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Giving It a Go. Steps to Taking Back Your Own Food Supply

Giving It a Go. Steps to Taking Back Your Own Food Supply Ever since I was in my late teen years, I have been interested in resiliency, self-sufficiency and all that sort of “stuff”. With the current crisis, that interest now serves myself, family and friends in good steed. New Zealand is in lockdown, [...]

By | 2020-04-03T23:14:22+00:00 April 3rd, 2020|Articles, Environment & Food, Lodge, Permaculture, Sustainability|0 Comments

Will Everything Return to Normal, Post Covid-19?

Will Everything Return to Normal, Post Covid-19? As I write this, New Zealand is entering its 4th day of a nationwide lockdown. This lockdown is part of the effort to control the spread of Covid-19, the Corona Virus. If unchecked, the virus can kill thousands of people in New Zealand, and millions worldwide. While [...]

River Valley and Covid-19

River Valley and Covid-19 Whatever I write in this post I know will be out of date quickly, possible even before we manage to get it on our website or social media. In saying that, I thought I would lay out what we are presently doing, or not doing. What is our – River [...]

How Do You Plan for the New Norm?

How Do You Plan for the New Norm? I went for a swim in the river – without a wetsuit, drysuit or any other protective or warm clothing, in fact only in my board shorts, on the 1st March, just a few days ago. I cannot remember previously ever swimming in the river, in [...]

By | 2020-03-28T21:37:20+00:00 March 6th, 2020|Articles, Conservation, Environment & Food, Weather|0 Comments

The Swamp

The Swamp The hours, days, and even weeks we spent in the “swamp” as children. The “swamp” was an area of wetland down the hill, behind the house my brother and three sisters grew up in, on a small farm just outside the North Island, New Zealand, city of New Plymouth. During the many [...]

By | 2020-03-03T05:46:50+00:00 February 29th, 2020|Articles, Blog, Conservation, Environment & Food, Nature|0 Comments

An Unexpected Bonus

An Unexpected Bonus Many farms in our district also incorporate areas of production forests, mostly smaller blocks of Radiate Pine trees. When these trees are harvested, generally at around to 25 to 30 years of age, there can be quite a lot of disruption to farming operations – and also in some cases, adventure [...]

Imminent Doom

Living in Interesting Times We live in interesting times, of that there can be no doubt. How many other generations also believed they lived in interesting times? Most no doubt. However, the enormity of what is happening in our times is unparalleled. Yet, on a personal level, I struggle to balance what I have [...]

River Valley Happenings of 2019

River Valley Happenings of 2019 So much of our lives, we are constantly looking forward. Planning this, building that, New Year's resolutions, this year is going to be much better than the previous year. And so on. However, how often do we spend time looking back? Treasuring the highlights, remembering the low points, and [...]

What a Load of Bollocks, Food Police and Raw Milk

What a Load of Bollocks, Food Police and Raw Milk How much personal responsibility should I be allowed to decide what sorts of food I eat or drink? A few days ago, I read an article that got me thinking about this on news website Stuff. The article covered a series of raids by [...]

By | 2020-01-05T21:58:07+00:00 December 29th, 2019|Articles, Blog, Environment & Food, social change|0 Comments

Wellness

Wellness A few days ago, I was at our local primary school (ages 5 to 13 years), Pukeokahu Primary. The reason for my visit was to watch the process whereby the school passed its assessment from Bronze to Silver Enviro School – which they did. It was great to see the enthusiasm that the [...]