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  1. XavierDass


    Can anyone point me in the direction of a nursey or a SAB member that has comfrey to sell (location W.A)? rooted plants or seedlings?
  2. Hello, I was curious if anybody knew of anywhere around Sydney to purchase a larger greenhouse (up to 3x5m). I have also been looking in to purchasing one of the Maze greenhouses from Bunnings. http://www.mazeproducts.com.au/ , does anybody have any feedback on theses? Also if you have something for sale that is a substantial size, please send me some info!
  3. Noosa Forest Retreat – presents…. PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION 7-17thAugust, 2015 $ 990 – 11 DAYS BOOK BEFORE END OF JUNE TO RECEIVE AN EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $890 What you will get: A Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC). 72 hours of teaching techniques, principles & practices. Demonstrations – permaculture, organics, soil & plant health + Practical skills - earth bag construction, water harvesting + Honour membership of Noosa Forest Retreat (+ on-going support). Knowledge includes: Organic harvests – abundant supplies – nutritious diversity – wholesome food. Your environment – understand climate – read landscapes – include animals. Living soils – microlife – fungi – pH – fertilization techniques – control water. Hey, why don’t – YOU TELL US what you wish to learn (custom designed 4 U) ACCOMODATION: Camping on site – Noosa hinterland, Sunshine Coast, QLD. FREE ACCOMODATION PLEASE BYO CAMPING GEAR FOOD: Fresh organic meals from authentic Thai chef or BYO. LOCATION + CONTACT: Noosa Forest Retreat (Sunshine Coast, QLD) (07) 5409.7577 OR text 0400. 803. 393 www.noosaforestretreat.com “Noosa Forest Retreat” on Facebook. Teaching team: Ian Trew (B.Health Science +) Course guidelines: David Holmgren Christina Laurikainen (B.Env Sci) Bill Mollison Ian Wilson (Earth Bag Home professional)
  4. Possibly the least discussed section in Mollison's permaculture book is the chapter on setting up a business/community/trust. Im struggling to understand how it all works though so Id like some help. The following paragraphs will be me putting down all the info as Mollison puts it plus other research onto paper in order for me to try and consolidate what is proposed. "?" are things Im not sure of and Ill try come up with a list of questions at the end. So a community/ family of people sets up a company, this company acts as a trustee for a for-profit public trust (he calls it the institute trust). This trust issues shares to members and partakes in no trading or cash-flow. A second non-profit trust is set up by the company but separate from the first trust (the trading trust). The non-profit trust owns nothing and employs no one. It leases land/buildings from the profit trust for free as it funds the profit trust. Employees are volunteers. Both trusts are income tax free and one can probably get tax deductible status? Or one can route funds to them via a tax deductible trust at a cost of 2-4%. The trading trust (non-profit) registers a number of useful businesses (real estate, consultancy, travel agent, publisher etc). It can also hold shares. The non-profit trust is for cooperative money flows and the institute trust is for informational/ research flows. The trading trust is non-profit so it must distribute all its income, it can do this to the institute trust or other charities as a tax free/deductible donations, it can also give this money to people and dependants working for the trading trust, probably just enough to survive, all other money is better in the trust? Once the money is in the institute trust it can no longer be used or profit from it. It does not employ anyone either so no one can personally profit from it, it is run for public benefit. Not sure what happens to the shares that were given to members at the start? But one can start an institute/company and employ people through that for public good, say a school. Trading trusts come and go, but land should be heavily insulated and the institute/public trust doesnt take risks. All land donations go to the trading trust, the trading trust pays all transfer costs. Only land that is fully owned or has some financing attached pass to the public trust. Part owned land is a risk and stays in the trading trust. So the public institute trust owns everything that is paid off including tools, intellectual property and land etc. If one wants to buy more land then the public trust can loan the money to the trading trust, the property is then transferred to the public trust when the repayments are complete. The trading trust puts down deposits on land and once its paid off it goes to the institute. Any land can end up in the institute. For example gov land that the institute uses to build a farm for public good. Benefits: - land is free from tax, rates and gov charges, or at lease cheaper? - Links with other institutes for research etc. - Insulated situation - Donations tax deductible - Not corperate so no income tax So I see the advantages do using this sort of a system as I understand it is low/no income tax/ fees. A secure system for holding of property (used in the broad sense). The possibility of acquisition of funds, land for public benefit. Seems a lot of paperwork though, may only be worthwhile if one was making considerable money? Mollison wrote his books a long time ago, is this financial structure is still relevant? Are there easier options, say a family trust? Did I get that all correct? Has anyone had experience with this system?
