Urban farming

Not very long ago the majority of people grew vegetables and fruit in their home gardens. It was a valuable part of the household economy. It made practical use of available land and offered a modest level of self-sufficiency, at the least. In some cases, it provided a large proportion of a family’s vegetable needs. … Read more

Coppicing wood

Coppicing wood is a method of sustainable woodland management used for millennia to provide wood resources. Wood is a natural and versatile resource that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. It is a carbon neutral fuel resource if it is regrown. Coppicing takes advantage of the fact that certain trees can make new … Read more

Sustainable savings

What is good for the environment is good for people. Being sustainable has many benefits that will increase peoples’ well-being. Anything you do to reduce your ecological footprint can save money, improve your health, and increase your enjoyment of life. Improve health From walking and biking more to having a sustainable diet with less meat … Read more

Making Do

In any situation or circumstance people have to make do with what they have. In modern western market societies give us more goods and services than we need for well-being. People work hours longer than they need to and often go into debt so that they don’t have to make do. Subsequently the art of making do has been lost. We New Zealanders have a long proud tradition of making do.