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What's all the fuss about?

Since 2009 we have been practising natural living. Our actions and activities focus on establishing and refining a sustainable, enjoyable and meaningful existence that works in harmony with natural systems.

Welcome to visitors and guests

Want to learn more or see things up close and personal? Come visit, relax, learn and enjoy.

We offer a number of different options for people looking to visit, stay, learn and work.

Participate and learn - work exchange

Participate and learn - work exchange

Since 2012 we have been sharing our knowledge, produce and lifestyle with eager and willing participants.

If you'd like to come and stay and help out with our day-to-day activities, we happily exchange some of your time and efforts throughout the day for education, inspiration and comfortable accommodation surrounded by the permaculture food forest garden.

Eco cabin tiny house accommodation

A peaceful retreat surrounded by organic (permaculture) gardens and native bush. Relax in the hammocks during the sunny days or soak in the fire-bath under the night sky. A cosy cottage on a rainy day with beautiful private views looking out over the beech trees.
The Eco Cabin is a studio style single room which includes a mezzanine loft bed (queen mattress) with an additional fold-out futon bed downstairs. There is easy access to an outdoor composting toilet and fire-heated/solar-heated shower, as well as a fire-heated/solar-heated outdoor bath.

Cooking facilities include a wood fired cooktop and oven. There is also a toaster, double hotplate and toaster oven for your convenience. The cabin has running water, mini fridge and kitchen bench for preparing meals.

Enjoy the private deck overlooking the native bush, ideal for bird-watching and relaxation.
  • Suitable for up to 2 guests.
  • Not suitable for young children
  • No wifi (minimal cellpone and data coverage)
  • No smoking anywhere on the premises
Day trip to the 'farm'

Day trip to the 'farm'

Come to Blockhill for the day! Bring a picnic and your gumboots. Explore our young food forest, meet the Kune Kune pigs, free-range chooks, and Muscovy ducks. A great place to enjoy the country with the birds and bees.
Suitable for groups of 1 - 8 people.

Adults $10 - Children $5 - (Children under 5 yrs - free)


Natural living

Seeking a better way to inhabit the earth

Living on contour - working with water flow

Living on contour - working with water flow

Water is the essence of life and as such we need to be thinking about how to make best use of what we have. The most important work we do is to implement solutions for capturing, storing, diverting and infiltrating rainwater and runoff. This helps build soil, nourish crops, prevent erosion, minimise drought and reduce or eliminate irrigation needs.
Learn about the art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
August 21, 2014
  water  swale  contour 
I am Cat - Popular children's book

I am Cat - Popular children's book

'I am CAT' is narrated by a shamelessly proud feline who is happy to be unique from other animals. The story touches on concepts of self esteem and uses humour to reveal some of the ways in which Cat prefers being himself above all else. With it's simple rhyming text and soft colourful illustrations, the story will appeal to preschool and primary school aged children, as well as young readers.
  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Colour illustrations
  • Spine: perfect sewnbound
  • Width: 280mm
  • Height: 210mm
Click the 'view photos' button to see sample images of the story.
$19.00each
$15.00each if you buy 2 or more
$12.00each if you buy 4 or more
  book  children  art  gibson  cat 

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Phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy

Phacelia, blue tansy or purple tansy

Botanical name  Phacelia
Details  Quick and easy to grow, this fantastic bee plant can get up to a meter tall, covered in purple flowers. As it produces a large amount of plant matter it is also useful as green manure or mulch. Produces plenty of seed for next season.
Tags    annual  purple  bees  seed 
Price  $3.90100 seeds
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Fennel

Fennel

Botanical name  Foeniculum vulgare
Details  Super easy to grow requiring no care or attention. Grown as part of our food forest conversion process for transitioning from grass.
  • Produces a lot of biomass in a season.
  • Deep root system for soil stabilisation and building via organic mater injection.
  • Flowers loved by beneficial insects.
  • Seeds harden in autumn and can be used for tea or left to feed the birds and self seed.
Edible  
Perennial  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Price  $3.90100 seeds
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Russell Lupin

Russell Lupin

Botanical name  Lupinus polyphyllus
Details  This leafy plant can grow to a meter and a half with its tall colourful spires of flowers. Being a legume, lupins fix nitrogen in the surrounding soil for use by other plants making them a useful as well as attractive addition to the garden or orchard. They are also a nectar source for bumblebees and other insects.
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    nitrogen  legume  flowers 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
Colour  mixed
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Babaco

Babaco

Common name  Babaco, Mountain Papaya, Champagne Fruit
Botanical name  Carica x heilbornii
Details  Grown under plastic. Produces large, yellow fruit pentagonal in cross-section. Easily propagated from stem cuttings.
Variety  Pentagona
Flowers  Small white
Diameter  1.00
Height (m)  2
Edible  
Evergreen  
Frost sensitive  
Fruit / berries  
Perennial  
Shade / Sun  Full sun - part shade
Soil type  Rich, free draining
Wind tolerance  Low (large leaves)
Tags    exotic  sub-tropical  fruit 
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Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

Botanical name  Chamaecytisus palmensis
Details  Fast growing, drought resistant nitrogen fixer (legume). This small tree has white flowers which are loved by bees, bumblebees and native pigeon.
Grown as a nurse or support tree during the establishment of more long term tree plantings. Useful as a quick canopy / umbrella over citrus, avocados etc. or used as physical scaffold for climbers such as grape, kiwifruit etc.
Good firewood from mature trees.

Pour hot water over the seeds and soak for 24 hours before planting into course sand.
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags    perennial  tree  legume  birds  bees 
Price  $3.9050 seeds
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Sunflower

Sunflower

Botanical name  Helianthus annuus
Details  This easy to grow plant will produce a single large yellow flower 1 to 2 meters above the ground.
  • Plant climbing beans amongst the sunflowers when they are a meter high, the beans will climb the stem
  • The seeds ripen in April and can be fed directly to chickens or left for birds
  • Can get blown over by strong wind
Edible  
Seeds / nuts / tubers  
Tags    annual  flowers  bees  birds 
Price  $3.9030 seeds
Colour  Yellow
Living on contour - working with water flow

Living on contour - working with water flow

Water is the essence of life and as such we need to be thinking about how to make best use of what we have. The most important work we do is to implement solutions for capturing, storing, diverting and infiltrating rainwater and runoff. This helps build soil, nourish crops, prevent erosion, minimise drought and reduce or eliminate irrigation needs.
Learn about the art of land shaping for natural rainfall catchment, a practical guide to water harvesting and management.
Make the most of the water available, direct surplus water away from wet areas towards dry areas.
Use swales and terraces to halt the flow of water and nutrient off the land and allow it infiltrate and hydrate the soil.
August 21, 2014
  water  swale  contour 

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