Articles

A collection of articles and papers on a range of permaculture-related topics.

Wonderful Scythe

by Jenny Hanna
In the PermacultureWest Enews of November 2020, three years ago, my husband Sol wrote about his reflection on using a scythe to do things the hard, slow way of cutting grass. It was a good reflection and I agree. This time, I am writing my reflection on this wonderful tool. 

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Weeds

by Paul Lambert

It is Kambarang (October to November). Summer is coming, the onset of heat, and the season of yellow. I love the awareness of Noongar culture when it comes to the health of country, by observing the natural triggers and changes in native bush land…

Geese Integrated into a Certified Biodynamic Farming System

We  started farming 26 years ago, with 3 young boys playing in the dirt. The farm has been certified Organic/Biodynamic for 24 years. … Our main hurdle was always kikuyu grass competing with the newly planted  vineyard and avocado trees. Geese have been the solution and have so many benefits for our farm.

Warm Life-ing

by Fiona Brooks
Four years ago I fell into a rabbit hole of Warm Data and Batesonian theory. I was about to say “it started with an unexpected walk with a friend of a friend”, but of course it started well before that…

Julimar Permies

by Helen Harvey
When we began our Julimar gardening journey in 2008, we had a bucket, a shovel and, very luckily, a dam full of water. That was July and by September we had upped our game as we realised this was crowbar country as the clay dried out and turned to something like concrete…

West Toodyay Community Tree Planting

By Nicole Coleman
Last year, the Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc offered small grants to landholders to improve ground cover and on-land fodder options for livestock. A neighbour (Anita) and I decided to submit a joint application…

Pickled Beetroot Recipe

By Stephanie Cutmore
I love this recipe that a friend of the family shared with us and it’s an easy one to follow. I have found if you do decide to grow a vegetable garden, you allways have an abundance at one time and learning new ways to store it is very helpful…

Australian Permaculture Convergence 2023 Report

by Anne Warman
The Australian Permaculture Convergence (APC) had not been held in South Australia for around 30 years. In recent times the community there has flourished, and…