Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wild onion and chickweed

I shot theses two images on a grotty day and the Get Growing team made them attractive with some text. I wrote the copy. There's more at Get Growing. It's online.

Dairying swallowing forests

Primal enough to catch your attention?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Beeless borage

Bee uplifting

The past few days have been uncomfortable ones for our bees. Like humans, they don't like crap weather and huddle inside in order to avoid the cold and rain. This photo of a bee was not taken this month but during the summer. It's intended to lift the spirits of any bee reading my blog.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Images from the archives

I found a folder of photographs hidden in the murky depths of my old laptop. Here are some of them (there are dozens in total, all good by my reckoning).

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Food forests more and more popular in the South

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  1. Food forest puts Riverton couple on the map |
    23 Apr 2013 ... A Southland couple's "food forest" is expected to be a major drawcard for ... heritage rokewood apples at their multi-layered Riverton forest garden. ... was the first time their food forest had featured on an international platform.
  2. The rise of food forests in the south |
    19 Jan 2015 ... Robyn Guyton and her husband Robert were permaculturalists who had been working on their Riverton forest garden, which has been ...
  3. Food forests promoted in south |
    8 Dec 2014 ... Robert Guyton explains the Food Forest idea to Anna Rutherford at the ... about the theories involved in creating edible forest gardens. ... The world had sold itself to commercialised production, and it was time to claim production back. Southland could be self sufficient if people used more of their land for ...
  4. Food forests growing in popularity |
    15 Jan 2015 ... Food forests, also known as forest gardening, are an easy to maintain and ... One of the world's leading examples is growing in Southland.
  5. The Guyton's Food Forest (Riverton - NZ) - Food Forest NZ
    16 Jun 2013 ... Food forest puts Riverton couple on the map – Southland Times ... been published about them and their forest garden, they get about 5 phone ...
  6. South Coast Environment Society | Content | News
    Food Forest Tours ~ A guided tour with Robert/Robyn Guyton through their 17 ... To can listen here on-line any time: Click on ..... They are in Riverton to see the school and community Gardens and orchards, ...
  7. findNZarticles - National Library of New Zealand
    Results 1 - 20 of 1696690 ... Date: 24 Nov 2004 From: Southland Times, By: Savory, Logan ... Trish Witnesses the revival of food forest gardens in New Zealand.
  8. The Invercargill City Council's proposal... - The Southland Times
    Also food forests are a great idea.. but in Southland the season is from October ... time to get back to nature teach a child to grow a garden that child will in turn ...
  9. Imagine having a supermarket right... - The Southland Times
    The Southland Times · January 18 · ... The joys of forest gardening. It's like having ... If rental has a vege garden u might tend and grow then your landlord sells.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Food forests could replace playgrounds

"25 playgrounds in Invercargill and Bluff could be replaced with food forests under a proposal presented to the Invercargill City Council's Long Term Plan hearing.

Invercargill school teacher Jacqueline Stewart said using the 25 playground sites earmarked for removal as part of a community permaculture or Mara Kai project would benefit the community.

They would create a nutritious food source, increase awareness of the importance of healthy eating, provide employment, and create educational opportunities, she said.

Stewart said the Riverton food forest operated by Robert and Robyn Guyton proved the proposal would attract people to the city.

"The Guytons have the best example of a southern climate food forest, and they're getting people from around the world visiting," she said.

Councillor Lloyd Esler questioned the proposal, saying many of the proposed foods, including kumara, would not grow in Invercargill because of the climate.

Stewart said she would have to conduct more research into which types of plants would be suitable, but she was confident the idea was realistic.

The Guytons did not respond to a request for comment before The Southland Times' deadline."

Jeeze, Lloyd!
Go Jac!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fun with ivy

Spring? It can't be far away.

(My fledgeling beard reveals that the photo was taken last spring, not the spring coming)