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Am a veterinary surgeon and permaculturalist now working in organic agriculture and community issues. President of the Rare Fruit Society of South Australia and on too many committees to mention. All associated with environmental issues and am particularly interested in the community response to the energy descent. Committed to reducing the urban carbon footprint through urban agriculture. Run a radio show on community radio called "Back to Basics" promoting the obvious.
Feb 09 Transition Town training in NSW Australia with Sophie Banks and Naresh Giangrande from Totnes, UK. Beginning if a whole new journey.

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Victorian Wildfires

The recent wildfires in the state of Victoria followed a very hot dry spell in southern Australia. Fire activity that started on the 7th of Feb is ongoing in that state. Australian vegetation is adapted to fire and many species rely on regular "burning off" for the successful germination of seed. "Fire stick" burning was practiced on a rotational basis by the indigenous aboriginal population for over 40,000 years. Since the European "invasion" 200 years ago this has by and large been halted.… Continue

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments

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At 1:08pm on February 24, 2009, marcy said…
just an update on my mustard greens. they did indeed reach about 5/6 ft when flowering. the seed pods are getting fatter and hopefully any day now they'll be ready for me to harvest seeds. i also purchased a kadota fig =)
At 9:01pm on January 14, 2009, marcy said…
1 more thing, i didn't realize that "giant mustard green" was actually a type of mustard green until i read your last comment. i was just using "giant" to describe them. they are actually india mustard greens. haha, learned something new.
At 8:44pm on January 14, 2009, marcy said…
that's good to know about the sap. the closest i've ever had to a fig was a fig newton (cookie) i'm going to start sampling some and see if i can't find one that i like.
that's a shame that they were bulldozing them, i hope they didn't charge much for the cuttings. seems like they shouldn't care if they're going to trash them anyway. well, lots of stuff in the world doesn't seem to make sense now, does it? it is very fortunate (for the figs and people who love them) that you were indeed able to salvage them. if i ever make it to that side of earth, i'll stop by for a fig tasting =) thanks for the site you referenced, i'm going to look into it.
At 8:19am on January 14, 2009, marcy said…
btw, i love your figs and banannas! i don't think i've ever tried a fig, they had some at a recent tree pick-up day and i'm curious about them. what do they taste like?
At 8:17am on January 14, 2009, marcy said…
hi harry,
mine are probably about 1/2 the size of that, wow! (and i thought mine were GIANT, haha) i think they're just about to flower now, so i am hoping to collect some seeds to save and share as well. this is my first year that i've started my garden so it's quite a learning experience. i also have some a mesclun lettuce mix that i've planted and some of them are a bit spicy too, which i love, but i fed a salad to my boyfriend and never having ate stuff fresh out of a garden, was sure something was wrong with it, lol haha. i only wish i had more time to garden ;)
At 8:09am on January 12, 2009, Ericka said…
With your experience,I look forward to your involvement with our online community. Maybe someday a trip to Phoenix? I know I would love to visit Australia some day...
Welcome! Ericka (web admin)

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