The Greening of Gavin | Sustainable Living in the Suburbs http://www.greeningofgavin.com/category/podcast/tgog-podcast Saving The Planet, One Episode at a Time Mon, 07 Nov 2016 21:58:43 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Want to learn more about Sustainable Living in the Suburbs? Search no more because this is the podcast for you. From backyard chickens to renewable energy and everything in between! Regular interviews with ordinary people who endeavour to live more sustainable/simple lives. Gavin Webber clean Gavin Webber greeningofgavin@gmail.com greeningofgavin@gmail.com (Gavin Webber) Copyright; 2016 Gavin Webber. All rights reserved. Want to learn more about Sustainable Living in the Suburbs? Search no more, this is the podcast for you. The Greening of Gavin | Sustainable Living in the Suburbs http://www.greeningofgavin.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/TGOG_podcast_new_logo_v4.jpg http://www.greeningofgavin.com/category/podcast/tgog-podcast Melton West, Australia 65263991 All Good Things Come to an End http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2016/08/all-good-things.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2016/08/all-good-things.html#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:37:05 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=10237 Yes, dear reader, the time has come.  Everything in life has a beginning and an ending, and I believe that it’s time to wrap up The Greening of Gavin blog and podcast.  All good things come to an end (to quote a very famous Star Trek series)! All Good Things… With no major greening projects  [Continue Reading …]

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Yes, dear reader, the time has come.  Everything in life has a beginning and an ending, and I believe that it’s time to wrap up The Greening of Gavin blog and podcast.  All good things come to an end (to quote a very famous Star Trek series)!

All good things

It’s with a home brew beer in hand that I say goodbye.

All Good Things…

With no major greening projects on the horizon or further lifestyle enhancements planned, I’ve essentially run out of things to say, which after 1,870 posts and 132 podcast episodes is quite understandable.

I’m officially passing the baton to a younger generation of bloggers and influencers who may have better luck convincing the masses further to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

I know that I’ve played my part in the rebirth of the simple living revolution judging from the amount of feedback and emails I receive every day, so I feel very proud of that accomplishment.  I, like you, can make a big difference in the world.

What have we achieved?

During the journey, we’ve retrofitted the house with many green features, renovated the gardens into an organic food farm, and transformed the way we think and live.  All that, as well as starting a green business teaching others some simple living skills.

When I reflect back to that crazy day when my whole world was turned upside-down, I would never in a million years have thought that the blog would have come this far and how it would eventually have impacted our lifestyle for the better.

And to you, the reader.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and following my family’s journey and antics since February 2008 when I penned the very first post.  It’s been a wild ride, sometimes controversial, but always interesting and fun.

So where to from here?

Well, the blog posts and podcast episodes will remain online until the either the internet is destroyed or peak oil begins to impact us all.  Just joking, it will still be here as a valuable resource for as long as there are bits and bytes.  Check out my archive for all the posts.

The eBookstore will remain open as well where you can buy the six eBooks that I’ve written over the years.  Check out shop.greeningofgavin.com for all those books, including the free The Greening of Gavin eBook!

Also, I will still have a strong online presence as I will be maintaining the associated Facebook page and YouTube channel for The Greening of Gavin.  If anything exciting happens around here then that is where I will be posting this type of update.

Additionally, the YouTube channel, CheeseMan.tv, will continue to release a weekly cheese making video, as well as my cheese making blog and associated podcast at Little Green Cheese.

Little Green Cheese Podcast

Little Green Cheese Podcast

To cap it all off, our home business, Little Green Workshops, is still growing strongly and will more than compensate for any time I gain from ending the blog and the podcast.  We are still running cheese, soap, soy candle, and bath soak & scrub workshops each school term if anyone wants to learn these dying skills.  You can find all the details of these courses on our workshops calendar.

Little Green Workshops - end of year update

Click Through to the Shop!

Adieu

So dear reader, this is it.  Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, and I hope to see you on my other blogs and YouTube channels in the very near future.

Goodbye my friends and keep on striving for a more sustainable world.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:06:26)

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2016/08/all-good-things.html/feed 22 Yes, dear reader, the time has come.  Everything in life has a beginning and an ending, and I believe that it’s time to wrap up The Greening of Gavin blog and podcast.  All good things come to an end (to quote a very famous Star Trek series)! All Good Things…
With no major greening projects on the horizon or further lifestyle enhancements planned, I’ve essentially run out of things to say, which after 1,870 posts and 132 podcast episodes is quite understandable.
I’m officially passing the baton to a younger generation of bloggers and influencers who may have better luck convincing the masses further to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
I know that I’ve played my part in the rebirth of the simple living revolution judging from the amount of feedback and emails I receive every day, so I feel very proud of that accomplishment.  I, like you, can make a big difference in the world.
What have we achieved?
During the journey, we’ve retrofitted the house with many green features, renovated the gardens into an organic food farm, and transformed the way we think and live.  All that, as well as starting a green business teaching others some simple living skills.
When I reflect back to that crazy day when my whole world was turned upside-down, I would never in a million years have thought that the blog would have come this far and how it would eventually have impacted our lifestyle for the better.
And to you, the reader.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting and following my family’s journey and antics since February 2008 when I penned the very first post.  It’s been a wild ride, sometimes controversial, but always interesting and fun.
So where to from here?
Well, the blog posts and podcast episodes will remain online until the either the internet is destroyed or peak oil begins to impact us all.  Just joking, it will still be here as a valuable resource for as long as there are bits and bytes.  Check out my archive for all the posts.
The eBookstore will remain open as well where you can buy the six eBooks that I’ve written over the years.  Check out shop.greeningofgavin.com for all those books, including the free The Greening of Gavin eBook!
Also, I will still have a strong online presence as I will be maintaining the associated Facebook page and YouTube channel for The Greening of Gavin.  If anything exciting happens around here then that is where I will be posting this type of update.
Additionally, the YouTube channel, CheeseMan.tv, will continue to release a weekly cheese making video, as well as my cheese making blog and associated podcast at Little Green Cheese.
To cap it all off, our home business, Little Green Workshops, is still growing strongly and will more than compensate for any time I gain from ending the blog and the podcast.  We are still running cheese, soap, soy candle, and bath soak & scrub workshops each school term if anyone wants to learn these dying skills.  You can find all the details of these courses on our workshops calendar.
Adieu
So dear reader, this is it.  Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, and I hope to see you on my other blogs and YouTube channels in the very near future.
Goodbye my friends and keep on striving for a more sustainable world.
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TGoG 132 – A House or a Home http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2016/04/tgog-132-house-home.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2016/04/tgog-132-house-home.html#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:34:40 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9960 Is your place a house or a home?  Kim and I have some thoughts on the subject in today’s podcast episode. Welcome back. Sorry for the hiatus, but we’ve been working and launched a big project  over the last 3 months, which we’ll talk about in next week’s episode. Today we are going to be talking  [Continue Reading …]

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Is your place a house or a home?  Kim and I have some thoughts on the subject in today’s podcast episode.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:19:35)

Welcome back. Sorry for the hiatus, but we’ve been working and launched a big project  over the last 3 months, which we’ll talk about in next week’s episode.

Today we are going to be talking about why we think our house is a home and what the difference is between the two.  And answer the question on whether being happy at home has something to do with a reduced need for getting away on holidays each year.

There may be some background noise, as we are travelling in our Honda Civic Hybrid car from Ballarat to our home in Melton. We think the conversation is fun all the same.

Until next week, have a great week of sustainable living!

Chime in with your thoughts about what makes a house a home.  We would love to read your thoughts via comment.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2016/04/tgog-132-house-home.html/feed 1 Is your place a house or a home?  Kim and I have some thoughts on the subject in today’s podcast episode. Welcome back. Sorry for the hiatus, but we’ve been working and launched a big project  over the last 3 months, Welcome back. Sorry for the hiatus, but we’ve been working and launched a big project  over the last 3 months, which we’ll talk about in next week’s episode.
Today we are going to be talking about why we think our house is a home and what the difference is between the two.  And answer the question on whether being happy at home has something to do with a reduced need for getting away on holidays each year.
There may be some background noise, as we are travelling in our Honda Civic Hybrid car from Ballarat to our home in Melton. We think the conversation is fun all the same.
Until next week, have a great week of sustainable living!
Chime in with your thoughts about what makes a house a home.  We would love to read your thoughts via comment.
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TGoG 131 – Christmas Special 2015 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/12/tgog-131-christmas-special-2015.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/12/tgog-131-christmas-special-2015.html#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:01:49 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9708 Yay!  It’s our Christmas Special 2015 podcast episode.  Whether you celebrate or not, please take the time to join us recapping the events of 2015 and sharing not one, but two songs during the episode! It’s been a very busy year now that Kim and I are teaching sustainable living courses most weekends during the  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:55:24)

Yay!  It’s our Christmas Special 2015 podcast episode.  Whether you celebrate or not, please take the time to join us recapping the events of 2015 and sharing not one, but two songs during the episode!

Christmas Special 2015

It’s been a very busy year now that Kim and I are teaching sustainable living courses most weekends during the year, but not too busy to miss out recording our Christmas Special episode that I know you will enjoy.

We would both like to thank you for reading the blog, listening to the podcast, and for those who live in Australia and New Zealand, for visiting our online shop or attending our workshops.

We’ve both had a fantastic time, and looking forward to bringing you more of our sustainable living journey in 2016!

See you in the new year!

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It’s been a very busy year now that Kim and I are teaching sustainable living courses most weekends during the year, but not too busy to miss out recording our Christmas Special episode that I know you will enjoy.
We would both like to thank you for reading the blog, listening to the podcast, and for those who live in Australia and New Zealand, for visiting our online shop or attending our workshops.
We’ve both had a fantastic time, and looking forward to bringing you more of our sustainable living journey in 2016!
See you in the new year!
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TGoG 130 – Budget Gifts http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/11/tgog-130-budget-gifts.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/11/tgog-130-budget-gifts.html#respond Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:25:25 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9670 Kim came up with a brilliant theme for this episode that will get you all fired up to start making budget gifts to give during the Christmas season.  We all know that this time of year can be expensive if others expectations are high, so cut your costs by making your own personalised gifts. We  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:32:03)

Kim came up with a brilliant theme for this episode that will get you all fired up to start making budget gifts to give during the Christmas season.  We all know that this time of year can be expensive if others expectations are high, so cut your costs by making your own personalised gifts.

We talk about some of the great homemade presents that friends have given over the years.  It was because they were homemade that we remember them many years later, unlike all the crap that we used to buy and be littered under the Christmas Tree before our sustainable living journey began.

Thoughtful, simple, yet memorable gifts, made with love.  Who would want for anything nicer?

We also mention that the show will be more regular and that we are already planning our Christmas Special.  If anyone has any duet suggestions for our song, then send them in via email, the more the merrier.

Whatever the song is, it will be fun to produce.  It will be our budget gift to you!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/11/tgog-130-budget-gifts.html/feed 0 Kim came up with a brilliant theme for this episode that will get you all fired up to start making budget gifts to give during the Christmas season.  We all know that this time of year can be expensive if others expectations are high, We talk about some of the great homemade presents that friends have given over the years.  It was because they were homemade that we remember them many years later, unlike all the crap that we used to buy and be littered under the Christmas Tree before our sustainable living journey began.
Thoughtful, simple, yet memorable gifts, made with love.  Who would want for anything nicer?
We also mention that the show will be more regular and that we are already planning our Christmas Special.  If anyone has any duet suggestions for our song, then send them in via email, the more the merrier.
Whatever the song is, it will be fun to produce.  It will be our budget gift to you!
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TGoG 129 – Downshifting Again http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/10/tgog-129-downshifting-again.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/10/tgog-129-downshifting-again.html#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:01:23 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9558 Downshift (ˈdaʊnʃɪft) verb – change a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one. Yes folks, after another sorrowful wakeup call, I have decided to downshift another work day.  Life is just too short, and I have so much more to give. Have a listen to the show  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:16:45)

Downshift (ˈdaʊnʃɪft) verb – change a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one.

Yes folks, after another sorrowful wakeup call, I have decided to downshift another work day.  Life is just too short, and I have so much more to give.

Have a listen to the show to understand the circumstances behind reducing my hours at work, but ramping them up here at home.  If I’ve learnt anything on this green journey it’s that happiness is not just around the corner; you have to make it happen yourself!  So that’s what I did.

Downshifting Again

Next week I am hoping that Kim will join me for a Q&A.

If you have a question that you would like either Kim or I to answer on the podcast, leave us a voicemail via the SpeakPipe widget below.  Just remember to play the recording back to yourself before sending it to ensure that we will be able to hear your question.

Looking forward to hearing from you!  Remember, the more questions, the longer the episode.

Here’s to downshifting again.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/10/tgog-129-downshifting-again.html/feed 5 Downshift (ˈdaʊnʃɪft) verb – change a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one. Yes folks, after another sorrowful wakeup call, Yes folks, after another sorrowful wakeup call, I have decided to downshift another work day.  Life is just too short, and I have so much more to give.
Have a listen to the show to understand the circumstances behind reducing my hours at work, but ramping them up here at home.  If I’ve learnt anything on this green journey it’s that happiness is not just around the corner; you have to make it happen yourself!  So that’s what I did.

Next week I am hoping that Kim will join me for a Q&A.
If you have a question that you would like either Kim or I to answer on the podcast, leave us a voicemail via the SpeakPipe widget below.  Just remember to play the recording back to yourself before sending it to ensure that we will be able to hear your question.

Looking forward to hearing from you!  Remember, the more questions, the longer the episode.
Here’s to downshifting again.

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Gavin Webber clean 16:45 9558
TGoG 128 – Major Events Around the Yard http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/10/tgog-128-major-events-around-the-yard.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/10/tgog-128-major-events-around-the-yard.html#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2015 11:51:03 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9504 Some major events around the place this week so this week’s episode is a bit of a round-up. We had to remove the greenhouse due to catastrophic failure of the polycarbonate sheeting.  Its being replaced with a storage shed for soap making supplies for Little Green Workshops.  I will make some trellis against the new  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:17:56)

Some major events around the place this week so this week’s episode is a bit of a round-up.

We had to remove the greenhouse due to catastrophic failure of the polycarbonate sheeting.  Its being replaced with a storage shed for soap making supplies for Little Green Workshops.  I will make some trellis against the new shed to espalier a couple of dwarf fruit trees, so all is not lost.

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We just past 30 megawatt hours of electricity generated by our 2.8kw solar PV system!

Solar hot water has been free this month and will be until late March

Our garden got scorched from 4 days over 30°C.  In fact we had a day of 37°C which turned all our apple blossom brown.  I think we may lose the entire crop.

Next Wednesday we join get the National Broadband Network hooked up to the house and will be able to provide more video content.  Currently on our ADSL2+ connection, it takes me 5 hours to upload a 20 minute YouTube video.  Think of all the extra time I will have to produce more video content instead of waiting for uploads!

Oh, and lastly, check out the “My Videos” menu item on the blog.  You will find a gallery of selected sustainable living videos that I’ve uploaded over the years, including my four national television appearances!


If you have a question that you would like either Kim or I to answer on the podcast, leave us a voicemail via the SpeakPipe widget below.  Just remember to play the recording back to yourself before sending it to ensure that we will be able to hear your question.

 

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/10/tgog-128-major-events-around-the-yard.html/feed 0 Some major events around the place this week so this week’s episode is a bit of a round-up. We had to remove the greenhouse due to catastrophic failure of the polycarbonate sheeting.  Its being replaced with a storage shed for soap making supplies for ... We had to remove the greenhouse due to catastrophic failure of the polycarbonate sheeting.  Its being replaced with a storage shed for soap making supplies for Little Green Workshops.  I will make some trellis against the new shed to espalier a couple of dwarf fruit trees, so all is not lost.

We just past 30 megawatt hours of electricity generated by our 2.8kw solar PV system!
Solar hot water has been free this month and will be until late March
Our garden got scorched from 4 days over 30°C.  In fact we had a day of 37°C which turned all our apple blossom brown.  I think we may lose the entire crop.
Next Wednesday we join get the National Broadband Network hooked up to the house and will be able to provide more video content.  Currently on our ADSL2+ connection, it takes me 5 hours to upload a 20 minute YouTube video.  Think of all the extra time I will have to produce more video content instead of waiting for uploads!
Oh, and lastly, check out the “My Videos” menu item on the blog.  You will find a gallery of selected sustainable living videos that I’ve uploaded over the years, including my four national television appearances!

If you have a question that you would like either Kim or I to answer on the podcast, leave us a voicemail via the SpeakPipe widget below.  Just remember to play the recording back to yourself before sending it to ensure that we will be able to hear your question.
 

Looking forward to hearing from you!
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TGoG 127 – Not Keeping Up With the Jones’s http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-127-not-keeping-up-with-the-joness.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-127-not-keeping-up-with-the-joness.html#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:47:45 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9472 Today is International Podcast Day so in the spirit of the day, Kim and I co-hosted an episode about something that we are quite proud of.  Proud of not keeping up with the Jones’s, especially when it comes to our home, furnishings, and garden.  Not anti consumers, but conscious consumers leaning towards home producers. Join  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:43:24)

Today is International Podcast Day so in the spirit of the day, Kim and I co-hosted an episode about something that we are quite proud of.  Proud of not keeping up with the Jones’s, especially when it comes to our home, furnishings, and garden.  Not anti consumers, but conscious consumers leaning towards home producers.

Join us as we chat about how we are not keeping up with the Jones’s in all the things we do.

Not Keeping up with the Jones's

Our House

From our humble beginnings living in a Navy married quarters, to choosing an affordable home, and then living within our means (after our little crazy consumer phase).  We talk through it all, and how we are not influenced by others and avoid the rat race.


Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the show using the buttons above via your favourite podcatcher app on your chosen mobile device, and if you have the time we would love to hear what you think of the show via an iTunes review and rating.  It’s as easy as pie and Kim gets very excited when we get a review!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-127-not-keeping-up-with-the-joness.html/feed 1 Today is International Podcast Day so in the spirit of the day, Kim and I co-hosted an episode about something that we are quite proud of.  Proud of not keeping up with the Jones’s, especially when it comes to our home, furnishings, and garden. Join us as we chat about how we are not keeping up with the Jones’s in all the things we do.
From our humble beginnings living in a Navy married quarters, to choosing an affordable home, and then living within our means (after our little crazy consumer phase).  We talk through it all, and how we are not influenced by others and avoid the rat race.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the show using the buttons above via your favourite podcatcher app on your chosen mobile device, and if you have the time we would love to hear what you think of the show via an iTunes review and rating.  It’s as easy as pie and Kim gets very excited when we get a review!
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TGoG 126 – Why We’re Passionate about Little Green Workshops http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-126-why-were-passionate-about-little-green-workshops.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-126-why-were-passionate-about-little-green-workshops.html#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:30:48 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9440 Today I had a revelation.  I realised that if Kim hadn’t gone along with me at the beginning of my green epiphany, we wouldn’t have started our sustainable living journey nor started our small green business, Little Green Workshops! And you know what?  I gave her a big hug, a loving kiss, and thanked her from the  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (0:20:51)

Today I had a revelation.  I realised that if Kim hadn’t gone along with me at the beginning of my green epiphany, we wouldn’t have started our sustainable living journey nor started our small green business, Little Green Workshops!

And you know what?  I gave her a big hug, a loving kiss, and thanked her from the bottom of my heart.  I love what we do and am glad we are both excited about where this journey is taking us.

Passionate about Little Green Workshops

Gavin and Kim – Little Green Workshops

During this episode we talk about why we are passionate about Little Green Workshops with our friend Emma Sutcliffe, and also discuss how we believe we are converting consumers into home producers one simple living kit at a time.

You know, it wasn’t until I’d listened to this episode a few times that it clicked. It dawned on me that this is exactly what we have been doing over the last couple of years.

We’re changing people’s behaviours from consumers of goods, to that of producers of goods in a more sustainable way with far less waste.

That can only be a good thing for the planet, right?


Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the show using the buttons above, and if you have the time we would love to hear what you think of the show via an iTunes review and rating.

If you have a passion about green living too, don’t forget to head on over to Little Green Workshops and check out what we talked about during the episode!

You might just find something that turns you into a home producer as well.

Passionate about Little Green Workshops

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During this episode we talk about why we are passionate about Little Green Workshops with our friend Emma Sutcliffe, and also discuss how we believe we are converting consumers into home producers one simple living kit at a time.
You know, it wasn’t until I’d listened to this episode a few times that it clicked. It dawned on me that this is exactly what we have been doing over the last couple of years.
We’re changing people’s behaviours from consumers of goods, to that of producers of goods in a more sustainable way with far less waste.
That can only be a good thing for the planet, right?

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the show using the buttons above, and if you have the time we would love to hear what you think of the show via an iTunes review and rating.
If you have a passion about green living too, don’t forget to head on over to Little Green Workshops and check out what we talked about during the episode!
You might just find something that turns you into a home producer as well.

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Gavin Webber yes 20:51 9440
TGoG 125 – 22 Things You Should Start Adding to Your Compost Bin http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-125-22-things-you-should-start-adding-to-your-compost-bin.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-125-22-things-you-should-start-adding-to-your-compost-bin.html#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:07:48 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9411 This show is all about the 22 things you should start adding to your compost bin. If you don’t have a compost bin, I highly recommend you source one, because there are many used household items that you can add to it that gives back nutrients to your garden! From hair to cotton balls, there  [Continue Reading …]

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This show is all about the 22 things you should start adding to your compost bin.

If you don’t have a compost bin, I highly recommend you source one, because there are many used household items that you can add to it that gives back nutrients to your garden!

22 things you should start adding to your compost - well composted soil

Well composted soil

From hair to cotton balls, there are so many unusual things that compost bins love to break down for you so that you can share these often wasted nutrients into your garden.  Your fruit and veggies will thank you for it!


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!

Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green and divert some of that landfill into compost today!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/09/tgog-125-22-things-you-should-start-adding-to-your-compost-bin.html/feed 2 This show is all about the 22 things you should start adding to your compost bin. If you don’t have a compost bin, I highly recommend you source one, because there are many used household items that you can add to it that gives back nutrients to your g... If you don’t have a compost bin, I highly recommend you source one, because there are many used household items that you can add to it that gives back nutrients to your garden!
From hair to cotton balls, there are so many unusual things that compost bins love to break down for you so that you can share these often wasted nutrients into your garden.  Your fruit and veggies will thank you for it!

Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green and divert some of that landfill into compost today!
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Gavin Webber 18:17 9411
TGoG 124 – Sustainable Living with Emma Sutcliffe http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-124-sustainable-living-with-emma-sutcliffe.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-124-sustainable-living-with-emma-sutcliffe.html#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:18:32 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=9309 Today I am inviting you into our dining room or inner sanctum if you like, for a candid lunch-time chat with me, Kim, and Emma Sutcliffe.   There’s nothing quite like having lunch with like minded-people and chatting about sustainable living. Not much more to say about this episode except to pour yourself a cuppa,  [Continue Reading …]

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Today I am inviting you into our dining room or inner sanctum if you like, for a candid lunch-time chat with me, Kim, and Emma Sutcliffe.   There’s nothing quite like having lunch with like minded-people and chatting about sustainable living.

