Features Bringing Back that Good Fire: learning about indigenous burning practices -Donna Carey I recently attended an interesting and important workshop on indigenous cultural burning practices ‘Bringing back that Good Fire’, hosted by the Kariong Eco Garden. Cultural burning, also known as’ cool burning’ or the ‘right fire’, brings back […]

JUNE 2024: Right Fire, Naughty Spiders, Yummy Weeds, Day of ...

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Features  Pruning essentials  -Gillian Wellstead With nearly six decades of pruning experience, starting when she decimated her mother’s rambling dog rose, Gillian is well qualified to teach pruning skills. (The rose recovered and put on a spectacular show the next season.) The essential points are: Know your goals, Use correct […]

Pruning tips|Death Adders|Bird babies|Strategic goals|Events| Feb 2024 Network News

How cool is grass? -Donna Carey With a hot summer upon us, consider keeping your grass a bit longer for the next few months – unless it starts turning brown of course. Uncut grass keeps the soil at 19.5°C Grass cut at a level of 10 cm maintains the soil […]

Cool grass, steep slopes, long life & caring, lower CO2 ...

Features Learning about Biodynamics Why is the cow so important in Biodynamics? Answer: because it is so calm and contented. -Rafaele Joudry Ten of us recently spent two days at Narara Ecovillage learning about Biodynamic compost and other wonders of Biodynamic gardening methods. Biodynamics seeks to integrate scientific understanding with […]

OCT 2023: Soap, biodynamics, resilience, events, opportunities

Features A slice of Australia’s horticultural history -Lorraine Hawdon A recent historical display highlighted the former Gosford Horticultural Research Station’s fascinating connections to the early days of the Australian wine Industry and development of Pecan Nuts in Australia. Narara Ecovillage is built on the former Gosford Horticultural Research Station, which […]

History|Biodiversity|Air quality|Celebrations|Labyrinths|More|AUG 2023 Network News

Network News Features Principles for Building a Healthy New Home Photo: pixabay -Mikala Dind This 4-part series provides practical information to help you build a healthy home. FEBRUARY: Design #1: Location, orientation, foundations and insulation APRIL: Design #2: Water management – drainage, eaves, gutters and roofs JUNE: Management #1: Humidity, ventilation, […]

Healthy Homes|Dragonflies|Baby Possum|Smart Grid Report|Lots of Events|Feb 2023

The 2021-22 year was a period of consolidation for the Narara Eco Living Network (NELN). A new Aim and Domain were agreed, and procedures were streamlined for auspicing and insuring events at the Narara Ecovillage through NELN. Relationships were strengthened with NEV Education and NELN had a continued presence at […]

Narara Eco Living Network Annual Report July 1 2021 – ...

Features Yes, ecovillages can be hi-tech Federal MP Gordon Reid and NEV Power member Dave Parris cut the “ribbon” to celebrate the battery launch -Chris Wenban and others With the official launch of the Narara Ecovillage Community Battery and ongoing development of a Smartgrid, NEV’s energy company ensures the village […]

Network News Nov 2022: Smartgrid, Milestones, Clay floor, Cohousing, Echidnas, ...

Dark Skies, Bush tucker, Events, Orchids, Ducks, Counting birds Features Our precious Dark Skies The Milky Way: John H, Narara Ecovillage A growing body of evidence has linked light pollution directly to ecological disruption and harm to human health, not to mention unnecessary energy consumption. What can you do about […]

Network News Sept 2022

Feature Swift Parrot habitat rehabilitation: work begins! -Lorraine Hawdon Rehabilitation Begins – BEFORE AFTER “We all know the importance of planting trees and managing weeds, but winning this grant demonstrates the value of our work and makes sure that we actually do it!” -Guy Dutson, Ecologist. Excitement is growing at […]

Parrot news, frogs, weedy soup, winter solstice, Open Day

Feature Story Birdstrike! Above: Wonga pigeon at Narara -Richard Cassels Finding a beautiful bird dead below your window is awful. Even worse is the distinctive, surprisingly loud “bang” of a fast-flying bird colliding with a fixed glass window pane. There are two things you can do if you witness a […]

Birdstrike, Open Day, a Game, Swift Parrots. May 2022 Network ...

March 2022 Network News Village news Hi-tech says Hi to old-tech: 3D mud wall printing Printed MUD wall Research project & Crowdfunding Request University researchers will team up with natural builders in a trial of cutting-edge 3D printing techniques to build a modular wall using local earth materials. Narara Ecovillage […]

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