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Harvest Tours – food is IT

IMG_9227Coming to visit Melliodora is an eye opening experience. If you want to see permaculture in action, this demonstration site is the place for you. See how the well designed house stays cool in the middle of a hot summer. When we had to cancel the tours in February, because of the heatwave conditions and high fire danger, the afternoon temperature outside soared to over 40 degrees. Outside it was unbearable, even in the shade. But inside the house, the temperature was slightly warmer than usual, a relatively cool 28. Would you like to find out how it can be done? The easiest way is to see a working model, like the one at Melliodora. Come to the morning tour guided by David Holmgren and experience the unassisted coolth of the house When it’s cold the same principles create a passively warm house.

Ever thought about life without trips to the supermarket? Dreamed about minimising your ecological footprint and going locavore, building a more  resilient household economy? Throughout the morning tour, David and his partner, Su Dennett can show you the strategies and tactics they employ to these ends and other ideas that can be achieved in your home.

In the afternoon tour (fingers crossed that it won’t be too hot), David will take you around their garden farm system. What are some of the key strategies to employ to maximise the yield from your garden? How can you incorporate animals in your garden? How can you design the famed “food forest”?  Your hosts will show examples as well as explain the guiding principles which you can take home and adapt to your own conditions.

Tour participants will be treated to yummy morning and afternoon teas, prepared by Su. Also on the day, our extensive catalogue of hard-to-get-hold-of books and other resources, will be on sale at special prices.March 2005 Richard Telford placing racks of cut fruit on roof to sun dry.

Remember, the tours in March will be the third last opportunity to see Melliodora house and garden, before the end of the season. Do not miss out on this opportunity. The March Melliodora tours are on March 2. See more details including the address on our Events page. Book early so that you don’t miss out.

(Attention those people who made bookings for the cancelled Feb tours, please get in touch with us if you can to rearrange your bookings.)


Cool house, abundant garden

IMG_9227Anyone said ‘bloody hot isn’t it’ lately?

When heatwaves sweep across Australia with the temperature climbing above forty degrees outside, we feel so fortunate to be working inside a well designed house where the temperature stays around 25. Without air-con, of course. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate and understand the principles behind the well designed passive solar house.

Why don’t you join us inside the Melliodora house for the tour on Feb 2 to feel for yourself, and to learn the principles, so that you too can have a cool house in summer (which is also warm in winter)? During  the morning, your hosts, permaculture co-founder David Holmgren and his partner Su Dennett will show you how it can be done.

Not just a cool house, they will show you the way the house operates and functions to support the home-based lifestyle and economy. You will see the design principles as well as practical applications at work, including the cool cupboard and simple compost toilet. Ask them about cooking and preserving too. If you are interested in resilient local and household economies, they will show you how it really works. If you are interested in fermented food, they will tell you how they make their own yoghurt, miso and other fermented food. Interested locavour diet and foraging? They can show you how. Concerned about the bushfire threat? They will explain how to make the house less vulnerable against devastating fire.

And in the afternoon, on the second tour, the garden tour, David will take you around the Melliodora garden farm system from which most of their food comes. You will see the garden bearing abundant fruits and vegetables, while the chooks and goats do their stuff.

What better place to see, feel, touch and experience all aspects of permaculture at work than the world renowned Melliodora? Join us on Feb 2 on the Melliodora tours. See more details in the Events. For booking, simply go to our online shop.

You too can stay cool, if you design right.



Melliodora tours for the season 2013/14


IMG_9227On Sept 1, the Melliodora resumes its popular monthly guided tours which continue through the warmer seasons. There is no better way to learn how household economy works, and garden and land are maintained and managed sustainably, than to take part in the two and half an hour tours at Melliodora, one of the world’s best examples of permaculture principles application. We run the “Solar house tour” in the morning and the “Garden farm tour” in the afternoon. You can take part in just one, or attend both on the same day.

This season, we have decided to include the Melliodora eBook on CD ($35) which is a record of the first 20 years of development of the site, in the tour price. The eBook details how the Melliodora you see was designed and established, explaining how some of the design decisions were made,  some specific techniques applied, why and how some of the plants were planted where they are, and so on. We believe this addition will enhance your experience at Melliodora long after you visit here. An ideal refresher of your visit here.

We have also introduced the new tour booking system. All you do to make bookings for the Melliodora tours, is go to our online shop and purchase the product called “Melliodora tours“. There should be enough add on options to meet all different types of requests, but if you are stuck, drop us a line. We want to make it work. If it doesn’t work for your particular group, we can always go back to good old pen and paper. It should be all clear if you read the Product Description carefully first.

The tours are extremely popular, but the places are strictly capped, so please make your bookings as soon as possible.

We are planning to bring in our third guided tour around Melliodora, tentatively called the “Beyond gardens tour”.  Details will be announced soon, so watch this space!

You may be also interested in our residential Spring seasonal cycle course in October.

See you at Melliodora.