Not much more to say about this episode except to pour yourself a cuppa, grab a homemade scone and enjoy this weeks show.

Kim and Gavin


Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button under the player and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.  Alternatively, you can leave feedback via comment if you don’t have an iTunes account.

Until next episode, keep it green!

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Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button under the player and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.  Alternatively, you can leave feedback via comment if you don’t have an iTunes account.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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Gavin Webber yes 21:03 9309
TGoG 123 – Solar Talk with Emma Sutcliffe http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-123-solar-talk-with-emma-sutcliffe.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-123-solar-talk-with-emma-sutcliffe.html#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:30:39 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8883 Recently, I was interviewed by Emma Sutcliffe about my small solar power system that I built myself.  You can read about it in this post titled To Grid or Go Off Grid. Why Not Do Both?  We conducted the interview just before a delicious lunch that Kim prepared, so you will hear her in the background of  [Continue Reading …]

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Recently, I was interviewed by Emma Sutcliffe about my small solar power system that I built myself.  You can read about it in this post titled To Grid or Go Off Grid. Why Not Do Both?  We conducted the interview just before a delicious lunch that Kim prepared, so you will hear her in the background of the recording Emma took.  It was an energetic solar talk!

During this episode we focus more on grid-connect solar PV and talk about my system, what I think about the future of residential solar PV is, and how batteries and hybrid systems will change everything due to a rapidly falling price and a very low feed-in tariff.

Solar Talk with Emma Sutcliffe

View from our gate

At about the 17 minute mark, when I am talking about our visit to the Waubra wind farm, Kim drops her clanger about a few of the people she would like to strap to the blades of a turbine.  A truly laugh-out-loud moment.

So if you would like to learn a little more about residential solar photovoltaic systems then this is the episode for you!

If you want to check out more of Emma’s work, visit her personal blog, theoffgridsolarhouse.com.  She is also a contributing author to the One Step Off The Grid blog.

Emma Sutcliffe Solar Talk

Emma Sutcliffe Solar Selfie!


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

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Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-123-solar-talk-with-emma-sutcliffe.html/feed 0 Recently, I was interviewed by Emma Sutcliffe about my small solar power system that I built myself.  You can read about it in this post titled To Grid or Go Off Grid. Why Not Do Both?  We conducted the interview just before a delicious lunch that Kim ... To Grid or Go Off Grid. Why Not Do Both?  We conducted the interview just before a delicious lunch that Kim prepared, so you will hear her in the background of the recording Emma took.  It was an energetic solar talk!
During this episode we focus more on grid-connect solar PV and talk about my system, what I think about the future of residential solar PV is, and how batteries and hybrid systems will change everything due to a rapidly falling price and a very low feed-in tariff.
At about the 17 minute mark, when I am talking about our visit to the Waubra wind farm, Kim drops her clanger about a few of the people she would like to strap to the blades of a turbine.  A truly laugh-out-loud moment.
So if you would like to learn a little more about residential solar photovoltaic systems then this is the episode for you!
If you want to check out more of Emma’s work, visit her personal blog, theoffgridsolarhouse.com.  She is also a contributing author to the One Step Off The Grid blog.

Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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Gavin Webber yes 21:16 8883
TGoG 122 – Old Fashioned Living with Michelle Snape http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-122-old-fashioned-living-with-michelle-snape.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-122-old-fashioned-living-with-michelle-snape.html#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8795 There are many ways to describe how many of us live, but one that resonates strongly with me is old-fashioned living.  Living in a simple and hard-working manner like our grandparents did to maintain a peaceful and joyous life.  Its the simple things that often bring the most joy in our lives. It kind of reflects the this weeks guest  [Continue Reading …]

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There are many ways to describe how many of us live, but one that resonates strongly with me is old-fashioned living.  Living in a simple and hard-working manner like our grandparents did to maintain a peaceful and joyous life.  Its the simple things that often bring the most joy in our lives.

It kind of reflects the this weeks guest lifestyle.  Michelle Snape lives a simpler old-fashioned life in the Manning Valley in NSW, which is about 3 hours drive north of Sydney.  On a three acre block with hubby, and two teenage boys, she practices the old, simpler ways of living.

She writes about her old-fashioned lifestyle at her blog A Vision Splendid.

Michelle Snape

Michelle Snape – A Vision Splendid

It’s also a first for the podcast as it’s a bit of a three-way interview between me, Kim, and Michelle.  It makes for a very interesting chat and we really like the way Michelle thinks.

a vision splendid

 


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!

Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green!

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If so, please join thousands of others who receive exclusive weekly online recaps & tips, and get a FREE COPY of my eBook, The Greening of Gavin - My First Year of Living Sustainably.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-122-old-fashioned-living-with-michelle-snape.html/feed 2 There are many ways to describe how many of us live, but one that resonates strongly with me is old-fashioned living.  Living in a simple and hard-working manner like our grandparents did to maintain a peaceful and joyous life. It kind of reflects the this weeks guest lifestyle.  Michelle Snape lives a simpler old-fashioned life in the Manning Valley in NSW, which is about 3 hours drive north of Sydney.  On a three acre block with hubby, and two teenage boys, she practices the old, simpler ways of living.
She writes about her old-fashioned lifestyle at her blog A Vision Splendid.
It’s also a first for the podcast as it’s a bit of a three-way interview between me, Kim, and Michelle.  It makes for a very interesting chat and we really like the way Michelle thinks.

 

Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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Gavin Webber clean 42:57 8795
TGoG 121 – Influencing Your Partner with Amy Webber http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-121-influencing-your-partner-with-amy-webber.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-121-influencing-your-partner-with-amy-webber.html#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8793 What can you do if your partner is resistant to your green lifestyle?  How do you convince them that it is in their best interest financially and good for the environment. Well today we explore the topic of influencing your partner with my special guest Amy Webber. We dive into various ways we have both  [Continue Reading …]

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What can you do if your partner is resistant to your green lifestyle?  How do you convince them that it is in their best interest financially and good for the environment.

Well today we explore the topic of influencing your partner with my special guest Amy Webber.

We dive into various ways we have both managed to influence others who share our homes, to help them lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

Amy Webber

Amy Webber and her Dad


 

Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!

Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green!

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If so, please join thousands of others who receive exclusive weekly online recaps & tips, and get a FREE COPY of my eBook, The Greening of Gavin - My First Year of Living Sustainably.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/08/tgog-121-influencing-your-partner-with-amy-webber.html/feed 2 What can you do if your partner is resistant to your green lifestyle?  How do you convince them that it is in their best interest financially and good for the environment. Well today we explore the topic of influencing your partner with my special gues... Well today we explore the topic of influencing your partner with my special guest Amy Webber.
We dive into various ways we have both managed to influence others who share our homes, to help them lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

 
Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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Gavin Webber yes 30:23 8793
TGoG 120 – Urban Gardening with Sue St Jean http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-120-urban-gardening-with-sue-st-jean.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-120-urban-gardening-with-sue-st-jean.html#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:20:00 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8792 Growing food in a small space is often challenging, but Sue St. Jean has taken on that challenge head on.  She ripped up her lawn in back and front of her 5000 ft² (464 m²) Rhode Island home, and began planting edibles to feed her family. She then became a URI Master Gardener and began  [Continue Reading …]

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Growing food in a small space is often challenging, but Sue St. Jean has taken on that challenge head on.  She ripped up her lawn in back and front of her 5000 ft² (464 m²) Rhode Island home, and began planting edibles to feed her family.

Sue St Jean

Sue St. Jean

She then became a URI Master Gardener and began to teach others and spreads the word via her local AM radio station WADK.

Sue writes an amazing blog at Less Noise, More Green that documents her journey about her transition from lawn to food and provides lots of tips and tricks for cooler climate gardeners in her region.

Articles mention during this episode;


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!

Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green!

LIKE WHAT YOU'VE READ OR HEARD?
If so, please join thousands of others who receive exclusive weekly online recaps & tips, and get a FREE COPY of my eBook, The Greening of Gavin - My First Year of Living Sustainably.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-120-urban-gardening-with-sue-st-jean.html/feed 0 Growing food in a small space is often challenging, but Sue St. Jean has taken on that challenge head on.  She ripped up her lawn in back and front of her 5000 ft² (464 m²) Rhode Island home, and began planting edibles to feed her family. She then became a URI Master Gardener and began to teach others and spreads the word via her local AM radio station WADK.
Sue writes an amazing blog at Less Noise, More Green that documents her journey about her transition from lawn to food and provides lots of tips and tricks for cooler climate gardeners in her region.
Articles mention during this episode;

* Organic Pest Control:Cabbage Moth Decoys
* Foraging at Home: Eating Daylillies
* Sue’s front yard


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin/ and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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TGoG 119 – Household Sustainability Index with Jennifer Richards http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-119-household-sustainability-index-with-jennifer-richards.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-119-household-sustainability-index-with-jennifer-richards.html#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8791 Have you ever wanted to measure how sustainable your home is?  I have often wondered if there was a means to do this beyond the basic environmental footprint. Well, it just so happens that Jennifer Richards has developed a method of measurement that she has called the Household Sustainability Index.  During this episode we discuss  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:52:50)

Have you ever wanted to measure how sustainable your home is?  I have often wondered if there was a means to do this beyond the basic environmental footprint.

Well, it just so happens that Jennifer Richards has developed a method of measurement that she has called the Household Sustainability Index.  During this episode we discuss the index, why she developed it, and her thinking behind each of the questions.

Jennifer Richards

It covers three main categories; Household Economy, Environmental Sustainability, and Well Being.  A good score in all three indicates a fairly balanced household.

However, before you jump into the show, you need to do a little bit of homework first.  Click through to the Household Sustainability Index using http://www.greeningofgavin.com/hsi.

This will redirect you through to Jennifer’s blog, Beyond The Trolley, where you can read the index questions as we step through them during the chat.

I must say the questions really piqued my interest, and I believe it is a well-developed index that could be used for most households with ease.


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin and pledge away!

Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green!

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It covers three main categories; Household Economy, Environmental Sustainability, and Well Being.  A good score in all three indicates a fairly balanced household.
However, before you jump into the show, you need to do a little bit of homework first.  Click through to the Household Sustainability Index using http://www.greeningofgavin.com/hsi.
This will redirect you through to Jennifer’s blog, Beyond The Trolley, where you can read the index questions as we step through them during the chat.
I must say the questions really piqued my interest, and I believe it is a well-developed index that could be used for most households with ease.

Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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Gavin Webber 52:50 8791
TGoG 118 – Plastic Free Living with Lindsay Miles http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-118-plastic-free-living-with-lindsay-miles.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-118-plastic-free-living-with-lindsay-miles.html#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:49 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8731 All that plastic getting you down? Want to live a plastic free lifestyle?  Well I have a treat for you! On the show today I’m joined by Lindsay Miles who is the author of the popular blog Treading My Own Path. After watching the documentary Bag It, she made a fundamental change in her life  [Continue Reading …]

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All that plastic getting you down? Want to live a plastic free lifestyle?  Well I have a treat for you!

On the show today I’m joined by Lindsay Miles who is the author of the popular blog Treading My Own Path.

Lindsay Miles - Shopping for Zero Waste Tortilla Chips

Lindsay Miles – Shopping for Zero Waste Tortilla Chips

After watching the documentary Bag It, she made a fundamental change in her life and chose to live a plastic free lifestyle, which as she describes in the episode was not a simple as it first seems.  Lindsay and her husband persevered and now manage to live a plastic free lifestyle.

We also chat about why recycling is the 3rd R and why its not all it’s made out to be, sustainable living, consumerism gone wild, and her love of food gardening.

Join us by listening to this very interesting show.

P.S. After listening to Lindsay and Erin talk about this documentary, I just ordered my own DVD copy to watch and review.


Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.

If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin and pledge away!

Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.

Until next episode, keep it green!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-118-plastic-free-living-with-lindsay-miles.html/feed 2 All that plastic getting you down? Want to live a plastic free lifestyle?  Well I have a treat for you! On the show today I’m joined by Lindsay Miles who is the author of the popular blog Treading My Own Path. After watching the documentary Bag It, On the show today I’m joined by Lindsay Miles who is the author of the popular blog Treading My Own Path.
After watching the documentary Bag It, she made a fundamental change in her life and chose to live a plastic free lifestyle, which as she describes in the episode was not a simple as it first seems.  Lindsay and her husband persevered and now manage to live a plastic free lifestyle.
We also chat about why recycling is the 3rd R and why its not all it’s made out to be, sustainable living, consumerism gone wild, and her love of food gardening.
Join us by listening to this very interesting show.
P.S. After listening to Lindsay and Erin talk about this documentary, I just ordered my own DVD copy to watch and review.

Don’t forget that this podcast is supported financially by you, the listener.  This not only keeps the show (and blog) advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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TGoG 117 – Getting Out of Debt http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-117-getting-out-of-debt.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-117-getting-out-of-debt.html#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:58:22 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8721 I’ve often said that Debt equals Slavery in another form.  Given the current economic climate, I think that this episode is well-timed.   The stock market is trembling, Greece is on the ropes, and we have been warned of a housing bubble here in Australia.  It is now a good time to act. Getting out  [Continue Reading …]

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I’ve often said that Debt equals Slavery in another form.  Given the current economic climate, I think that this episode is well-timed.   The stock market is trembling, Greece is on the ropes, and we have been warned of a housing bubble here in Australia.  It is now a good time to act.

Getting out of debt is not as hard as it may seem.  All it takes is a plan (aka budget) and the determination and mindset to carry it out.

Getting out of debt

Now getting out of debt won’t happen overnight or in a few months.  It may take a few years or even a decade depending on how deep down the rabbit hole of consumerism you’ve travelled.

But from my own personal experience, it is definitely worth pursuing.

The freedom at the end of the last payment of each debt is amazing.

Caveat: I still have just under two years to pay off a 30 year mortgage, but have no other debt.  The mortgage was taken out in 2000, and I drew down on it many times until it ballooned in size until we woke up and got serious about getting out of debt.

We have paid off over $23,000 in credit card debt, as well as a personal loan of $22,000 since October 2006.  We just have the mortgage to go and Kim and I are very proud of what we have achieved so far.  It just took a budget that we referred back to and updated regularly, and determination to pump any spare funds we had into paying down our debt.  It reduces the interest owed due to compounding.  Trust me, it works well.

Also, I am not a financial adviser.  Please take my experience and tips as food for thought whilst you travel on your own debt reduction journey.  A journey that does have a happy ending if you work at it!

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If you have any other debt reduction tips, please feel free to leave a comment.  The more the merrier!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-117-getting-out-of-debt.html/feed 5 I’ve often said that Debt equals Slavery in another form.  Given the current economic climate, I think that this episode is well-timed.   The stock market is trembling, Greece is on the ropes, and we have been warned of a housing bubble here in Austral... Getting out of debt is not as hard as it may seem.  All it takes is a plan (aka budget) and the determination and mindset to carry it out.

Now getting out of debt won’t happen overnight or in a few months.  It may take a few years or even a decade depending on how deep down the rabbit hole of consumerism you’ve travelled.
But from my own personal experience, it is definitely worth pursuing.
The freedom at the end of the last payment of each debt is amazing.
Caveat: I still have just under two years to pay off a 30 year mortgage, but have no other debt.  The mortgage was taken out in 2000, and I drew down on it many times until it ballooned in size until we woke up and got serious about getting out of debt.
We have paid off over $23,000 in credit card debt, as well as a personal loan of $22,000 since October 2006.  We just have the mortgage to go and Kim and I are very proud of what we have achieved so far.  It just took a budget that we referred back to and updated regularly, and determination to pump any spare funds we had into paying down our debt.  It reduces the interest owed due to compounding.  Trust me, it works well.
Also, I am not a financial adviser.  Please take my experience and tips as food for thought whilst you travel on your own debt reduction journey.  A journey that does have a happy ending if you work at it!

If you have any other debt reduction tips, please feel free to leave a comment.  The more the merrier!
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TGoG 116 – What’s Working What’s Not http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-116-whats-working-whats-not.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-116-whats-working-whats-not.html#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:47:26 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8682 Kim joins me on the show this week and during this episode we delve into what is working in our sustainable lifestyle and what is not. We cover such topics as non laying chickens and short showers on a cold morning, to going on holidays using Google Maps, loving homebrew beer, homemade cheese, and real food. As always,  [Continue Reading …]

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Kim joins me on the show this week and during this episode we delve into what is working in our sustainable lifestyle and what is not.

We cover such topics as non laying chickens and short showers on a cold morning, to going on holidays using Google Maps, loving homebrew beer, homemade cheese, and real food.

As always, we have a great time on the show and hope you will join us for a few laughs at the lighter side of sustainable living!

Amy Webber

Loving homebrew beer!

 


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Until next episode, keep it green!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/07/tgog-116-whats-working-whats-not.html/feed 3 Kim joins me on the show this week and during this episode we delve into what is working in our sustainable lifestyle and what is not. We cover such topics as non laying chickens and short showers on a cold morning, We cover such topics as non laying chickens and short showers on a cold morning, to going on holidays using Google Maps, loving homebrew beer, homemade cheese, and real food.
As always, we have a great time on the show and hope you will join us for a few laughs at the lighter side of sustainable living!
 

Don’t forget that our many patron support the show financially with their pledges via Patreon.  This not only keeps the show advertisement free, but keeps us on the air each week.
If you would like to support the show and pledge as little as US$1 to keep us up and running, please pop over to www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin and pledge away!
Also if you like the show, use the iTunes button and leave a rating and a review.  We love to hear what our listeners think about our show.
Until next episode, keep it green!
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TGoG 115 – Bek’s Backyard with Bek Stiegler http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-115-beks-backyard-with-bek-stiegler.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-115-beks-backyard-with-bek-stiegler.html#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:45:34 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8572 Bek Stiegler went pretty much went from the average consumer (supermarket shopping, buying stuff she didn’t need, buying the cheapest and not caring where it came from etc) to growing pretty much all her own food (except meat and dairy), reusing and recycling, and being an extremely conscious consumer.  She lives in Melbourne on a 750m² suburban  [Continue Reading …]

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Bek Stiegler went pretty much went from the average consumer (supermarket shopping, buying stuff she didn’t need, buying the cheapest and not caring where it came from etc) to growing pretty much all her own food (except meat and dairy), reusing and recycling, and being an extremely conscious consumer.  She lives in Melbourne on a 750m² suburban block.

She writes about her own sustainable living journey over at Bek’s Backyard, a popular gardening and lifestyle blog.

Bek Stiegler

Bek Stiegler

During the show we talk about how she went from a barren backyard to building a fruitful and abundant suburban food farm!  She loves fruit trees and eating fruit that is in season.  If there is a glut she preserves via dehydration or water bath.

Her passion and enthusiasm about growing her own food is clearly evident as you listen to the episode.  Please thank Bek for sharing her story and journey with us all.


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a rating and review.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-115-beks-backyard-with-bek-stiegler.html/feed 5 Bek Stiegler went pretty much went from the average consumer (supermarket shopping, buying stuff she didn’t need, buying the cheapest and not caring where it came from etc) to growing pretty much all her own food (except meat and dairy), She writes about her own sustainable living journey over at Bek’s Backyard, a popular gardening and lifestyle blog.
During the show we talk about how she went from a barren backyard to building a fruitful and abundant suburban food farm!  She loves fruit trees and eating fruit that is in season.  If there is a glut she preserves via dehydration or water bath.
Her passion and enthusiasm about growing her own food is clearly evident as you listen to the episode.  Please thank Bek for sharing her story and journey with us all.

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a rating and review.
It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.  Thanks!
 
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TGoG 114 – Sustainable Living with Gürkan Yeniçeri http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-114-sustainable-living-with-gurkan-yeniceri.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-114-sustainable-living-with-gurkan-yeniceri.html#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8567 This week we catch up with Gürkan Yeniçeri, a fellow sustainable living practitioner who lives in Canberra, ACT.  For those of you who listen to the Little Green Cheese podcast, you would have heard his cheese making story during episode LGC 04. Gürkan and I talk about so many different sustainable living subjects during the show that  [Continue Reading …]

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This week we catch up with Gürkan Yeniçeri, a fellow sustainable living practitioner who lives in Canberra, ACT.  For those of you who listen to the Little Green Cheese podcast, you would have heard his cheese making story during episode LGC 04.

Gürkan Yeniçeri

Gürkan Yeniçeri

Gürkan and I talk about so many different sustainable living subjects during the show that I am going to timestamp them incase you want to skip ahead to a particular section;

  • Introduction [0:01]
  • Bee Keeping [2:49]
  • Mead and Cider [4:07]
  • Making Chutney [8:40]
  • Why Gürkan lives sustainably [9:31]
  • Classes at Canberra Environment Centre [11:09]
  • No-knead Bread Making [13:45]
  • Backyard Aquaponics [17:09]
  • Cheesemaking at home [30:43]
  • Outro [32:40]

He has done so much with the space he has at hand.

Please thank Gürkan for joining me on the show and sharing all his amazing achievements.

You can find him at;


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a rating and review.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-114-sustainable-living-with-gurkan-yeniceri.html/feed 1 This week we catch up with Gürkan Yeniçeri, a fellow sustainable living practitioner who lives in Canberra, ACT.  For those of you who listen to the Little Green Cheese podcast, you would have heard his cheese making story during episode LGC 04. episode LGC 04.
Gürkan and I talk about so many different sustainable living subjects during the show that I am going to timestamp them incase you want to skip ahead to a particular section;

* Introduction
* Bee Keeping
* Mead and Cider
* Making Chutney
* Why Gürkan lives sustainably
* Classes at Canberra Environment Centre
* No-knead Bread Making
* Backyard Aquaponics
* Cheesemaking at home
* Outro

He has done so much with the space he has at hand.
Please thank Gürkan for joining me on the show and sharing all his amazing achievements.
You can find him at;

* https://homecheesemaker.wordpress.com/ or
* https://www.facebook.com/artisancheesemaker


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a rating and review.
It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.  Thanks!
 
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TGoG 113 – Plastic Free July with Erin Rhoads http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-113-plastic-free-july-with-erin-rhoads.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-113-plastic-free-july-with-erin-rhoads.html#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2015 04:26:04 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8560 Erin is the author of The Rogue Ginger a blog dedicated to sharing her plastic free and zero waste lifestyle. During this episode and via her blog she shares plastic free alternatives to shopping, cooking, makeup, fashion, cleaning and travel while trying to create zero waste. The journey began June 2013 when she watched a  [Continue Reading …]

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Erin is the author of The Rogue Ginger a blog dedicated to sharing her plastic free and zero waste lifestyle.

