for the earth, care for people, windbreak systems and multi-functional systems.
3. What are the greatest successes & challenges with THP? One of the greatest achievements is that we can grow up to 90% of our food resources here. The biggest challenge is the lack of full time participation as mostly we get people for 1 or 2 weeks which is not sustainable while I am working FIFO (fly in, fly out) from WA.
4. What is your favourite photo(s) of Tiger Hill Permaculture and why?
Photo 1: Chalet
Photo 2: Compost toilet
Photo 3: People Care
Photo 4: Catch and store energy
5. Why did you become a member of PT – and why do you think Permaculture is important for folks to get involved with? I had been doing so much work alone here and sometimes I forget there is a bigger group of people networking out there. We are finally getting some results here and now is the time to get workshops happening to showcase the results. I think it’s important for people to start making any shift towards more sustainable living. While governments don’t seem to be doing enough for supporting where our food comes from, sometimes we just have to do things ourselves. Change the thinking of one person at a time if it is necessary to start a cultural shift towards this permaculture design science.
6. Anything else you’d like folks to know? We accept help all year round and have started reaching out for long term interns (practical skills trainees). If people are interested to learn to project manage a project and consider share farming arrangements please get in touch with details on our website www.tigerhillpermaculture.net
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.