The team at Organic Motion is set to grow in the 12 month road map currently underway to re-designing the OM business structure. Whilst we have been creating landscape designs and facilitating workshops, we have held back on forming OM into the next level of business - that being a social enterprise.
Next level to us, is some land to regenerate into an abundant edible landscape while teaching permaculture and running workshops onsite to develop the land. Council approved earth houses and tropical food forests are just part of it. We will be focusing on social permaculture in this space too! So, if want to know more about why we are excited to have Jay back on the team, read on...
What brings you back to be part of Organic Motion?
After a joyful hiatus traveling and working abroad, I have gained a huge amount of experience and a new perspective on things that only a journey of 5 countries can provide. After initial creation in the organisation, I am eager to dive back into the growing enterprise that OM has become at the hands my dear friends Blake and Tonielle.
Why are you passionate about what OM is doing?
Seeing with my own eyes the need for permaculture principles and ethics to be spread far and wide, adopted as mainstream practice and communicated as 'household names', OM is the embodiment of my values in an organisational form. With mindful observation and interaction, OM property consultations are the beginning for most people to 'think outside the box' of their fence-line and see ways to incorporate sustainable elements into their lives for valuable and cost saving benefits. OM edible landscape design fills the need for a specialised service in the field to carefully craft a system that is personalised and productive. And my favourite part of OM is the sharing of knowledge by ways of educational workshops, courses, presentations and soon to be, certified training components.
What will be your biggest focus in the team?
My background in project management and public speaking are to play a large role in my contribution to OM and as tools for positive change in the region. As an active and enthusiastic person, I am passionate about community engagement, business relations, networking, research and development, innovation and most importantly, responding to the needs of those we are connected with.
Anything else you wish to share?
It is an absolute joy to be part of such an amazing tribe on the forefront of sustainable and regenerative practices in the region. I truly feel that each individual, organisation or business we work with are not just clients or suppliers, but all intrinsic connections in the flow of Organic Motion. I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you, while enjoying some tasty homemade, locally grown, organically produced, nutrient dense, living food!
Short answer...it is super efficient in fuel (wood) and time to cook scrumptious feasts!
We started out making the traditional cob ovens and still love them. It is the 3 hours of prepping the fire to generate the heat inside before to cooking, that often deters people (and us) from using the oven without a lot of prior planning.
10 reasons why we love the 'Rocket' oven:
Making a 'rocket' cob pizza oven is such a rewarding experience and we are often asked to run workshops.
Why? Well its always fun with more people and because it saves money!
You can spend 3 days with a small community, gaining the hands on experience through making one from the ground up - for just a fraction of the cost.
Seriously, the labor costs involved + the $700 for materials (cheaper if you source upcycled materials) results in the full installation costing just short of $4000. Considering its a unique and practical landscape feature that gets used often, and is one of a kind art piece, we have people requesting this often.
Usually, the kinds of people that come our way are 'doers' and like to make things themselves. We love that and are eager to share our knowledge and skills, which is how Organic Motion has grown into delivering workshops as much as designing abundant edible landscapes for individuals or communities.
It makes sense. For the $300 course fee, you get the D.I.Y manual and the know how to make your own, saving thousands in 3 days of workshop'ing in a fun hands on classroom.
If you are keen to participate in the workshop, just contact us for more details or sign up by following this link: Learn how to make your own Pizza Oven
Where and why...Here or there?
In permaculture design, 'Zoning' is a big part of the design consideration. By bringing awareness to 'zones' or areas based on how often we visit them, we can design elements into suitable locations to create a harmonious flow along access pathways and for time efficiency. Elements can be supported by other elements if located together, so identifying zones helps with appropriate location when planning.
This term 'zoning', refers to the areas of use are defined by the amount of visits per day, which is a reflection of the amount of energy needed in one particular area. This will always be related to the 'elements' located in these zones.
'Elements' are landscape features like;
From Pattern to Detail
Design from "Pattern to Detail" is a permaculture principle that relates to zoning. We observe, then illustrate the 'pattern' of daily visits/energy use of an area and then illustrate this in a 'zoning map' (below). This image becomes an overlay tool to then locate the landscape elements in the appropriate area of energy use, known as the concept plan (above).
So, what does efficient zoning and placement of elements look like?
You can literally walk along the path to your chicken coop, feed the hens, top up their water containers with the water tank full of rain water - collected via the coop roof. Once they are taken care of, collect the eggs, grab a few greens growing along the fence-line to drop in the worm farm to keep them content, in exchange for wonderful worm tea, which you can add to the herb garden on your way back to the house.
Fill your harvest basket with fresh herbs, tomatoes and beans for your omelet, a bunch of spinach greens for the smoothie - all within the 5 minute round trip! Legs stretched, deep breaths of fresh air, nutrient dense food ready to prepare and happy animals!
This just one scenario, a common one from a suburban block that has been designed using permaculture strategies and techniques. Of course, the more land, the possibility of more elements. But you need the time to interact and manage them too. Busy people working full-time jobs wont be able to manage acres of abundant food producing plants and animals. It is a lifestyle - and living on the abundance of your land can be a full-time job! An alternative to this is supporting local farmers and small-scale producers to produce the local, seasonal and nutrient rich food for you!
Our 7 Step Design Process
Each step requires a lot of observations, feedback, research and planning...but it is always worth it. Check out the first image below. This is just an introduction and another blog will be written with more detail of our design process.
Only your imagination and available time to co-create abundance in your landscape will determine the outcome of a design. For more information, get your hands on the IncrEDIBLE edibles tropical superfoods guide.
Design.Grow.Create. That's the hOMe HIVE, our occasional mail out. We love nature and feel a deep connection to this amazing space and place called earth. There is so much abundance within reach and if you plant a guild, you will receive a yield! Our love of good quality food means we spend much of our time in the garden or kitchen...and as Hippocrates said, "let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food"! We welcome you to join us on an edible journey of tropical possibilities...
All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. This blog makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis. We simply hope that you enjoy it and are inspired to research further into what resonates with you!