Urban suburban village bush

OPENERS: 1.  Did you grow up in a big city, suburb, small town or the countryside?  2. If you had your way, what size place would you like to spend…

Local food relocalizes Hepburn

By Steven Saint Thomas As in most small towns, people in Hepburn Springs know their neighbors and most everyone else in town. When a stranger walks into the Hepburn General…

Permaculture: Living in an Ecosystem

OPENERS: 1. When did you first hear the word “permaculture” and what was your initial impression? 2. What ecosystem is nearest to where you live? Permaculture: Living in an Ecosystem…

The aboriginal cave

After working another day in the vines, we drove out with our supervisor, Rod Smith, to Baiame Cave. Rod is your quintessential Aussie bloke, speaking in a thick Outback accent,…

Bushfire!

A helicopter heading north flew over the house on a lovely afternoon in late December. Within minutes, the phone rang. A neighbor was calling to ask if Maureen or her…

Human scale habitat

By Steven Saint Thomas Everyone in Australia’s Hunter Valley seems to make a living in one of two ways: they’re either running the family vineyard or ranch, or they’re employed…

Permaculture, the next generation

Spending time with Australian permies has brought to light an old  – and new – dilemma. After 20-30 years of building an off-the-grid homestead, what does one do to make…

In Champagne country

We rolled into Bega, New South Wales, after an all-night bus ride, tired and creased. We stumbled off the bus and were met by a man with light eyes and…

On Social Permaculture

By Steven Saint Thomas When Paul Hudson helped coach homeless men to compete in a Sydney soccer tournament, he says he was practicing permaculture. After all, Bill Mollison and David…

Why Falling Gas Prices Will Kill Us

Steven Saint Thomas Although falling gas prices have some doing a happy dance at the pump, the truth is much more sobering. Lower pump prices are only a temporary opportunity…