During this episode and via her blog she shares plastic free alternatives to shopping, cooking, makeup, fashion, cleaning and travel while trying to create zero waste.

Plastic Free July with Erin Rhoads

The journey began June 2013 when she watched a documentary about a couple in Canada who pledged to not buy anything new for one year while trying also to produce no trash. The documentary was called the Clean Bin Project. After the credits rolled Erin looked at her own life and was shocked by the mindless waste her day-to-day actions were creating, so she decided to make some changes.

She discovered Plastic Free July and took on the challenge to quit single use plastic for one month, blogging about it along the way. Once it was over Erin decided to quit plastic for good. Basically, she began living more like her great grandparents.

She is now living a simpler, healthier and happier life. Plus the money saved from buying less stuff has been a nice reward.

Other links mentioned during the show;


 

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a rating and review.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-113-plastic-free-july-with-erin-rhoads.html/feed 0 Erin is the author of The Rogue Ginger a blog dedicated to sharing her plastic free and zero waste lifestyle. During this episode and via her blog she shares plastic free alternatives to shopping, cooking, makeup, fashion, The Rogue Ginger a blog dedicated to sharing her plastic free and zero waste lifestyle.
During this episode and via her blog she shares plastic free alternatives to shopping, cooking, makeup, fashion, cleaning and travel while trying to create zero waste.

The journey began June 2013 when she watched a documentary about a couple in Canada who pledged to not buy anything new for one year while trying also to produce no trash. The documentary was called the Clean Bin Project. After the credits rolled Erin looked at her own life and was shocked by the mindless waste her day-to-day actions were creating, so she decided to make some changes.
She discovered Plastic Free July and took on the challenge to quit single use plastic for one month, blogging about it along the way. Once it was over Erin decided to quit plastic for good. Basically, she began living more like her great grandparents.
She is now living a simpler, healthier and happier life. Plus the money saved from buying less stuff has been a nice reward.
Other links mentioned during the show;

* Homemade Mascara
* Homemade Tooth Powder
* ZeroWasteHome Bulk app (iTunes)
* Bag It


 
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And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a rating and review.
It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.  Thanks!
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TGoG 112 – Megan goes Veggie http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-112-megan-goes-veggie.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-112-megan-goes-veggie.html#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2015 07:30:23 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8511 In the studio this week I have a chat with my daughter Megan. This is her first time on the show, and we discuss in-depth on why and how she now lives a vegetarian lifestyle. It is amazing that she only embraced vegetarianism a year ago and it has changed her complete outlook on life.  [Continue Reading …]

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In the studio this week I have a chat with my daughter Megan. This is her first time on the show, and we discuss in-depth on why and how she now lives a vegetarian lifestyle.

Megan goes veggie

Megan goes veggie

It is amazing that she only embraced vegetarianism a year ago and it has changed her complete outlook on life.

I am one proud Dad!

During the show we talk about;


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/06/tgog-112-megan-goes-veggie.html/feed 0 In the studio this week I have a chat with my daughter Megan. This is her first time on the show, and we discuss in-depth on why and how she now lives a vegetarian lifestyle. It is amazing that she only embraced vegetarianism a year ago and it has chan... It is amazing that she only embraced vegetarianism a year ago and it has changed her complete outlook on life.
I am one proud Dad!
During the show we talk about;

* Paul McCartney – If Slaughterhouses had Glass Walls
* Esther the Wonder Pig
* Vloggers – Anthony and Kalel (since split up)
* Animals Australia
* *includes Calf Rennet


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.
It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.  Thanks!
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TGoG 111 – Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley Revisited http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-111-sarhn-mcarthur-gumbley-revisited.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-111-sarhn-mcarthur-gumbley-revisited.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 06:59:46 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8493 Catching up with friends made via this community is always a treat.  Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley is one of those many friends that I have made over the years via this podcast and blog but never met. Sarhn’s first visit to the show was way back in episode 014 where she was living in inner Sydney, well on her  [Continue Reading …]

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Catching up with friends made via this community is always a treat.  Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley is one of those many friends that I have made over the years via this podcast and blog but never met.

Sarhn McArthur-GumbleySarhn’s first visit to the show was way back in episode 014 where she was living in inner Sydney, well on her journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

A photographer by trade, she greened up her business and her lifestyle because it was the right thing to do.

Since we first talked back in 2011, she and her family have moved to a small town in the Southern Highlands of NSW about 1.5 hours from Sydney.  She also has a toddler that keeps her on her toes!

All this and living a sustainable lifestyle as well.  Learn how she fits it all in to her day.  I tip my hat to you Sarhn!

You can connect with Sarhn at www.sarhn.com and click-through using the social media buttons.


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-111-sarhn-mcarthur-gumbley-revisited.html/feed 2 Catching up with friends made via this community is always a treat.  Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley is one of those many friends that I have made over the years via this podcast and blog but never met. Sarhn’s first visit to the show was way back in episode 01... Sarhn’s first visit to the show was way back in episode 014 where she was living in inner Sydney, well on her journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
A photographer by trade, she greened up her business and her lifestyle because it was the right thing to do.
Since we first talked back in 2011, she and her family have moved to a small town in the Southern Highlands of NSW about 1.5 hours from Sydney.  She also has a toddler that keeps her on her toes!
All this and living a sustainable lifestyle as well.  Learn how she fits it all in to her day.  I tip my hat to you Sarhn!
You can connect with Sarhn at www.sarhn.com and click-through using the social media buttons.

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via our Patreon page.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show going and growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know?  If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about what you have heard during this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.
It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.  Thanks!
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TGoG 110 – Lucy House: Dawson Valley Free Range http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-110-lucy-house-dawson-valley-free-range.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-110-lucy-house-dawson-valley-free-range.html#respond Wed, 20 May 2015 09:42:56 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8458 Knowing where our meat comes from very important to Kim and me.  We want to ensure that any meat we consume has had the best possible life and has only one bad day.  Ethically raised and not factory farmed. Imagine my delight when I was contacted by Lucy who runs a free range farm in  [Continue Reading …]

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Knowing where our meat comes from very important to Kim and me.  We want to ensure that any meat we consume has had the best possible life and has only one bad day.  Ethically raised and not factory farmed.

Imagine my delight when I was contacted by Lucy who runs a free range farm in Baralaba, Queensland.

We talked at length about farm management, how she farms without chemical inputs, and she even makes cheese. She even told me that she is a bit of a Joel Salatin groupie who has seen him talk three times!

So much great information in one episode.

You can find Lucy & Kim (her hubby) at the following places;

Dawson Valley Free Range - Kim & Lucy

Kim & Lucy


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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-110-lucy-house-dawson-valley-free-range.html/feed 0 Knowing where our meat comes from very important to Kim and me.  We want to ensure that any meat we consume has had the best possible life and has only one bad day.  Ethically raised and not factory farmed. Imagine my delight when I was contacted by Lucy who runs a free range farm in Baralaba, Queensland.
We talked at length about farm management, how she farms without chemical inputs, and she even makes cheese. She even told me that she is a bit of a Joel Salatin groupie who has seen him talk three times!
So much great information in one episode.
You can find Lucy & Kim (her hubby) at the following places;

* Dawson Valley Free Range
* Healthy Farming, Healthy Food
* Facebook page


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It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.  Thanks!
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TGoG 109 – Kim’s Journey http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-109-kims-journey.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-109-kims-journey.html#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 05:48:02 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8436 You’ve heard me talk many times about my sustainable living journey, but what about Kim? After all, she has been right by my side for the entire trip, so what does she really think about it so far, and how does she think she has changed along the way. It’s an interesting question that we  [Continue Reading …]

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You’ve heard me talk many times about my sustainable living journey, but what about Kim? After all, she has been right by my side for the entire trip, so what does she really think about it so far, and how does she think she has changed along the way.

Kim and GavinIt’s an interesting question that we take a deep dive into during the show.

It all stemmed from a Facebook comment from Teena;

How is Kim enjoying her sustainable journey?  Life is very different since you watched Al Gore all those years ago and we have heard and seen how Gavin feels, but not Kim perspective.

And I tell you what, once we get going, Kim didn’t hold back either.

Great show, full of useful insights into someone who has gone from crazy consumer to a very mellow and caring woman who I love to bits!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/05/tgog-109-kims-journey.html/feed 5 You’ve heard me talk many times about my sustainable living journey, but what about Kim? After all, she has been right by my side for the entire trip, so what does she really think about it so far, and how does she think she has changed along the way. It’s an interesting question that we take a deep dive into during the show.
It all stemmed from a Facebook comment from Teena;
How is Kim enjoying her sustainable journey?  Life is very different since you watched Al Gore all those years ago and we have heard and seen how Gavin feels, but not Kim perspective.
And I tell you what, once we get going, Kim didn’t hold back either.
Great show, full of useful insights into someone who has gone from crazy consumer to a very mellow and caring woman who I love to bits!
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Gavin Webber yes 36:31 8436
TGoG 108 – Your Daily Coffee http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/04/tgog-108-your-daily-coffee.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/04/tgog-108-your-daily-coffee.html#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:58:42 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8383 Who loves their daily cup of coffee? I know that I do! But instead of brewing it up in you K-cup machine, or grabbing that takeaway in a styrofoam cup, think again. There are better and less harmful ways of having your morning cup of coffee. I’m taking about brewing, coffee cups, coffee grounds, and alternatives to  [Continue Reading …]

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coffee_artWho loves their daily cup of coffee? I know that I do! But instead of brewing it up in you K-cup machine, or grabbing that takeaway in a styrofoam cup, think again. There are better and less harmful ways of having your morning cup of coffee.

I’m taking about brewing, coffee cups, coffee grounds, and alternatives to coffee.

Join me for an interesting show just about the environmental impact of your coffee, or tea for that matter.

Links mentioned or used during the show;


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.  It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/04/tgog-108-your-daily-coffee.html/feed 2 Who loves their daily cup of coffee? I know that I do! But instead of brewing it up in you K-cup machine, or grabbing that takeaway in a styrofoam cup, think again. There are better and less harmful ways of having your morning cup of coffee. Who loves their daily cup of coffee? I know that I do! But instead of brewing it up in you K-cup machine, or grabbing that takeaway in a styrofoam cup, think again. There are better and less harmful ways of having your morning cup of coffee.
I’m taking about brewing, coffee cups, coffee grounds, and alternatives to coffee.
Join me for an interesting show just about the environmental impact of your coffee, or tea for that matter.
Links mentioned or used during the show;

* groundtoground.org
* Kill the K Cup (video)
* Homemade Herbal Teas


Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.  It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.
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TGoG 107 – Influencing Others with Stories http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/04/tgog-107-influencing-others-with-stories.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/04/tgog-107-influencing-others-with-stories.html#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:10:01 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8305 Influencing others is often so subtle that you don’t realise that you are doing it! Whenever you talk about your sustainable lifestyle with passion, others pick up on that, and you may just get them thinking that they could also do that in their own lives. If anything, a sustainable lifestyle is infectious when you  [Continue Reading …]

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influencing othersInfluencing others is often so subtle that you don’t realise that you are doing it! Whenever you talk about your sustainable lifestyle with passion, others pick up on that, and you may just get them thinking that they could also do that in their own lives.

If anything, a sustainable lifestyle is infectious when you share honest stories about what you do and how you live.

During this episode, Kim and I share our own stories about how, upon reflection, have subtly influenced others without really realising it.

Oh, and there are chicken stories as well!


 

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.  It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/04/tgog-107-influencing-others-with-stories.html/feed 3 Influencing others is often so subtle that you don’t realise that you are doing it! Whenever you talk about your sustainable lifestyle with passion, others pick up on that, and you may just get them thinking that they could also do that in their own li... Influencing others is often so subtle that you don’t realise that you are doing it! Whenever you talk about your sustainable lifestyle with passion, others pick up on that, and you may just get them thinking that they could also do that in their own lives.
If anything, a sustainable lifestyle is infectious when you share honest stories about what you do and how you live.
During this episode, Kim and I share our own stories about how, upon reflection, have subtly influenced others without really realising it.
Oh, and there are chicken stories as well!

 
Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.  It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.
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Gavin Webber 35:11 8305
TGoG 106 – The Top 8 Tools I Use When Gardening http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-106-the-top-8-tools-i-use-when-gardening.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-106-the-top-8-tools-i-use-when-gardening.html#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:35:37 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8275 This episode is essential listening for gardeners at all stages, from raw beginner through to the seasoned green thumb.  It has a little something for everyone, even if you don’t currently have a garden, but are wondering what tools to buy or borrow before you start growing your own vegetables. I list and describe my  [Continue Reading …]

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This episode is essential listening for gardeners at all stages, from raw beginner through to the seasoned green thumb.  It has a little something for everyone, even if you don’t currently have a garden, but are wondering what tools to buy or borrow before you start growing your own vegetables.

I list and describe my top 8 tools I use when gardening, every time that I venture into the patch and orchard.

Here they are in no specific order of importance;top 8 tools I use when gardening

  1. Leather Gloves
  2. Garden Bag
  3. 3 pronged handheld fork
  4. galvanised 9L Watering Can
  5. Secateurs
  6. Wheelbarrow
  7. Cotton Twine, and
  8. Aerobin 400 for making compost

So there you have it.  All very simple, and mostly inexpensive tools that I use when gardening in our suburban food farm.

I hope that each and every listener got something from this episode!

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.  It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-106-the-top-8-tools-i-use-when-gardening.html/feed 0 This episode is essential listening for gardeners at all stages, from raw beginner through to the seasoned green thumb.  It has a little something for everyone, even if you don’t currently have a garden, but are wondering what tools to buy or borrow be... I list and describe my top 8 tools I use when gardening, every time that I venture into the patch and orchard.
Here they are in no specific order of importance;

* Leather Gloves
* Garden Bag
* 3 pronged handheld fork
* galvanised 9L Watering Can
* Secateurs
* Wheelbarrow
* Cotton Twine, and
* Aerobin 400 for making compost

So there you have it.  All very simple, and mostly inexpensive tools that I use when gardening in our suburban food farm.
I hope that each and every listener got something from this episode!
Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons below.  And if you are super excited about this episode, pop on over to iTunes and leave a rating and review using the button under the player.  It helps the podcast get noticed in the charts and makes it more visible for others who may be interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle in the ‘burbs.
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TGoG 105 – Randy Adams Interviews Gavin http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-105-randy-adams-interviews-gavin.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-105-randy-adams-interviews-gavin.html#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:44:29 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8218 I was recently interviewed by Randy Adams as part of his leadership studies at the University of Florida. Randy is a big fan of my other podcast Little Green Cheese and reached out for an interview. Of course I said yes and the rest is recorded history, and I answered in my own modest way.  [Continue Reading …]

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Randy Adams

Randy Adams with a Sweet Potato

I was recently interviewed by Randy Adams as part of his leadership studies at the University of Florida. Randy is a big fan of my other podcast Little Green Cheese and reached out for an interview. Of course I said yes and the rest is recorded history, and I answered in my own modest way.

His interesting questions were along these lines;

1) Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what your life was like prior to your leadership role in the sustainability movement (e.g. adolescence, previous careers, existential crises)?

2) What personal experience(s) gave you the desire to start a blog and educate others about a “greener” way of living?

3) How do your loved ones, friends and colleagues view the work that you do?

4) Looking from the time you began your blog until now, what sort of decisions did you have to make regarding the blog, podcasts, products etc.

5) What do you believe are your greatest resources at hand that allow you to do what you do?

6) In the context of the work you do with the greening of Gavin and the little green cheese, how would you describe your method of leadership (I am not sure if you have ever thought of yourself in the category of “leader”, but if not, have an open mind and go with it)?

7) I realize you do these blogs and podcasts within the walls of your home, but have you ever sought out assistance with some tasks (e.g. posting episodes, more contributors) either from people directly around you or from your cheese and sustainability communities?

8) If not, would this be something you would consider for the future of your work?

9) What personal qualities do you possess that you feel contribute positively to your podcasts, blogging and homesteading?

10) What sort of fruits would you like to see from your work in the long run?

I had a lot of fun during the interview and was quite frank about my work. Sit back, grab a cuppa and listen to Randy interviewing Gavin.

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons now!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-105-randy-adams-interviews-gavin.html/feed 1 I was recently interviewed by Randy Adams as part of his leadership studies at the University of Florida. Randy is a big fan of my other podcast Little Green Cheese and reached out for an interview. Of course I said yes and the rest is recorded history... His interesting questions were along these lines;
1) Can you tell me a little bit about your background and what your life was like prior to your leadership role in the sustainability movement (e.g. adolescence, previous careers, existential crises)?
2) What personal experience(s) gave you the desire to start a blog and educate others about a “greener” way of living?
3) How do your loved ones, friends and colleagues view the work that you do?
4) Looking from the time you began your blog until now, what sort of decisions did you have to make regarding the blog, podcasts, products etc.
5) What do you believe are your greatest resources at hand that allow you to do what you do?
6) In the context of the work you do with the greening of Gavin and the little green cheese, how would you describe your method of leadership (I am not sure if you have ever thought of yourself in the category of “leader”, but if not, have an open mind and go with it)?
7) I realize you do these blogs and podcasts within the walls of your home, but have you ever sought out assistance with some tasks (e.g. posting episodes, more contributors) either from people directly around you or from your cheese and sustainability communities?
8) If not, would this be something you would consider for the future of your work?
9) What personal qualities do you possess that you feel contribute positively to your podcasts, blogging and homesteading?
10) What sort of fruits would you like to see from your work in the long run?
I had a lot of fun during the interview and was quite frank about my work. Sit back, grab a cuppa and listen to Randy interviewing Gavin.
Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

And finally, do you think this podcast episode will help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons now!
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Gavin Webber 1:04:28 8218
TGoG 104 – Budget Cooking without Waste http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-104-budget-cooking-without-waste.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-104-budget-cooking-without-waste.html#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:46:14 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8192 Budget cooking without waste is our theme this week.  We talk about all the ways we save money in the kitchen feeding our family.  Includes 101 things to do with Zucchini (just joking)! Also during the show we talked about using quality ingredients, growing and using herbs, growing your own veg, how to get your  [Continue Reading …]

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Budget cooking without waste is our theme this week.  We talk about all the ways we save money in the kitchen feeding our family.  Includes 101 things to do with Zucchini (just joking)!

Also during the show we talked about using quality ingredients, growing and using herbs, growing your own veg, how to get your kids to eat veggies, how to use leftovers effectively, how to get 3 meals out of a single roast chicken, and how you can save up to $75 a week by taking your own lunch to work.  We also drooled over Kim’s freshly baked Cranberry & Macadamia cookies and Chocolate Muffins.

Kim's home baking

Kim’s home baking

This episode is chock o block with tips and tricks to save money, and still be green in the kitchen.  Budget cooking without waste!

Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

Become my patreon!

And finally will this podcast episode help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons now!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-104-budget-cooking-without-waste.html/feed 3 Budget cooking without waste is our theme this week.  We talk about all the ways we save money in the kitchen feeding our family.  Includes 101 things to do with Zucchini (just joking)! Also during the show we talked about using quality ingredients, Also during the show we talked about using quality ingredients, growing and using herbs, growing your own veg, how to get your kids to eat veggies, how to use leftovers effectively, how to get 3 meals out of a single roast chicken, and how you can save up to $75 a week by taking your own lunch to work.  We also drooled over Kim’s freshly baked Cranberry & Macadamia cookies and Chocolate Muffins.
This episode is chock o block with tips and tricks to save money, and still be green in the kitchen.  Budget cooking without waste!
Don’t forget that this show is financially supported by you, the listener, via Patreon.  If you believe the show adds value to the sustainable living community and you would like to support the show, please pledge your support at http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin.  Any pledge small or large is most welcome, as it keeps the show growing week by week.

And finally will this podcast episode help someone you know? If so, help them out by sharing it using the social media buttons now!
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TGoG 103 – Preparing for Winter Planting http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-103-preparing-for-winter-planting.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-103-preparing-for-winter-planting.html#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:46:39 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8172 It is autumn here in South Eastern Australia and time to start preparing for your winter planting. I talk about all the beds I have to prepare, what I am going to plant, basic crop rotation, and some tips about composting and worm castings and how to keep snails/slugs and earwigs off your newly planted seedlings.  [Continue Reading …]

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Well composted soilIt is autumn here in South Eastern Australia and time to start preparing for your winter planting. I talk about all the beds I have to prepare, what I am going to plant, basic crop rotation, and some tips about composting and worm castings and how to keep snails/slugs and earwigs off your newly planted seedlings.  Who am I kidding, the show is full of organic gardening tips!

Join me in a chat about preparing for winter planting.

Don’t forget that you can become a patron of the show and support it moving forward by visiting http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin

Become my patreon!

 

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/03/tgog-103-preparing-for-winter-planting.html/feed 2 It is autumn here in South Eastern Australia and time to start preparing for your winter planting. I talk about all the beds I have to prepare, what I am going to plant, basic crop rotation, and some tips about composting and worm castings and how to k... It is autumn here in South Eastern Australia and time to start preparing for your winter planting. I talk about all the beds I have to prepare, what I am going to plant, basic crop rotation, and some tips about composting and worm castings and how to keep snails/slugs and earwigs off your newly planted seedlings.  Who am I kidding, the show is full of organic gardening tips!
Join me in a chat about preparing for winter planting.
Don’t forget that you can become a patron of the show and support it moving forward by visiting http://www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin

 
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TGoG 102 – Can You Be Self-Sufficient in the Suburbs? http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-102-can-you-be-self-sufficient-in-the-suburbs.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-102-can-you-be-self-sufficient-in-the-suburbs.html#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:35:29 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8127 Can you be self-sufficient in the suburbs? That is a big question. It may have worked for Tom and Barbara, but can it actually be done? Let Gavin guide you through some of the barriers that may hinder true self-sufficiency in the suburban context.  Being self-sufficient is hard work. There is a bit of something  [Continue Reading …]

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Tom+and+BarbaraCan you be self-sufficient in the suburbs? That is a big question. It may have worked for Tom and Barbara, but can it actually be done?

Let Gavin guide you through some of the barriers that may hinder true self-sufficiency in the suburban context.  Being self-sufficient is hard work.

There is a bit of something in this episode for everyone.  Very thought-provoking.

Also if you like the show and would like to help it continue, please visit my Patreon page and pledge a dollar or two for hosting and equipment costs. www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin is the place where you can help.

Become my patreon!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-102-can-you-be-self-sufficient-in-the-suburbs.html/feed 0 Can you be self-sufficient in the suburbs? That is a big question. It may have worked for Tom and Barbara, but can it actually be done? Let Gavin guide you through some of the barriers that may hinder true self-sufficiency in the suburban context. Let Gavin guide you through some of the barriers that may hinder true self-sufficiency in the suburban context.  Being self-sufficient is hard work.
There is a bit of something in this episode for everyone.  Very thought-provoking.
Also if you like the show and would like to help it continue, please visit my Patreon page and pledge a dollar or two for hosting and equipment costs. www.patreon.com/greeningofgavin is the place where you can help.

