1-acre permaculture farm in Australia feeds 50 families

September 4, 2017 by  
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This family in Australia completely shifted the way they source their food – with remarkable success. When wife Nici suffered an illness, the Coopers decided to start growing their own produce at home in Newcastle, and now their one-acre Limestone Permaculture Farm supplies dozens of families with fresh food . They also offer permaculture education and internships, sharing what they’ve learned with the greater community . The Coopers have been farming at Limestone Permaculture Farm for close to a decade. They grow organic produce , and raise sheep, goats, and chickens. They also keep bees and build with recycled materials , and The farm is powered by energy from wood, water, and the sun – pretty much every greenie’s dream come true. TreeHugger said co-owner Brett suggested they can feed 50 families from the one-acre farm . Related: Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm – and it’s flourishing after 3 years Swales, a chicken tractor, and self-seeding edible ground cover are among the permaculture techniques the Coopers employ at Limestone Permaculture Farm. Brett discovered permaculture over a decade ago. He told the Newcastle Herald , “I was a builder and had done architectural drafting. When I found permaculture, it was less about one form and more about following nature’s design . It blew my mind.” The Coopers offer farm tours, workshops, internships, and a permaculture design certificate at their New South Wales farm. They still have jobs and only work the farm part-time, but are hoping to transition to permaculture farming full-time. “We feel there has been an awakening across our beautiful country, self-reliance is on the rise again; urban and rural homesteading has people taking their food and energy supply back into their own hands,” the Coopers say on their website. “With each passing day we are transitioning to a more wholesome life, creating a more fulfilling and positive future, not just for ourselves but also for our family, friends, and community.” + Limestone Permaculture Farm Via Happen Films and TreeHugger Images via Limestone Permaculture Farm Facebook

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It’s raining millions of spiders in Australia

May 20, 2015 by  
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First they show up like shooting stars, but as they come closer, it’s clear that they’re some kind of UFO. Then, by the time they’re really close up—perhaps too close—you can see that it is, in fact, a spider with some kind of web-based parachute. The nightmarish phenomenon is known as “spider ballooning” and for the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia it recently brought a rain of millions of tiny baby spiders and their silk down over farms, homes and—yes—people in the area. Read the rest of It’s raining millions of spiders in Australia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal migration , arachnid migration , australia spiders , australia wildlife , flying spiders , insect migration , migration techniques , new south wales , raining spiders , spider ballooning , spider rain , spiders fly

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

October 31, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , cantilever , chrofi , concrete beams , landscape regeneration project , Lune de Sang , Lune de Sang sheds , new south wales , pavilions , shed , sustainable forest , sustainably managed forest , WAF 2014 Award , world architecture festival

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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

October 31, 2014 by  
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Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that “the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion” and stating that he accepts the universe was created in a Big Bang rather than what is detailed in the Book of Genesis. While he is not the first pope to side with science over certain issues, he is certainly the first to state outright that humans may be descended from other species, marking a significant change to the stance of the Catholic Church. Read the rest of Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , evolution , Pope Francis , Pope Francis I , religion , science , The Big Bang , the big bang theory , the theory of evolution

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Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

October 31, 2014 by  
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High in the Himalayas grows a highly sought after medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra. And while many global leaders fail to enact policies to protect their own resources, two remote Tibetan communities who harvest the fungus have managed to implement a system to secure a sustainable harvest year after year. Using an innovative resource management system that would likely give most capitalists a regulatory headache, the harvesters work hard to ensure that their livelihood is protected from over use. Read the rest of Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Geoff Childs , Himalayan resource protection , Himalayan Viagra , natural resource protection , natural resource regulation , natural viagra , summer grass winter worm , Tibetan resource protection , Yartsa gunbu , Yartsa gunbu growing , Yartsa gunbu harvest. , Yartsa gunbu Himalaya viagra

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Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney

December 31, 2012 by  
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As cities all over the world begin to reinvent their sustainable means of transportation, Sydney, Australia is getting on the bandwagon with the help of HASSELL , Arup and Aurecon . The New South Wales Government has dedicated a light rail system from Randwick and Kingsford through the CBD to Circular Quay. This $1.6 billion, 12 kilometer project will help reduce urban congestion and will reclaim a number of streets for pedestrians within these populated neighborhoods. Read the rest of Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arup , australia , green , hassell , light rail , new south wales , NSW Government , pedestrian , public transportation , Sustainable , sydney

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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

December 31, 2012 by  
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Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars , but it’s not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct , a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed a driverless electric shuttle designed for use in pedestrian-heavy areas such as airport parking lots, shopping malls, business parks and universities. Called “ Navia “, the shuttle can provide an on-demand, planet-friendly transportation in areas that existing vehicles cannot reach. Read the rest of Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: driverless vehicle , electric vehicle , green transportation , Induct , mobility , Navia , urban areas , wireless charging

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Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

October 29, 2012 by  
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International architecture and planning firm Hassell recently won multiple awards and commendations at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. One of the projects recognized was Hassell’s Common Ground housing project in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia. The project was built to provide stable permanent housing solutions for those dealing with chronic homelessness. The building’s design focuses on providing a wonderful blend of efficiency and comfort – both inside and out. Read the rest of Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Camperdown , Chronic Homelessness , Common Ground , grocon , hassell , homeless , housing , Housing NSW , new south wales , pro bono , Singapore , social design , social housing , world architecture festival

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Milson Island Sports Stadium brings visitors close to nature

July 30, 2011 by  
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Shoib: Milson Island Sports Stadium Designed by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects You have seen several sports stadiums made up of steel and concrete but the Milson Island Sports Stadium proposal is one of a kind as it designed to offer people a more natural environment. Designed by Allen Jack and Cottier Architects , the stadium is located be located on a small island on Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, Australia. An eco-friendly and oval-shaped stadium, which is made up of 30 percent plywood, is used for sports activities and performances. Since the stadium is located on an island, it is accessible only by boat. Picture Gallery Milson Island Sports Stadium Milson Island Sports Stadium by Allen Jack + Cottier Architects In order to allow sportspersons and performers to have a feel of natural environment, the designers have glazed the bottom four feet of the stadium using vision glass. The stadium gets good natural light which comes inside through several skylights fixed above grills in the roof. The circular roof of the stadium is sloping, which takes the rainwater directly into basins but reject debris. Designers have used computer simulations to design the roof. Vent grills are present throughout the floor perimeter to allow the entry of air inside the stadium. The roof has 12 turbine vents to release the air. The unique design of the stadium will definitely attract children and it will allow them to remain connected with the nature while playing or performing at the stadium. Via: Evolo

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