Updated: Jul 2, 2022
Yay! We are finally here in the Central West, NSW and we couldn't be happier.
Our plans have already started to seed, sow, grow, nurture and produce. From vegetables to all different kinds of herbs and we use these in our products (we eat them too)
This has been our dream for over 10 years. We came to the central west years ago and looked at property but at the time, we couldn't afford to buy the land we wanted. We decided to work harder and to never give up on our dream. A few years went by and I guess, it was in the back of our minds but we were working such long hours in our jobs that we sort of forgot our main goal.
I started a garden in our Blue Mountains property, small but I just loved it so much.
It gave me a sense of peace and fulfilment that I just could not get anywhere else. So we revised our plans and bought a small, cottage style central west property. That was the best decision we ever made. It went so well that we were able to buy another small 1920's cottage and do some small renovations. It's really beautiful. From this we were able to secure over 50 acres and my plans are to turn that into an eco, sustainable good for our planet wonderland. It will be amazing.
When you think of it, our planet offers us so much! The abundance is incredible and you can literally grow anything. We have more succulents than ever!
I have just started getting right into my permaculture, using the land to create it's own eco-systems! Arghhhh my excitement about this is 100%
Have a look at what permaculture is and how we can all do it:
Permaculture is an approach to land management and settlement design that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems. It includes a set of design principles derived using whole-systems thinking. It applies these principles in fields such as regenerative agriculture, town planning, rewilding, and community resilience. Permaculture originally came from "permanent agriculture", but was later adjusted to mean "permanent culture", incorporating social aspects. The term was coined in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, who formulated the concept in opposition to Western industrialised methods and in congruence with Indigenous or traditional knowledge - (This is important to me and should be to everyone)
Permaculture has many branches including ecological design, ecological engineering, regenerative design, environmental design, and construction. It also includes integrated water resources management, sustainable architecture, and regenerative and self-maintained habitatand agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.It shares many practices with agroforestry and agroecology, emphasizing their social, cultural, and economic contexts. Permaculture has been implemented and has gained widespread visibility throughout the world as an agricultural and architectural design system and as a guiding life principle or philosophy. Traditional and indigenous practices are highly valued in permaculture because they have been developed in perpetual dialogue with specific climate and soil conditions. In turn, the rise of permaculture has revalidated Indigenous knowledge in circles where it was previously devalued.
Permaculture uses creative design processes based on whole-systems thinking, considering all materials and energies in flow that affect or are affected by proposed changes. In practical terms it means that before, for example, modifying overland water flow, one fully considers both upstream and downstream effects in the short and long terms. Or, when looking at a "problem", such as brushy vegetation, one considers how removing or altering it will affect soil and wildlife, and how these interacting forces would evolve over time and space. When building a house, one takes into consideration breaking down the house.