When I Was Eight

Having young children I get the opportunity to read many different picture books. It’s a different experience then a book of only words, there’s a simplicity of story that I find I like. It’s like a storyteller sitting round the fire. 

When I Was Eight, by Christy Jordan-Fenton (Author), Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (Author), Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrator) is a compelling story that you should read, too. There is so much wrapped up in this book. A bit of history, witnessing the cruelty of colonization, the magic of thoughts & words,  and a triumph over adversity. 

This is a piece of culture that I would like to see continue on. I hope that you will share this book with your children. It’s available at my local library, probably yours too.

Urban Permaculture

I’m really excited to be working with Rhonda Baird and William Faith on this one day workshop! As always it’s a chance to expand awareness of permaculture and to think critically about the problems we collectively face. I come away from these experiences feeling energised about what we’re able to do together.

You can register for the workshop here.

Permaculture is a way of being in the world often thought of as a gardening system. This is 

Mushrooms & Future of Food

Join us for the Cooperative’s annual Mushroom Workshop and Future of Food! You can pre-pay on the website or RSVP by emailing us at

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Box Rocket

Behold:

The next rocket stove design to test, a box rocket! Luckily consumer culture has just the thing to make a stovetop, a cast iron casserole pan.  It burned reasonably well when the wind wasn’t knocking over the chimney. It burnt much better when we converted it to a standard J tube (sorry no pictures). It burnt well enough and had enough functionality that I would like to test this in situ. The next steps are to build the infrastructure to set this up in a hoop, we need a concrete and a chimney. Then, we can test out some designs and zero in on a design to build!

Here is the original inspiration:

Permaculture Will Not

Permaculture will not be given to us by our parents. You can’t buy it at the garden store. It won’t be shipped in from California or Chile. We need to build its systems from scratch with our own two hands. 

Permaculture can only grow where we are, from that which surrounds us. 

What is Permaculture – Magic

Permaculture combines our will, our wants and desires, with the reality around us. It helps us match that imagined state with the world as it really exists. 
 
Permaculture is the magical combination of intent and interaction with the complex systems around us.