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I have won 2019 Eco Champion award, from Logan City Council.
If GPS says you can go through Yarrabilba, you can’t.
In 2019 I will have these potted plants to sell: seed producing lemon grass, arrowroot (people eat the tubers like potatoes and chickens eat the young leaves) and galangal, cassava and citronella pellagonium. I also have organis honey for sale, $10/1kg jar.
I have had an electric bike since April 2018, which I put together, including recycling second-hand Lithium-Ion batteries from old laptops with the help of Substation33, who recycle electronic waste.
I have bought an electric van and plan to put solar panels on it, like Substation33’s Solar Trailer and use it as a tiny (portable) home to go north WWOOFing in winter and maybe full-time later. That is to help people learn to live more sustainably. I can help with a Permaculture Design and help implement a design. I can help set up European and native bee hives. You can see my closed crowd-funding campaign here, Monk’s Mobile Mansion.
Logan Village is in a drought micro-climate. Storms usually come from the south, and two mountain ranges make them go west and east of us, usually leaving us dry. So I use about 20L of water per day for non-drinking household use (cooking and washing – dishes, clothes and myself) and an additional approx. 5L per day for drinking. For the last year, the solar pump has not worked, to pump water from the dam. So vegetable production was very low. Now the septic trench has been redone, after the next rain flushes the dam, I’ll get the pump fixed.
Most build info of the following features can be found at Bhikkhu Dhamma-daasa News. So the tours will not include much details, maybe detailing one main feature.
The tours will proceed in the following order (an old-fashioned bell may be rung matching the number of the feature, so people can know where to go and what is going to be explained).
Cooling and Heating/Cooking:
An above-ground 500L cellar max. ~24 degrees year round, less in winter, which enabled me to downsize my fridge from 240L to 50L (mainly for medicine, dairy and meat), solar and geothermally run, no electricity or moving parts. Now I have a camping fridge too, mainly to freeze things.
Chook Pen from Salvaged Materials (except wire and corner posts):
Young Food Forest <3yrs: thickly mulched with mixed exotics and natives; natives are mostly nitrogen fixers; the pigeon pea and wattles had closed canopy (see pics above), but they have been cut back.
Two Flow Hives (relatively new Australian invention, cost ~$700; saves $700+ for extraction equipment) which have been converted to horizontal configuration (two boxes BESIDE each other, to avoid heavy lifting) and two normal hives beside my shed. Sometimes I have a few more new hives, getting ready for sale.
NOTE: bees are right by my shed and fly around it; they might fly around you, but if you remain calm and don’t flap your arms, they should not sting. In any case, know if you are allergic and bring an Epi-pen, if so.
Minor features include:
Local honey and honey comb, natural: cleaner, laundry and dish detergent, hand wash, plant pest spray, wine (mead); recycling: egg shells, kitchen scraps, weeds, greywater; free native and honey bee monthly workshops, w-(icking beds in p)-onds (‘magic wonds’) that are also toad traps; stainless steel pegs.
I used to make Jun culture (probiotic fermented tea with honey), like Kombucha, which cannot be made with honey.
Read more in the Jimboomba Times written by Michael Burge on 4 September 2017.
I have a Blue Card and welcome school outings.