What can I do with my excess kombucha and kefir?

So you’ve fallen in love with fermenting your food and making your own kombucha…but you suddenly realise that you have huge amount of kombucha, kefir and other yummy goods that are growing out of control and your family isn’t as big as your microbe family. So now what? Time to step-up your waste free living…

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Can children create a permaculture design?

This was the question put forward to me back in Brazil in 2007. Can children create a permaculture design? My answer was, but of course!  Teachers from various public schools in Pirenopolis, Goais invited the NGO – Ecocentro IPEC, in which I am involved, to implement a program that would support students to re-design their public…

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Have Fun With Vitamins – Kids Gardening

Feeding children can be like riding a rollercoaster. Some days they just eat whatever you give them. Other days it’s like a terror, as it can be close to impossible to get them to eat anything at all, especially vegetables. Children can become picky eaters for a number of reasons. Some children are simply more…

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The slithery facts of snakes

The snake has been clouded with myth and legends for centuries. In Ancient Greek times the goddess Demeter (Roman – Ceres) held a snake in one hand and sheaths of grain in the other. This symbolized abundance of crop and wealth. In Greece, at the oracle of the Delphi, the High Priestess would receive the…

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7 Essential Items for Waste Free Living

Plastic Free July is almost over but that doesn’t mean the effort to reduce and refuse plastic stops here. Great news is many people are converting to material bags for shopping. The Australia-wide ban has lead to 80% drop in plastic bag consumption. Now it’s time to step it up and move to other plastic free…

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9 Ways to Teach Children to Love Nature

Children are naturally born with a sense of wonder. When left alone, many children often explore the world with all their senses. They may experiment eating mud pies, shove their noses into flowers or try to catch ants and other bugs. Many children will communicate their discoveries to those around them and demonstrate an affinity…

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How to make a Keyhole Garden

My mama started making keyhole beds after she read “Mandala gardens: a booklet for Permaculture gardeners” by Robyn Francis. At this time we were living at Ecocentro IPEC so we had lots of space to experiment with creating keyhole gardens. I have memories of munching parsley and playing games with my friends in the ‘huge’…

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