The Outsourced Community

The police turned up at our place the other day.  They had received a complaint about three teenage boys walking around.  The first thing I thought was… Continue reading


The food-forest of independence

As our bare, windswept paddock transforms into a food-forest a trickle of food has begun to entertain us.  And along with some fruit and veges, herbs, eggs and milk has come a sneaky new realisation. Continue reading

Would you like some Education with your Schooling?

Education looks set to become an election issue in Australia, which is good because before I go spending my hard-earned money, I like to be sure I’m getting what I really want.  And what I’d like to get out of fourteen billion dollars is an education system that will spit out generations of people able to steer this big old ship of ours to a place so peaceful and abundant that I can kick back and enjoy my retirement in style.  Continue reading

What Dr Seuss said.

“This”, cried the Mayor, “is your town’s darkest hour!

The time for all Whos who have blood that is red

To come to the aid of their country!”, he said.

“We’ve GOT to make noises in greater amounts!

So, open your mouth, lad!  For every voice counts!”

Dr Seuss knew it in 1954.


Do you remember how it felt to be free?

Dreaming about the big things comes naturally to we humans, indeed it is one of the things that set us apart from the Neanderthals.  So what happens when you redirect the boundless curiosity of an entire culture and focus it on the small things?

Gerard Burke has written a compelling piece that, in some way, answers a question I asked over two decades ago. Continue reading

The Yasu farmer – the answer to food security.

The Sheralee dairy in Cooranbong is apparently the last certified producer of non-pasteurised goats milk in NSW.  And… Wow.

Our afternoon out at the Sheralee dairy reminded me that we are frittering away at an alarming rate the generations of cumulative knowledge our farmers have built up.  If living on a property, creating a permaculture garden and raising farm animals has taught me anything it is this: you cannot become even remotely self-sufficient overnight. Continue reading