Under water…

Hi, this is Geoff.

So this has been an interesting week, to say the least.

Anyone heard of Cyclone Debbie?

This is the kind of havoc it created in nearby Lismore (our local shire, and the closest city to us – about 15 minutes away from our farm). More here, and here is some additional footage from the air.

I’ve never seen such an extreme event hit Zaytuna Farm like this. The flows of water were intense, to put it mildly. Despite this, and despite the mind-boggling pressure put on the system by such a massive volume of rain – 440mm in 24 hours – the farm and the permaculture-designed system stood strong.

No damage done. Here it all is, the day after…

Folks, permaculture isn’t classroom theory. It’s real, it works, and the results speak for themselves. Anyone can do this for events minor, enormous, or extreme; all you need is a time-tested framework and a bit of creativity.

With no further ado, this week’s Friday Five (VERY wet weekend edition)

Clean Energy Isn’t Enough: This growing awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels represents a crucial shift in our consciousness. But I can’t help but fear we’ve missed the point. As important as clean energy might be, the science is clear: it won’t save us from climate change.” With that observation, The Guardian’s Jason Hickel makes an impassioned plea for a new, sustainable economic model that moves us away from the illusion of infinite growth. It reminds me of what Bill once said: “I think it’s pointless asking questions like ‘Will humanity survive?’ It’s purely up to people – if they want to, they can, if they don’t want to, they won’t.” Which will it be?

Beethoven and Recycling: Garbage trucks that play Beethoven? A 55% recycling rate? An interesting 60 second video giving an overview of some unique practices that encourage recycling in Taiwan. More in-depth coverage of their system here, and a full-length report in the Wall Street Journal here (this might require signing in to WSJ to read).

Looming Extinction: Species diversity is a “wealth indicator” of the environment; indifference to the well-being of ancient species is both ignorance and recklessness. The eastern Sumatran rhinoceros, the world’s smallest rhino, is under duress: We’ve got none of these left in the wild, and only three behind fences in the Borneo Rhinoceros Sanctuary.  

Smile: I want to end this on a positive note, so I saved this for the end of the Friday Five. I don’t want to say too much, but the chances are very, very good that this will make you smile. Watch the video here, and see if you can resist. 🙂

In case you missed it: A few interesting pieces this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:

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That’s it for the Friday Five.

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Cheers, and have a great weekend

Your friend,


2017-04-02T16:39:01+00:00 Blog|2 Comments
  • Troy Santos

    Do you really trust the people who will use facial recognition technology (re: the Smile post)? I myself don’t, not for a moment, especially if the stuff is being pushed by governments. For me, the US government is especially suspect. Here’s a 9 minute video from a guy named James Corbett. He is on the ball with his investigation and reporting. You can go right to 5:15 if you’d rather just watch and listen to the part about facial recognition technology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbdw8ViEl1Y 🙂

  • Cameron Drew

    Hey Everyone. Just listened to a fascinating radio interview with a Canadian researcher who contributed to the American Psychological Associations report on the effects of Climate Change on Mental Health. May have already popped here on the blog but here is the link;


    What was interesting to hear was the noted similarities between the experience of Northern CDN Native communities and their perception of Sea Ice loss and Australian Farmers and their perception of drought.