Perth Urban Farming off to a fine start…

About 20 days ago I decided to finally launch what I have called the Perth Urban Farming Project and it is off to a good start despite me spending 14 of those 20 days on holiday with friends in another state with limited internet access.

I started with a Kickstarter campaign (can be viewed here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1808819454/perth-urban-farming-project) to raise just AUD$320 to get 1000 flyers printed for distribution to homes in my desired areas to drum up some interest. My campaign has only 9 days remaining and I have 3 backers pledging a combined AUD$127 which is amazing! Just need to get the remaining $200 to get the flyers sorted.

I also posted an ad on Gumtree looking for land and have had a response from a lady so I am going to check out her space in a couple of days.

The Project

The project idea itself has been resting in the back of my mind for about a year now, screaming out desperately to be acknowledged and I have decided to make it happen. The aim is to acquire parcels of land in other peoples yards, that they aren’t really utilising fully, to grow food that can be given away. I am mostly looking for land quite close to the city of Perth so it can be easily distributed in the city to those mostly in need. It will be a lot of work and time to develop it into a consistent ad reliable source of fresh produce but I am in it for the long haul.

To me, it combines my desire to grow real, fresh, organic and local food and to feed people. And to especially feed those who don’t access to fresh food such as those considered homeless. For me, it is super-important to give your body quality, nutrient dense food to ensure physical and emotional well-being. I hope that Perth Urban Farming will encourage others to grow food in their gardens that they can share with their neighbours and friends, and that together we can ensure that everyone has access to quality, organic food.

Domestic God in the Making

Decided to start learning some new skills. Here we have some bread, handmade, none of that machine stuff (shop bought ingredients though) and some Romanian Telemea cheese which I learnt to make in Romania of all places. Used some shop bought pasturised milk but would ideally like to use fresh stuff eventually.

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Societal Collapse

Extravagance of desire is the fundamental cause which has led the world into its present predicament.

Fast rather than slow, more rather than less- this flashy “development” is linked directly to society’s impending collapse. It has only served to separate man from nature. Humanity must stop indulging the desire for material possessions and personal gain and move instead toward spiritual awareness.

– Masanobu Fukuoka, The One Straw Revolution

The real issue…

I don’t believe that the real underlying issue to some of our political, social, environmental and economical problems is being addressed. All we are really doing is chucking on a band-aid, a quick-fix remedy, thinking it will fix it, or at least hide it to a point that it is out of mind. These quick-fixers are not sustainable and don’t help, or educate, people to make the necessary changes to actually solve the problems.

Compost Toilet in the making

I recently spent a month in West Cork, a small town called Skibereen, in the Republic of Ireland. I stayed with a woman who advertised for some help with the garden on HelpX. As well as my gardening tasks I built her this composting toilet. Unfortunately I didn’t get to finish before I left but I managed to get this up in 2 days, all from recycled materials. There are some blocks I found laying around in the garden for a level foundation, then a pallet, and the structure was made from an old shed that blew down in a recent storm. Nestled behind her existing shed, just outside the back door, she will be able to start reducing her dependence on her septic tank and flushing toilets, saving precious water, while creating a mighty good compost for her fruit trees.

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