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String-Powered VEG Chook House Door Opening & Closing System

Check out how the system works to open the chook house door in the morning...



And close it at night...



Yet another way of using those last zucchinis

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly figure out anything else to do with your zucchini onslaught take some mashed potato, cheese, herbs then...

Hey...


Presto!...


Cabbage White Butterfly - at large

Make sure you stay on top of these blighters this time of year.  Here is a picture of a cabbage white butterfly laying an egg 30 minutes after we planted our cabbage seedlings...


and a close up of the cargo it left behind, soon to turn into a leaf-munching little green caterpillar...



The Good Life

A certain VEG director's two-year-old has got a sweet new sand pit from which she can pet baby chicks and pick ripe peaches. It has to be asked - does life get better than this?


Dave Jacke changes VEG's game

Well it's been a few weeks since Dave Jacke ran his weekend workshop and in some ways we are still reeling.  Dave has done more on articulating the design process than anyone we know and we have taken much on board after spending time with him.  So thanks Dave for the work that you do - VEG will never be the same again!


Adam, Dan, Dave and Emily (yes Dan tried to impress Dave by wearing his nettle shirt ;-))


Adam acting as the client whilst Dave takes notes.



Brunswick Grape Insanity

A few weeks back Dan & Carey happened across the lovely Christina with a truly impressive grape vine. She had so many grapes she kindly offered to share some with us!

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VEG PDC First Weekend

Some photos of the great time (and amazing food) we had March 22-24 kicking off our first ever Permaculture Design Course which runs part time through to late May.

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Blitzing St John's

We had the pleasure on the weekend of helping transform/create a community garden at St John's Anglican Church in Blackburn along with 30 or so volunteers from the local community as part of the City of Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week.

Carey and Adam from VEG helped facilitate the explosive flow of people, wheelbarrows, compost, mulch and plants to implement the VEG design. It's days like this when being a part of this business is extra great.  Here's a few photos from the day...

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And a letter from the wonderful garden caretakers Alison and Amanda:

Hello Everyone

  We felt the winning of permablitz award was a great blessing.  It came to us as a surprise.  Special thanks to Andriana Kursar (Whitehorse council) and Adam Grubb (VEG, Very Edible Gardens) who arranged everything in a short amount of time for the permablitz day.  We think the concept of permablitz day is wonderful.  We had lots of fun getting to know people from different walks of life who have the same interest and it give us a sense of community that can be very hard to find this time of days. 

  With the help of VEG team and their expertise, we created a very sustainable garden that is practical, low maintenance and beautiful.  We hope this garden will be a little green space for the local people and children, among all the urbanized apartments.  A place for people to recreate, reconnect with the local Church, where children can play and learn where the food comes from.  Not only that, there will be flowers to smell and good to look at.  All in all, we are so grateful to all the people who came on that day and without their help, we couldn’t achieve what we are looking at right now.

Yours sincerely,

Alison and Amanda

St John's garden


Whitehorse Chook Talk

Thanks to Whitehorse City Council for hosting us last night where we gave a two-hour beginner's guide to backyard chook keeping at the Box Hill Town Hall.  Thanks to all who came and for great questions and conversations.  And apologies about Dan's ridiculous impersonation of a chicken walking - how embarrassing is that guy!


VEG Giant Acorn Competition

A few days ago VEG's Dan happened across an oak tree (near Wesley Hill Markets, Castlemaine, VIC) with the biggest acorns he has ever seen.  Here they are. 

Because we reckon acorns are part of the key to the future of sustainable chook, pig, and possibly even human food, we think it is important to start assembling living libraries of oaks with useful acorns.  One useful property is size, another is productivity (how many acorns), another is low-tannin or 'sweetness.'  Now we are not quite at the stage of processing and nibbling on these things ourselves, as the North American Indians regularly did, but we have started trialing them as chook food.  As of right now, we are officially launching VEG's Let's Find the Biggest Acorn in Australia competition. Using a 50-cent piece as the reference, send us a photo of what you got.  Who ever sends through a photo of the largest acorn along with info of its whereabouts (and ideally willingness to mail us a cutting in winter we can graft onto oaks in Melbourne) wins, and we will send you a wonderful prize pack including a copy of the latest chook mag, the upcoming city permaculture three mag and some other cool stuff we haven't even thought of yet. Go for it, fellow acorn foragers, and may the biggest acorn win!  We will assess the results in two months from today and announce the winner.


Acorns and the future of chook food

A key question about the future of chook-keeping concerns their source of carbohydrates, usually imported as grains, pellets or mash grown far away and transported long distances with high energy inputs. Enter the oak tree and its acorns!  Here's how to turn acorns into chook food in six easy steps.

First - find yourself an oak tree and get underneath it.  Having a permaculture co-originator sitting in the tree is optional but can't hurt.

 

Second, look down and collect some acorns.

 

Third, pop them into one of daddy's socks.

 

Three, bang them with a hammer.

 

Four, if you want, separate out the shells (this is optional, as the chooks will happily do it for you)

 

Five, take some acorn pieces.

 

 

Six, feed them to the chooks.

 

Which they love so much they will be eating out of your hand in no time!

Disclaimer: We are new to this and all we can say for sure so far is that our chooks have enjoyed the acorns we fed them.  There may be some issues with feeding chooks acorns that we not yet aware of, so please proceed with due diligence should you pursue this promising pathway into the future of sustainable chook husbandry.

ps. Of course this conversation implies the question of how humans get their carbohydrates in future, and many peoples have eaten acorns, either by leaching tannins or finding 'sweet' varieties.  More on this exciting topic here and here...