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Who and what is blockhill
Blockhill is the eco-living arrangement and rural lifestyle of Olmec and Melisa Sinclair. Together, with assorted animals and birds, they grow a forest garden using natural approaches and permaculture principals.
Ecosystem restoration and increased biodiversity
As with many areas of New Zealand that have been cleared and converted to pasture for grazing, the land at blockhill was compacted and biological diversity was low. By eliminating further compaction and introducing an extensive mix of plant species we have developed habitat and food source for a wide range of micro and macro organisms which in turn boost ecosystem health, nutrient cycling and ultimate productivity.
The changing climate highlights the importance of having suitably adapted plant species. Rates of change may outpace the ability for plants to adapt through natural selection and therefore require physical transportation and relocation to climatically suitable zones. Our botanical collection aims to make available a large number of practical and valuable food, medicine, timber and other plants.
Peaceful and aesthetic setting
By developing our surroundings in a way that results in a beautiful, peaceful place there is less reason or desire to travel away from the site for enjoyment or relaxation.
Resilience, nourishment and health
Growing your own food, of having nature do it for you, reduces the need to earn scarce dollars with which to purchase sustenance and also increases control over the quality and nutritiousness of the food you consume. We have worked to create a landscape that is constantly producing fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. By realigning our dietary expectations with the rhythms of the seasons and the climate of our site we can enjoy fresh foraged meals year round.
Demonstrate and inspire
We want to show that a simple life can be rewarding and fulfilling, rich in purpose and variety. By creating a lifestyle to aspire to and leading by example we hope that others will consider realigning their life course.
As long as local governments levy land taxes (rates) we will require at least some official money. We wanted our land to fund these charges without resorting to selling produce which ultimately depletes the underlying vitality of the system unless equivalent material is imported to offset the losses. Over the years we have worked a number of low impact income streams including tourism and accommodation, education and consultancy and plants and seed sales.
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