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Community Garden Needs Your Help!

Local Food at it’s best!

Each week we buy amazing, local, organically grown produce from the community garden.

The proceeds of their sale goes towards improving the infrastructure at the garden which is available for anyone in the community to get involved with!

All members get a key and can secure their own plot for growing.

Nick and Ana are the caretakers and do an amazing job at keeping the gardens watered and tidy and of course, keep planing new seeds and seedlings to keep us stocked up with delicious produce which we sell through the Shop and supply to our Organic Box Delivery customers!

Of course, all community activities rely on good people to show up and Nick and Ana are looking for more community members to get involved in the garden!

If you’d like to become a member, have your own plot or support the other growers, please email rebel@thehungryspirit.com with your name and contact details so we can pass on your details to Ana!

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A Little Oasis In The Outback – Landline Story

We had a lot of fun filming with Tony Eastley and the Landline crew for this piece. Screenshot 2016-04-20 14.24.27

I am always so grateful for the media in their support in sharing good news stories AND to those who I bring along and challenge to step outside their comfort zone to share THEIR good news stories. Ashley and Ronnie are amazing and humble people.

Lightning Ridge is an extraordinary place.

We can do anything.

Click the link below to watch the story and meet Lightning Ridge locals Ashley, Ronnie and Rebel

http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4302564.htm

How Do We Do It?

We grow lots of food in the outback of Australia – we eat mostly from our own garden, supplemented by meat from local farmers or from suppliers we have found and mindfully purchased consumables – organic if we can, but not always.

We don’t spend thousands of dollars.

We consume consciously even though we live in a remote town.

We don’t spend hundreds of hours doing it.

We live clean, simple and fresh.

It’s a mantra.

We support local businesses.

Time. Money. Access. These are all excuses I hear all the time for people not living the life and making the choices I describe above.

These are all excuses for ‘it’s not that important to me’.

Which is all a deeper belief that ‘I am not important’.

Pushing buttons much?

When we understand that these things are just the surface layer we tell ourselves we can get to the true reason you aren’t growing your own, making time for healthy eating or making different choices.

Let me be clear – it’s not time; it’snot money; it’s not your remote geography…it’s your BELIEF system (BS).

And I am calling you on it.

So if you have the inclination right now to stop reading; it’s exactly the reason you should keep reading!

But let me be clear – I am no different to you – I started in exactly the place you are right now…until I decided that it SUCKED being there and made a different choice.

I made a choice to choose ME.

It believe in ME.

To prioritise ME.

To create a life I LOVE by valuing ME.

When you shift to this level of love for yourself you become compelled to take time, to invest, to create the energy and momentum you need to live a life with no limits.

If you focus on loving yourself – the skill set, money, time, access and energy all materialise.

Start focusing on SELF LOVE – and the garden will begin to grow!

If you would like to join us to explore this conversation more – Grow Your Life – Introduction to Permaculture would be a great start!

An Interview With Nick Huggins – Permaculture Expert

 

If you would like to join Nick and Rebel for an Introduction to Permaculture in Lightning Ridge on 27/28 June – click HERE

How To Green The World’s Deserts

Allan Savoury is a really smart guy – clearly, he is doing a TED talk!

I remember seeing a variation of this presentation at the Sustainable Living Festival in Armidale a few years ago and I recall being seriously blown away by the simplicity of the point of view.

It was the first time I really got the concept that my parents’ had been involved with back in the early 90s – cell grazing and holistic farm management.

It’s simple.

“mimic nature; there is no other alternative left” Allan Savoury

If you would like to learn more about how you can apply these kinds of principles in your own backyard OR your farm join us in Lightning Ridge for the Introduction to Permaculture on 27/28 June

Grow Your Life – An Introduction To Permaculture

June 27th & 28th – Grow Your Life, Introduction to Permaculture & Permaculture Planning/Design (2 days) with Nick Huggins

FOOD bring us all together; it is a common need and it can be incredibly delicious and also stressful! If you want to get back in touch with your inner hunter/gatherer, learn the skills to create your own food heaven, re-connect with why you are in food production, or inspire your kids in the garden; then join other like minds in a successful outback veggie patch and learn from one of Australia’s leading Permaculture experts – Nick Huggins! Over two days we will learn and apply the basic principles of why, how, where, when and what you can do to create a sustainable, delicious environment, reconnect to your food source and create abundance in all areas of your life…YES, even in the outback of Australia!

