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ON THE VINE
MYSTWOOD HARVEST • Tanya Jenkyn from Esperance in WA, is EG’s herb writer and recent back-to-the-lander. Here Tanya describes her family’s exciting plunge into the world of market gardening and CSA food growing for local families.
should I stay or SHOULD I GO? • Jill Redwood, EG’s stalwart defender of wildlife and wild forests, describes the awful day last summer when she fought raging bushfires to defend her beautiful farm in far East Gippsland’s Goongerah valley.
CHOOK IQ • Claire Bickle of Brisbane is EG’s long-time chook expert. Here she discusses the evidence that chickens are not so bird-brained after all.
Life is Good • EG’s permaculture elder, Bruce Hedge of Newham in Victoria, explains how his family prepared for the devastating bushfire season that now seems so distant.
Hazelcombe Happenings • Hazelcombe Farm is an inspiring beacon of sustainable living located in a fertile valley about 50 km east of Mudgee in NSW. Hazelcombe is run by an indefatigable couple, Nicki and Dan Power. Regular readers will know that they have written for Earth Garden over the years. Nicki and Dan power through so many fascinating sustainable living activities in the course of an average year so we’re continuing a regular series of snippets from Hazelcombe. For more details about the events at Hazelcombe, visit their website: www.hazelcombefarm.com.au.*
Slow SHELTE • Tara Luca from Olive Gap Farm in northern NSW describes her family’s ‘Adventures in creating space’.
A RAIN OF Small Kindness • Jackie French, EG’s living treasure, has just been through the summer season of bushfire hell. Here Jackie describes how to help people suffering after this trauma.
Darn that HOLEY SOCK! • Jo Roberts from northern Tasmania has written some wonderfully-witty yarns (sorry) for EG in recent times. Here she helps us revisit the ancient and neglected joy of darning.
Rules for our NEW FIRE WORLD • Dr Barry Traill is EG’s former ‘Dr Wildlife’ — a hugely-popular column he wrote for years. Barry’s a volunteer firefighter, ecologist, and head of a major national environment group. Here is his personal take on last summer’s fires, and where to from here.
everyone loves Jake • Steven French continues his delightful series of snapshots from his family farm in northern Tasmania.
CHOOKIPEDIA • Claire Bickle of Brisbane, EG’s much-admired chook guru, imparts more chook wisdom answering the tough questions.
Cauliflower and AVOCADO TREATS • Jessie Kapitola of Perth continues her nutritional look at gardening and cooking with kids.
in times of darkness . . . LET A LITTLE LIGHT IN • Rachel Altenbacher, EG’s much-loved permaculture homesteader from the mid-north coast of NSW, describes a few of the twists and turns she endured over last bushfire season and its Covid lockdown aftermath.
Ma and Pa PERMACULTURE • Troy Roberts and Sophie Manolas share their journey of establishing Ma and Pa permaculture on the NSW Mid North Coast alongside a community of our younger generation seeking to improve their quality of life — including their good friend, EG writer, Rachel Altenbacher.
MAKE YOUR OWN solar food dryer • As the sun climbs higher in the sky over Spring, Nev Sweeney of St Clair in NSW shows us how building a cheap homemade solar food dryer can be a fun project.
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