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TGoG 101 – Downshifting http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-101-downshifting.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-101-downshifting.html#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:55:56 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8067 Our topic is this week is Downshifting.  We explain why I downshifted and how it is possible by living a simple/sustainable lifestyle. We cover the decision-making process, finances, family discussion, telecommuting, and much, much more.  It was a big decision, but it was one of the best decisions that we ever made. And the best thing  [Continue Reading …]

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Our topic is this week is Downshifting.  We explain why I downshifted and how it is possible by living a simple/sustainable lifestyle.

Downshifting

(source: http://www.polyp.org.uk/cartoons/consumerism/polyp_cartoon_Rat_Race.jpg)

We cover the decision-making process, finances, family discussion, telecommuting, and much, much more.  It was a big decision, but it was one of the best decisions that we ever made.

And the best thing was that we didn’t go in for the sea change/tree change, we downshifted right where we were with what we had.  It also gave us time to start our own small business teaching others green living skills.  Without the downshift, we wouldn’t have taken that most enjoyable step.

We also talk about smaller homes that allows bigger yards, and the current practice of banging out McMansions in new suburbs.

Kim also has a soft spot for Esther the wonder Pig, whose friends also had a downshift experience.

So, if you liked the show or have downshifted yourself, please leave a comment.  We would love to read your story.

Also if you really enjoyed the show please take the time to leave a rating and review over on iTunes, using the iTunes button under the player.  It would really be great to get some feedback about our current format, now that I have a semi-permanent co-host.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-101-downshifting.html/feed 7 Our topic is this week is Downshifting.  We explain why I downshifted and how it is possible by living a simple/sustainable lifestyle. We cover the decision-making process, finances, family discussion, telecommuting, and much, much more. We cover the decision-making process, finances, family discussion, telecommuting, and much, much more.  It was a big decision, but it was one of the best decisions that we ever made.
And the best thing was that we didn’t go in for the sea change/tree change, we downshifted right where we were with what we had.  It also gave us time to start our own small business teaching others green living skills.  Without the downshift, we wouldn’t have taken that most enjoyable step.
We also talk about smaller homes that allows bigger yards, and the current practice of banging out McMansions in new suburbs.
Kim also has a soft spot for Esther the wonder Pig, whose friends also had a downshift experience.
So, if you liked the show or have downshifted yourself, please leave a comment.  We would love to read your story.
Also if you really enjoyed the show please take the time to leave a rating and review over on iTunes, using the iTunes button under the player.  It would really be great to get some feedback about our current format, now that I have a semi-permanent co-host.
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Gavin Webber yes 36:30 8067
TGoG 100 – Remembering the Past http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-100-remembering-past.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/02/tgog-100-remembering-past.html#respond Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:23:51 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8035 100 episodes! I had no idea that when I started the show back on 26th March 2010 that I would reach this lofty goal. Nor did I think that the show would become so popular and have so many guests and eventually a part-time co-host (aka my lovely wife Kim). During this episode I start  [Continue Reading …]

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Kim and Gavin

100 episodes! I had no idea that when I started the show back on 26th March 2010 that I would reach this lofty goal. Nor did I think that the show would become so popular and have so many guests and eventually a part-time co-host (aka my lovely wife Kim).

During this episode I start off with a bit of a monologue, but then around the 14 minute mark, Kim joins me for a very entertaining show.  It’s full of stories about how we started, and who inspired us along the way.

Anyway, we think you will enjoy the show. Please join us for the next 100 episodes as well!

Now, a favour.  If you really liked the show, leave a comment, or better still head over to iTunes using the button above and please leave a rating and review.  Honest feedback is always appreciated!

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100 episodes! I had no idea that when I started the show back on 26th March 2010 that I would reach this lofty goal. Nor did I think that the show would become so popular and have so many guests and eventually a part-time co-host (aka my lovely wife Kim).
During this episode I start off with a bit of a monologue, but then around the 14 minute mark, Kim joins me for a very entertaining show.  It’s full of stories about how we started, and who inspired us along the way.
Anyway, we think you will enjoy the show. Please join us for the next 100 episodes as well!
Now, a favour.  If you really liked the show, leave a comment, or better still head over to iTunes using the button above and please leave a rating and review.  Honest feedback is always appreciated!
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TGoG Podcast 099 – Old Things http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-099-old-things.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-099-old-things.html#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:18:21 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=8008 Kim joins me on the show this week where we talk about our recent visit to the Mill Markets at Daylesford, Victoria. This market had lots of very cool old stuff that we discuss during the show, which inevitably leads to a rant about designed obsolescence. We finish off with a little bit of our philosophy  [Continue Reading …]

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Kim joins me on the show this week where we talk about our recent visit to the Mill Markets at Daylesford, Victoria.

This market had lots of very cool old stuff that we discuss during the show, which inevitably leads to a rant about designed obsolescence.

We finish off with a little bit of our philosophy about buying quality items and repair them if they break.

Some of the cool old things items we talk about are;

  • Cast iron clothes ironsOld Things - Soda Syphon
  • Hand sheep clippers
  • Scythes
  • Jaffle Maker
  • Hand Beater
  • Hand Drill
  • Singer Sewing Machine (hand and foot operated)
  • Tin snips
  • Vinyl Records (Ben had never seen one)
  • 21st Century TV Annual
  • TV chairs
  • Butter moulds
  • Typewriters
  • Soda Syphon

And probably a few things I didn’t list.  I am sure you will enjoy it.

Now for episode 100.  We are asking you all to send in voice mail questions via the speakpipe widget below so that Kim and I can answer them in the episode.

They can be about anything as long as the focus is on sustainable living.  Please record something, even if it is feedback about the show.  We want to make the next episode really special and memorable.


Don’t be shy, we would love to hear from you.  All you need is a PC, laptop, notebook, tablet, or smartphone and record your message.  It is as simple as that!  Don’t forget to play it back before sending to ensure it is audible.

So, until next episode, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-099-old-things.html/feed 3 Kim joins me on the show this week where we talk about our recent visit to the Mill Markets at Daylesford, Victoria. This market had lots of very cool old stuff that we discuss during the show, which inevitably leads to a rant about designed obsolescen... Mill Markets at Daylesford, Victoria.
This market had lots of very cool old stuff that we discuss during the show, which inevitably leads to a rant about designed obsolescence.
We finish off with a little bit of our philosophy about buying quality items and repair them if they break.
Some of the cool old things items we talk about are;

* Cast iron clothes irons
* Hand sheep clippers
* Scythes
* Jaffle Maker
* Hand Beater
* Hand Drill
* Singer Sewing Machine (hand and foot operated)
* Tin snips
* Vinyl Records (Ben had never seen one)
* 21st Century TV Annual
* TV chairs
* Butter moulds
* Typewriters
* Soda Syphon

And probably a few things I didn’t list.  I am sure you will enjoy it.
Now for episode 100.  We are asking you all to send in voice mail questions via the speakpipe widget below so that Kim and I can answer them in the episode.
They can be about anything as long as the focus is on sustainable living.  Please record something, even if it is feedback about the show.  We want to make the next episode really special and memorable.


Don’t be shy, we would love to hear from you.  All you need is a PC, laptop, notebook, tablet, or smartphone and record your message.  It is as simple as that!  Don’t forget to play it back before sending to ensure it is audible.
So, until next episode, stay green and keep keen!
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Gavin Webber yes 34:43 8008
TGoG Podcast 098 – Sustainable Living Events http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-098-sustainable-living-events.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-098-sustainable-living-events.html#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:35:31 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7974 Firstly, I would just like to let you know that Episode 100 is rapidly approaching.  It is going to be a massive show, and it will focus on listener questions.  So don’t be shy.  Send in a sustainable living question or a message for Kim and I using the widget below, and we will play  [Continue Reading …]

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Firstly, I would just like to let you know that Episode 100 is rapidly approaching.  It is going to be a massive show, and it will focus on listener questions.  So don’t be shy.  Send in a sustainable living question or a message for Kim and I using the widget below, and we will play it and/or answer the question on the 100th show.  I am really looking forward to this milestone event in two weeks time.

This episode is a roundup of sustainable living events that I will be speaking or manning a stall at or visiting in the next two months.  I also talk a little about the yearly Sustainable Living Festival here in Melbourne.

I talked about the following events;

Little Green WorkshopsI also chat about some of the happenings around here, and new products in our shop www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au.  We have been so busy making and putting up new products lines, including preserving kits and equipment, handmade soap, and soy melts.  Add that to all the other kits, supplies, and equipment that we have available for Cheese, Soap, and Soy Candle making, we haven’t had time to scratch ourselves!  Starting a small business is not for the faint hearted.

So, we hope you can get to some of these sustainable living events and drop in and say gidday.  Most are free and very educational.  I would love to meet you.

February is the busiest month in the sustainability calendar here in Victoria.  I love it, because it recharges my internal green batteries, and puts me on the path again for another year of our journey.  Without these types of events, I think I would feel a little lost, and a little alone.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-098-sustainable-living-events.html/feed 2 Firstly, I would just like to let you know that Episode 100 is rapidly approaching.  It is going to be a massive show, and it will focus on listener questions.  So don’t be shy.  Send in a sustainable living question or a message for Kim and I using th...
This episode is a roundup of sustainable living events that I will be speaking or manning a stall at or visiting in the next two months.  I also talk a little about the yearly Sustainable Living Festival here in Melbourne.
I talked about the following events;

* Melton City Energy and Sustainability Expo, Saturday 31st January 2015.  More information Environment and Sustainability Expo flyer A4.
* Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival, Saturday 28th February 2015.  More information Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival.
* The main Sustainable Living Festival for the year will be held from 7th February to 1st March 2015.  You can find more infomation at their site www.slf.org.au

I also chat about some of the happenings around here, and new products in our shop www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au.  We have been so busy making and putting up new products lines, including preserving kits and equipment, handmade soap, and soy melts.  Add that to all the other kits, supplies, and equipment that we have available for Cheese, Soap, and Soy Candle making, we haven’t had time to scratch ourselves!  Starting a small business is not for the faint hearted.
So, we hope you can get to some of these sustainable living events and drop in and say gidday.  Most are free and very educational.  I would love to meet you.
February is the busiest month in the sustainability calendar here in Victoria.  I love it, because it recharges my internal green batteries, and puts me on the path again for another year of our journey.  Without these types of events, I think I would feel a little lost, and a little alone.
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Gavin Webber clean 22:14 7974
TGoG Podcast 097 – Personal Time Management http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-097-personal-time-management.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-097-personal-time-management.html#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:30:36 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7925 During this episode I share all the tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years to take charge of my personal time and to live a life with purpose. I cover off the following topics for Personal Time Management; Setting SMART goals Planning ahead, doing specific tasks on certain days Keep a diary/planner (I  [Continue Reading …]

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Personal Time ManagementDuring this episode I share all the tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years to take charge of my personal time and to live a life with purpose.

I cover off the following topics for Personal Time Management;

  • Setting SMART goals
  • Planning ahead, doing specific tasks on certain days
  • Keep a diary/planner (I use an online calendar)
  • Early to bed, Early to rise
  • Do things when you know are most effective (I’m a morning person)
  • Regular exercise
  • Minimal screen time
  • Handling each task once, and do one task at a time.
  • Write a to do list, prioritise the list, but be realistic
  • Keep a journal or blog in able to reflect back at past achievements

So that’s how I cram so much into my day and week and still manage to deliver the goods at work, home, and with my family.  I hope you take the time to listen and learn a few tips and tricks on how to manage your own personal time better.

If you liked the episode, please feel free to leave a comment or even pop over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a review and rating to help build the shows profile.  I would be eternally grateful!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-097-personal-time-management.html/feed 1 During this episode I share all the tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years to take charge of my personal time and to live a life with purpose. I cover off the following topics for Personal Time Management; Setting SMART goals Planning ahead,... During this episode I share all the tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years to take charge of my personal time and to live a life with purpose.
I cover off the following topics for Personal Time Management;

* Setting SMART goals
* Planning ahead, doing specific tasks on certain days
* Keep a diary/planner (I use an online calendar)
* Early to bed, Early to rise
* Do things when you know are most effective (I’m a morning person)
* Regular exercise
* Minimal screen time
* Handling each task once, and do one task at a time.
* Write a to do list, prioritise the list, but be realistic
* Keep a journal or blog in able to reflect back at past achievements

So that’s how I cram so much into my day and week and still manage to deliver the goods at work, home, and with my family.  I hope you take the time to listen and learn a few tips and tricks on how to manage your own personal time better.
If you liked the episode, please feel free to leave a comment or even pop over to iTunes using the button under the player and leave a review and rating to help build the shows profile.  I would be eternally grateful!
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Gavin Webber 26:50 7925
TGoG Podcast 096 – Quick Garden Update http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-096-quick-garden-update.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-096-quick-garden-update.html#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:18:27 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7901 A quick garden update, accompanied by a chorus of native Australian fauna.  I recorded this episode outside in my garden at about 9pm, just as twilight was waning. I announce that I will be creating a series of gardening video tutorials which will cover any vegetables that I plant, maintain, or harvest. An interesting project  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastA quick garden update, accompanied by a chorus of native Australian fauna.  I recorded this episode outside in my garden at about 9pm, just as twilight was waning.

I announce that I will be creating a series of gardening video tutorials which will cover any vegetables that I plant, maintain, or harvest.

An interesting project for sure, and one that you will be able to keep track of using this link; www.greeningofgavin.com/gardeningvideos/

Enjoy your summer or winter as we swelter here down under.  Another nasty, angry summer is forming.  We have had three days over 38°C and it is only seven days into the year.  Way above average.

Here is to some cooler, wetter weather over the next few days.  The garden desperately needs it!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-096-quick-garden-update.html/feed 1 A quick garden update, accompanied by a chorus of native Australian fauna.  I recorded this episode outside in my garden at about 9pm, just as twilight was waning. I announce that I will be creating a series of gardening video tutorials which will cove... A quick garden update, accompanied by a chorus of native Australian fauna.  I recorded this episode outside in my garden at about 9pm, just as twilight was waning.
I announce that I will be creating a series of gardening video tutorials which will cover any vegetables that I plant, maintain, or harvest.
An interesting project for sure, and one that you will be able to keep track of using this link; www.greeningofgavin.com/gardeningvideos/
Enjoy your summer or winter as we swelter here down under.  Another nasty, angry summer is forming.  We have had three days over 38°C and it is only seven days into the year.  Way above average.
Here is to some cooler, wetter weather over the next few days.  The garden desperately needs it!
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Gavin Webber yes 8:02 7901
TGoG Podcast 095 – As It Was 2014 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-095-2014.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-095-2014.html#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 05:08:53 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7879 A retrospective look at 2014 and all the things we achieved during the year.  Join Kim and I as we share the highs and lows of the last 12 months, and what our simple goals are for 2015. There is laughter and tears as we step through each month’s events.  We held it all together  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastA retrospective look at 2014 and all the things we achieved during the year.  Join Kim and I as we share the highs and lows of the last 12 months, and what our simple goals are for 2015.

There is laughter and tears as we step through each month’s events.  We held it all together and believe that we covered the most important things we achieved.

It was great to look back and talk about where we started in January and where we ended up in December.  It’s only after you think and talk about it that you actually realise how much we got done.

Oh, and some quick podcast stats for you all.  During the year I produced 46 episodes, with 48,494 downloads, and many wonderful guests including Tanya Ha, Greg Foyster, Mick O’Connell, Madeleine Booth-Smits (aka NZEcoChick), Amy Webber, Adam Webber, Stacey Warlich, Teena Webber, Kathy Finigan, Kate Nye-ButlerPam Dawson, and of course my lovely wife Kim.  There were also interviews by Ted, Amy, and DR at the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and by Matt and Beau from Reaction Podcast.

Those stats really blow my mind, so I thank you one and all for listening to me talk about sustainable living in the suburbs week in and week out.  Don’t forget that if you like the show that you can rate and leave a comment via iTunes using the button under the player.

Thanks again for listening.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2015/01/tgog-podcast-095-2014.html/feed 4 A retrospective look at 2014 and all the things we achieved during the year.  Join Kim and I as we share the highs and lows of the last 12 months, and what our simple goals are for 2015. There is laughter and tears as we step through each month’s event... A retrospective look at 2014 and all the things we achieved during the year.  Join Kim and I as we share the highs and lows of the last 12 months, and what our simple goals are for 2015.
There is laughter and tears as we step through each month’s events.  We held it all together and believe that we covered the most important things we achieved.
It was great to look back and talk about where we started in January and where we ended up in December.  It’s only after you think and talk about it that you actually realise how much we got done.
Oh, and some quick podcast stats for you all.  During the year I produced 46 episodes, with 48,494 downloads, and many wonderful guests including Tanya Ha, Greg Foyster, Mick O’Connell, Madeleine Booth-Smits (aka NZEcoChick), Amy Webber, Adam Webber, Stacey Warlich, Teena Webber, Kathy Finigan, Kate Nye-ButlerPam Dawson, and of course my lovely wife Kim.  There were also interviews by Ted, Amy, and DR at the Massachusetts Climate Action Network and by Matt and Beau from Reaction Podcast.
Those stats really blow my mind, so I thank you one and all for listening to me talk about sustainable living in the suburbs week in and week out.  Don’t forget that if you like the show that you can rate and leave a comment via iTunes using the button under the player.
Thanks again for listening.
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TGoG Podcast 094 – Local Food Equals Less Waste http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-094-local-food-equals-less-waste.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-094-local-food-equals-less-waste.html#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:32:04 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7842 When you grow your own food you are less inclined to waste it.  This is the basis of this weeks episode.  My belief is that organically grown local food equals less waste. I talk about our failed 100 mile diet and how hard it was to stick to it, and the realisation I came to  [Continue Reading …]

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Local food equals less wasteWhen you grow your own food you are less inclined to waste it.  This is the basis of this weeks episode.  My belief is that organically grown local food equals less waste.

I talk about our failed 100 mile diet and how hard it was to stick to it, and the realisation I came to that most of our food is grown with the assistance of fossil fuels.  In the second half of the show, I give tips about how to prevent food waste.

I believe that growing your own food is one of the most radical acts that you can achieve in your own home.  You break that dependence on the industrial food system and become that little bit closer to be able to look after yourself.  Especially that most of our food is grown using oil.

Did you know that for every 1 calorie of food grown, it takes 10 calories of oil to grow it?  That is unsustainable considering that fossil fuels are a finite resource.  Something to think about when you tuck into your next meal.

It you liked the show, please click-through to iTunes using the button below the player, and leave a comment and a rating.  It helps push the show up the iTunes charts where it will reach others who may be thinking of beginning their own simple/sustainable journey.  Every little bit helps.

Also, if you have any questions or observations that you are burning to share, please leave a comment below.  I answer as many as I can and would love to hear from you.

Next week we have our Christmas Special where Kim and I share what we achieved this year, including the highs and lows.  I don’t know if we will be singing this year, but you never know.  I might even belt out a verse or two of a White Christmas, that old Bing favourite that gets a hammering around here at this time of year!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-094-local-food-equals-less-waste.html/feed 6 When you grow your own food you are less inclined to waste it.  This is the basis of this weeks episode.  My belief is that organically grown local food equals less waste. I talk about our failed 100 mile diet and how hard it was to stick to it, When you grow your own food you are less inclined to waste it.  This is the basis of this weeks episode.  My belief is that organically grown local food equals less waste.
I talk about our failed 100 mile diet and how hard it was to stick to it, and the realisation I came to that most of our food is grown with the assistance of fossil fuels.  In the second half of the show, I give tips about how to prevent food waste.
I believe that growing your own food is one of the most radical acts that you can achieve in your own home.  You break that dependence on the industrial food system and become that little bit closer to be able to look after yourself.  Especially that most of our food is grown using oil.
Did you know that for every 1 calorie of food grown, it takes 10 calories of oil to grow it?  That is unsustainable considering that fossil fuels are a finite resource.  Something to think about when you tuck into your next meal.
It you liked the show, please click-through to iTunes using the button below the player, and leave a comment and a rating.  It helps push the show up the iTunes charts where it will reach others who may be thinking of beginning their own simple/sustainable journey.  Every little bit helps.
Also, if you have any questions or observations that you are burning to share, please leave a comment below.  I answer as many as I can and would love to hear from you.
Next week we have our Christmas Special where Kim and I share what we achieved this year, including the highs and lows.  I don’t know if we will be singing this year, but you never know.  I might even belt out a verse or two of a White Christmas, that old Bing favourite that gets a hammering around here at this time of year!
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Gavin Webber yes 30:00 7842
TGoG Podcast 093 – Greening Our Business http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-093-greening-business.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-093-greening-business.html#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:58:15 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7811 Greening our business is now second nature for us.  When Kim and I started our Little Green Workshops business, we wanted it to be as green as we possibly could.  We strive to make sure that our personal values shine through when we teach our classes and that all of our ingredients and equipment are as  [Continue Reading …]

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Greening our business is now second nature for us.  When Kim and I started our Little Green Workshops business, we wanted it to be as green as we possibly could.  We strive to make sure that our personal values shine through when we teach our classes and that all of our ingredients and equipment are as sustainably sourced as possible.  From local milk for the cheese making, to as much locally sourced oils for soap making, and eco-soya wax for candle making.  We reuse things as much as possible and recycle everything that is possible.

During this episode you will hear Kim and I talk about how we started our business and what we teach.  We get a bit off track at the start, but get to the greening part at around the [12:40] mark.  If you just want to specifically listen to greening our business then fast forward to that time mark.

Greening our business - soy candle making workshop

We have carried that through to our on-line business and all our new products where possible.  Additionally, around the office we make sure that we source post-consumer 100% recycled paper, refill our own toner and ink cartridges for printing our booklets and invoices, and of course we use 100% renewable energy here at home.

An as for packaging our products we use recycled cardboard boxes and brown paper for most of our shipping.  We even shred our old tax documents and any other paper we can get our hands on for filler for shipping.  Nothing goes to waste around here.  Boxes that we receive stock in gets reused for our own shipping or cut into soap mould lids or given away to friends.  If we can’t find a use for it, we then recycle into curbside recycling.

We hope you enjoy the show and learn a little bit more about how we try to keep our business as green as possible.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-093-greening-business.html/feed 1 Greening our business is now second nature for us.  When Kim and I started our Little Green Workshops business, we wanted it to be as green as we possibly could.  We strive to make sure that our personal values shine through when we teach our classes a... Little Green Workshops business, we wanted it to be as green as we possibly could.  We strive to make sure that our personal values shine through when we teach our classes and that all of our ingredients and equipment are as sustainably sourced as possible.  From local milk for the cheese making, to as much locally sourced oils for soap making, and eco-soya wax for candle making.  We reuse things as much as possible and recycle everything that is possible.
During this episode you will hear Kim and I talk about how we started our business and what we teach.  We get a bit off track at the start, but get to the greening part at around the [12:40] mark.  If you just want to specifically listen to greening our business then fast forward to that time mark.

