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Vale Rob Swain 1955-2017

An unsung hero leaves a giant legacy – tributes to Rob Swain Rob Swain passed away 13/8/2017 in Ravenshoe, Far North Queensland after being diagnosed with late stage melanoma five months ago. He was only 61 years of age. We have lost a very special man, friend,...

Biodiversity and Mankind

Conservation in the wild can serve humanity and allow speciation into the future, for those species not driven to extinction. Destruction and fragmentation of habitat could drive speciation by creating disjunct populations with no gene flow! The importance of plants...

Making Cassava Flour

Cassava flour is easy to make with basic kitchen equipment. It’s gluten free for those with celiac problems. I use it for making pancakes, slices and cookies, and mix it (half/half) with other flours for making breads or pizza dough. Cassava, also known as Tapioca or...

Integrating Biochar in Permaculture

“The movement to integrate Biochar into our soils must be localized in scale, and by preferably utilizing the waste products of other systems as to ensure any wider environmental damage is minimized.”   Integration of Biochar Into Existing Permaculture...

Treasure Trove of the Meadows

Meadows – a treasure trove of biodiversity The herb meadows were once an essential component of traditional farming systems in Bavaria and other parts of Europe. I lived in rural Bavaria (Southern Germany) for three years in the mid 1970s, and was fascinated by...
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