EARTH GARDEN is Australia’s original journal of sustainable living for householders seeking a more eco-conscious lifestyle. For more than 40 years the supportive network of Earth Gardeners has been guiding and reflecting the movement away from high- consumption lifestyles.
ON THE VINE
Ecoburbia ecstasy • Shani Graham and her partner Tim Darby run the innovative WA enterprise called Ecoburbia*. Long-time readers will be familiar with their completely-inspiring adventures to make suburbia inclusive, friendly and sustainable. Here Shani fills us in on their latest amazing adventures in community happiness.
setting up the dream • In the Upper Lachlan Shire, the Gundungurra people are the traditional custodians of 30 acres of land that Beth Wyatt stumbled upon recently.
WEAVING, YARNING AND community fibres • Rachel Altenbacher from the mid north coast NSW is a permie farmer with her tendrils in every part of the community. She is a supreme networker and here Rachel yarns about some of the fascinating networking activities she’s been up to in the past three months.
ZERO WASTE ZERO DOLLAR QUILT • Jo Roberts from northern Tasmania describes how you can make a delightfully collectable quilt from old flannelette pyjamas.
YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT? • Dr Barry Traill, is EG’s former ‘Doctor Wildlife’ columnist, and an esteemed national environment campaigner. Here he explains why we shouldn’t feed junk food to birds, but how we can feed wildlife responsibly.
WOMEN WHO FARM change makers • This is the third article in Tara Luca’s series of profiles of women farmers. Here she talks to lawyer-turned-farmer Venetia Scott of Byron Bay.
The Book Bunker • Official living treasure, Jackie French of Majors Creek in NSW, describes her wonderful new disaster-proof protection for a lifetime’s collection of published wisdom: her library.
Chook HOUSING choices • How to house your chooks? Are you hoping to free range your chooks without your garden ending up looking like a battle zone? EG’s chook guru, Claire Bickle, looks at the options.
GROWING GOOD THINGS • Brydie Piaf from Newcastle visits Harriet and Jo’s young but flourishing food box business — The Good Growers — near Maitland in the Hunter Valley.
THE ROOT OF good health • Jessie Kapitola from Perth is a nutritionist and an expert at getting home-grown vegies into school lunch boxes. Here Jessie focusses on Spring carrots and beetroot.
VIOLENT STORMS and self-sufficiency • Bruce Hedge is our permaculture man of wisdom from Newham in Central Victoria. He describes the impact of the June storms that ripped through the State, causing widespread destruction and loss of wildlife habitat.
WWOOF Australia celebrating 40 years • Lynette and Traci from the office of WWOOF describe their recent road trip to meet WWOOF hosts and celebrate a remarkable 40 years of wwoofing in Australia. What an achievement.
PLANTS, BOOKS and memory • Herbalist, gardener and book lover, Tanya Jenkyn of Esperance in WA, reflects on the place of books in a life well lived.
The great Aussie TOMATO PROJECT • Dwarf tomatoes are compact plants that yield full size fruit throughout the season. Weekend Hippie Liz Ingham meets an unsung hero of Australian plant development and calls for action to save some of her varieties.
WHAT IS A DWARF TOMATO?
Cauliflower ENDURES • Our pensive garden chef from Daylesford in Victoria, Gary Thomas, reflects on two different ways to cook cauli, and the ties that separate then bind them.
Scattered grain, egg bound hens, mossies... • Claire Bickle, our cherished chook guru from Brisbane, breaks down the mysteries with her voluminous knowledge about all things chook.
GROWING tomatillo •...