Obtain a Yield

The permaculture design principle Obtain A Yield often conjurs images of lush vegetable gardens or fruit trees, but there are many other yields to be found.

Yesterday I removed some roofing iron and old timbers from the roof of an abandoned dairy.  The timbers were old Australian hardwood; very strong and increasingly hard to get.  Because they are aged, they won’t twist or shrink.  The timber comprised 4 x2 purlins (already removed prior to photograph below) and 5 x 1.5 rafters.  I found a bit of borer in some of the purlins, but the rafters were all in great condition – and the larger ones measured out at 5.3 metres (sorry to mix the metric & Imperial systems, but I’m bilingual)

chestnut farm roof timbers obtain a yield

By the way, this is not Produce No Waste….  Produce No Waste relates to your place and your systems: when you go somewhere else and scavenge, salvage or forage something that someone else would otherwise discard, you are obtaining a yield.   😉

The roofing iron was 7.3 m long – too long to fit on my tandem trailer – so I cut it in half.  3.65 m is still a pretty useful size sheet.

chestnut farm roofing iron obtain a yield

Permaculture Design Course hosting

It has been a fabulous weekend; I’m really enjoying hosting the Ballarat Permaculture Guild PDC group… a great crew and it’s a real pleasure to share the farm with them on this learning journey.  Yesterday, we spent a beautiful Autumn day  at Melliodora – David Holmgren & Su Dennett’s property in Hepburn – where David gave the group a property tour in the morning (focussing on design process) and we talked about his upcoming book Retrosuburbia in the afternoon.

Chestnut Farm Melliodora dam autumn Chestnut farm David Holmgren laughing Melliodora PDC tour

Today the PDC group were back at the farm to have an enthralling day led by Ian Lillington.  We swept across several of the permaculture domains: land tenure, housing options, finance & economics, group processes, health & spiritual wellbeing.  In between robust discussions of LETS systems, the Brixton Pound, co-housing, whether there’s a place for spirituality in permaculture, how renters can crank their permaculture systems and much more, the design teams had brief meetings to set themselves for the final weeks before their presentations in June.  It was a FULL day!   🙂

Chestnut Farm Ian Lillington 2017 PDC Chestnut Farm Liz laughing

…and we’re back!

Welcome to the new Chestnut Farm website.  We’ve simplified the site and made it easier to stay in touch with what’s happening.  Our blog posts now go directly to the Farm FaceBook account, plus you can now subscribe to have blogs emailed to you directly.

It’s been a busy 6 months at Chestnut Farm and I’m very excited to be heading to Europe in just over 4 weeks.  I’ll be attending the Permaculture Scotland Gathering June 30/July 1 & 2, doing a weekend forest garden course with Martin Crawford in Devon and also offering some one day courses in Suffolk, so share that course info with your UK friends!  [If the details aren’t up yet, give us a day or so. .. 🙂]  After the UK, I’ll be in Germany for a few weeks, so…

…if you know cool places to visit in either the UK or Germany, please let me know…   🙂

Last weekend I was elected to the Board of Permaculture Australia, so thanks to Richard Telford and Oliver Holmgren for nominating me and all those who voted for me.

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