In this episode we explore the emerging practice of regenerative agriculture, perhaps one of the best ways to drawdown carbon out of our atmosphere and help reduce the impacts of climate change.

Under the leadership of Deane Belfield, the Mount Alexander Regenerative Agriculture Group has been running a program for local farmers to learn about the techniques involved in regenerative agriculture and help them implement them and test them.

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.


Related links:

More about the Mount Alexander Regenerative Agriculture Group: 


As mentioned by Deane regarding the degradation of Australian soils after white colonisation:

Bruce Pasco Ted Talk about his book Dark Emu

Bill Gammage on his book The Great Estate


A book on regenerative agriculture mentioned by Deane:

Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy


Some regenerative agriculture organisations:


9 Principles of Regenerative Agriculture:


On regenerative agriculture and climate change:

In this episode we speak with several clothing creators about how they do it ethically and with the planet in mind.  Ellen Doyle joins regular host Alison Hanly to discuss issues around fast fashion and the textiles industries.  We also have interviews with Linnet Good talks about upcycling, that is, how she makes beautiful clothing out of second hand fabric, table cloths and sheets and Kathryn McAllister tells us about her brand of ethical undies, called Wonderpants.

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.



Fast Fashion:


Importance of organics:


Ethical Undies with Kathryn McAllister:



Linnet’s facebook page:

Google search upcycling and you’ll get a lot of Pintrest hits.

Facebook groups that can support you in your endeavours:

There are several more like these as well.

You tubers: 

In this episode we are exploring how Neighbourhood Houses can use their position in a community to help educate community members about sustainability and climate related topics. But more than that, how can organisations like this lead their communities in action around mitigation and adaptation to climate change.  

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.




If you are in Victoria check out your local neighbourhood house

Castlemaine Community House:

Maldon Neighbourhood Center:





Coffee Capsules:

Dental Products:


June 9, 2020

S2 E21 What is Z-NET?

In this episode I speak with Taryn Lane (from Hepburn Wind and Hepburn Znet) and Terry White (from MASG) about a new plan to get us to zero net emissions in our little regional shire as quickly as possible. It is a huge collaborative effort with the Shire Council, MASG, Sustainability Vic, and many other groups. 

Join us as we unpack what Z-NET even means and how it may be achieved in a community like ours.

Saltgrass is produced in Castlemaine on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.  We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging.



Keep an eye on the progress on the MASG website.  There will soon be a web home for this project, but at the moment you can stay in touch with developments HERE.


If you live in the Mount Alexander Shire please fill out this survey.  It will really help the Z-NET process have a strong foundation.  Remember that it can only be filled out once per household in the shire.

Click here to fill in the household survey


Taryn Lane works at Hepburn Wind is a community owned wind farm:


This is more about the Hepburn Znet project:

In this episode I speak with Maikel Linke about the impact of our digital lives on the planet.  

Mikael livesin Newstead, just 10 minutes out of Castlemaine.  He runs a not for profit email service that makes your emailing as green as it can be.  We talk about what the physical requirements of our digital world really are, what cost they have for the environment and what choices we, the consumers, have.

Then at the end of episode I explore how and why e-waste needs to be recycled.



Maikel's not for profit environmentally friendly email service:

Maikel also works for the Open Food Network, who help farmers and producers sell their produce online:


A great info-graphic created to help explain what impact the internet has on the climate:


An organisation that helps you research how to make your web presence green, and to check if the sites you are using are too:


One of several apps that can help block ads while you are browsing:


This is the map of the world showing the underwater cables that make the internet possible:


A Greenpeace initiative with research on companies helping turn the internet carbon neutral:


Recycling e-waste segment:

The article in The Conversation that was quotes in the episode:


Sustainability Vic is a great resource if you are in Victoria, follow this link and search for how e-waste is collected in your region.


Also look up your local council website for more information on waste management and recycling in general.

In this episode we speak with Cam Walker who has been working at Friends of the Earth (FoE) for 30 years and has been an activist for even longer than that.  If you want someone who really understands the push and pull, the nuance and dynamics of running a long term campaign for the environment Cam is your guy. Today I talk to him about Friends of the Earth, his life, what he sees as important in regional communities like central Victoria and what is the most important thing you can do today to help keep our government on track in this time of Covid 19 management and recovery.




To learn more about Friends of the Earth and their campaigns check out their websites:

FoE Melbourne

FoE International


If you want to hear more from Cam he has a blog called The Mountain Journal


If you are inspired to write to your local or federal politicians about the need to keep our post Covid 19 economic stimulus clean and green go to: 

Prime Minister


Find your local minister or a particular one such as the minister for energy or environment.


Book Review:

To borrow audio books and e-books from your local library you can use the app Borrow Box 

Tim Flannery: The Weather Makers


In this episode I speak with Castlemaine local, Kerry Calcraft, who spent her twenties protesting logging in Western Australia at Giblett forest.  We discuss the training she got in Deep Ecology and Non Violent Direct Action and how that has impacted her life since then... including how it helps her during this Covid-19 pandemic and into the future as the climate emergency increases.

We also have a recycling tips segment at the end of the episode. 



Non Violent Direct Action:

How the Stanford University King Institute describes Martin Luther King’s journey to nonviolent direct action:

The Commons Social Change Library is a rich resource for further reading on Non-violent Direct Action:


Deep Ecology: 

About Arne Naess, the originator of Deep Ecology:

An interesting article about Deep Ecology and Arne Naess:

Joanna Macy Website:


WA forest protests:

This is a call to action for the Giblett forest from 1997:

A list of groups that unite to help protect the forests:

South West Forest Defence Foundation:


Recycling tips from Sustainability Victoria:

In this episode I speak with a family of activists about the Adani coal mine and why it is being protested. 

Ben Laycock, Jacynta Walsh and their daughter Rilka Laycock-Walsh have each participated in different ways; Ben joined last year's Adani convoy as lead by Bob Brown, Rilka has been protesting Adani with non violent direct action and all three have lead a life of environmental activism.




Information about the Traditional Owners in the Galillee Basin where the Adani mine is happening and what they have been doing to stop the mine:


About the Adani coal mine:


Protest groups mentioned in the show - each name below is a link, so click away to find out more:

An article about protesters at camp Binbee and what they are up against: 


Art Swank interview with Ben Laycock about how his art practice and his activism interact:


Transition Towns episode as mentioned at the start of this episode:


April 28, 2020

S2 E16 Natural Funerals

In this episode we speak with a funeral director and an artist about how we can exit this world with as little harm as possible. Libby Moloney from Natural Grace Funerals in Woodend talks about how she got into the industry of natural funerals and what is really possible in terms of our choices when it is time to return to the earth.

Then Helen Bodicomb talks to us about her fully biodegradable artwork which is also her future funeral shroud. 

The image for this weeks show is of Helen's artwork 'Shroud' created in 2019.




Libby Moloney's funeral company Natural Grace:


Natural Death Advocacy Network


Dying to Know Day by the Groundswell Project


 15 Trees Project


 Egg shaped pod burial idea:


Mushroom burial suit:


Helen Bodicomb, artist

In this episode I speak with Deb Taylor about her sustainable business choices and her bike ride across the Nullarbor Plain. A six week journey across one of the most iconic Australian landscapes.  She rode approximately 2,468 km from Port Lincoln in South Australia, to Busselton in Western Australia. I wanted to know why she wanted to do it and what it was like for her.  From the practicalities of making a trip like that to the meaning of what it is to be a successful human being... join us.





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