Posts tagged as ‘LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020’

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 8 – Friday 24th April

Dark Emu, by Bruce Pascoe

A wonderfully thought-provoking journey into indigenous farming and social structure based around the existence of agriculture, farming and social village-style living in pre-1788 Indigenous Australian culture.

In Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe challenges the fundamental conception that Australia’s Traditional Owners lived solely as hunter-gatherers and instead produces a compelling argument that Indigenous Australia was one of social structure, village-type living and had established agriculture and food systems that linked Indigenous communities the length and breadth of the country.

Pascoe produces evidence-based arguments that Indigenous Australians built houses, sustainably farmed, harvested, preserved and saved cereals, grains, and seeds – even baking cakes and bread, built complex systems in fresh and salt water aquaculture and systematically farmed terrestrial fauna such as kangaroos using stone battues, systematic hunting and harvesting and fire management for feed and mustering.

This book brings together a vast range of evidence from archeological history, accounts from pioneer and explorer journals and spoken indigenous history to paint a very different picture of pre-1788 Australia.

This one is a real must-read.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 24 April 2020 in Agriculture, Community Engagement, Cultural, Education, Engagement, Fauna, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 7 – Wednesday 22nd April

Australian Native Plants, by John Wrigley & Murray Fagg

A great book to have on hand for designing, managing and maintaining a native plant garden or selecting plants for particular areas and landscapes.

Breaking down into different types of environments i.e rockeries, groundcovers, shrubs and trees. This book contains really good information for plant selection, giving details on climate zones and soil conditions that individuals will survive in.

I use this all the time as an extension of the Bendigo Indigenous Plants guide along with others and often go to it when planning another section of our property.

It also contains good, clear sections on propagation, pruning, maintenance of a native garden for those that prefer a more curated look.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 22 April 2020 in Community Engagement, Education, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 6 – Friday 17th April

Indigenous Plants of Bendigo, A gardeners guide to growing and protecting local plants

Though this is focused on Bendigo and not the Loddon Plains, this guide is a ripper in the garden or in the field.

It has great information for identifying and growing different species, and the thing I love about it is that it is built in such a way that someone can go for a walk in the bush, find a species they might like to try on their property or in the garden and be able to look it up in this book for details on where it grows, what conditions it prefers and other details.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 17 April 2020 in Community Engagement, Education, Fauna, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 5, Wednesday 15th April

Bringing Back the Bush, by Joan Bradley

“Bringing back the bush is a gentle art, demanding a strong will and patience”

Joan Bradley

A quote from the introduction of this book that I often keep in mind.
This is a classic resource for revegetation projects and has provided the basis for many resources and publications.

Joan and Eileen Bradley with their ‘Bradley Method’ have provided 3 key principles in bush regeneration still followed today;

  1. Identify and work the best areas first
  2. Keep disturbance to a minimum, and
  3. Let regeneration of natives dictate the rate of weed removal

With a great account of their humble beginnings and their journey into respecting the natural order of natives and the role they could play in the management of weed-infested areas.

This guide is really all about weed management and removal, Joan Bradley provides detailed information about the sisters’ methods, providing sound advice on the removal of different weed and plant types and also examples and case studies of different landscapes. This is a great one to revisit.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 15 April 2020 in Community Engagement, Education, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News, Weeds

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 4 – Friday 10th April

Pollinators, Birds, Wildflowers and Frogs & Reptiles pocket guides

With the Autumn Backyard Bird count underway and Karen Retra’s Wild Pollinator Count happening next week from the 12th to the 19th of April, it’s a great time to feature these guides.

Featuring most commonly found species, these guides are a great resource for identifying different birds and invertebrates on the farm, in the bush or in the backyard. Great for beginners or those with an interest in what might be around them.

I’m rarely without the pollinator or birds guides – though this might be a little biased given my interests!

Find more information about the programs and how you can participate in these surveys by clicking through to these links:
https://wildpollinatorcount.com/
http://www.birdsinbackyards.net

And for some easy to use survey guides and resources you can use these:
https://www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/…/Victorian-Pollinators-1-pag…
http://www.birdlife.org.au/…/WL_-_Woodland_ID_booklet_v7_we…

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 10 April 2020 in Community Engagement, Education, Engagement, Fauna, Flora, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020, News

LPLN REGENERATIVE READS 3 – Wednesday 8th April

In the Blink of an Eye and Seven Deadly Colours, by Dr. Andrew Parker

These two books are 100% brain-breaking, and impossible to put down once you get going!

I was introduced to Dr. Andrew Parker by a work colleague whilst still working in lighting design. The theories in these books, particularly In the Blink of an Eye went on to inform my design practices and the way I designed with light but also clearly got my attention on a biology and evolution level and I credit it as one of the major influences in bringing me to the environment industry.

In the Blink of an Eye lays out an argument that an evolutionary explosion occurred during the Cambrian period due to the quick evolution of the eye, from primitive light sensors to an acute weapon in the arsenal of different species. This theory leads on to suggest fast-paced species adaptation in armour, speed, agility and other senses and behaviors to combat predatory species and the early forms of the camera eyes of today.

Seven Deadly Colours provides an extension of the theory into colour evolution and the vital role it plays in the natural world including how it misleads, adapts and reacts to specific environments.

There is so much material in these books that I simply can’t pick out favourite sections, even now. Though I will make mention of the completely engrossing sections on trilobites, early evolution in the oceans, sedimentary rock formations, and the fascinating use of colour in Cuttlefish and its vital role in evading predators and other threats.

Even now, I get something different out of these books to the point of when going back to reference material I end up reading vast sections again!

Two great reads if you are up for a couple of brain-breakers.

For the next little while LPLN Facilitator, Danny, will be featuring resources aimed to inspire.
Stay tuned every here or on the facebook page Wednesday and Friday for another resource off the shelf.

Posted 8 April 2020 in Education, Engagement, LPLN Regenerative Reads 2020