We have carried that through to our on-line business and all our new products where possible.  Additionally, around the office we make sure that we source post-consumer 100% recycled paper, refill our own toner and ink cartridges for printing our booklets and invoices, and of course we use 100% renewable energy here at home.
An as for packaging our products we use recycled cardboard boxes and brown paper for most of our shipping.  We even shred our old tax documents and any other paper we can get our hands on for filler for shipping.  Nothing goes to waste around here.  Boxes that we receive stock in gets reused for our own shipping or cut into soap mould lids or given away to friends.  If we can’t find a use for it, we then recycle into curbside recycling.
We hope you enjoy the show and learn a little bit more about how we try to keep our business as green as possible.
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TGoG Podcast 092 – Greening Around with Adam http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-092-greening-around-adam.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-092-greening-around-adam.html#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:30:20 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7741 As promised, I managed to have a chat with my son Adam on the last day of his visit.  I was interested to discover how the cultures that he had been immersed in during the last five years viewed sustainability and treated the environment.  Of course there is a caveat in which rightly he states that  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastAs promised, I managed to have a chat with my son Adam on the last day of his visit.  I was interested to discover how the cultures that he had been immersed in during the last five years viewed sustainability and treated the environment.  Of course there is a caveat in which rightly he states that he could only gauge the vibe from those he mingled with during his stay.

I fully understand that, but I was after his experience, his views, and that is exactly what we got during our chat.  We cover his time in the United Kingdom, Germany (1st time), Canada, and finally Germany again.

We also have some comparison with life in Australia and what people in other countries think of our Government’s current policies.  You may or may not be kind of shocked.

So grab a cuppa and sit back and have a listen to a great episode.

If you have any questions for Adam or comments/observations of your own, we would welcome them via comment below.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/12/tgog-podcast-092-greening-around-adam.html/feed 2 As promised, I managed to have a chat with my son Adam on the last day of his visit.  I was interested to discover how the cultures that he had been immersed in during the last five years viewed sustainability and treated the environment. I fully understand that, but I was after his experience, his views, and that is exactly what we got during our chat.  We cover his time in the United Kingdom, Germany (1st time), Canada, and finally Germany again.
We also have some comparison with life in Australia and what people in other countries think of our Government’s current policies.  You may or may not be kind of shocked.
So grab a cuppa and sit back and have a listen to a great episode.
If you have any questions for Adam or comments/observations of your own, we would welcome them via comment below.
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TGoG Podcast 091 – Christmas Consumerism http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-091-christmas-consumerism.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-091-christmas-consumerism.html#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:52:50 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7722 It is about this time of year that I have my annual “consumerism gone wild” rant. Everywhere you look, the effects of Affluenza are clear for everyone to see.  But what is Affluenza? Now, Wikipedia defines affluenza as; affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the  [Continue Reading …]

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It is about this time of year that I have my annual “consumerism gone wild” rant.

Everywhere you look, the effects of Affluenza are clear for everyone to see.  But what is Affluenza?

Now, Wikipedia defines affluenza as;

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the Western Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.

Christmas ConsumerismNow, wait a minute. There is that economic growth example gets thrown around a lot of late. All forms of government seem to keep telling us that we must stimulate the economy, and increase economic growth. But doesn’t growth mean destroying, sorry, squandering the remaining resources we have left on the planet?  That can’t be a good thing, can it?  More on that in another post though.  Lets get back to the subject of Christmas.

We have lost our way.  It doesn’t need to be like this, but economic growth demands it.

Around this time of year, our consumer culture ramps into high gear, urging to buy the next shiny thing with money that we just don’t have.  So what do we do?  We go into debt by using credit cards, and end up with a big fat debt headache in the new year.

So now you know what Affluenza is, have a listen to the show where I will hopefully convince you that there is another and better way.

Once you have played the entire episode, please leave a comment about what you think of Christmas Consumerism.  I would love to read your thoughts on the matter.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-091-christmas-consumerism.html/feed 7 It is about this time of year that I have my annual “consumerism gone wild” rant. Everywhere you look, the effects of Affluenza are clear for everyone to see.  But what is Affluenza? Now, Wikipedia defines affluenza as; affluenza, n. a painful, Everywhere you look, the effects of Affluenza are clear for everyone to see.  But what is Affluenza?
Now, Wikipedia defines affluenza as;
affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.
affluenza, n. 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the pursuit of the Western Dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth.
Now, wait a minute. There is that economic growth example gets thrown around a lot of late. All forms of government seem to keep telling us that we must stimulate the economy, and increase economic growth. But doesn’t growth mean destroying, sorry, squandering the remaining resources we have left on the planet?  That can’t be a good thing, can it?  More on that in another post though.  Lets get back to the subject of Christmas.
We have lost our way.  It doesn’t need to be like this, but economic growth demands it.
Around this time of year, our consumer culture ramps into high gear, urging to buy the next shiny thing with money that we just don’t have.  So what do we do?  We go into debt by using credit cards, and end up with a big fat debt headache in the new year.
So now you know what Affluenza is, have a listen to the show where I will hopefully convince you that there is another and better way.
Once you have played the entire episode, please leave a comment about what you think of Christmas Consumerism.  I would love to read your thoughts on the matter.
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TGoG Podcast 090 – How to Reduce e-Waste http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-090-reduce-e-waste.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-090-reduce-e-waste.html#respond Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:51:14 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7701 How many of you have old electronic goods lying around, or just dump them in landfill? I am certainly not one to judge, as I have bought a few computers in my time.  However, I dispose of and recycle my computers and electronic goods as responsibly as I can, or at least attempt to extend  [Continue Reading …]

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How many of you have old electronic goods lying around, or just dump them in landfill?

I am certainly not one to judge, as I have bought a few computers in my time.  However, I dispose of and recycle my computers and electronic goods as responsibly as I can, or at least attempt to extend their lifespan as long as I can by adding new components or get them repaired.

You don’t have throw them into landfill you know.  You can give them a second life or put them to work again.How to reduce e-waste

Links mentioned during this episode;

Lately you can get devices repaired as there are so many mobile device fix-it shops popping up all over the place.  We have two of these shops in our new shopping mall that I noticed in the last few months.

So next time you think about getting rid of an electronic device, have a think about where it may end up.  Can you repair or upgrade it instead of replacing it?  It is a much better outcome for your back pocket, and the environment in the long run.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-090-reduce-e-waste.html/feed 0 How many of you have old electronic goods lying around, or just dump them in landfill? I am certainly not one to judge, as I have bought a few computers in my time.  However, I dispose of and recycle my computers and electronic goods as responsibly as ... I am certainly not one to judge, as I have bought a few computers in my time.  However, I dispose of and recycle my computers and electronic goods as responsibly as I can, or at least attempt to extend their lifespan as long as I can by adding new components or get them repaired.
You don’t have throw them into landfill you know.  You can give them a second life or put them to work again.
Links mentioned during this episode;

* Equipment Recycling Network Inc – www.erni.asn.au
* Computer Bank – www.computerbank.org.au
* Mobile Muster – www.mobilemuster.com.au
* 4 Ways to Minimize Electronic Waste – original inspiration for the episode.

Lately you can get devices repaired as there are so many mobile device fix-it shops popping up all over the place.  We have two of these shops in our new shopping mall that I noticed in the last few months.
So next time you think about getting rid of an electronic device, have a think about where it may end up.  Can you repair or upgrade it instead of replacing it?  It is a much better outcome for your back pocket, and the environment in the long run.
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TGoG Podcast 089 – Suburban Food Farm Late Spring http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-089-suburban-food-farm-late-spring.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-089-suburban-food-farm-late-spring.html#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:44:45 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7636 One of my regular Suburban Food Farm updates, this time for late spring.  We, hopefully, had our last frost of the season, so I have been going crazy in the garden planting up this season’s crops. It certainly kept me busy for most of the long weekend we had here in Victoria. During the show,  [Continue Reading …]

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One of my regular Suburban Food Farm updates, this time for late spring.  We, hopefully, had our last frost of the season, so I have been going crazy in the garden planting up this season’s crops.

It certainly kept me busy for most of the long weekend we had here in Victoria.

During the show, I mentioned these links;

I also talked about the method I use to harvest broad beans.  I mention the nitrogen nodules that grow on the roots.  For those who have never seen them, here is a photo I took the other day.

Broad Bean Nitrogen Nodules

Broad Bean Nitrogen Nodules

Near the end of the cast, I let you know about a recent newspaper interview which should appear in the Melton Leader soon, and a little about a blogging course that I taught last night, which is the reason the podcast episode is a day later than normal.

Also, if you live in the Melbourne area, and are interested in attending a very reasonably priced Blogging for Beginners course ($48 for 5 hour course), leave me a comment so I can gauge interest.  I am in two minds as if I should to run another one due to the fact that it took over 8 months to fill this course.

Thanks for listening to The Greening of Gavin podcast!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/11/tgog-podcast-089-suburban-food-farm-late-spring.html/feed 6 One of my regular Suburban Food Farm updates, this time for late spring.  We, hopefully, had our last frost of the season, so I have been going crazy in the garden planting up this season’s crops. It certainly kept me busy for most of the long weekend ... It certainly kept me busy for most of the long weekend we had here in Victoria.
During the show, I mentioned these links;

* Fair Dinkum Seeds
* Broad Bean and Chorizo Risotto
* Late Planted Potatoes

I also talked about the method I use to harvest broad beans.  I mention the nitrogen nodules that grow on the roots.  For those who have never seen them, here is a photo I took the other day.
Near the end of the cast, I let you know about a recent newspaper interview which should appear in the Melton Leader soon, and a little about a blogging course that I taught last night, which is the reason the podcast episode is a day later than normal.
Also, if you live in the Melbourne area, and are interested in attending a very reasonably priced Blogging for Beginners course ($48 for 5 hour course), leave me a comment so I can gauge interest.  I am in two minds as if I should to run another one due to the fact that it took over 8 months to fill this course.
Thanks for listening to The Greening of Gavin podcast!
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TGoG Podcast 088 – Sleepwalking Into The Future http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-088-sleepwalking-into-the-future.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-088-sleepwalking-into-the-future.html#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:07:22 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7603 Sleepwalking into the future.  These are thoughts that have been mulling around in my head for quite a few years.  I have finally been able to put it down coherently so that I can share it with you today. As this episode was read from notes I have a transcript for you to read.   We  [Continue Reading …]

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Sleepwalking into the future.  These are thoughts that have been mulling around in my head for quite a few years.  I have finally been able to put it down coherently so that I can share it with you today.

As this episode was read from notes I have a transcript for you to read.


 

Sleepwalking into the future

We live in the age of abundant energy, and we have a lot to be thankful for, but for how much longer, and what are we doing about it?

Humanity has reached a stage in its development where everything we now have is reliant on a source of cheap energy, in the form of fossil fuels. We have transportation that would shock an early 20th century person, as we can get from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss and travel distances in time-frames that would be unheard of only 50 years ago.

Way back then, only the rich could afford to fly, and the rest of us were stuck on the ground or traveled vast distances slowly via the oceans. However, whilst on the ground we spent this precious resource building roads and freeways that have cut the travelling time between cities in half (except for the odd traffic jam).

We have built magnificent cities from steel, concrete and glass (with the aid of oil) that glow in the night that can be seen from space. These cities house many millions of people throughout the world and consume resources from neighboring countryside.

We have a medical procedures that can replace most parts of the body when they get diseased or worn out, except for the human brain, but I am sure we are working on that as well. We live longer than any other time in human history and have the biggest population that increases by 1,000,000,000 people every 25 years.

All because of cheap energy in the form of oil and other fossil fuels.

So, on the down side, at this very moment we are on a plateau of energy production. Our demand for energy is now outstripping supply, and this demand grows with every single human born into existence. Prices rise because of supply shortages, and this in turn continues to feed the woes of the continuing economic crisis which is build on continuous upward growth.

However, with all fossil fuels and natural resources being of finite supply, our economic system is bashing up against natural hard limits. You cannot have a system that is reliant on growth when there is only so much of everything. You cannot change the laws of physics.

Not only fossil fuels are depleting, but things like fresh water with depletion in the form of ancient aquifers, phosphates for fertilization, arable land to grow food on, and global fish stocks.

We do not seem to be awake to the fact that many of the things we take for granted are depleting rapidly, we have no plan to implement a scalable replacement for our energy needs, which drives all other human activities.

Even with all our cleverness, much of humanity lacks the foresight to plan for a future with less of everything. Our population has grown alongside of energy growth, because we have been able to produce abundant surpluses of food. But only in some parts of the world. Over 5/7th of our species do not have a regular meal on the table, or access to clean drinking water.

Recent events do not fill me with joy or hope. Our governments will continue to talk until 2015, and then maybe do something serious about greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. We will be committed to at least 3 and a half degrees Centigrade hotter world in 2100. That is totally unpredictable.

It will only get hotter after that. This is already happening now, in our own lifetimes. Surely we can do better than this?

Now that we have hit the 7,000,000,000 mark in population, and that we are constrained by natures hard limits, and the threat of environmental disaster in the form of a changing climate, what are we to do? I ask myself this question every day, and wonder often ‘what happens next?’ How are we to cut emissions by 50-80% by 2050, and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels if it is predicted that the human population will be at 9 billion?

More people means more emissions and more resources. I believe that we will be too worried about feeding ourselves, rather than trying to stabilize the climate!

So many unanswered questions, and with little visible action from world leaders and governments, I am afraid I cannot think of any other outcome except a train-wreck. I may be wrong, but I think our civilization is moving too fast on the rails to slow down in time. But think of this train-wreck happening in slow motion.

We are at overshoot, and the only other result is a long slow decline. All because we have delayed action on alternative energy, changing our economic system, mitigating climate change, and population overshoot to feed economic growth and to fatten someones wallet. Whatever happens from now on in, it will not be pretty.

Look, I didn’t mean to bring everyone down, but we do live in troubled times. It is just that many of us cannot connect the dots, or even want to talk about these big issues. We only have one habitable planet in this neck of the Universe, so we have to clean up the mess we made. What is needed is a call to arms, and where we start talking about these issues on a daily basis. The more we talk about it, the more thinking we will do, and we may even come up with some real solutions for the climate or an effective way to power-down during energy descent.

However, until such time that we really start talking seriously, we will just keep things as business as usual. The only problem is that business is starting to get bad!  We are sleepwalking into the future.

I will leave you with this thought

Vision without Action is merely a dream, and
Action without Vision just passes the time, however,
Vision with Action can change the world!

 

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-088-sleepwalking-into-the-future.html/feed 9 Sleepwalking into the future.  These are thoughts that have been mulling around in my head for quite a few years.  I have finally been able to put it down coherently so that I can share it with you today. As this episode was read from notes I have a tr... As this episode was read from notes I have a transcript for you to read.

 

We live in the age of abundant energy, and we have a lot to be thankful for, but for how much longer, and what are we doing about it?
Humanity has reached a stage in its development where everything we now have is reliant on a source of cheap energy, in the form of fossil fuels. We have transportation that would shock an early 20th century person, as we can get from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss and travel distances in time-frames that would be unheard of only 50 years ago.
Way back then, only the rich could afford to fly, and the rest of us were stuck on the ground or traveled vast distances slowly via the oceans. However, whilst on the ground we spent this precious resource building roads and freeways that have cut the travelling time between cities in half (except for the odd traffic jam).
We have built magnificent cities from steel, concrete and glass (with the aid of oil) that glow in the night that can be seen from space. These cities house many millions of people throughout the world and consume resources from neighboring countryside.
We have a medical procedures that can replace most parts of the body when they get diseased or worn out, except for the human brain, but I am sure we are working on that as well. We live longer than any other time in human history and have the biggest population that increases by 1,000,000,000 people every 25 years.
All because of cheap energy in the form of oil and other fossil fuels.
So, on the down side, at this very moment we are on a plateau of energy production. Our demand for energy is now outstripping supply, and this demand grows with every single human born into existence. Prices rise because of supply shortages, and this in turn continues to feed the woes of the continuing economic crisis which is build on continuous upward growth.
However, with all fossil fuels and natural resources being of finite supply, our economic system is bashing up against natural hard limits. You cannot have a system that is reliant on growth when there is only so much of everything. You cannot change the laws of physics.
Not only fossil fuels are depleting, but things like fresh water with depletion in the form of ancient aquifers, phosphates for fertilization, arable land to grow food on, and global fish stocks.
We do not seem to be awake to the fact that many of the things we take for granted are depleting rapidly, we have no plan to implement a scalable replacement for our energy needs, which drives all other human activities.
Even with all our cleverness, much of humanity lacks the foresight to plan for a future with less of everything. Our population has grown alongside of energy growth, because we have been able to produce abundant surpluses of food. But only in some parts of the world. Over 5/7th of our species do not have a regular meal on the table, or access to clean drinking water.
Recent events do not fill me with joy or hope. Our governments will continue to talk until 2015, and then maybe do something serious about greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. We will be committed to at least 3 and a half degrees Centigrade hotter world in 2100. That is totally unpredictable.
It will only get hotter after that. This is already happening now, in our own lifetimes. Surely we can do better than this?
Now that we have hit the 7,000,000,000 mark in population, and that we are constrained by natures hard limits, and the threat of environmental disaster in the form of a changing climate, what are we to do?]]>
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TGoG Podcast 087 – Making Fertilizers at Home http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-087-making-fertilizers-at-home.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-087-making-fertilizers-at-home.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:44:13 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7570 Did you know that you can make at least seven effective fertilizers in your very own backyard?  Let me step you through the process of making fertilizers at home.  Here are the ones that I talk about; Compost Worm castings Worm Wee tea Liquid Fertilizer Urine (yes I went there) Chicken manure Coffee grounds All  [Continue Reading …]

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Coffee grounds - making fertilizers at home

Coffee grounds – making fertilizer at home

Did you know that you can make at least seven effective fertilizers in your very own backyard?  Let me step you through the process of making fertilizers at home.  Here are the ones that I talk about;

All are very effective additions to any backyard veggie patch giving the soil and your plants a boost a couple of times a year.  If you are really interested in Urine which is the easiest and most abundant (after a few home-brew beers) homemade fertilizer, then here is some more info from Wikipedia.

Urine contains large quantities of nitrogen (mostly as urea), as well as significant quantities of dissolved phosphates and potassium, the main macronutrients required by plants, with urine having plant macronutrient percentages (i.e. NPK) of approximately 11-1-2 by one study or 15-1-2 by another report, illustrating that exact composition varies with diet. Undiluted, it can chemically burn the roots of some plants, but it can be used safely as a source of complementary nitrogen in carbon-rich compost.

When diluted with water (at a 1:5 ratio for container-grown annual crops with fresh growing medium each season, or a 1:8 ratio for more general use), it can be applied directly to soil as a fertilizer. The fertilization effect of urine has been found to be comparable to that of commercial fertilizers with an equivalent NPK rating. Urine contains most of the NPK nutrients excreted by the human body.

It really is great stuff and it is such a shame to flush it down the loo.

Well listeners and readers, I hope you found my tips interesting, enlightening, and helpful for your garden.

May your garden grow abundantly and be bountiful!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-087-making-fertilizers-at-home.html/feed 6 Did you know that you can make at least seven effective fertilizers in your very own backyard?  Let me step you through the process of making fertilizers at home.  Here are the ones that I talk about; Compost Worm castings Worm Wee tea Liquid Fertilize...
* Compost
* Worm castings
* Worm Wee tea
* Liquid Fertilizer
* Urine (yes I went there)
* Chicken manure
* Coffee grounds

All are very effective additions to any backyard veggie patch giving the soil and your plants a boost a couple of times a year.  If you are really interested in Urine which is the easiest and most abundant (after a few home-brew beers) homemade fertilizer, then here is some more info from Wikipedia.
Urine contains large quantities of nitrogen (mostly as urea), as well as significant quantities of dissolved phosphates and potassium, the main macronutrients required by plants, with urine having plant macronutrient percentages (i.e. NPK) of approximately 11-1-2 by one study or 15-1-2 by another report, illustrating that exact composition varies with diet. Undiluted, it can chemically burn the roots of some plants, but it can be used safely as a source of complementary nitrogen in carbon-rich compost.
When diluted with water (at a 1:5 ratio for container-grown annual crops with fresh growing medium each season, or a 1:8 ratio for more general use), it can be applied directly to soil as a fertilizer. The fertilization effect of urine has been found to be comparable to that of commercial fertilizers with an equivalent NPK rating. Urine contains most of the NPK nutrients excreted by the human body.
It really is great stuff and it is such a shame to flush it down the loo.
Well listeners and readers, I hope you found my tips interesting, enlightening, and helpful for your garden.
May your garden grow abundantly and be bountiful!
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TGoG Podcast 086 – Gardening Therapy http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-086-gardening-therapy.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-086-gardening-therapy.html#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:40:04 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7519 It has been a sad week.  Kim and I have been grieving the loss of her mother, Pam.  We each have gone about it in our own way, coming together often for hugs and tears. To reflect and grieve, I have been practicing gardening therapy, which is something that I discovered a while back.  It  [Continue Reading …]

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It has been a sad week.  Kim and I have been grieving the loss of her mother, Pam.  We each have gone about it in our own way, coming together often for hugs and tears.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:20:53)

To reflect and grieve, I have been practicing gardening therapy, which is something that I discovered a while back.  It always helps me get over the blues or a funk that I sometimes get into.

What did I have to lose by thrusting my hands into the soil and by getting stuck into planting more veg or harvesting our winter crops?  Nothing to lose at all, and everything to gain, especially a sense of fulfilment and joy that one rarely experiences from other endeavours in their life.  Well that is how it affects me.

Gardening Therapy

Gardening Therapy

During the show I mentioned a study that may go some way to explaining why gardening helps combat depression and aids in mental health.  It studied allotment gardeners asked to perform a stressful task and how gardening work lowered their stress levels quicker than a control group where were asked to read after the same task.  According to the authors, gardening elicits powerful neuroendocrine responses that relieve acute stress parameters in a very measurable way.  Very interesting indeed.

