My family and I have been living in a rental property in Brisbane for over five years. We have adopted a sustainable lifestyle becoming less reliant on the system and more self-sufficient.
We created a “farm” that produces vegies, fruit, honey and eggs in abundance. Most of our fruit and vegies come from our garden. Excess is shared and swapped within a functional community of neighbours.
We continuously improve effectiveness with our new ideas and inventions e.g. vegetable pyramid, self-watering/fertilizing planter boxes, worm farm planter pots, gravity fed irrigation, chicken feeders, maggot tin grower – all made from recycled materials.
Our “farm” is productive, efficient and visually pleasing. It includes:
- Chickens, honeybees, worm farms
- Rain and grey water harvesting, home-made solar hot water system
- Preparing organic rich soil and fertilizers, seedlings, seed saving, multi-purpose bamboo pyramid
- A bath tub with fish and water vegetables
- A cob and solar oven
- Use of locally available resources
- Sprouting, fermenting, preserving, cooking from garden produce
We set an example of what can be achieved in a rental property, passionately sharing our experience, knowledge, ideas and inventions with the general public via TV, radio, newspapers, public events and workshops .
We have created the notion of “SpurTopia”, a small kingdom where we are living a fulfilling and happy life.