I've been reading the forums and daily-ish email for a while and thought I should join up here and say 'hello'.
I've been studying and practising permaculture for the past 10 years or so in a few different places, doing what I could on rented land, mostly learning useful kitchen skills for preserving food, cooking seasonally and from scratch, making cheeses and so on, along with raising goats, chickens and some vegetables.
Last year my family moved on to some land of our own and are in the process of observing and slowly making changes to turn a few acres of east-facing old logging land into a productive and sustainable food-producing system. We are off the grid.
So far we have continued to keep goats and chickens, and are growing some vegetables. I am experimenting with producing more calorie crops, working with what grows easily here, and experimenting with some small scale grain raising using chicken tractors and broadforking. We hope to start building ponds to capture runoffwater and to make a duck and paddy rice growing system in the next few years, along with doing some fencing and growing some grasses to raise more animals.
I have a blog at thenourishinghearthfire.com where I post recipes and homesteading things, and generally try to make a nice space online without ads and clickbait.
Here is a photo of some beautiful baby goats born here a couple of weeks ago!
Welcome to Permies, Kate. Sounds like you have a great thing going on down in Tas. good luck on your projects
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It is an exciting time! We love it here and we have lots of ideas for the land, and just have to focus on getting one thing done at a time, which at the moment is finishing a fence for the home garden and getting more seeds and seedlings planted.
It is nice to be on a site full of people with similar ideas doing great things on different land all over the place.
Hopefully I will soon have good things to post about this years gardening... Just need to finish my permanent fence to keep these naughty possums and wallabies out. We're getting some pigs again soon too, which is always exciting.