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Helen Vercoe commented on Denise's group Auckland NZ
"Hi, I've just joined this group, and I'm  wondering if anyone in the centralish Auckland area might be looking for raw milk?? If so, give me a call evenings on 846 3327, I might be able to help. cheers Helen"
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Helen Vercoe joined Denise's group

Auckland NZ

Tell us all what you want or what you have to offer. eg. Lemons, seedlings etc. To respond to someones listing contact them directly via their page…
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Helen Vercoe replied to Elizabeth Ashby's discussion Why Raw Milk? in the group Raw Organic Milk
"Hi Jewels. I know your post is from a while ago, so I'm wondering if you have found a supply of raw milk you are happy with. If not, I might be able to help. I wholeheartedly agree with all your comments, and have been enjoying raw milk…"
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Helen Vercoe replied to Mark Baker's discussion Raw Milk in the Auckland Area in the group Raw Organic Milk
"Hi Mark, I've been getting raw milk direct from a farm for quite a while. If you'd like to find out more, you can contact me most evenings on 846 3327. cheers Helen "
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Raw Organic Milk

A network for people interested in buying and selling raw, organic milk from local farms on a regular basis or intermittently.See More
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Jess Brines shared Kenny's group on Facebook
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Jess Brines joined Kenny's group


Water is vital to life.  We are made of mostly water and depend on clean water to survive.This is a forum to talk about any water issues; harvesting rainwater, water filters, tap water, gray water, and preservation of our waters.See More
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Jess Brines shared Marilyn beaucariche's group on Facebook
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Foragers and Gatherers

I love foraging and gathering, whether it be mushrooms plums apples rosehips blackberries wild figs, Even sneakily shaking a forgotten Olive. Anyone want to share info!
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Jess Brines joined Laine's group

Becoming More Self Reliant

A lot of people have the dream of a few acres of land and self reliance (as opposed to self -sufficiency, which is a myth!). This group is to draw together the experiences of those living the dream and sharing the lessons learned on the way with those still working towards living on the land.See More
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Kai - food for new zealand

A database of edible plants that grow in Aotearoa/nz.Please share thoughts and ideas.See More
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Food Forests NZ

Food forests and forest gardens are promoted through permaculture . This forum is for those who are growing or would like to grow one in their property.See More
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"Anyone got positive or negative results from pre-soaking seed please? I'm going to sow corn and beans, it's still very dry in Akl"
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Passive solar

House design is an integral aspect of permaculture with passive solar and other low energy input designs. The conundrum is that we really need different designs for winter and summer. In Japan we have cold dry winters and hot muggy summers so the Japanese approach was that it was better to be cool in summer and freeze in winter. If I paint the west facing wall matt black the concrete will absorb heat during the day and radiate half of it back into the house at night. In summer a white wall…


Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:58pm

Arid micro-climate

Water melon and cucumbers have done well in the searing heat by the west facing wall of the house. Everything else seems to struggle. It's all about trial and observation. I want to avoid being dependent on hand watering if possible. I'm considering another grape or peach against this wall as they seem to be able to find water.

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:52pm

refusing to die

The banana roots and taro I chucked in the soak hole to die have revived and are doing well. It's the lowest point of the site so they must be getting water. Should have put them there in the first place. As Jacques Cousteau said 'Life is very persistent.'

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on March 5, 2015 at 3:47pm

Symphony of the Soil

Posted by Mariana on March 2, 2015 at 9:47am

How to Make a Human Being

Posted by Mariana on March 2, 2015 at 9:42am

The garden grows

Well, now that we are at the end of December, my garden is finally starting to take off :) I started planting Labour weekend, but everything I planted failed to grow and some things were taken out by the thousands of little slugs I have living in my woodchips. After talking to friends, I think the plants failed to grow because the ground was covered with mulch and took longer to warm up. Plus the garden is exposed to the sou-wester winds, soil is a bit compacted etc etc. Next year I will…


Posted by Sarah Walsh on December 31, 2014 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective offers stories and solutions for meeting human needs while simultaneously restoring the health of the ecosystems we live in.

Looking forward to watching this documentary when it gets released! More info…


Posted by Mariana on December 6, 2014 at 8:37pm

Spring update

Have constructed more terraces for annual veg beds. Big problem germinating seeds this year. Kali's toms have self sown along with lettuces left to go to seed. Now have comfrey and seaweed tea barrels for fert. 99% ground covered with weeds but removed some to make clean terrace beds. Still adding grass clippings and coffee. I miss my chickens.

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on December 5, 2014 at 11:08pm


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