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Getting Started with DIY Food Production

In our Introduction to DIY Food Production, we talked about why we should grow our own food and how to determine how much we’d need…and we introduced you to Microponics – the integration of fish, plants and micro-livestock. While Microponics is not...

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An Introduction to DIY Food Production.

Growing one’s own food is a key aspect of the ‘Have More For Less‘ concept…and I’ve been doing it for much of the past 40 years.  For the past 12 years, I’ve also had an enduring commitment to integrated agri-aquaculture…and...

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The Have-More Plan

One evening, in early 1976, I walked into the Third World Bookshop – my favourite book haunt – in Adelaide’s Hindley Street night quarter. About twenty minutes later, I emerged with a book that was to help chart the course of my life. Written in 1943, “The...

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HMFL Cornerstones

At the heart of the Have More For Less concept is my belief that happiness is the product of simple living and self-reliance. My own self-reliance is achieved through:   growing food exploring alternative shelter, energy and transport options designing and making...

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The Pursuit of Happiness

I have an abiding interest in happiness. Having experienced unhappiness (in many of its various forms), I can state categorically that I much prefer happiness. In fact, its pursuit underpins everything I do. So, what is it? Merriam Webster’s Online Dictionary defines...

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The Broken Social Promise

If you’re like me, the probability is that you were raised with the idea that if you did what you were told – and studied hard – then you would get a good job…and be happy. I started to detect cracks in that proposition when I was very young....

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Introduction

Welcome to garydonaldson.net. Let’s begin with a brief explanation of what the site is really about, how it came into being…and then I’ll talk about what it seeks to achieve. Websites are like children in several respects…not the least of which...

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Wicking Beds

Wicking beds  are the brainchild of Queenslander Colin Austin. Austin claims that “the wicking worm bed is a highly productive growing system which not only produces food from limited water, but also recycles waste organic material to provide plant nutrient and...

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Broiler Chickens

Being able to produce chicken meat is an important milestone for aspiring urban farmers. If you believe, as many nutritionists suggest, that we are what we eat, you’ll realise that the big benefit in rearing your own is that you’ll be eating the cleanest and freshest...

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Muscovies

Muscovies are excellent livestock for urban farming purposes. While they are often referred to as a duck, they aren’t derived of the Mallard like other domestic duck breeds and scientists regard them as more of a goose than a duck. Muscovies are much quieter than...

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Japanese Quail

Quail are the quintessential micro-farmer’s livestock…..and they earn the title on the basis of their unrivalled ability to produce meat and eggs faster, and in greater quantity, than anything on two legs. The ability of a female to reproduce its body weight in...

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How Much Is Enough?

Without effective planning, growing your own food can be a crazy mix of feasts and famines.  The feasts are less problematic than the famines but you can get awfully tired of a steady diet of pumpkin.  While famines can be handy for rapid weight loss, they can be a...

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