So please join me by listening to this episode titled Gardening Therapy, and hear how I have been busy getting therapy in my own special way.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-086-gardening-therapy.html/feed 11 It has been a sad week.  Kim and I have been grieving the loss of her mother, Pam.  We each have gone about it in our own way, coming together often for hugs and tears. To reflect and grieve, I have been practicing gardening therapy, To reflect and grieve, I have been practicing gardening therapy, which is something that I discovered a while back.  It always helps me get over the blues or a funk that I sometimes get into.
What did I have to lose by thrusting my hands into the soil and by getting stuck into planting more veg or harvesting our winter crops?  Nothing to lose at all, and everything to gain, especially a sense of fulfilment and joy that one rarely experiences from other endeavours in their life.  Well that is how it affects me.
During the show I mentioned a study that may go some way to explaining why gardening helps combat depression and aids in mental health.  It studied allotment gardeners asked to perform a stressful task and how gardening work lowered their stress levels quicker than a control group where were asked to read after the same task.  According to the authors, gardening elicits powerful neuroendocrine responses that relieve acute stress parameters in a very measurable way.  Very interesting indeed.
So please join me by listening to this episode titled Gardening Therapy, and hear how I have been busy getting therapy in my own special way.
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TGoG Podcast 085 – Simple Living Mindset http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-085-simple-living-mindset.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-085-simple-living-mindset.html#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:13:31 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7463 We humans all think differently, that is a given, and is human nature.  Our perception of reality is an accumulation of our life experiences and thoughts. Therefore it is no surprise to anyone that I believe that it takes a different mindset to live a simpler lifestyle. A simple living mindset! During this episode I  [Continue Reading …]

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We humans all think differently, that is a given, and is human nature.  Our perception of reality is an accumulation of our life experiences and thoughts.

Therefore it is no surprise to anyone that I believe that it takes a different mindset to live a simpler lifestyle. A simple living mindset!

Listen to the Episode Below (00:29:36)

During this episode I take you on a journey.  My own personal journey of how my mindset shifted due to different events, leading up to where I am now.  That is a content and happy man, truly living life simply and honestly.

Simple Living MindsetAs I ramble on I cover topics such as;

A pretty full and well-rounded show covering what I think is the simple living mindset.

Let me know what you think of the show via comment.  I would love your honest opinion.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-085-simple-living-mindset.html/feed 2 We humans all think differently, that is a given, and is human nature.  Our perception of reality is an accumulation of our life experiences and thoughts. Therefore it is no surprise to anyone that I believe that it takes a different mindset to live a ... Therefore it is no surprise to anyone that I believe that it takes a different mindset to live a simpler lifestyle. A simple living mindset!
During this episode I take you on a journey.  My own personal journey of how my mindset shifted due to different events, leading up to where I am now.  That is a content and happy man, truly living life simply and honestly.
As I ramble on I cover topics such as;

* Consumer culture
* The Rat Race
* The spark
* My Dichotomy and feeling out of balance
* Awareness of the bigger picture
* Enjoying the little things
* People vs Possessions
* Less stuff
* Needs vs Wants and the power of advertising
* Thinking deeper, and
* Debt reduction due to behaviour change.

A pretty full and well-rounded show covering what I think is the simple living mindset.
Let me know what you think of the show via comment.  I would love your honest opinion.
 
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TGoG Podcast 084 – Country Visits the City http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-084-country-visits-city.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-084-country-visits-city.html#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:30:36 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7433 It was a brilliant day at the Royal Melbourne Show.  Join me as I walk you through some of the highs and lows as Ben and I saw it.  From the funny and cute farm animals and my backyard display, to the excessive consumerism and advertising.  It had it all.  Some parts made me cringe,  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:20:18)

It was a brilliant day at the Royal Melbourne Show.  Join me as I walk you through some of the highs and lows as Ben and I saw it.  From the funny and cute farm animals and my backyard display, to the excessive consumerism and advertising.  It had it all.  Some parts made me cringe, others made my heart sing with joy!

What I loved the most was the My Backyard display.  It was as if my very own backyard was transported to the show grounds!  Chooks, worm farms, veggie patches, fruit trees, the works.  A little bit of sustainable living in the city.

Certainly a day to remember.  Have a listen.  I think you will enjoy the show.

My Backyard display

My Backyard display

 

Very cute piglets

Very cute piglets

 

Kids with kids

Kids with kids

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/10/tgog-podcast-084-country-visits-city.html/feed 4 It was a brilliant day at the Royal Melbourne Show.  Join me as I walk you through some of the highs and lows as Ben and I saw it.  From the funny and cute farm animals and my backyard display, to the excessive consumerism and advertising. Royal Melbourne Show.  Join me as I walk you through some of the highs and lows as Ben and I saw it.  From the funny and cute farm animals and my backyard display, to the excessive consumerism and advertising.  It had it all.  Some parts made me cringe, others made my heart sing with joy!
What I loved the most was the My Backyard display.  It was as if my very own backyard was transported to the show grounds!  Chooks, worm farms, veggie patches, fruit trees, the works.  A little bit of sustainable living in the city.
Certainly a day to remember.  Have a listen.  I think you will enjoy the show.
 
 
 
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TGoG Podcast 083 – Amy Webber on Climate Reality http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-083-amy-webber.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-083-amy-webber.html#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:59:29 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7305 My special guest this week is Amy Webber, who gives her old Dad some feedback about his Climate Reality presentations that I gave to some students at the school she teaches at. We also discuss the Peoples Climate mobilisation, and our thoughts on the current state of climate action. I think you will find it  [Continue Reading …]

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My special guest this week is Amy Webber, who gives her old Dad some feedback about his Climate Reality presentations that I gave to some students at the school she teaches at.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:22:42)

We also discuss the Peoples Climate mobilisation, and our thoughts on the current state of climate action.

I think you will find it a very interesting show, as we had a lovely glass of organic Shiraz before the show.  We were certainly free in offering our opinions. 😉

Amy Webber

Amy Webber and her Dad

Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-083-amy-webber.html/feed 0 My special guest this week is Amy Webber, who gives her old Dad some feedback about his Climate Reality presentations that I gave to some students at the school she teaches at. We also discuss the Peoples Climate mobilisation, We also discuss the Peoples Climate mobilisation, and our thoughts on the current state of climate action.
I think you will find it a very interesting show, as we had a lovely glass of organic Shiraz before the show.  We were certainly free in offering our opinions. 😉
Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 082 – Spring Fruit Tree Tips http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-082-spring-fruit-tree-tips.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-082-spring-fruit-tree-tips.html#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:24:27 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7234 Spring has finally arrived in South Eastern Australia and the fruit trees are full of blossom with busy bees everywhere doing their thing.  I love this time of year.  The soil is heating up as are the days, and finally a bit of sunshine to boost growth here in the suburban food farm. During this  [Continue Reading …]

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Spring has finally arrived in South Eastern Australia and the fruit trees are full of blossom with busy bees everywhere doing their thing.  I love this time of year.  The soil is heating up as are the days, and finally a bit of sunshine to boost growth here in the suburban food farm.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:10:27)

During this episode I share a few spring fruit tree tips.  I talk about soil conditions, fruit tree pest issues, and pest removal tips for apples, pears, and citrus.

Spring Fruit Trees

Plum Blossom

If you enjoyed the podcast, please visit iTunes and rate the show or leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-082-spring-fruit-tree-tips.html/feed 3 Spring has finally arrived in South Eastern Australia and the fruit trees are full of blossom with busy bees everywhere doing their thing.  I love this time of year.  The soil is heating up as are the days, During this episode I share a few spring fruit tree tips.  I talk about soil conditions, fruit tree pest issues, and pest removal tips for apples, pears, and citrus.
If you enjoyed the podcast, please visit iTunes and rate the show or leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
RSS Feed for your podcatcher application


Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 081 – How Much Food Can A Suburban Yard Produce? http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/much-food-can-suburban-yard-produce.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/much-food-can-suburban-yard-produce.html#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:59:25 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6879 This week I answer a listener question about growing food. Lex says; Do you find that you need to buy much in the way of food, with this much garden produce? What kind of things do you find yourself still purchasing? How Much Food Can a Suburban Backyard Produce? Great question! The answer is quite  [Continue Reading …]

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This week I answer a listener question about growing food.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:23:08)

Lex says;

Do you find that you need to buy much in the way of food, with this much garden produce? What kind of things do you find yourself still purchasing?

How Much Food Can a Suburban Backyard Produce? Great question!

The answer is quite a bit. I talk you through how much I can grow here during which times of the year, and how successful have we have been by quoting a yearly percentage of the amount of herbs, fruit, and vegetables that I can grow in our suburban backyard.

I hope you gain some insight on how much I can grow in a small space.  You will be pleasantly surprised!

How much food can you grow?


On that note, it would be very interesting to find out how much food that you grow yourselves.  Please feel free to partake in the poll.  The results are provided after you answer the question.

 

If you enjoyed the podcast, please visit iTunes and rate the show and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

RSS Feed for your podcatcher application
iTunes

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Listen to Stitcher
 Until next show, stay green and keep keen!

 

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/much-food-can-suburban-yard-produce.html/feed 0 This week I answer a listener question about growing food. Lex says; Do you find that you need to buy much in the way of food, with this much garden produce? What kind of things do you find yourself still purchasing? Lex says;
Do you find that you need to buy much in the way of food, with this much garden produce? What kind of things do you find yourself still purchasing?
How Much Food Can a Suburban Backyard Produce? Great question!
The answer is quite a bit. I talk you through how much I can grow here during which times of the year, and how successful have we have been by quoting a yearly percentage of the amount of herbs, fruit, and vegetables that I can grow in our suburban backyard.
I hope you gain some insight on how much I can grow in a small space.  You will be pleasantly surprised!


On that note, it would be very interesting to find out how much food that you grow yourselves.  Please feel free to partake in the poll.  The results are provided after you answer the question.
 
If you enjoyed the podcast, please visit iTunes and rate the show and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
RSS Feed for your podcatcher application

iTunes

Stitcher Radio

 Until next show, stay green and keep keen!
 
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TGoG Podcast 080 – Reaction Podcast Interview with Voicemail Questions http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-080-reaction-podcast.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-080-reaction-podcast.html#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:28:01 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7142 The main part of this episode is an interview that I gave when I appeared on Reaction Podcast as a guest of Matt and Beau. We talk about all things sustainable living, including a bit of analysis about this podcast. It is full of fun and laughs and the odd swear word.  What can I  [Continue Reading …]

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The main part of this episode is an interview that I gave when I appeared on Reaction Podcast as a guest of Matt and Beau. We talk about all things sustainable living, including a bit of analysis about this podcast.

Listen to the Episode Below (0:46:33)

It is full of fun and laughs and the odd swear word.  What can I say, I was excited so my accent and banter was heavier than usual.

The Reaction Podcast is all about other podcasts where Matt and Beau (I believe they are brothers) review other podcasts.  You can find all their shows at reactionpodcast.com.  Previous episodes that I have listened to have been a laugh-riot, and their style of humor is infectious.  Thanks for having me on the show fellas!

Reaction Podcast

After the interview, I answer lots of listener questions that have been sent in via voicemail over the last month and a half.  From growing sweet corn, to where to get african horned melon seeds and everything in between!

During the show I mention the following links


If you enjoyed the show, please visit iTunes and rate the show and leave an honest review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

RSS Feed for your podcatcher application
iTunes

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Listen to Stitcher
 

Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/09/tgog-podcast-080-reaction-podcast.html/feed 2 The main part of this episode is an interview that I gave when I appeared on Reaction Podcast as a guest of Matt and Beau. We talk about all things sustainable living, including a bit of analysis about this podcast. It is full of fun and laughs and the odd swear word.  What can I say, I was excited so my accent and banter was heavier than usual.
The Reaction Podcast is all about other podcasts where Matt and Beau (I believe they are brothers) review other podcasts.  You can find all their shows at reactionpodcast.com.  Previous episodes that I have listened to have been a laugh-riot, and their style of humor is infectious.  Thanks for having me on the show fellas!

After the interview, I answer lots of listener questions that have been sent in via voicemail over the last month and a half.  From growing sweet corn, to where to get african horned melon seeds and everything in between!
During the show I mention the following links

* Podcast Answerman podcast
* School of Podcasting podcast
* Kiwimana Buzz podcast
* Simple Life Together podcast
* Smart Passive Income podcast
* The Watching Dead podcast
* Game of Thrones podcast
* Fair Dinkum Seeds
* The Diggers Club
* My Salami


If you enjoyed the show, please visit iTunes and rate the show and leave an honest review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
RSS Feed for your podcatcher application

iTunes

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 079 – Robyn Rosenfeldt from Pip Magazine http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-079-robyn-rosenfeldt-pip-magazine.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-079-robyn-rosenfeldt-pip-magazine.html#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:30:02 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7094 Way back at the start of the year I wrote a post about Pip Magazine.  Robyn Rosenfeldt was seeking funding via crowdsourcing to launch Australia’s first permaculture magazine in 10 years. I caught up with Robyn during this episode to see how things were progressing with the magazine (now in its second issue), to learn  [Continue Reading …]

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Way back at the start of the year I wrote a post about Pip Magazine.  Robyn Rosenfeldt was seeking funding via crowdsourcing to launch Australia’s first permaculture magazine in 10 years.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:14)

I caught up with Robyn during this episode to see how things were progressing with the magazine (now in its second issue), to learn a little bit more about Robyn herself and her lifestyle.

Robyn Rosenfeldt - Pip Magazine

I found Robyn to be very down to earth who practices what she preaches.  Permaculture is imbedded in all things throughout her family’s lifestyle including the conversion of their 2 acre piece of land at Pambula on the south coast of New South Wales.

Robyn also talks about how she started the magazine and how you can submit ideas for articles to her.

You can find her contact details, social media links, and where to buy or how to subscribe to the magazine at www.pipmagazine.com.au

Pip Magazine


If you enjoyed this episode, please take the time to visit iTunes to rate the show and leave a review.

You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.

It would help me out so much, which elevates the shows ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

 

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-079-robyn-rosenfeldt-pip-magazine.html/feed 2 Way back at the start of the year I wrote a post about Pip Magazine.  Robyn Rosenfeldt was seeking funding via crowdsourcing to launch Australia’s first permaculture magazine in 10 years. I caught up with Robyn during this episode to see how things wer... a post about Pip Magazine.  Robyn Rosenfeldt was seeking funding via crowdsourcing to launch Australia’s first permaculture magazine in 10 years.
I caught up with Robyn during this episode to see how things were progressing with the magazine (now in its second issue), to learn a little bit more about Robyn herself and her lifestyle.

I found Robyn to be very down to earth who practices what she preaches.  Permaculture is imbedded in all things throughout her family’s lifestyle including the conversion of their 2 acre piece of land at Pambula on the south coast of New South Wales.
Robyn also talks about how she started the magazine and how you can submit ideas for articles to her.
You can find her contact details, social media links, and where to buy or how to subscribe to the magazine at www.pipmagazine.com.au


If you enjoyed this episode, please take the time to visit iTunes to rate the show and leave a review.
You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.
It would help me out so much, which elevates the shows ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
 
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TGoG Podcast 078 – Suburban Food Farm in August http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-078-suburban-food-farm-august.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-078-suburban-food-farm-august.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:34:59 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=7052 This episode is a roundup of what is growing well, what isn’t, and what I am planning on planting for spring in a few weeks time on my Suburban Food Farm. During the show I talk about the following items; Curly Kale Chips Veg Trug African Horned Melon Also, a funny thing happened today when I  [Continue Reading …]

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This episode is a roundup of what is growing well, what isn’t, and what I am planning on planting for spring in a few weeks time on my Suburban Food Farm.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:30:31)

During the show I talk about the following items;

Also, a funny thing happened today when I went to harvest some winter potatoes which I talk about during the episode.

I noticed that there seemed to a cabbage missing from the patch.  After getting enough spuds for dinner, I asked Kim if she picked it, as it was nearly ready to harvest.  We were both surprised to find that the cabbage had been taken by persons unknown, who obviously likes cabbage more than we do 🙁

This is the only down side that I can see to growing produce in the front yard.  We are so far away from it, didn’t hear the intruder stealth the cabbage away!

Not to worry, we still have six more sugarloaf cabbages, and six purple cabbages that are only a few weeks away from harvesting.  We will struggle to eat that lot anyway.

Anyway, have a listen to the show and I hope you get some benefit from some of the tips I share along the way.


If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-078-suburban-food-farm-august.html/feed 5 This episode is a roundup of what is growing well, what isn’t, and what I am planning on planting for spring in a few weeks time on my Suburban Food Farm. During the show I talk about the following items; Curly Kale Chips Veg Trug African Horned Melon ...
This episode is a roundup of what is growing well, what isn’t, and what I am planning on planting for spring in a few weeks time on my Suburban Food Farm.
During the show I talk about the following items;

* Curly Kale Chips
* Veg Trug
* African Horned Melon

Also, a funny thing happened today when I went to harvest some winter potatoes which I talk about during the episode.
I noticed that there seemed to a cabbage missing from the patch.  After getting enough spuds for dinner, I asked Kim if she picked it, as it was nearly ready to harvest.  We were both surprised to find that the cabbage had been taken by persons unknown, who obviously likes cabbage more than we do 🙁
This is the only down side that I can see to growing produce in the front yard.  We are so far away from it, didn’t hear the intruder stealth the cabbage away!
Not to worry, we still have six more sugarloaf cabbages, and six purple cabbages that are only a few weeks away from harvesting.  We will struggle to eat that lot anyway.
Anyway, have a listen to the show and I hope you get some benefit from some of the tips I share along the way.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
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TGoG Podcast 077-Staying Warm Without Heating (Brass Monkey Challenge) http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-077-staying-warm-without-heating.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-077-staying-warm-without-heating.html#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:58:07 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6991 The Brass Monkey Challenge is something that Kim and I came up with this winter to see if we could avoid using the natural gas heating in our home for the entire winter. Join Kim and me as we talk extensively about what this challenge has thrown at us over the last three months. So far we  [Continue Reading …]

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The Brass Monkey Challenge is something that Kim and I came up with this winter to see if we could avoid using the natural gas heating in our home for the entire winter.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:34:56)

Join Kim and me as we talk extensively about what this challenge has thrown at us over the last three months.

So far we have achieved our goal, and have come up with inventive ways of staying warm without heating.

Staying Warm Without Heating

We also talk about the recent Thermal assessment we received from ecoMaster, and what additional work we are going to get done to our home to make it more comfortable in summer and winter.

If you enjoyed Kim and I on the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help us out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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 Until next time, stay warm and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-077-staying-warm-without-heating.html/feed 5 The Brass Monkey Challenge is something that Kim and I came up with this winter to see if we could avoid using the natural gas heating in our home for the entire winter. Join Kim and me as we talk extensively about what this challenge has thrown at us ... Join Kim and me as we talk extensively about what this challenge has thrown at us over the last three months.
So far we have achieved our goal, and have come up with inventive ways of staying warm without heating.

We also talk about the recent Thermal assessment we received from ecoMaster, and what additional work we are going to get done to our home to make it more comfortable in summer and winter.
If you enjoyed Kim and I on the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help us out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
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 Until next time, stay warm and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 076 – How to Start Greening http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-076-start-greening.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-076-start-greening.html#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:51:41 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6908 Last week, I was interviewed by Andrew Moore from Radio 2GB in Sydney at 7am.  Talk about dedication! His radio show “Wake Up Australia” has a segment called Blog of the Week.  Anyway, we talked a little about the blog, but a lot about how we started greening our lifestyle. If you think this topic  [Continue Reading …]

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Last week, I was interviewed by Andrew Moore from Radio 2GB in Sydney at 7am.  Talk about dedication!

Listen to the Episode Below (00:10:02)

How to start greeningHis radio show “Wake Up Australia” has a segment called Blog of the Week.  Anyway, we talked a little about the blog, but a lot about how we started greening our lifestyle.

If you think this topic could have the legs for a longer episode about how to start greening, then let me know and we can focus on that during next weeks show!

Please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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 Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/08/tgog-podcast-076-start-greening.html/feed 0 Last week, I was interviewed by Andrew Moore from Radio 2GB in Sydney at 7am.  Talk about dedication! His radio show “Wake Up Australia” has a segment called Blog of the Week.  Anyway, we talked a little about the blog, His radio show “Wake Up Australia” has a segment called Blog of the Week.  Anyway, we talked a little about the blog, but a lot about how we started greening our lifestyle.
If you think this topic could have the legs for a longer episode about how to start greening, then let me know and we can focus on that during next weeks show!
Please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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TGoG Podcast 075 – Australian Price on Carbon with Massachusetts Climate Action Network http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-075-australian-price-on-carbon.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-075-australian-price-on-carbon.html#respond Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:23:24 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6842 When the price on carbon legislation here in Australia was repealed on July 17th 2014, I along with many concerned citizens, were distraught.  Our country went from an effective price on carbon emissions to a big fat nothing where major polluters are free to pump as much greenhouse gas as they like without financial consequences.  [Continue Reading …]

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mcan-minute-button Price on CarbonWhen the price on carbon legislation here in Australia was repealed on July 17th 2014, I along with many concerned citizens, were distraught.  Our country went from an effective price on carbon emissions to a big fat nothing where major polluters are free to pump as much greenhouse gas as they like without financial consequences.  You can read about my reaction in this post titled Black Thursday.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:49:16)

I had the good fortune this week to talk to the team at the Massachusetts Climate Action Network about the repeal of the Clean Energy Future legislation, lessons learnt, and how events unfolded.  This was to help them with their own efforts of getting action on climate happening over there in the US.

Have a listen to the podcast, and let me know how we went.  I know that at 7am on a Sunday morning, when the interview took place, I had just finished my first coffee for the day, so I was a little slow to begin with!

I also promised that I would keep on talking about this and solutions as much as I could.  There have been so many opportunities to do so since then.  I have two Climate Reality presentations locked in locally, which I am looking forward to cutting my teeth on.

If anyone would like to book a Climate Reality presentation anywhere in the greater Melbourne area, so that you can get a better understanding of climate change and the current situation, please drop me a line via my contact page, and I am sure we can organise something soon.

If you got value from the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs and all the things I talk about on the show.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-075-australian-price-on-carbon.html/feed 0 When the price on carbon legislation here in Australia was repealed on July 17th 2014, I along with many concerned citizens, were distraught.  Our country went from an effective price on carbon emissions to a big fat nothing where major polluters are f... When the price on carbon legislation here in Australia was repealed on July 17th 2014, I along with many concerned citizens, were distraught.  Our country went from an effective price on carbon emissions to a big fat nothing where major polluters are free to pump as much greenhouse gas as they like without financial consequences.  You can read about my reaction in this post titled Black Thursday.
I had the good fortune this week to talk to the team at the Massachusetts Climate Action Network about the repeal of the Clean Energy Future legislation, lessons learnt, and how events unfolded.  This was to help them with their own efforts of getting action on climate happening over there in the US.
Have a listen to the podcast, and let me know how we went.  I know that at 7am on a Sunday morning, when the interview took place, I had just finished my first coffee for the day, so I was a little slow to begin with!
I also promised that I would keep on talking about this and solutions as much as I could.  There have been so many opportunities to do so since then.  I have two Climate Reality presentations locked in locally, which I am looking forward to cutting my teeth on.
If anyone would like to book a Climate Reality presentation anywhere in the greater Melbourne area, so that you can get a better understanding of climate change and the current situation, please drop me a line via my contact page, and I am sure we can organise something soon.
If you got value from the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs and all the things I talk about on the show.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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iTunes

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 Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 074 – Pollution with Kate and Amy http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-074-pollution-kate-amy.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-074-pollution-kate-amy.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:30:44 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6750 Pollution in Australia is not too bad compared to other countries. During this episode I talk to Kate Nye-Butler and Amy Webber about the pollution they encountered in their recent travels through China and Southeast Asia. It is not pretty folks, that’s for sure.  Airpocalypse and the Beijing cough come foremost to mind. Then around  [Continue Reading …]

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Pollution in Australia is not too bad compared to other countries. During this episode I talk to Kate Nye-Butler and Amy Webber about the pollution they encountered in their recent travels through China and Southeast Asia.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:34:40)

It is not pretty folks, that’s for sure.  Airpocalypse and the Beijing cough come foremost to mind.

