Both my husband and I grew up in Hervey Bay, we were living a very unsustainable, high consumerism and earth greedy life, once we had children our view on the world we were bringing them into and the world we might be leaving them changed. We both realised we wanted more then the 9-5 employment, buying things with the hours of our lives. So we changed, it was small to start with switching to environmentally friendly products, to keeping chickens and growing what food we could on our urban block. But still we both dreamt of bigger space, bigger plans and bigger changes. So we sold up our 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom with a pool urban block , brought land 35 minutes away, a bare block of land with nothing. That day in April 19' we arrived with 2 shipping containers and a caravan to start our new adventure. Well it was an adventure, it was the most gorgeous land by the calmest river.
But we had no power, no internet, no water... we had to go into town everyday to fill up water containers, we had to run the generator to cook, going to the laundromat, using a camping toliet and we started living a life in very close quarters. Lots of children, not a lot of room, and no luxuries. It was hard on everyone and there were tears not only from the children but from Farmer Dad and I. But we survived, our friends lent us a water tank, we built our chicken pen, we built a shed, we got a washing machine, we got bathroom with a flushing toilet and larger shower. 2 years later we are still facing challenges but our passion continues, growing our own food, raising our own meat, living low waste, and moving towards sustainability We aren't there yet, we might take another 5 years but we are making progress every day. But the best benefit of all is that our children are in nature everyday, they are climbing trees, whittling, learning to grow food, and playing. Thats our mission, to share our challenges and tribulations, sharing our philosophy of risky child led play in nature mixing in with tons of creativity and innovation, and showing that while you don't have to start with nothing like we did, you can apply many of the permaculture principles we apply to our block to your urban house blocks.