The simplistic approach is often the best approach.

We as humans over complicate things. It’s often the case that when a choice is presented to us,we inadvertently choose the complicated option.

In my ideal utopia there would be no bad food. People would enjoy eating and living well, and we would keep our industry systems, they’d just be cleaner and greener. Oh and people would be nice to each other instead of killing one another. A nice world eh?

I know I can’t make that happen for the entire world. But what I can do is change my own little world. I may not be able to get everyone eating real food or being a little lighter in the old consumer department, but I can make that so, within my house. I can feeds my kids good food, I can buy mostly secondhand and recycle, I can reuse and invest in things that will last me a while. I can make my world less shit.

My world was shit years ago. Sure there where some good elements. But the shit outweighed the good, so I changed it. It’s never going to be perfect. But it’s way better. And thats all we can do.

Identify the things that are shit and make them less shit.

I cooked a meal this week that optimised this mantra. Home grown beans, a rooster from last springs clutch, some backyard herbs and spinach. Roster, beans and greens was a meal that represented the change I wanted to see in my life. I raised the bird, I grew the food and I learnt how to cook. These are things that I wanted in my life to make it less shit. And when I ate that meal, all the negativity of the outside world subsided, even for just a few moments.

Peace. Out.

Ro

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  • November 8, 2014 - 3:58 am

    Yvette - that looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • November 12, 2014 - 12:43 am

      Phil A - Amen to that – peace indeed and good eats.ReplyCancel

  • November 9, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    Jennie - Hi Rohan,

    You make me want to be less – less of a consumer, less wasteful, less needy of stuff, just less….

    Thank you

    :) ReplyCancel

  • November 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    April - “Identify the things that are shit and make them less shit.”

    At the age of 45, this is some of the best advice I have ever heard:) I appreciate the simplicity, take care, April.ReplyCancel

  • November 10, 2014 - 11:02 pm

    Ash - Your a true champ my friend- living the dream- well done mate dont stop doingReplyCancel

    • November 18, 2014 - 3:31 am

      rohan - YOU ARE TOO ASH! Good luck to you mate!ReplyCancel

  • November 17, 2014 - 3:44 am

    Maxabella - I always reckon that if everyone who is a parent simply strove to be the person they want their children to grow up to be, we’d all be singing.xReplyCancel

Quite simply, I love the simple life. It took me half of my adult life to figure it out but I’m here now, and I love it. If you’ve been a long time reader here, you’d know about the journey I’ve been on. You’d know about the personal challenges, the failed crops, the successful hunts, the days spent doing tasks that revolve around food the good life.

We are a family that actively tries its best to live lighter. We eat real food and we celebrate nature’s beauty. I was asked recently how I came to be where I am. And I don’t really know myself. I guess it’s just been a number of years, one after the other, learning new things, finding out new information and building a skill set that’s imperative to make it in this simple way of living.

There isn’t much to our ‘team’. Just two adults and four little girls. Everything us adults do is primarily to provide a good world for the kids. It’s so very important to us. And that’s what drives us to make the Nursery Project happen. Our goal is to share our lives, the ‘good life’ with as many people as want to attend. We want it to not only be about teaching food skills but also a place for people to escape, to be free, to contemplate, to question and leave feeling either of clear mind or loaded with more questions. We live in a world we’re constantly told what to buy, what to think and how to act. Personally speaking, I’ve not been listening to that mainstream message, and my live is better for it.

We want the Nursery to be a place we’re you can become free (and also learn a bunch of interesting skills).

Today, whilst working in the veg garden, we got our film crew together and made a little video. Our family made the video together. On our high tech telephones! As you can see we have a massive budget;-)We really need you’re help. The ‘success’ of this project is about positively impacting peoples lives. We haven’t invented a drone hover camera or a glow in the dark toaster, what we’re trying to achieve is providing positive experiences for our fellow humans.

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I know what we’re doing in the rewards system for this crowd funding project is not normal. And I guess I thought that there where people out there that wanted to see something good like this happen. And I hope you’re out there. Because right now, our world could do with something good for a change.

If the project is to have any success it will be your doing. It will be because you helped get it off the ground. If you can’t support the project, please share it online.

Oh and we’ve reduced the amount we’re attempting to raise. We have been offered some very amazing support for the project. But we still need capital to build loads of infrastructure.

The silly season is coming up soon. Billions of dollars will be spent on useless items that will end up as land fill. Use you money wisely and invest in something that has a social benefit. Or buy a Furby. The choice is yours.