Then around the 21 minute mark we go off on a tangent about sustainable travel and excessive consumerism.  I really enjoyed this episode.  We managed to stay on topic for just over 20 minutes, then all hell broke loose and it was just a very interesting general sustainability talk.

The Great Wall of China 2013

The Great Wall of China 2013

A well-rounded episode that I am sure you will enjoy.

Here is the detailed show notes with time markers (in minutes)

  • [00:54] Australian pollution
  • [04:27] China
  • [10:37] Vietnam
  • [15:46] Cambodia
  • [17:44] Nepal
  • [19:20] The root cause; Western consumer culture
  • [20:48] Overpopulation
  • [21:51]  Unsustainable travel
  • [22:44] Long distance travel in the near future
  • [24:30] Xenophobia
  • [25:20] Excessive consumerism
  • [27:32] The Brass Monkey Challenge
  • [20:57] Stew and Helen in Tasmania
  • [32:15] Amy’s recycle bin project
  • [32:46] Climate Reality Leadership talk
Air Pollution in Beijing 2013

Air Pollution in Beijing 2013

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave an honest review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.

It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-074-pollution-kate-amy.html/feed 6 Pollution in Australia is not too bad compared to other countries. During this episode I talk to Kate Nye-Butler and Amy Webber about the pollution they encountered in their recent travels through China and Southeast Asia. It is not pretty folks, It is not pretty folks, that’s for sure.  Airpocalypse and the Beijing cough come foremost to mind.
Then around the 21 minute mark we go off on a tangent about sustainable travel and excessive consumerism.  I really enjoyed this episode.  We managed to stay on topic for just over 20 minutes, then all hell broke loose and it was just a very interesting general sustainability talk.
A well-rounded episode that I am sure you will enjoy.
Here is the detailed show notes with time markers (in minutes)

* [00:54] Australian pollution
* [04:27] China
* [10:37] Vietnam
* [15:46] Cambodia
* [17:44] Nepal
* [19:20] The root cause; Western consumer culture
* [20:48] Overpopulation
* [21:51]  Unsustainable travel
* [22:44] Long distance travel in the near future
* [24:30] Xenophobia
* [25:20] Excessive consumerism
* [27:32] The Brass Monkey Challenge
* [20:57] Stew and Helen in Tasmania
* [32:15] Amy’s recycle bin project
* [32:46] Climate Reality Leadership talk

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave an honest review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.
It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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TGoG Podcast 073 – Way of the Chicken http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-073-way-chicken.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-073-way-chicken.html#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:31:28 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6736 Ever thought of getting backyard chickens to augment your sustainable lifestyle?  Ever wondered if they smell, or attract vermin?  Not sure if they are right for you. Well, let me help you out.  Let me introduce you to the way of the chicken! I have over 6 years of experience with backyard chooks, and during  [Continue Reading …]

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Ever thought of getting backyard chickens to augment your sustainable lifestyle?  Ever wondered if they smell, or attract vermin?  Not sure if they are right for you.

Well, let me help you out.  Let me introduce you to the way of the chicken!

Listen to the Episode Below (00:34:10)

I have over 6 years of experience with backyard chooks, and during this episode I step you through our decision process when we first decided to get chickens, way back in 2008.

I also talk about how I build our first chook house from second-hand materials, our first flock, and a fair bit about chicken hygiene.

During the episode I mentioned the following links;

Way of the Chicken

As always, if you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.

It would help me out so much, and it would elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-073-way-chicken.html/feed 2 Ever thought of getting backyard chickens to augment your sustainable lifestyle?  Ever wondered if they smell, or attract vermin?  Not sure if they are right for you. Well, let me help you out.  Let me introduce you to the way of the chicken! Well, let me help you out.  Let me introduce you to the way of the chicken!
I have over 6 years of experience with backyard chooks, and during this episode I step you through our decision process when we first decided to get chickens, way back in 2008.
I also talk about how I build our first chook house from second-hand materials, our first flock, and a fair bit about chicken hygiene.
During the episode I mentioned the following links;

* Chicken Day; the video I made on the day I brought home our first flock of chooks
* How to remove scaly leg mites; the Greening of Gavin’s most popular blog post
* The Way of the Chicken eBook; My second eBook about keeping backyard chickens in the burbs (scroll down to the second book).


As always, if you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.
It would help me out so much, and it would elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 072 – Growing Organically with Kathy Finigan http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-072-interview-kathy-finigan.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-072-interview-kathy-finigan.html#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:00:28 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6642 I put out an invitation via my Facebook page for podcast guests the other day, and a lovely lady called Kathy Finigan replied.  She is passionate about sustainable living and she is a qualified in agricultural science, urban horticultural and permaculture.  A handy person to have around, so I asked her to be my guest on  [Continue Reading …]

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I put out an invitation via my Facebook page for podcast guests the other day, and a lovely lady called Kathy Finigan replied.  She is passionate about sustainable living and she is a qualified in agricultural science, urban horticultural and permaculture.  A handy person to have around, so I asked her to be my guest on the show.
Listen to the Episode Below (00:27:36)
She has been a TAFE teacher for 29 years teaching general Horticulture, permaculture, organic gardening and  sustainability, but her passion is, and has always been growing organic food.

Kathy Finigan giving a tour of her garden

Kathy Finigan (in purple) giving a tour of her garden

We talk in-depth at the sorts of things she grows, and about her website My Productive Backyard.  It is a wonderful site, that is a sustainable living newbies delight.  She has many, many courses available for download (for a very small fee).  Kathy also has a blog (link below) with lots of free information about how to grow your own veggies at home.

Kathy's beautiful organic garden

Kathy’s beautiful organic garden

Links mentioned during this episode

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs. You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-072-interview-kathy-finigan.html/feed 3 I put out an invitation via my Facebook page for podcast guests the other day, and a lovely lady called Kathy Finigan replied.  She is passionate about sustainable living and she is a qualified in agricultural science, We talk in-depth at the sorts of things she grows, and about her website My Productive Backyard.  It is a wonderful site, that is a sustainable living newbies delight.  She has many, many courses available for download (for a very small fee).  Kathy also has a blog (link below) with lots of free information about how to grow your own veggies at home.
Links mentioned during this episode

* Kathy’s blog – My Productive Backyard
* Kathy’s business site – My Productive Backyard – Sustainable Backyard Food Production
* NRMA’s Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security Report Part 2 – February 2014
* Kathy’s Facebook page

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs. You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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TGoG Podcast 071 – Saving Money with Solar http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-071-saving-money-with-solar.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-071-saving-money-with-solar.html#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:20:35 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6623 Lots of gold nuggets in this weeks episode all about saving money with solar.  This episode idea spawned from an email that my friend Jessie (aka Rabid Little Hippy) sent through to me.  Instead of just answering her question individually, I decided to record an episode so that all would benefit. During the show, I  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastLots of gold nuggets in this weeks episode all about saving money with solar.  This episode idea spawned from an email that my friend Jessie (aka Rabid Little Hippy) sent through to me.  Instead of just answering her question individually, I decided to record an episode so that all would benefit.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:25:40)

During the show, I talk about current installation costs, methods of getting maximum financial gain out of your solar system no matter what type of feed-in tariff you may or may not be receiving, and tips for when shopping around for a solar PV system for your home or business.

Solar electricity has never been cheaper, and is great for the environment as well.

As I mention during the show, I am the proud owner of a 2.8 kW system that I purchased in September 2007.  It has generated over 25,000 kW hours during its lifetime, which is excellent seeing that we living in a region that is quite cloudy in winter.

Links mentioned during the show

Hopefully will be able to convince you to consider a solar system for your home in the near future.  You will never regret this decision!

Save Money with Solar Power system

Save Money with Solar

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/07/tgog-podcast-071-saving-money-with-solar.html/feed 0 Lots of gold nuggets in this weeks episode all about saving money with solar.  This episode idea spawned from an email that my friend Jessie (aka Rabid Little Hippy) sent through to me.  Instead of just answering her question individually, Lots of gold nuggets in this weeks episode all about saving money with solar.  This episode idea spawned from an email that my friend Jessie (aka Rabid Little Hippy) sent through to me.  Instead of just answering her question individually, I decided to record an episode so that all would benefit.
During the show, I talk about current installation costs, methods of getting maximum financial gain out of your solar system no matter what type of feed-in tariff you may or may not be receiving, and tips for when shopping around for a solar PV system for your home or business.
Solar electricity has never been cheaper, and is great for the environment as well.
As I mention during the show, I am the proud owner of a 2.8 kW system that I purchased in September 2007.  It has generated over 25,000 kW hours during its lifetime, which is excellent seeing that we living in a region that is quite cloudy in winter.
Links mentioned during the show

* Solar Choice Solar PV Price index June 2014
* My resource page that lists two recommended installers

Hopefully will be able to convince you to consider a solar system for your home in the near future.  You will never regret this decision!
If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
RSS Feed for your podcatcher application

iTunes

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 070 – Climate Reality Leadership Day 2-3 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-070-climate-reality-leadership-day-2-3.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-070-climate-reality-leadership-day-2-3.html#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:30:04 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6571 A longer wrap-up from days two and three of the Climate Reality Leadership training. What an amazing two days!  I am now officially a Climate Reality Leader (I have the certificate to prove it), and now my goal is to go out and perform 10 acts of leadership during the next 12 months. The acts  [Continue Reading …]

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A longer wrap-up from days two and three of the Climate Reality Leadership training.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:20:09)
The Greening of Gavin Podcast

What an amazing two days!  I am now officially a Climate Reality Leader (I have the certificate to prove it), and now my goal is to go out and perform 10 acts of leadership during the next 12 months.

The acts of leadership can be as simple as a blog post, or a podcast episode, or webinar, or even a letter to the editor.  However, I will try to present a few of the Al Gore type slide shows over the year, because I believe that is important to communicate this message as well.

Anyway, I took a few photos, but they didn’t turn out very well, so I have embedded quite a few pictures taken by other Climate Reality Leaders who tweeted about the event. Follow them on twitter if you like!

   

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We all signed this for Mr Gore

 

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The massive Bio wall. Every climate reality trainee had a bio posted.

 

 

 


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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-070-climate-reality-leadership-day-2-3.html/feed 3 A longer wrap-up from days two and three of the Climate Reality Leadership training. What an amazing two days!  I am now officially a Climate Reality Leader (I have the certificate to prove it), and now my goal is to go out and perform 10 acts of leade...
What an amazing two days!  I am now officially a Climate Reality Leader (I have the certificate to prove it), and now my goal is to go out and perform 10 acts of leadership during the next 12 months.
The acts of leadership can be as simple as a blog post, or a podcast episode, or webinar, or even a letter to the editor.  However, I will try to present a few of the Al Gore type slide shows over the year, because I believe that is important to communicate this message as well.
Anyway, I took a few photos, but they didn’t turn out very well, so I have embedded quite a few pictures taken by other Climate Reality Leaders who tweeted about the event. Follow them on twitter if you like!

“We will prevail” Mr @algore beginning the second day of @ClimateReality ##CRinAU #inspiring pic.twitter.com/WVLuBHToxY
— Climate Girl (@climate_girl) June 25, 2014
   

97% of climate scientists agree on global warming @ClimateReality #CRinAU pic.twitter.com/AOYYFO6QsT — Climate Girl (@climate_girl) June 27, 2014


 
 
Learning how to embrace my ‘media tart’ with Brett from @Hootville #CRinAU pic.twitter.com/rMF84qJeFQ
— Kirsty Costa (@kirsty_costa) June 27, 2014
 

Meet Robin Gunning arguably Australia’s funniest entomologist + media tart #crinau @ClimateReality @AusConservation pic.twitter.com/ZKzuPZGOkI — Samantha Morris (@AusGreenie) June 27, 2014


 
2/3 of all discovered fossil fuels still in ground cannot be burned, to avoid warming more than 2degrees. #CRinAU pic.twitter.com/bUdYlIPLNa
— Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) June 26, 2014



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TGoG Podcast 069 – Climate Reality Leadership Day 1 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-069-climate-reality-leadership-day-1.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-069-climate-reality-leadership-day-1.html#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:15:49 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6563 A quick wrap up of Day 1 at the Climate Reality Leadership training here in Melbourne during the 25th June. This episode is short but sweet, and captures how I feel right now, and what I have learnt so far.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Looking forward to meeting Al Gore tomorrow. If you  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastA quick wrap up of Day 1 at the Climate Reality Leadership training here in Melbourne during the 25th June.

This episode is short but sweet, and captures how I feel right now, and what I have learnt so far.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:05:09)

Looking forward to meeting Al Gore tomorrow.

Climate Reality Project

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-069-climate-reality-leadership-day-1.html/feed 4 A quick wrap up of Day 1 at the Climate Reality Leadership training here in Melbourne during the 25th June. This episode is short but sweet, and captures how I feel right now, and what I have learnt so far.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. A quick wrap up of Day 1 at the Climate Reality Leadership training here in Melbourne during the 25th June.
This episode is short but sweet, and captures how I feel right now, and what I have learnt so far.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Looking forward to meeting Al Gore tomorrow.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please take the time to head over to iTunes, rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the shows ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
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 Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
 
 
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TGoG Podcast 068 – Home Brew Beer http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-068-home-brew-beer.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-068-home-brew-beer.html#respond Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:00:47 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6548 As you may know, I make home brew beer.  Not only is it economical at 20 cents a bottle, it deliciously thirst quenching, and quite welcome after a hard days graft in the garden. Not that I am promoting consumption of alcohol, far from it.  Everything in moderation of course. However, if you are into  [Continue Reading …]

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As you may know, I make home brew beer.  Not only is it economical at 20 cents a bottle, it deliciously thirst quenching, and quite welcome after a hard days graft in the garden.

Not that I am promoting consumption of alcohol, far from it.  Everything in moderation of course.

However, if you are into beer or cider, this podcast episode is for you!

Listen to the Episode Below (00:25:00)

So, as I am currently recovering from a knee operation, I took the liberty of ripping a recording I made way back in June 2010 that I made during a home brew workshop that I gave.  The information is still very relevant and is how I make beer here at home.  I talk about making cider from a kit, and how to make beer from a kit including primary and secondary fermentation, and how to bottle the beer.  There is also a Q&A at the end with audience interaction.

The audio is a little bit noisy, and I cleaned it up best I could, however the content is full of gold nuggets for anyone thinking of making their own home brew beer.

Also, if you want to learn more about home brew beer making, then this link will take to you all the blog posts I have ever written about the process; www.greeningofgavin.com/category/beer

Home Brew Beer

Home Brew Beer!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-068-home-brew-beer.html/feed 0 As you may know, I make home brew beer.  Not only is it economical at 20 cents a bottle, it deliciously thirst quenching, and quite welcome after a hard days graft in the garden. Not that I am promoting consumption of alcohol, far from it. Not that I am promoting consumption of alcohol, far from it.  Everything in moderation of course.
However, if you are into beer or cider, this podcast episode is for you!
So, as I am currently recovering from a knee operation, I took the liberty of ripping a recording I made way back in June 2010 that I made during a home brew workshop that I gave.  The information is still very relevant and is how I make beer here at home.  I talk about making cider from a kit, and how to make beer from a kit including primary and secondary fermentation, and how to bottle the beer.  There is also a Q&A at the end with audience interaction.
The audio is a little bit noisy, and I cleaned it up best I could, however the content is full of gold nuggets for anyone thinking of making their own home brew beer.
Also, if you want to learn more about home brew beer making, then this link will take to you all the blog posts I have ever written about the process; www.greeningofgavin.com/category/beer
If you enjoyed the podcast, please take the time to head over to iTunes, rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the shows ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 067 – Simple Climate Action You Can Take Right Now http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-067-simple-climate-action.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-067-simple-climate-action.html#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:24:30 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6513 Tonight, I attended a webinar hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation that got me all fired up.  It was titled ‘Don’t drop the ball on climate action’.  It was great and Victoria  presented it like a pro. So it got me so enthused that I just had to record this weeks podcast episode about the  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastTonight, I attended a webinar hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation that got me all fired up.  It was titled ‘Don’t drop the ball on climate action’.  It was great and Victoria  presented it like a pro.

So it got me so enthused that I just had to record this weeks podcast episode about the simple climate action that you can take right now.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:30:19)

Firstly, I must say that I did express my disappointment with our current Australian Government and their campaign against strong climate action.  However, with that said, after the 7 minute mark, I focus entirely on individual actions that you can take to lower your personal environmental footprint.  It also features other community actions that you can also take.

Hopefully this episode will put a fire in your belly and help you think deeply, take positive steps to climate action, and to living a more sustainable lifestyle.  Just like the webinar did for me tonight.

Also, here is the link to the petition that I mentioned during the show; http://www.action.org.au/keep-our-climate-safe

Please take the time to sign it and forward to your social media networks.

As always, if you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes, give it a rating, and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.

It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!  Take a simple climate action today.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-067-simple-climate-action.html/feed 2 Tonight, I attended a webinar hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation that got me all fired up.  It was titled ‘Don’t drop the ball on climate action’.  It was great and Victoria  presented it like a pro. Tonight, I attended a webinar hosted by the Australian Conservation Foundation that got me all fired up.  It was titled ‘Don’t drop the ball on climate action’.  It was great and Victoria  presented it like a pro.
So it got me so enthused that I just had to record this weeks podcast episode about the simple climate action that you can take right now.
Firstly, I must say that I did express my disappointment with our current Australian Government and their campaign against strong climate action.  However, with that said, after the 7 minute mark, I focus entirely on individual actions that you can take to lower your personal environmental footprint.  It also features other community actions that you can also take.
Hopefully this episode will put a fire in your belly and help you think deeply, take positive steps to climate action, and to living a more sustainable lifestyle.  Just like the webinar did for me tonight.
Also, here is the link to the petition that I mentioned during the show; http://www.action.org.au/keep-our-climate-safe
Please take the time to sign it and forward to your social media networks.
As always, if you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes, give it a rating, and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.
It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!  Take a simple climate action today.
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TGoG Podcast 066 – Building and Cooking in Our Backyard Clay Oven http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-066-building-cooking-backyard-clay-oven.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-066-building-cooking-backyard-clay-oven.html#respond Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:59:42 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6450 Ever wanted to learn how to build a backyard clay oven?  Want to know how to cook in it effectively? Well look no further for the answers because this podcast episode is for you. I talk about design considerations, the build of our backyard clay oven, preparing to cook in it, basic pizza recipes, and  [Continue Reading …]

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Listen to the Episode Below (00:24:01)

Ever wanted to learn how to build a backyard clay oven?  Want to know how to cook in it effectively?

Well look no further for the answers because this podcast episode is for you.

I talk about design considerations, the build of our backyard clay oven, preparing to cook in it, basic pizza recipes, and most important of all; how to cook in it.

Backyard Clay Oven

Cooking in our backyard clay oven

Our backyard clay oven has been in operation for over 2½ years, and is still going strong.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Enjoy the show.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and/or leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/06/tgog-podcast-066-building-cooking-backyard-clay-oven.html/feed 0 Ever wanted to learn how to build a backyard clay oven?  Want to know how to cook in it effectively? Well look no further for the answers because this podcast episode is for you. I talk about design considerations, the build of our backyard clay oven, Well look no further for the answers because this podcast episode is for you.
I talk about design considerations, the build of our backyard clay oven, preparing to cook in it, basic pizza recipes, and most important of all; how to cook in it.
Our backyard clay oven has been in operation for over 2½ years, and is still going strong.
Links mentioned in this episode:

* http://www.greeningofgavin.com/clay-oven (eBook link)
* The Ultimate Clay Cob Oven video – http://youtu.be/Q70k2Pc8B1g
* My Backyard Clay Cob Oven update – http://youtu.be/2ULHg2C-47I

Enjoy the show.
If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and/or leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
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TGoG Podcast 065 – Balcony Gardening and Quilting with Teena Webber http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-065-balcony-gardening-quilting.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-065-balcony-gardening-quilting.html#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 10:00:13 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6353 During her visit, my sister Teena was telling me all about her balcony garden on Bribie Island Queensland, which sounded very impressive. So impressive in fact, that I just had to bring her on to the show as a guest to talk about it. She lives over 1776 km (1103 miles) away from where I do  [Continue Reading …]

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During her visit, my sister Teena was telling me all about her balcony garden on Bribie Island Queensland, which sounded very impressive. So impressive in fact, that I just had to bring her on to the show as a guest to talk about it.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:34:49)

She lives over 1776 km (1103 miles) away from where I do in Victoria, so her climate is vastly different.  For example, she can grow tomatoes in the winter, which is unheard of down here except in a greenhouse.

Teena Webber and her big brother Gav

Teena Webber and her big brother Gavin

With many tropical and warm climate fruit trees in pots, and veggies growing in tubs, she supplements her diet with delicious home-grown food in her rented apartment balcony.

But that’s not all, there’s more to this episode than just balcony gardening.

At around the 26 minute mark in the show, Teena also tells me all about quilting .  I had no idea about this age-old skill, so she goes into a fair bit of detail about how she reuses old fabric and transforms it into something amazing.   You can catch her quilting skills over at her Facebook page, That Quilt Lady.  Show her some love if you are into quilting.

Here is a sample of her work; she has many more photos on her Facebook page.

One of Teenas quilts

One of Teenas quilts.  Love the legs poking out of the bottom!

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!  One final thing if you please. I am sure Teena would like to answer any questions you have via comment where you can also thank her for a very interesting show. 

