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by novaris
Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: grazing / cultivation land ???
Replies: 7
Views: 2396

Re: thanks for replying

phytochemical I really do hope you find the right land and that it goes well for you. My wife and I are basically wanting to do much the same. I started the thread here on small farming in order to see if we can help each other by sharing experiences. adrian - i asked because from the soil maps i've...
by novaris
Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Your experiences with other theories and practices
Topic: Aquaponics
Replies: 11
Views: 6575

G'day Josh Byrne on the Gardening Show on the ABC had a segment on a fellow in Perth who is doing just this. You can grow plants in the fish pond to feed the fish, then use the fishwaste to grow other edible plants. Yeah aquaponics is great, there is a bit of exaggeration about it's effectiveness f...
by novaris
Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

We run around 30 Angus cows and a bull, turning off around 15 steers and keeping the best 2 or 3 heifers as replacements. We spend nothing on weed control (other than the mulcher and the tractor to run it), have never bought super (chook manure and lime) and in a bad year have to call the vet out o...
by novaris
Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:09 pm
Forum: Would you like to visit one of Peter's projects?
Topic: Yanget Station: NSF Project site in WA
Replies: 2
Views: 3413

what happened to the photos?
by novaris
Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Countries face water shortages
Replies: 3
Views: 1666

G'day To increase our own arable land can we not (1) build a pipeline to divert water from the (overflowing) north queensland rivers over the great divide to the murray darling system and (2) pipe water from northern australia further south. There maybe some merit in a pipeline however I suspect it...
by novaris
Thu Feb 05, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: grazing / cultivation land ???
Replies: 7
Views: 2396

i'm currently looking at buying some landholding and converting it into a carpet-bombed green permacultural paradise (!) using the principles of permaculture and nsf. i don't expect to make much (or any) money from it - i'll be giving what i don't use away or recycling it back into the soil - but i...
by novaris
Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:12 pm
Forum: Your experiences with other theories and practices
Topic: Aquaponics
Replies: 11
Views: 6575

Aquaponics

I have found aquaponics, the process of farming fish and growing vegetables together to be a great system. In fact it is partly how I came to find out about NSF. I saw part of the Australian story about Peter but did not know who he was. More recently I discovered his name in a discussion on one of ...
by novaris
Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:42 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

They never kept all their eggs in one basket! I suspect it is like bio-diversity, more than one income stream leading to less risk of complete failure. My grandparents never took a holiday and my brother and his wife generally can't get away together for more than a few days when a good neighbour i...
by novaris
Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

Hi jenni, thanks for the input. Your experience reflects why I am hoping that process and experiences can be discussed. Thanks to duane I have been starting to look at holistic management, it certainly seems interesting. I particularly like their approach regarding the way they use questions to anal...
by novaris
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bio Char
Replies: 12
Views: 3796

Wondering what the consensus is on the use of bio char in the context of NSF.
I'm not familiar with bio char, what would you recommend as a good reference to it?

Cheers
David
by novaris
Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

David, I'm a part time farmer on about 100 acres running a small breeding herd of cattle. I would hate to be trying to live off the income from the herd, but it is certainly our aim to operate at a profit ie: input costs < net income and we are well on the way after 6 years of ownership. Hi BM, tha...
by novaris
Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

Also if you could look into the future and see what the next big 'wonder animal' was going to be,think Ostrich, Alpaca, Emu, Crocodile etc, then all you would need is a few acres for some breeding stock and there you are! Be nice wouldn't it, for my part seems that by the time I hear about it it's ...
by novaris
Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:15 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

Let me say straight out...I am NOT a farmer. So I cannot give advice on what land size is profitable and what is not. There are too many factors governing that determinant. I understand what you are saying... Advice is probably too strong, more like I am interested in others ideas, preferably based...
by novaris
Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:01 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Can small acre properties be profitable?
Replies: 44
Views: 13869

Can small acre properties be profitable?

I was raised on a 100 acre irrigated dairy farm in the 60's and 70's. At the time it was barely possible to make an income for a small family and it seems to me that it is far worse today. My question revolves around the viability of using NSF to improve a 100-200 acre property and to have it capabl...
by novaris
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Planning a garden or a landscape
Replies: 10
Views: 3778

Surburban gardens

How applicable is NSF to suburban gardens? I can see the effects of surface layout and plants but what about the subsurface. I am still trying to get my head around the water table and also about the water flowing on high ground.