Snack foods are made by burning down the Amazon rainforest.

Snacks of chips are burning down the lungs of the Earth. Forests are being burnt to make way for palm oil plantations . The oil goes in to snack foods.  Please sign the petition ( Link in blue)  If you are hankering for some chippies but dont want to support multinational food companies who wreak…

Western Australia’s Native Forest

Western Austrralia’s  plantation timber industry ( which we should all support ) is failing. It can’t compete with the bargain basement prices of our last remaining native hardwoods . Our government  sees votes in  “jobs for the boys” in sawmills. Outlandishly generous timber amounts were promised to millworkers  in my town of Nannup by Terry Redman…

SWALES: Water capture and storage, .Carbon Capture and Storage

Swalesare a water harvesting, food forest  establishment system which work for centuries passively building topsoil and holding water in the landscape which would otherwise run off into the sea. Swales have been proven to green the desert, manage salt, reverse land degradation and restore deserts to productive landscapes. Geoff Lawton’s  acclaimed video “Greening the Desert”…

Good Bug Bad Bug

                                                                                                       What bugs you in the garden? What can be done to save our precious plants from attack WITHOUT resorting to harmful chemicals?  Lots, actually! …            .  Hear interesting Organic pest control tactics with Bee Winfield from Merri Bee Organic Farm Bee says it’s all about  BALANCE ….and using our big…

Integrated pest Management

This is a long article but if you are bugged by bugs you may find something useful somewhere here.  Integrated pest management ( IPM)  The definition given in Wikipedia for IPM “In IPM, one attempts to prevent infestation, to observe patterns of infestation when they occur, and to intervene (without poisons) when one deems necessary.[1] IPM is…

Its time to plant Carrots

Carrots are very yummy crunchy things full of goodness. The Queen of veggies they say . I think broccolli  is the King? Anyway, lovely though they are and good keepers, they are a difficult crop in hot & dry or cold & wet conditions, which unfortunately  describes  good old WA. Sure they are easy of…

New 5 m long delux model Wicking bed

We have incorporated a worm tower for disposal of vege scraps in our second deluxe wicking bed….. 5 meter long and bench height. The tower is simply a thick walled pipe which is made from  recycled plastic bottle lids, ( hence it is gaily coloured)  buried 4 inches ( 100 mm) or so into the…

Food Irradiation

Friends of the Earth have done a great chemicals and food report. It also covers food  irradiation. http://dev.foe.org.au/sites/default/files/dosemakespoison.pdf At the moment, there is a big “behind the scenes” push to promote irradiation as the alternative to pesticides.  Apparently there is to be a  “phase out” of Dimethoate and a review of Fenthion.  ( ooo yuk, not…

Merri Bee Organic Farm presents on food, farming, health and environment.

We have been showing great films such as  Unjust Genes, The Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals, The World According to Monsanto, The Future of food, Fresh,  Food Inc.etc to gatherings far and wide for a few years now. People are often  initially shocked at the facts (not mentioned in mainstream media) presented in these documentaries…

Bread Day at Merri Bee Organic Farm March 16th 2013

A Living classroom, Merri Bee Organic Farm is 25 acres of Permaculture which has been developing for over 28 years . The intrepid visitor will find a broad array of tools and techniques for sustainable living. From native bushland restoration to sustainable forestry, broad acre cell grazing and food forestry, to intensive gardens and hand…

Merri Bee Organic Farm goes to the Nannup Food Bowl festival

Friday 25th of October was a good day for many students from South West schools when they visited the Nannup Food Bowl, and Merri Bee Organic farm was there, albeit on the fringe, with Giz Watson,  Greens MLC. We took our alpacas and 3 little pigs down to the town. As usual I forgot my…

Milking again. Hooray!

Well had a rough  calving season. The sad result  is  10 new cows  on a new property in Karridale became 8. Yes, and we were right there 4 out of 4 difficult calvings.  Seems like there may be too much grass leading to too big a calf? We have had 3 deceased calves,2 deceased cows…