Adventures in Building a Biofilter Duck Pond

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Adventures in Building a BioFilter Duck Pond - The Urban Ecolife

 

[ UPDATE : Click here to see pictures of the Permaculture BioFilter Duck Pond – One Year Later ]

I’m sure when my friends decided to undertake this biofilter duckpond project, they had no idea what was to come

 

Many observed from the sidelines and would remark how they were totally, whole-heartedly and utterly, in over their heads.

 

There was no denying this fact from our end. We knew full well we were in over our heads.  Our heads were buried in that duck sludge. No one had to tell us that twice. But they were going to prove everyone WRONG. This is a hero story for sure.

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Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with a Sweet Potato Mash

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo) - The Urban Ecolife

When you don’t feel like cooking, you should turn to your humble slow cooker. Everything can just be chucked in and left to stew away. If you have a few staple recipes under your belt, like this one or even this one, you’ll always be able to impress not only yourself, but any guest. Really, slow cooking is the cheats way to a good, fool-proof meal.

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To Garden or Not to Garden? The Secret to a Successful Garden That’ll Make You Say Yes

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To Garden or Not to Garden? The Secret to a Successful Garden That'll Make You Say Yes! - The Urban Ecolife

 

To garden or not to garden?

That is the question.

 

If you’re anything like me, once upon a time I fretted at the very thought. My poor cacti would shrivel up and die at the mere sight of my beady eyes. The touch of my fingers on the petal of a flower would cause the whole plant to keel over and decompose. My thumb was more ghastly black than eco-friendly green. It was like there was some underground secret to the gardening process that I was not privy to.

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Is a Permaculture Design Certificate right for you? My experience at OAEC

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 Is a Permaculture Design Certificate right for you? My Experience at OAEC - The Urban Ecolife

The final hugs goodbye were like tearing family away from me when I left on this undefined trip at the start of the year. It had only been 2 weeks, but when you’re living in close quarters to 23 others students who all share a very similar and admirable outlook on life, it doesn’t take long for the heart strings to connect.

 

The 2 week, 72 hour, Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) is a globally recognised course constructed by the one and only Bill Mollison, ‘Godfather to Permaculture’, back in the 70s. Here’s a quick run down on Permaculture if you’re unfamiliar with the term. Whether you want to complete the course in Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Africa, Canada, Spain or like myself, in California, there’s a course out there for everyone that would make sense for you depending on your needs. For me, it made sense with timing, location and the fact I would be spending the next who-knows-how-long travelling through the Americas. This decision was priceless.

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Paleo Sardine Mousse and what makes them nutritional bombshells! (Video Recipe)

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Paleo Sardine Mousse and Avocado, Kale Flax Crackers - The Urban Ecolife

Once upon a time I squirmed at the thought of eating sardines, let alone a variety of fish that ventured beyond the deep-fried and frozen kind. My immature taste buds were not akin to the flavour, nor were my nostrils taking to the smell. A little over 2 years ago, after many, many years of avoiding a secondary sample since ‘my first time’ when I was probably only about 8 years old, I was left pleasantly surprised. Suddenly, it was as though my taste buds were having a party and everyone was invited. I actually LOVED them. Yeah, it happened just like that. There was no weaning period. No masking the flavour with pillars of sauce or seasoning. It was just like, BOOM! One day I tried them, and then I fell in love. Is that what love at first sight feels like?

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Raw Banana Bites (Gluten free, Paleo, Raw Vegan, Naturally Sweetened)

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Raw Banana Bites (Gluten free, Paleo, Raw Vegan, Naturally Sweetened) - The Urban Ecolife

When I made these, temperatures were sky-rocketing to a ridiculous and sweltering  44°C in Australia. I needed a refreshing snack and I needed it pronto! Hence these bad little boys came into existence. I was craving banana and since I ditched the whole refined sugar thing quite some time back, was seeking a naturally sweetened option. Can’t go wrong with dates! So these bite size morsels did just the trick. 

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10 Must Watch Sustainability Documentaries (and where you can watch them for FREE)

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10 Must Watch Sustainability Documentaries (and where you can watch them for FREE)

I’m a bit of a documentary hoarder, if ever there were such a thing. Basically, I make long lists of all the documentaries that I want to watch (with them having been recommended to me somewhere along the grapevine) but I never get around to actually watching half of them. Instead, I hoard them with every intent to watch them but then life gets in the way, and they get pushed down my priority list and you know how the story goes. It may be that my problem is I have more of a thing for hoarding and making lists then, right?

 

Well, I’m proud as punch to say that these ones I have actually watched and can highly vouch for. These sustainability documentaries are more than just thought provoking. They will change your perspective on the world. Watching them should be top of the priority list for everyone. 

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Spiced Paleo Blueberry Muffins with Cacao Nibs (Nut-free)

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Paleo Blueberry Muffins with Cacao Nibs - The Urban Ecolife

These Paleo Blueberry Muffins are lightly spiced with all things nice… aka mixed spice. Why? For much the same reason why I added the cacao nibs. It just makes them so much more special and delicious. Isn’t that reason enough?

 

Afterall, I like special things, a little twist here and there and unexpected endings. Speaking of which, the other night I watched the Matt Damon film “Promised Land“. It’s all about fracking and a big global giant trying to step all over a small town in ‘whoop whoop’, USA. Oh it had a good twist!! I won’t ruin it for you but you MUST watch it. Gee whizzicals I love Matt Damon.

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