Category: Earth Regeneration

Interweaving stories from her life and career as an activist and Green's Member of the WA Parliament, “Shades of Green'' walks us through the present state of our jarrah forests, presenting complex environmental issues in ways I easily absorbed and understood.

Highlights from Girls’ Trip, helping girls connect, have fun and grow

[Girls Trip] helps encourage creativity, and a broader range of thinking for parents and daughters. It raises confidence in both as well. – Linda Russell, mother What do you long for, for a girl you care about? That she has confidence to speak up, and show up, in whatever way […]

The Weedy One: Diego’s Fantastic Foraging Feast

Bundanon’s Spring Festival – “Siteworks 2015” On a Saturday in September we celebrated Spring with a bunch of art-lovers at Bundanon’s Siteworks 2015. The properties at Bundanon, and Riversdale were gifted to the Australian people by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd in 1993. The drive into the property winds through thick, […]

How the first train carriages came to spark placemaking

Forget travel to exotic climes. The glorious winter sun is streaming in the carriage windows, adorned with views of Stellar Violets garden, and thousands of apple trees giving over to slumber. Bright red steel baggage racks give bold architectural lines to the interiors. It’s flush with old red carpet floors, […]

Dreaming of aborous glory: Planting Trees for Mum on Mothers Day in 2015

Travelling and gardens don’t marry well. Maybe this is why recognising my inheritance of Mum’s passion for gardening took time to make itself known. I wandered gardens in faraway places, even had a cry in a meadow at Kew, because it was beautiful, and she had loved it there. When […]

Put your foot down | Biochar makes compost faster

What is Biochar? Biochar, or biological charcoal is an organic soil conditioner. It’s a carbon rich product made by putting any kind of plant material into a slow burning, oxygen-deprived environment. Carbon Sequestration Viewed through a certain lens, the greatest deficiency in Australian soils is carbon. Charcoal, “biochar,” is the […]

The Inaugural Right to Food Coalition

We attended the inaugural Right to Food Coalition in Casula, NSW, this week, and met a bunch of passionate people who are very aware of the need for access to food for everyone in Australia. The latest Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) report quoted at the conference indicates that: […]

Ecological gardens of France ~ Terre Vivante

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Terre Vivante, an educational garden farm in France held a special open day. Terre Vivante means “living earth”, and I’d wanted to visit ever since one of their lovely little preserving books fell into my hands. There was no public transport to the closest village. […]

Hidden gardens of France that inspired Stellar Violets ~ Jardin Bourian

In the wilds of south-west France we find ourselves in the dappled shade of giant oak and ash trees, at the beautiful Jardin Bourian – a community and demonstration organic garden near Dégagnac. We met one of the Jardin Bourian founders, Jocelyne Bécé, at Jacky Dupéty’s farm. Hearing of our […]

Meeting Jacky Dupéty & making soil with Ramial Chipped Wood

On a research trip in Europe we met with a french farmer named Jacky Dupéty, living in le Lot in south-west France. He creates living soils using an agro-forestry technique called Ramial Chipped Wood (RCW), or in french, le Bois Raméal Fragmenté (BRF). What does Ramial Chipped Wood involve? RCW […]

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