If you've never grown your own food, don't be daunted. It's fun and easy. Even if you live in the city, you can start practising your gardening skills. Here's a few tips...
Many people move from the city to the country with romantic ideas of building mudbrick or strawbale houses. Building a house of any kind is a big undertaking, but when you have to make the materials it's an even bigger undertaking. Builders and tradespeople may be hard to find outside major towns, so all these things need to be taken into consideration.
The question is, how long can you live and work in a caravan and shipping container while you build?
If building on a virgin block of land you also need to take into account the cost of getting power poles and lines brought to your block and house site and/or solar options.
For a quickstart option, try to find a block of land that already has a dwelling, tanks, power, phone etc. However if you want to put your heart and soul into building a home, you may find some useful information in the links on this page...
Creating a Self Sustainable Ascending Garden by Mila
Food & Drink
Robinvale Organic Wines (Aust): www.organicwines.com.au
Doctor Earth: Organic Foods & Natural Therapies - Bondi Junction Mall, 444 Oxford Street. Ph (02) 9389 3404
Pacific Solar (Aust): www.pacificsolar.com.au
Rainbow Power Company (Aust): www.rpc.com.au
One Moon Tipi's (Aust): www.onemoon.com.au
Strawbale Home Building (Aust): www.earthgarden.com.au/strawbale/
Ecological Homes (Aust): www.ecologicalhomes.com.au
How to Build a Straw Bale House
Health & Beauty Products:
Trace Essentials (Aust): www.traceessentials.com.au
Pure Alternatives (Animal Health) (Aust); www.purealternatives.com.au
Veg Web: vegweb.com
Vegetarian Resource Group: Recipes - www.vrg.org/recipes
Vegetarian Recipes Around The World - www.ivu.org/recipes
All Recipes-Vegetarian: www.vegetarianrecipe.com
Our Vegetarian Recipe page
Earth Garden Magazine (Aust): www.earthgarden.com.au
Backwoods Home Magazine (US): www.backwoodshome.com
Eden Seeds (Aust): www.edenseeds.com.au
The Diggers Club (Aust): www.diggers.com.au
Seedsavers Network (Aust): www.seedsavers.net
Seed Saving Resources (Intl): homepage.eircom.net/~merlyn/
Austral Herbs & Seeds (Aust): www.australherbs.com.au
Phoenix Seeds, P.O. Box 94619, Tasmania 7331, Australia
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