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-065-balcony-gardening-quilting.html/feed 2 During her visit, my sister Teena was telling me all about her balcony garden on Bribie Island Queensland, which sounded very impressive. So impressive in fact, that I just had to bring her on to the show as a guest to talk about it. She lives over 1776 km (1103 miles) away from where I do in Victoria, so her climate is vastly different.  For example, she can grow tomatoes in the winter, which is unheard of down here except in a greenhouse.
With many tropical and warm climate fruit trees in pots, and veggies growing in tubs, she supplements her diet with delicious home-grown food in her rented apartment balcony.
But that’s not all, there’s more to this episode than just balcony gardening.
At around the 26 minute mark in the show, Teena also tells me all about quilting .  I had no idea about this age-old skill, so she goes into a fair bit of detail about how she reuses old fabric and transforms it into something amazing.   You can catch her quilting skills over at her Facebook page, That Quilt Lady.  Show her some love if you are into quilting.
Here is a sample of her work; she has many more photos on her Facebook page.
If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!  One final thing if you please. I am sure Teena would like to answer any questions you have via comment where you can also thank her for a very interesting show. 
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TGoG Podcast 064 – How We Budget and Tips to Save Money http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-064-budget-tips-save-money.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-064-budget-tips-save-money.html#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 10:54:03 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6315 Has the recent Australian Federal Budget got you down?  Don’t know how you are going to stretch your income to pay all your bills and debts? Well, we may have some help for you.  To strike while the iron is hot, this very special out-of-schedule podcast episode is about how we budget and tips to  [Continue Reading …]

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Budget tips save moneyHas the recent Australian Federal Budget got you down?  Don’t know how you are going to stretch your income to pay all your bills and debts?

Well, we may have some help for you.  To strike while the iron is hot, this very special out-of-schedule podcast episode is about how we budget and tips to save money.  It is in response to the recent Australian Government budget which will affect many low and middle income earners over the next few years.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:29)

Belts are definitely going to need to tighten, and to make ends meet we are all going to have to be a little more frugal.

So to that end, Kim and I decided to put together a special podcast episode all about how we put together our fortnightly budget, and share tips on how we save money on all things in life.

We start the episode by talking about where we started with basically living from pay to pay, then a flush of cash when I landed an IT job and how our behaviours changed with all this disposable income. Then we hit our greening stage and sorted ourselves out by living a more sustainable lifestyle and living within our means.

Note: Neither Kim nor I are financial planners.  Our advice is just plain common sense, which anyone can follow to save a buck and to stretch your dollar further.  Our budget tips save money.  Frugal is not a dirty word!

So please join us by listening to our budgeting special edition.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-064-budget-tips-save-money.html/feed 21 Has the recent Australian Federal Budget got you down?  Don’t know how you are going to stretch your income to pay all your bills and debts? Well, we may have some help for you.  To strike while the iron is hot, Has the recent Australian Federal Budget got you down?  Don’t know how you are going to stretch your income to pay all your bills and debts?
Well, we may have some help for you.  To strike while the iron is hot, this very special out-of-schedule podcast episode is about how we budget and tips to save money.  It is in response to the recent Australian Government budget which will affect many low and middle income earners over the next few years.
Belts are definitely going to need to tighten, and to make ends meet we are all going to have to be a little more frugal.
So to that end, Kim and I decided to put together a special podcast episode all about how we put together our fortnightly budget, and share tips on how we save money on all things in life.
We start the episode by talking about where we started with basically living from pay to pay, then a flush of cash when I landed an IT job and how our behaviours changed with all this disposable income. Then we hit our greening stage and sorted ourselves out by living a more sustainable lifestyle and living within our means.
Note: Neither Kim nor I are financial planners.  Our advice is just plain common sense, which anyone can follow to save a buck and to stretch your dollar further.  Our budget tips save money.  Frugal is not a dirty word!
So please join us by listening to our budgeting special edition.
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TGoG Podcast 063 – Suburban Food Farm in May http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-063-suburban-food-farm-may.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-063-suburban-food-farm-may.html#respond Wed, 14 May 2014 12:09:13 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6292 I do love talking about growing food, and I enjoy bringing you these regular updates about what is growing well and what is not. I also have a few observations about climate and the weird things that are happening to a couple of my fruit trees.  Near the end of the show, I talk about  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastI do love talking about growing food, and I enjoy bringing you these regular updates about what is growing well and what is not.

I also have a few observations about climate and the weird things that are happening to a couple of my fruit trees.  Near the end of the show, I talk about all the veggies that you can plant right now in a temperate climate in the Southern Hemisphere.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:29:23)

Please join me for this suburban food farm update.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service. It would help me out so much and it will elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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  Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-063-suburban-food-farm-may.html/feed 0 I do love talking about growing food, and I enjoy bringing you these regular updates about what is growing well and what is not. I also have a few observations about climate and the weird things that are happening to a couple of my fruit trees. I do love talking about growing food, and I enjoy bringing you these regular updates about what is growing well and what is not.
I also have a few observations about climate and the weird things that are happening to a couple of my fruit trees.  Near the end of the show, I talk about all the veggies that you can plant right now in a temperate climate in the Southern Hemisphere.
Please join me for this suburban food farm update.
If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service. It would help me out so much and it will elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
RSS Feed for your podcatcher application

iTunes

Stitcher Radio   Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 062 – Sustainable Lifestyle Events http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-062-sustainable-lifestyle-events.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-062-sustainable-lifestyle-events.html#respond Wed, 07 May 2014 11:54:43 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6200 It has been a very busy week here at the house of TGOG!  This weeks show is full of news and sustainable lifestyle events. With the article in Green Lifestyle Magazine in the latest issue, the blog has been on fire, visit wise.  It has been great to see so many new faces joining this  [Continue Reading …]

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It has been a very busy week here at the house of TGOG!  This weeks show is full of news and sustainable lifestyle eventsThe Greening of Gavin Podcast.

With the article in Green Lifestyle Magazine in the latest issue, the blog has been on fire, visit wise.  It has been great to see so many new faces joining this blogs associated Facebook fan page as well, and signing up to the email list for their free copy of The Greening of Gavin eBook.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:23:25)

Over the weekend we had a visit from the Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group.  Thirteen keen and excited people from the group stayed for just over 4 hours and received a presentation, a tour, and a mozzarella demonstration and tasting.

I was accepted to the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training that will occur in Melbourne from 25th to 27th June. I am really looking forward to that, and to meet Al Gore in person.

Unfortunately my blog course was cancelled due to lack of students (two signed up).  It wasn’t locally advertised much, so the learning centre is going to list it again next term.

My 50th birthday party is coming up soon.  My Dad will be coming down from Queensland, and my son Adam and his partner Sina are flying in from Germany to attend.  We are having a pizza party, using the backyard clay oven that Kim, Ben, Megan, Jake, and many others helped to build.  I have brewed three batches of beer for the event, so things will get pretty merry.

I also list Little Green Workshop course dates, which can also be found at www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au.

Ben is loving homeschooling.  I give an update of his progress during the show.

Well that is about it from me for this episode.  I hope you enjoy the ramble, and if you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/05/tgog-podcast-062-sustainable-lifestyle-events.html/feed 0 It has been a very busy week here at the house of TGOG!  This weeks show is full of news and sustainable lifestyle events. With the article in Green Lifestyle Magazine in the latest issue, the blog has been on fire, visit wise. With the article in Green Lifestyle Magazine in the latest issue, the blog has been on fire, visit wise.  It has been great to see so many new faces joining this blogs associated Facebook fan page as well, and signing up to the email list for their free copy of The Greening of Gavin eBook.
Over the weekend we had a visit from the Eastern Suburbs Permaculture Group.  Thirteen keen and excited people from the group stayed for just over 4 hours and received a presentation, a tour, and a mozzarella demonstration and tasting.
I was accepted to the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training that will occur in Melbourne from 25th to 27th June. I am really looking forward to that, and to meet Al Gore in person.
Unfortunately my blog course was cancelled due to lack of students (two signed up).  It wasn’t locally advertised much, so the learning centre is going to list it again next term.
My 50th birthday party is coming up soon.  My Dad will be coming down from Queensland, and my son Adam and his partner Sina are flying in from Germany to attend.  We are having a pizza party, using the backyard clay oven that Kim, Ben, Megan, Jake, and many others helped to build.  I have brewed three batches of beer for the event, so things will get pretty merry.
I also list Little Green Workshop course dates, which can also be found at www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au.
Ben is loving homeschooling.  I give an update of his progress during the show.
Well that is about it from me for this episode.  I hope you enjoy the ramble, and if you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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iTunes

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 061 – An Outsiders View of Sustainable Living http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-061-sustainable-living.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-061-sustainable-living.html#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:33:27 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6113 Sometimes it can be difficult to gauge what an outsider thinks of our sustainable lifestyle, and how they can adapt to sustainable living in the ‘burbs.  Are we perceived as new aged hippies, or just people with a quirky outlook, or neither? So luckily during this episode of the podcast, we get the opportunity to see if  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastSometimes it can be difficult to gauge what an outsider thinks of our sustainable lifestyle, and how they can adapt to sustainable living in the ‘burbs.  Are we perceived as new aged hippies, or just people with a quirky outlook, or neither?

So luckily during this episode of the podcast, we get the opportunity to see if our way of living rubs off on our visitors who drop in occasionally and what they think of it.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:17:13)

So to that end, my special guest is Pam Dawson, my Mother-in-law.  She lives in Southampton, Hampshire, UK.  However, she has been staying here at TGoG urban farm for the past five weeks and I was interested in her opinion of how we live, what she likes best about it, what she doesn’t like, and what lessons she is taking home with her.

The chat was insightful, even though a little bit biased.  After all, she is the mother of my wife, Kim, and lovely at that.

Maybe I didn’t work her hard enough around the garden?  Seriously, I really appreciated all the help she gave us during her visit, and couldn’t thank her enough for volunteering as a guest on the show.  Thanks Pam.

So make yourself a cuppa and please take the time to have a listen to our little chat about her experience of sustainable living.  I believe you will enjoy it.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it or leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!  Please thank Pam for coming on the show.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-061-sustainable-living.html/feed 3 Sometimes it can be difficult to gauge what an outsider thinks of our sustainable lifestyle, and how they can adapt to sustainable living in the ‘burbs.  Are we perceived as new aged hippies, or just people with a quirky outlook, or neither? So luckily during this episode of the podcast, we get the opportunity to see if our way of living rubs off on our visitors who drop in occasionally and what they think of it.
So to that end, my special guest is Pam Dawson, my Mother-in-law.  She lives in Southampton, Hampshire, UK.  However, she has been staying here at TGoG urban farm for the past five weeks and I was interested in her opinion of how we live, what she likes best about it, what she doesn’t like, and what lessons she is taking home with her.
The chat was insightful, even though a little bit biased.  After all, she is the mother of my wife, Kim, and lovely at that.
Maybe I didn’t work her hard enough around the garden?  Seriously, I really appreciated all the help she gave us during her visit, and couldn’t thank her enough for volunteering as a guest on the show.  Thanks Pam.
So make yourself a cuppa and please take the time to have a listen to our little chat about her experience of sustainable living.  I believe you will enjoy it.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it or leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!  Please thank Pam for coming on the show.
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TGoG Podcast 060 – Green Renting with Stacey Warlich http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-060-green-renting.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-060-green-renting.html#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:37:44 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=6007 My guest this week is Stacey Warlich, who is also the President of the Melton Sustainable Living Group, and she could be classified as a green renter.  I invited Stacey on the show today to talk about green renting as she lives a sustainable lifestyle in the same town as me, but in rental accommodation  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastMy guest this week is Stacey Warlich, who is also the President of the Melton Sustainable Living Group, and she could be classified as a green renter.  I invited Stacey on the show today to talk about green renting as she lives a sustainable lifestyle in the same town as me, but in rental accommodation here in the suburbs.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:35:25)

Over the years I have had many blog readers comment that they find it difficult to live a greener lifestyle because they rent. During the show Stacey busts all these myths and much, much more. She talks about how she manages to grow lots of her own fresh fruit and vegetables, and lowers her energy use with a few simple techniques.  There is even a rocket heater involved!  Talk about green renting on steroids.

I really enjoyed this interview because it was full of practical tips from someone who has lived this way for many years. I love her parting words of advice for people wanting to embrace this lifestyle, but who are living in rental accommodation. It is all about your mindset.

Please thank Stacey via comment for being my guest on the show.  It was lovely to bring her into the studio at TGoG headquarters!

If you want to learn more about green renting, there is a great resource at http://www.greenrenters.org/.  It’s full of tips and trips of greening your lifestyle, even if you rent.

Gavin Webber and Stacey Warlich talking about green renting

Gavin Webber and Stacey Warlich talking about green renting (and Holly the dog)

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about this podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-060-green-renting.html/feed 6 My guest this week is Stacey Warlich, who is also the President of the Melton Sustainable Living Group, and she could be classified as a green renter.  I invited Stacey on the show today to talk about green renting as she lives a sustainable lifestyle ... My guest this week is Stacey Warlich, who is also the President of the Melton Sustainable Living Group, and she could be classified as a green renter.  I invited Stacey on the show today to talk about green renting as she lives a sustainable lifestyle in the same town as me, but in rental accommodation here in the suburbs.
Over the years I have had many blog readers comment that they find it difficult to live a greener lifestyle because they rent. During the show Stacey busts all these myths and much, much more. She talks about how she manages to grow lots of her own fresh fruit and vegetables, and lowers her energy use with a few simple techniques.  There is even a rocket heater involved!  Talk about green renting on steroids.
I really enjoyed this interview because it was full of practical tips from someone who has lived this way for many years. I love her parting words of advice for people wanting to embrace this lifestyle, but who are living in rental accommodation. It is all about your mindset.
Please thank Stacey via comment for being my guest on the show.  It was lovely to bring her into the studio at TGoG headquarters!
If you want to learn more about green renting, there is a great resource at http://www.greenrenters.org/.  It’s full of tips and trips of greening your lifestyle, even if you rent.
If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about this podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 059 – Climate Change Beyond 400ppm http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-059-climate-change-beyond-400ppm.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-059-climate-change-beyond-400ppm.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:36:39 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=5926 As global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide pass through 400 parts per million, vested interests are still campaigning against action on climate change. Listen to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly facts about this global issue. I call the facts out as I see them, backed by sound science.  Over 97% of climate  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastAs global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide pass through 400 parts per million, vested interests are still campaigning against action on climate change. Listen to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly facts about this global issue.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:29:52)

I call the facts out as I see them, backed by sound science.  Over 97% of climate scientists cannot be wrong.

In fact at one stage I get a little angry and emotional during this episode.  Also, a minor correction.  I mention that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released their third report.  It is actually their fifth report.  Sorry about that listeners.

Reference links mentioned during this episode, Climate Change Beyond 400ppm;

All this news doesn’t depress me, it just drives me harder to promote a lower consumption lifestyle, like voluntary simplicity or sustainable living.  Let’s take action before it is too late.  For the kids, and their kids.  Please.

Climate Change Beyond 400ppm

IMAGE: SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY

If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please pop over to iTunes, rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-059-climate-change-beyond-400ppm.html/feed 2 As global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide pass through 400 parts per million, vested interests are still campaigning against action on climate change. Listen to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly facts about this global issue. As global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide pass through 400 parts per million, vested interests are still campaigning against action on climate change. Listen to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly facts about this global issue.
I call the facts out as I see them, backed by sound science.  Over 97% of climate scientists cannot be wrong.
In fact at one stage I get a little angry and emotional during this episode.  Also, a minor correction.  I mention that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released their third report.  It is actually their fifth report.  Sorry about that listeners.
Reference links mentioned during this episode, Climate Change Beyond 400ppm;

* Carbon Dioxide Levels Climb Into Uncharted Territory for Humans


* State of the Climate 2014 – Bureau of Meteorology


* Peter Cundall interview
* We Know Which Australians are ‘For’ Coal
* IPCC Climate Change 2014 – Mitigation of Climate Change
* RipeNearMe – local, home-grown food map
* RipeNearMe promo video

All this news doesn’t depress me, it just drives me harder to promote a lower consumption lifestyle, like voluntary simplicity or sustainable living.  Let’s take action before it is too late.  For the kids, and their kids.  Please.
If you enjoyed listening to this podcast, please pop over to iTunes, rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 058 – Listener Mailbag http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-058-listener-mailbag.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-058-listener-mailbag.html#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:04:04 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=5856 A great show this week! Firstly I talk about a few events that are coming up soon.  This weekend I am attending the opening of the Shoestring Gardening Aquaponic installation at the Eco Living Centre which is located at 28 Ridge Dve, Wyndamvale, Victoria.  The event is being held between 2 to 4 pm on  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin Podcast

A great show this week!

Firstly I talk about a few events that are coming up soon.  This weekend I am attending the opening of the Shoestring Gardening Aquaponic installation at the Eco Living Centre which is located at 28 Ridge Dve, Wyndamvale, Victoria.  The event is being held between 2 to 4 pm on Saturday 12th April.  Say gidday if you are going along.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:23:04)

The next event is a Cheese making presentation that I am giving at Ivanhoe Library on Tuesday 22nd July from 7 – 8 pm.  I will be presenting not demonstrating, so will be covering the basics of home cheese making and how easy it is to start making delicious cheese in your very own home.  It should be an entertaining evening, and is free to attend.

Lastly, a bit of news.  I was interviewed for Green Lifestyle Magazine last month.  They did a profile about me, my family’s journey, and what it mean to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  It will be an interesting read, and it appears in the May/June issue.  It should be available in all good newsagents in Australia, and will feature on the Green Lifestyle Mag website in due course.

Now to the guts of the show.  During this episode I answer many listener questions recorded via my blog. I didn’t realise that there were so many, so it was high  time I answered these on air.

The questions ranged from what to do with green tomatoes, to Solar PV benefits, and much much more.

A big thank you goes out to everyone who left a message to play on the show. I really enjoy answering them for you. If you have a question and would like it answered on the podcast then pop over to https://www.speakpipe.com/Gavin_Webber or use the widget on the right hand side of the blog, and leave me a voice-mail.

It doesn’t cost a cent.  However, please make sure that you listen to your recording to check the quality before hitting the send button, because I can’t answer them if I can’t hear them properly.

Links mentioned during the show;

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a comment. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-058-listener-mailbag.html/feed 2 A great show this week! Firstly I talk about a few events that are coming up soon.  This weekend I am attending the opening of the Shoestring Gardening Aquaponic installation at the Eco Living Centre which is located at 28 Ridge Dve, Wyndamvale, A great show this week!
Firstly I talk about a few events that are coming up soon.  This weekend I am attending the opening of the Shoestring Gardening Aquaponic installation at the Eco Living Centre which is located at 28 Ridge Dve, Wyndamvale, Victoria.  The event is being held between 2 to 4 pm on Saturday 12th April.  Say gidday if you are going along.
The next event is a Cheese making presentation that I am giving at Ivanhoe Library on Tuesday 22nd July from 7 – 8 pm.  I will be presenting not demonstrating, so will be covering the basics of home cheese making and how easy it is to start making delicious cheese in your very own home.  It should be an entertaining evening, and is free to attend.
Lastly, a bit of news.  I was interviewed for Green Lifestyle Magazine last month.  They did a profile about me, my family’s journey, and what it mean to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  It will be an interesting read, and it appears in the May/June issue.  It should be available in all good newsagents in Australia, and will feature on the Green Lifestyle Mag website in due course.
Now to the guts of the show.  During this episode I answer many listener questions recorded via my blog. I didn’t realise that there were so many, so it was high  time I answered these on air.
The questions ranged from what to do with green tomatoes, to Solar PV benefits, and much much more.
A big thank you goes out to everyone who left a message to play on the show. I really enjoy answering them for you. If you have a question and would like it answered on the podcast then pop over to https://www.speakpipe.com/Gavin_Webber or use the widget on the right hand side of the blog, and leave me a voice-mail.
It doesn’t cost a cent.  However, please make sure that you listen to your recording to check the quality before hitting the send button, because I can’t answer them if I can’t hear them properly.
Links mentioned during the show;

* Green Tomato Chutney
* Transition Dreams and The Future of Shopping
* Resources page
* Little Green Cheese blog

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a comment. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.
You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.
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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!
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TGoG Podcast 057 – Suburban Food Farm in Autumn http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-57-suburban-food-farm.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-57-suburban-food-farm.html#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=5788 During this episode of the podcast, I give a Suburban Food Farm update for this season, and talk about the types of vegetables to plant during autumn in a temperate climate zone. My climate here in Melton West is Hot Zone 10, Cold Zone 4.  I mention all the different types of vegetables I will  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastDuring this episode of the podcast, I give a Suburban Food Farm update for this season, and talk about the types of vegetables to plant during autumn in a temperate climate zone. My climate here in Melton West is Hot Zone 10, Cold Zone 4.  I mention all the different types of vegetables I will be planting over the next few weeks, and what I have done to prepare the garden beds ready for them.

I also talk about how to reuse items to make a handy pea trellis, planting swedes (rutabaga) for making Kim’s Cornish pasties, and lots of Leeks for making potato and leek soup and Kim’s Anglesey Eggs. Very yummy!

Listen to the Episode Below (00:23:11)

I also talk about a few project that we have completed, or are planning to complete very soon.  You will have to listen to find out the goss!  All projects have something to do with water.

Our upcoming sustainable living workshop dates can be found at www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au. Kim and I are teaching quite a few courses from late April until the end of June in our local city of Melton and surrounds.

If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a comment. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

You can subscribe to the show via RSS or iTunes or Stitcher for your portable device.  Just use the subscription buttons below.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

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http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/04/tgog-podcast-57-suburban-food-farm.html/feed 2 During this episode of the podcast, I give a Suburban Food Farm update for this season, and talk about the types of vegetables to plant during autumn in a temperate climate zone. My climate here in Melton West is Hot Zone 10, Cold Zone 4. During this episode of the podcast, I give a Suburban Food Farm update for this season, and talk about the types of vegetables to plant during autumn in a temperate climate zone. My climate here in Melton West is Hot Zone 10, Cold Zone 4.  I mention all the different types of vegetables I will be planting over the next few weeks, and what I have done to prepare the garden beds ready for them.
I also talk about how to reuse items to make a handy pea trellis, planting swedes (rutabaga) for making Kim’s Cornish pasties, and lots of Leeks for making potato and leek soup and Kim’s Anglesey Eggs. Very yummy!
I also talk about a few project that we have completed, or are planning to complete very soon.  You will have to listen to find out the goss!  All projects have something to do with water.
Our upcoming sustainable living workshop dates can be found at www.littlegreenworkshops.com.au. Kim and I are teaching quite a few courses from late April until the end of June in our local city of Melton and surrounds.
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TGoG Podcast 056 – Soap Making at Home http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/03/tgog-podcast-056-soap-making-home.html http://www.greeningofgavin.com/2014/03/tgog-podcast-056-soap-making-home.html#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:08:41 +0000 http://www.greeningofgavin.com/?p=5736 This episode was all about soap making at home, and I was lucky to have Kim on the show today as my co-host. We talk about how we got into soap making, the basic process, some early failures and successes, safety suggestions, and some advanced soap making techniques that we use. I also mentioned a  [Continue Reading …]

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The Greening of Gavin PodcastThis episode was all about soap making at home, and I was lucky to have Kim on the show today as my co-host.

We talk about how we got into soap making, the basic process, some early failures and successes, safety suggestions, and some advanced soap making techniques that we use.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:21:42)