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Time for Change

I adopted the term ‘Microponics’ to describe the integration of fish, plants and micro-livestock back in 2008 and I started this blog in May 2009. Suffice to say, a few things have changed since I made the introductory post. The Urban Aquaponics Manual...

30 Projects in 30 Weeks – #21 – #25

We’re on the homeward leg now. Screencasting Research suggests that web users prefer to get their information in the form of video rather than reading text.  While I’ve made several videos (and will likely make more), I’m particularly interested in screencasting...

30 Projects in 30 Weeks – #11 – #20

Here’s the second batch of ten projects. Garden Shed This project started out to be an outdoor bathroom/toilet but the structure just didn’t do it for me – so it became someplace to store our garden tools and equipment. Bug Motel I can honestly say that I...

30 Projects in 30 Weeks – #1 – #10

In this post, I list the outcomes for the first ten projects. 5-Gallon Bucket Tests Sourcing the correct sand for the integrated aqua-vegeculture system (iAVs) had proved to be more difficult than we ever envisaged…so we documented a series of tests to enable...

30 Projects in 30 Weeks – Introduction

In March 2016, I realised that I was 30 weeks away from my 65th birthday – so I decided that I’d undertake what was to become known as “30 Projects in 30 Weeks.” Each of the projects sought to underpin my food and financial security. The timing acknowledged that I was...

Everything old is new again….the Tray System

In the process of relocating to our new home on Macleay Island, I came across some of our old aquaponics growing systems. This one is called the tray system. The tray system has been in use for decades. It was popularised by Australian Hydroponics pioneer Joe Romer in...

A New Direction #4 – Macleay Island

Almost three months ago, Jan announced her desire to live on a Moreton Bay island – in a house made of shipping containers. In early November, we made the first of two visits to Macleay Island.  On a subsequent visit about a fortnight later, we discovered what...

A New Direction #3 – The Big Picture

While the physical elements of our proposed sea-change are about living on an island – in a house made from shipping containers, it’s really about reclaiming control of our circumstances in the interests of a more secure and satisfying life. While...

A New Direction #2 – The Motivation

In my last post, I spoke about how my partner had revealed her ambition to live on an island – in a house built from shipping containers. The “island” thing came as no real surprise – since Jan had often spoken about wanting to live near water....