FoLFConf

The Future of Local Food Conference

What does it take to create a local food system that is healthy, affordable and sustainable for Australia? Our local food industry is being neglected while Australia’s national food and agriculture debate focuses on boosting production and increasing exports. Other countries, such as the US and Canada, that have explicitly prioritised local food, are now […]

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Jack Monaghan 1924 – 2016

Jack died not long after the winter solstice following a short illness and two bouts of hospitalisation. He was 92. Su Dennett and I and our son Oliver have been neighbours to Jack and Lois Monaghan for 30 years. During the early 1950’s housing shortage, Jack’s grandfather subdivided his 15-acre paddock on the edge of […]

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Winter solstice update

Hello freezing cold weather. It’s 7˚C at the moment but the sun is shining and we’re happy to be busy outside. Today Mitch pruned the feijoas, while also contemplating pruning his bushman’s beard. Looks like he’s decided to keep it, to keep his face warm while he works outside. Good idea! He then chipped his […]

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A History from the Future

We are thrilled to be sharing with you an excerpt from David Holmgren’s A History from the Future – a prelude to his upcoming book RetroSuburbia. A HISTORY FROM THE FUTURE: a prosperous way down Long time central Victorian resident and co-originator of the globally influential permaculture concept, David Holmgren draws on his Future Scenarios […]

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Persimmons, pumpkins and permie dancing

With the corn we harvested and shucked in March, we cooked up a delicious feast of tortillas. We dug up potatoes to store for winter, and relocated naughty runaway artichokes. We exhaled deep sighs of relief with the coming of the rain, and we farewelled Lori, who returned to the US. Lori, pictured here with […]

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Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the inaugural Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize. The specifics are as follows: Major prize: AUD$1000 All entries must be received by 11.59 pm EST, Friday July 15 2016. The shortlist and winner will be announced during the Daylesford Words in Winter festival, August 5-7, 2016 2016. The judges […]

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Build it, chop it, grow it, pick it, preserve it

It’s not much to look at, we know, but we wanted to start this post with a blank canvas: the exciting possibility of the empty page, a timely reminder to observe and interact: There has been much observing these last few weeks, looking around to see what we could use for a retaining wall. Hello […]

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A Simpler Way

A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

In 2015 a small community formed an emerging ecovillage in Gippsland, Victoria, and challenged themselves to explore a radically simpler way of life based on material sufficiency, frugality, permaculture, alternative technology and local economy. Made by Jordan Osmond and Samuel Alexander, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a documentary that tells the story of […]

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Singing our autumn song

We are happy to report that feijoa season is officially open here in central Victoria. Hooray! A special big thanks to the rosellas for leaving us some on the ground to harvest. If you live nearby come on down on Wednesday afternoon. We’ll have some to purchase for $4 a kilo. We’d love to say […]

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Milkwood to Melliodora

It is with much anticipation and excitement that we share with you the news that Kirsten, Nick and Ashar from Milkwood Permaculture in Kiama will be coming to live here at Melliodora. In mid-Winter this year, they will be farewelling their friends, family and networks and will be heading our way to do a 12-month […]

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