If you are looking for a way to be more self-reliant and want your land to be more productive and profitable (backyard, paddocks or community space) then this is a great course for you! Permaculture provides the skills to improve your quality of life, create resilience, care for the environment and build family and community strength and this course has been designed with you in mind!

Grow Your Life

Time: 9am – 5pm each day

Cost: $295 (payment plan available – workshop to be paid for when booking is made)

Click here to BOOK

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Greening The Desert (Food) And How It Relates To Western NSW

I came across this video on Greening The Desert in my research on permaculture and semi-arid environments and it got me even more fired up about sharing the knowledge, skills, principles of permaculture in semi arid western nsw.

‘All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden’ Geoff Lawton

is a pretty powerful statement – and when you see the first 5 or so minutes of this video you will realise how – and that it may be in fact, partly true!

Even in drought, and low water/high salt environments, they have shown, through this project, that we can create abundance in the landscape; if we understand how and implement the knowledge that understandings can bring. Permaculture teaches us this.

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If you would like to learn more – join Nick Huggins for an Introduction to Permaculture at Lightning Ridge on 27/28 June 2015

Fish & Food Even In One Of The Driest Climates In Australia

Ashley and Ronnie Steed are a couple of pioneers when it comes to food production in a semi-arid environment.

They have spent the best part of the last decade or more perfecting their veggie patch, orchard and most recently; their aquaponics set up. Not only are they supplying their own healthy and delicious food from their 50x50m residential mineral claim on the opalfields at Lightning Ridge, but they are now also growing fish for their table – proving just about anything is possible if you create the intention and manage your conditions.

Ronnie and Ashley have a well established orchard that incredibly includes mango, peaches, apples, grapes and paw paws and their garden, before aquaponics was always full of seasonal produce, grown directly into well managed soil.

A couple of years ago they began experimenting with aquaponics and using mainly re-used material, set up a double tank system that now houses a few hundred fish.

What has grown is abundance in the back yard. The system is all solar powered and fed by rain water (supplemented by bore water during very dry times), as Ronnie and Ashley do not have access to mains water or power on the opalfields.

They have had great success growing everything from carrots and beetroot to corn, beans, tomatoes and leafy greens.

Ashley and Ronnie have used old tractor tyres, rescued tanks, recycled (and well washed) chemical containers and old pumps. Basically the only new components to this system are the pipes and the fish!

They use cumborah gravel as the growing medium, in prevalent supply around the Ridge and when I asked Ashley how he planted the seeds he just made a throwing motion with his hands indicating he just threw them on the top of the gravel and they grew.

Seriously blew my mind!

If you want to learn how to do this in your own backyard – check out the Aquaponics Workshop being held in May

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The Trees For The Forrest

This morning I sat with an ABC journalist – Sally Bryant, in my backyard and we talked about The Hungry Spirit Centre for Semi-Arid Sustainability.

It was, as it always is with Sal, a great yarn with lots of ebbs and flows!

When it came time for the inevitable ‘photo shoot’ in the garden, I found myself to be embarrassed, not because i hadn’t really done my hair or wasn’t in my finest or event that I didn’t have lippy on (I have LONG got over that as a worry), but I was embarrassed because we had just spent 30 minutes talking about food and sustainability and growing it and yet, she was going to take a picture of me, to be shared online, that was going to show that the garden wasn’t ‘perfect’and that it wasn’t ‘finished’ and that it was, to say the least, rough around the edges on what it has been in it’s glorious past.

WOW.

My feelings were of fraud and of ‘not walking the talk’ even though my garden is still producing and I eat out of it daily and it is a constantly evolving being (ie it’s summer and it’s bloody hot’) and I felt an overwhelming need to justify the scruffy appearance of the patch…I’ve been away a lot this year, I haven’t made the time…justify, justify, justify..

When I thought about it though – that’s kind of the point. We are at the beginning stages of the next iteration of our home and public space.

We are real people, living real lives, in a real environment.

The realness is what makes it delicious and beautiful and evolving.

Sal didn’t care – she thought what we are doing already was super impressive and she was excited by the future plans!

So, we took blank canvas photos and I invited Sal back, so that she too can be part of the evolutionary story – from red dust to food forrest!

It is so important to remember we are own worst judges/critics and that if we step into the truth of our own goals – others will step with us and see the forrest instead of the lack of trees!

That’s the point of The Hungry Spirit – to evolve the space with the input, energy and enthusiasm of the community!