Everyone that contributes now gets a temporary ‘Kale and the Gang’ Tattoo and your name etched on the honours wall in the mess hall. Please help. Every dollar counts.

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  • November 2, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Joel - Hi Ro!

    I’ve been following you for a while now and I love what you’re doing! I really would like to donate to your nursery project, but unfortunately I’m only 15 and haven’t a penny. However I have started breeding pigs, so down the track when you get this thing up and running I would love to donate a couple of wearers for you guys to fatten up and munch on! I’m affraid that’s all I can offer, but I really wanted to say how cool I thought the project you have created is, and how important it is in our world… It will be people like you that keep the world healthy! Hahaha keep it up!

    Thanks JoelReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2014 - 6:30 am

      rohan - Thats unreal! Where about are you based?ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    pauline george - hey Kate, I can’t play your video :-( ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2014 - 10:57 pm

    Amy - I am in awe of what you guys are doing-sometimes it’s a scary thing to follow your passion. Did you see the article in the Good Weekend about Alice Waters, she’s coming to Melbourne this year – http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/slowmo-food-alice-waters-and-the-delicious-revolution-20141031-11eak7.html – if you could tap in to her following you would be set! I’ve donated more than i can afford and am spreading word of your project as far as I can. Plus heaps and heaps of good vibes. Good luck!ReplyCancel

    • November 5, 2014 - 6:31 am

      rohan - Thanks Amy. Thats ace news. I’ve given up trying to get big names listening, it seems to cause too much fuss. So it’s us people that will make stuff happen! Cheers RoReplyCancel

  • November 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

    J Loomes - Hey guys,

    Love what you’re doing.

    Sending good vibes from the UK.

    JKReplyCancel

  • November 8, 2014 - 1:25 am

    Dale Morgan - You were asked the question How you came to be where you are now?
    I think it is an instinctual thing perhaps. Our ancestors have done this since they climbed down out of the trees. For me it is a natural progression away from the indoctrination of the media. An instinctual ability to see the right path to survival.
    goodluckReplyCancel

Confused and indecisive is the most appropriate way to describe this spring. We’ve had a warm spell, a storm spell and now it’s back to a cold spell. More spells than an episode of Charmed. The warm spell did weave some magic though. It got me motivated to get the house in order for the coming summer. Last year I was a few months behind. We’d just moved house and I was still forming the garden beds, and the poly tunnel was still a pipe dream.

This year is different. I’ve been looking forward to the growing season. I’m prepared! This house is on high alert, cocked pistol, VEGCON 1. The poly tunnel is fully operational, it’s power should not be underestimated. It’s potential as a food production facility is practically imminent. Seeds, poised at the ready, germination sequence has commenced!

In 4 months time our bellies will be full with fresh zucchini, tomato, eggplant, watermelon, basil, squash, coriander, corn and many other summer crops we thrive on. The very thought of not having to eat kale or chard is enough to have me jumping for joy! Anything but kale please!;-)This winter has been slow like every other, and we rely heavily on hunted meat from the freezer, dried beans, cured meats, excess frozen summer crops and yes kale, kale, kale with some chard. The two edible plants dumb enough to grow in our winter climate.

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Soon we shall once again pick straight from the patch and into the kitchen. It’s a bloody beautiful time of the year for food. Everything feels positive, alive and natural. Sun warmed cherry tomatoes, flavour bursting peas and zucchini so fresh you can peel it straight into a salad.

All this is possible because I decided that I wanted it and I decided to ‘do it’. I never had a singular energy saver low watt, light bulb moment. It’s just something that’s been growing over the years (no pun intended). I wanted it, (a veg garden) so I did it. I also didn’t want to be a slave to a desk job, so I figured out a way to escape the rat race. I figured that if I got rid of all my debt, focused on living light and actively made my food, then I wouldn’t need so much money to survive. And it seems to be working. Sure sometimes it’s scary, like when rent is due, or when bills need to be paid. But we manage to get by because we just ‘do it’. We do odd jobs to make a living and thankfully our food bill is minimal, thus we survive. I figure that life is too short not to ‘do it’.

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I’ve wanted this lifestyle most of my adult life, I once sat at my office job, day in, day out, dreaming of this lifestyle. It feels so good to be here. Someone on the internet recently told me to “get a job!”. I have one, but thanks for the suggestion. My job is surviving. My job is no longer being a slave to a consumerist lifestyle. My health is the better for it and my impact on the environment is reduced, but overall life is just way better! As far as I’m concerned it’s a win win.

