Monday, 12 November 2018

This is permacultural neopeasantry

It has been a very social time of late, guests from many places visiting with much sharing, learning and sleeves-rolled-up labouring. A lovely French couple, Ariane and Thomas, stopped in. They are making a film of transitioning peoples from around the world, and they provided us a very privileged bird's eye view of Tree Elbow University's School of Applied Neopeasantry, AKA our quarter-acre home ecology.


Thomas Dorleans even made this little mash up of the footage he took, which we layered with our mate Charlie's songful magic to make this little vid of the spring garden. (If you are reading this as an email subscription you'll need to click through to our blog to see it).


Thomas also took this lovely pic of us with our second Permaculture Living Course (PLC) participants, the delightful Christy, Moe and Liam. 


A PLC involves many differing skills and knowledges and any given day will include various songs of fermentation, cellaring, composting, sowing, harvesting, soil prepping, building, cooking, repairing tools, community gardening, community forest stewardship and fire prevention work, to list just a few things. Woody has been making a series of videos of late of such labours and learnings and this one shows the work Christy, Moe and Liam carried out to continue the fire prevention and ecology enhancing programme we've initiated on the south-west edge of the town, based on David Holmgren's and the Spring Creek community's volunteer work over the past 25 years in Hepburn.


This work complements and extends the beautiful labours that Cara, Marty and Teeka were doing in the previous PLC. Make and Play bush school kids, Woody, Luna, Fab and Leah, hang out while gently absorbing the volunteer service work of adults taking responsibility for their futures. 


Make and Play has been going for two years now and we have been learning so much about forest biomes, edible weeds and wild foods, and how to make magic, simple tools and build collaborative skills.


Patrick is about to start Feral and Free, a group for older kids, which will be a radical, less formal form of Scouts. If you would like more info please email him. Patrick has also been offering his weedy and feral knowledges at the Daylesford Sunday Farmers' Market, collecting donations for the community gardens in exchange for proclaiming the edible and medicinal properties of numerous weed species. His next weedy appearance will be on Sunday 2 December between 10-12 noon.


While Meg has been sharing her fermenting knowledges at the monthly Daylesford Culture Club meet-ups. In December she will be facilitating a miso-making workshop. Make sure you follow the Hepburn Relocalisation Network for details to come.

Photo: Mara Ripani
Other guests we have hosted recently include Eva Perroni and Eric Holt-Giménez, who came to stay with us on their tour of Australia for the Food for Thought and Action series. With Eva we put together the Land for Life event as part of this series, and it will soon be available as a video on our Youtube channel. Community elder and permie activator, Su Dennett, joined us for a post Land for Life breakfast.


The Land for Life event, featuring Bec Phillips, David Holmgren and Eric, was a remarkable moment in our community, drawing on indigenous, permacultural and post-capital relationships concerning food, land, culture and economy. The night transcended typical heady discussions to become more about trust building and healing the traumas of our imperialist pasts, each as capital subjects and actors of varying degree.


It is always sobering after such a powerful event to return to the stuff of the everyday, using the body for what we call productive yoga – lifting, hauling, cutting, stirring, holding, shaking, walking, mixing, harvesting, digging, sitting, throwing, forking, running, thrusting, hurling, bending, squatting, etc. All these things constitute the biophysical rhythms of the day from stretching the gluten of the spelt dough, to mixing the weed or poultry teas, or sifting the dry potash from the char to make a range of home-brewed fertilisers required for the garden. In combination they call us home to a certain presence of mind, through the body,


like hanging out the family cloth, for example. Each cloth, after being washed, is 'ironed' by the palm of our hand as we prepare them for the drying rack. They dry by the solar of the sun (outside) or by the solar of our hand axed and walked-for wood (inside). Many small, repetitive tasks throughout the day mosaic into a rich order of productions, which together constitute as low an impact life as we can currently achieve. We were once fecaphobes, now we are fecaphiles, as our brightly singing family cloths and humanure soils attest.


And it is this that we aim to impart during each of our PLCs. Below Christy, Moe and Liam plant out our home-raised tomato and basil seedlings into our newly prepped humanure compost annual beds. Closing the poop loop and saving seeds are two very powerful processes that enable us to live off the industrial food grid and therefore divest from that sector of capitalism.


Running these courses has been extremely rewarding and heartwarmingly positive. Building relationships are everything within regenerative-gifting economies, and the social warming that takes place in a PLC is certainly the sympoetic honey on the cake. 

Many thanks for reading. We look forward to responding to your comments and questions. If you are inspired by what we do please subscribe to this blog or Youtube page, and tell a friend or two about the things we're up to. It's your social network that will help to share and expand a culture of households who are in transition from damaging forms of economy to a culture that includes a plethora of regenerative and life-giving household responses to the predicament of our times.


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Before we go we'd like to tell you about a number of forthcoming events:

A talk
Patrick is giving a talk in Melbourne on Wednesday November 14 at Hawthorn Library (584 Glenferrie Rd). The talk, entitled Here come the neo-peasants, is about how and why we live like we do and what are the social, environmental and climate imperatives of transitioning to low carbon lifeways. Entry is free. More info here.

A tour
We have one more house and garden tour for the year on Sunday November 25 from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Tickets are $32.74 (incl. booking fee) and includes afternoon tea. You can buy tickets here.

More PLCs
Would you like to do a Permaculture Living Course? Do you understand the permaculture ethics and principles but are not sure what it means to embody them in your everyday life? Are you already on the path away from a pervasive pollution-consumption ideology but want to take it much further? Our next round of applications to do a PLC at Tree Elbow University's School of Applied Neopeasantry are open. Head here for more info about what's involved. And please email us if you'd like an application form. Applications close Friday November 23. The three autumn 2019 PLC dates are:

Feb 25 - March 10
April 1 - 14
April 29 - May 12

PLCs are 100% non-monetary and 100% non-accredited.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

New podcast! House + garden tours! New PLC dates! And a very special forthcoming event!