  5. I have now got the land and the go ahead to start my permaculture oasis . What im offering is I am planning to build a few sustainable houses on my property and thought if anyone was keen to help build a Earthship In return you can come up and stay for as a weekend retreat when ever you want it has magic mountain views great swiming hole . Plus if down the line anyone is interested in helping me start my permaculture I would be greatly appreciated . We have a small coffee orchid and cattle here atm and really want to get into that organic local coffe that supplies the local cafe would be great
  6. Heya everyone, Just thought I'd take the opportunity to hopefully benefit from any and all of the advice you might be able to offer to a guy keen on the whole thing but a complete novice. I've made a nice sum from my earlier investments into Bitcoin and am now looking to branch out a portion of that money into a more physical and workable revenue stream. I'd be enormously grateful for anything you might be able to contribute! I'll break it down so maybe any of your thoughts can be more easily directed. I'm looking into getting some property. Mostly plant based agriculture with maybe chickens or something for eggs (possibly beekeeping). Land between $50,000 - $500,000..with the upper end only if myself and friends pool funds. Looking to start this as in investment / 'gap year' opportunity. Spending a year minimum on building and renovating a farm into a scalable residents that provides through being a permaculture property. How many people do you think would be manageable? What kind of acreage? Sought after professions/expertise? Other expansions to this I might have overlooked? Hidden costs? Upkeep? Solar / wind / ??? integration and initial costs? Being from an I.T background I'm interested in setting up some semi automated systems based on aquaponic and hydroponic setups. Large scale edible mushroom production would also be quite viable. Is this a dangerous idea to be undertaken by a relatively amature hobbyist such as myself. What would be good crops? Locations (Vic)? Your experiences? Does anyone here own any large properties that's for farming or was previously? I'm also a little concerned (a lot really) about locations that are prone to bush fires... Not sure how to go about minimising that risk factor. Ok before I make this look any worse... I'll finish now before massacring your eyes with this shocking formatting. Hope to hear ya ideas :D LUWA ._.
  7. Hi all, If you're interested in permaculture and/or the ukulele check out this brilliant local band: http://permaculturesongs.com/ I saw them by accident at a local night market, loved every song they sang ("we're running out of oil" is the song that sold it for me) bought the album and I've been hammering it ever since. Not my usual taste in music by any means, but I love the vibe and the message and am keen on the uke too. It's become my go to gardening music
  8. So I have a Salvia Divinorum (legal in New Zealand), and every summer, the butterflies (white cabbage butterflies, green caterpillars) come... and lay eggs on her, and they destroy her. I've had this problem for 2-3 years now, and I solve it by popping the caterpillars individually. Unfortunately I will not be able to do this this year, so I have literally two days to plant something next to her to get rid of caterpillars. There's 2 approaches: 1) Decoy plants. These are plants that attract the butterflies even more than the Salvia would, and they get eaten instead. http://sustainablelivingwise.com/natural-insect-repellent-caterpillars/ 2) Scarecrow plants These would be plants that by smell, or sight - ward of butterflies from landing near them. I'm unsure if these even exist. I planted 2x Kawakawa plants next to her, for shade reasons, but I'm also hoping that they somehow deter butterflies, somehow. I think I heard catnip can do this. edit: found this http://www.planitdiy.com/inspiration/in-lawn-garden/organic-gardening-repel-bugs-naturally-with-garden-herbs/ Sage, and mint both seem to repel cabbage butterflies. I will have to buy some. stat. halp halp.