I know it’s not the norm, and that some people think I’m a slacker because I don’t have a regular job, but what’s a real job anyway? I question the great Australian Dream, is really all that rad? I don’t dream of owning a brand new car or massive new house full of brand new stuff. I like that my house is full of op shop purchase’s, my veg garden constructed with timber I found rummaging at the Daylesford tip, my cars old and simply engineered so I can repair them. Call me a bludger, but I’m happier than I’ve ever been. And I’ve never taken a hand out.

My new job will be running the Nursery Project. Oh and by the way, I won’t own it. We won’t own it. We don’t want to. We’ll still be living right here, renting away at the old farm house. The organisation will own what ever happens, the land, the stock, the facilities. A not for profit organisation has to have board members, it has to report to the tax department, it has to operate within a self governing charter. And as much as I’d like it to be a bit more free and hippy like, it just can’t. It’s 2014 and everything fucked. So we have to follow the rules. But rest assured, we won’t be gaining any financial assets from this ‘venture’. We just driving the project. The reality is that we are two idealists, wanting to share what we love in our lives, which is basically, the good life. That in itself is pure gold. A big thank you for everyone that has helped thus far. You will be amazed when we tell you our news. But lips must be sealed until then. Except when chorizo is around. Then lips open wide for chorizo happy time.

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  • October 28, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Leisa Contarino - Just ate my first feed of broad beans for the season. My first I’ve ever grown actually. They are the best damn beans. Had them with a few slivers of preserved lemon I made last year. It’s so great to be part of life!ReplyCancel

  • October 28, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Bek - Haha, kale! It never ends. I would add to that: broccoli. Feels like I’ve been eating it for years now. Can’t wait for the summer crops to start!
    I don’t get the ‘get a job’ comment either. You do have a job: growing your own food. Rather than paying someone else to do it for you ( and doing it in an unhealthy way with copious chemicals etc). I’m sure you eat a hell of a lot better than they do. There is just nothing to compare to the taste of homegrown!ReplyCancel

  • October 28, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Becs :: Think Big Live Simply - Hey Rohan, next time someone tells you to ‘get a job’, tell them you already work for yourself, the most liberating boss you could have. Looking forward to seeing The Nursery unfold!ReplyCancel

  • October 28, 2014 - 11:09 pm

    Emma @ Emma's Garden Grows - I’m sitting at my desk dreaming the same bloody dream Rohan.

    I don’t want a flash house or car either – I want peace and simplicity.

    You’ve got it – and the people that tell you to get a job are scared, small, jealous people. But thats ok.ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Jake W - Rohan,
    You don’t need to feel guilty about making money on your project.

    In fact you deserve to.

    You are working hard to improve your life, and teach others the same ways.

    Don’t feel bad about paying yourself a wage.

    There’s no reason a social cause can’t also help secure your family financially.ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2014 - 11:43 am

    Nicole Mattingly - So happy to see that someone is living life as it should be lived. We are trying to do the same. I am not completely out of my desk job, but I have been able to trim my hours back and only work 3 days per week. The rest of my time is spent tending to our large garden to feed our family and our dream. Your family is a true inspiration to ours! Thank you for what you do and we cannot wait to see what lies in the next chapter.ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2014 - 3:09 am

    Michele - Well said! I (and many others) think that economic growth for growth’s sake is a model that is obviously not working, and does so at the mercy of the environment, communities, and social good. Economic growth is the driver for us to keep on buying more and more stuff and get into debt. And countless research papers show it isn’t making us happy. You and Kate are trailblazers and good on you for it. I guess some people are freaked out by those that challenge the status quo…ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Jessie - I too have wanted this dream for forever and I too am chomping at the bit to get stuck into spring planting. And I couldn’t wait. Given the frost forecast overnight I’ve just spent the last hour running around burying all my spuds and marties and corn and pumpkins and melons under mulch. The things we do for our gardens. :)
    I can’t believe some cheeky sod told you to get a job!
    Your gardens look damned sexy to me. Mine are paved with old roofing tiles, peppered with old corro and with apple crates in places too. :) Who cares what it looks like though, if it produces good food then that’s all that really matters. :) Here’s to spring and new food.
    As for broccoli, my kids have been begging for the Brussels sprouts that have all bolted to flower. They eat them by the plantload! :D Kale flowers too. :) ReplyCancel