Well, it's been three weeks since our sweet divorce from social media and we've been breathing more deeply by not serving the algorithm. We are exceedingly more productive, co-organising a significant new community speaking event, tending, gathering and making returns within our food and energy biomes, and teaching our first Permaculture Living Course (PLC).

Teeka, Marty and Cara are our first three PLC students

PLCs aim to transform permaculture principles and ethics into truly living the change – living alternative economies, practicing social-permaculture, fermenting and composting incalculable things to extend life and honour death, caring for kin, community and more-than-humans, developing post-materialist/capitalist lifeways, growing and harvesting home and community food and energy resources, making biomic returns (humanure, potash, micturated biochar, weed and poultry teas etc), and guerilla-managing public lands using regenerative land practices. Song-, philosophy- and poem-making also feature big throughout the day's labours, coupling the pragmatic with the soulful, the earthly with the abstract. Our PLCs are 100% non-monetary and 100% non-accredited.

Apply. Our next round of applications to do a Permaculture Living Course are open. Head here for more info about what's involved. Please email us if you'd like an application form. Applications close Friday November 23. The three autumn 2019 PLC dates are:

Dates.
Feb 25 - March 10
April 1 - 14
April 29 - May 12

Gift. We're looking for those who are not only committed to transforming their home economy into a carbon-conscious social ecology, but those already engaged in such work within the community (by which we mean non-monetary) economies.

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Tours. Our house and garden tours have begun again and you can book for a tour here. There are two more tours this year.


Podcast tour. If you can't make it to an actual tour you can listen to our latest podcast, Radical neopeasant homemaking, which was recorded a few weeks ago, captured on our last tour:



We hope this gives you a little insight into some of the processes, systems and biomes we labour with and within.

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Event. With our community caps on we have been working hard with Eva Perroni to put together this special event, which takes place in our home town of Daylesford in less than two weeks:


Land for Life. Featuring Jaara speaker Rebecca Phillips, permaculture co-originator David Holmgren and US food activist-scholar, Eric Holt Giménez, this event will be the second in a series of talks, since we co-produced Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures (2016) with Anthony Petrucci.


Note. If you'd like more info about Land for Life, please email us (click above right) or head over here.

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Thanks. Thank you for reading and engaging with our labours in our little neck of the world,
Artist as Family.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Home

We are home.


It is male. 


It is female.


Home is we.



Home is a place of many makings,


and scratchings,


and gifts.



We are young ones,


learning to make,


an array,


of goodly things.



We are older ones,


who brew fire and broth,


preserve all manner of sweet things,


throw together weedy, seedy and sprouted lentil salads,


clean and dry nutritious weeds for storing,


sift the char from the potash and use both in different applications,


build ritual places to cry out the old life,


and recycle our mammalian wastes to ferment into humanure.



Our various productions require planning ahead,


in order to create abundance,


and turn such treasure into medicine,


and all before lunchtime,


which is before playtime,


and more play,


before siesta time.



The afternoon's homemaking sees us expanding the food commons,


bow making with gleaned timbers,


and then on to the tip to bring back more glass frames,


to extend the growing season,


and to make another story of economy,


that is active and accountable,


and love treasuring,


and making.


Thank you Gabrielle Connole for all the wonderful photos above, and the 24 hours we shared together.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Creatures of place

In March of this year, Jordan and Antoinette from Happen Films came and spent a few days with us to talk ideas, share food and labours, and film us going about our daily makings. The result is this beautiful short video, Creatures of Place.


If you are reading this in your inbox, you will need to click through to our blog to view it. And if you haven't seen their films, we highly recommend you check them out.

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In other news:

* For those interested in seeing up close how we live you can now book for one of our spring house and garden tours.

*And for those wanting to hear the audio version of Patrick's re:)Fermenting culture you can now listen by clicking on the 'pop out' on the sidebar, or listen to it on our YouTube channel.

*Thanks to everybody who applied for our first three Permaculture Living Courses (PLCs). We received over 50 applications, which were all inspiring to read. This has made selecting just 9 people (for the three courses) very challenging. We'll introduce them to you after the winter break.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Telling our story

This week saw Patrick telling two versions of our story. At Melbourne Free University Patrick speaks about why we use the term neopeasant, and how this term found us and what it means in the context of conquest, dispossessions, stolen land and climate change.

The word peasant is from the Latin pagus meaning country or land.


Earlier in the week he was in conversation with Bushy, Adam and Ged on 3RRR's show Greening the Apocalypse.

 

Both these talks here are audio only.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Permaculture Living Course, Applied School of Neopeasantry

From the packaging-free food we consume,


including walked-for mushrooms,


to the manure from this food we make,


and the house and garden tours we take,


to the things we grow and store,


inside the cellar door,


to the fun we've bean,


and the community fun team,


to the things we (carbon-positively) transport,


and the abundance we nurture and support,


to the regenerative knowledges we teach,


and the people we introduce having the biggest reach,


from our elders who inspire,


to the politics we fire,


To the life we raise,


and the life we soberly erase (in both grief and praise),


to the insects we hive,


and the pragmatic skills we use to thrive,


to other skills we tend,


and the species we plant and teach to defend,


Come learn with us through life's full force,


at our 2-week Permaculture Living Course:


Applications are extended! (please note the first course dates have been ammended).

Applications now due on June 15. Come get your skin microbiome very unclean. 

Places announced June 30. Neopeasant education is 100% non-monetary!