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OUR FAVOURITE
SITES, BOOKS & CONTACTS

THE GARDEN FARM SUPPLY COMPANY

OUR PROMISE IS "IF WE SELL IT, WE USE IT ON THE FARM OURSELVES"

This list is by no means comprehensive.
We will be adding to it all the time so it is worth revisiting


1) TOOLS WE OFTEN GET ASKED ABOUT BUT WHICH WE DON'T SELL


SCYTHES

Go to this website if you want to purchase a scythe in Australia -www.scythesaustralia.com.au


Digadoo Logo Scythe Supply Company - www.scythesupply.com
North American company specialising in scythes.



Digadoo Logo Burgon & Ball - www.burgonandball.com
UK company that stocks a good range of scythes, replacement blades, sharpening stones and other cutting tools.


2-WHEEL WALK BEHIND TRACTORS

Here at Allsun Farm which have used a Caravaggi Bio Mulchers, a walkbehind tractor fitted with a Tortella spader which with it's reciprecation action is so much better for preserving soil structure than a rotary tiller. We now have added a bed former.

Vin Rowe Farm Machinery - imports the best Italian BSC/Pascquali walking tractors, rotary hoes, Tortella Spaders, R2 Rinaldi Power Harrows, Berta Flail Mulchers and Rotary Ploughs, BCS Tipping Trailers, BCS Ridgers(Furrowers), BCS Sickle Mowers, BCS Slasher Mowers, Biagioli 5 tyne Cultivators, single and reverible mouldboard ploughs and potato lifters.


Walk behind rotary hoe
Walk behind flail mower



Our contact at Vin Rowe is Terry Evans who has been working with walking tractors since 1979, he is knowledgeable and very helpful and we have been dealing with him since the late eighties

Email terryevans@vinrowe.com.au
Mob 0438 231 362


ENERGISERS


We are often asked about electric fence energisers. We don't stock them because there is a large range of good brands and models readily available. Daken is an Australian company with an informative website that produces high quality energisers that we use and recommend. Energisers can be bought from any stock and station agents or farm supply company that keeps electric fencing.

HEAT PADS FOR PROPAGATING SEEDLINGS

In the colder parts of Australia is is very important to get heat loving vegetables like tomatoes, capsicums and eggplants started early. We always use heat pads to get an early start, they are available from Green Harvest


2) BOOKS & THE PEOPLE WHO WRITE THEM

The following people have been a great inspiration to us.
Most of what we know has come from reading their books, talking to them and then trying out their ideas and methods on our own farm:

HELEN & SCOTT NEARING
Living The Good Life
The Good Life Picture Album
Continuing The Good Life
Building And Using Our Sun Heated Greenhouse
Our Home Made Of Stone
The Making Of A Radical


ELIOT COLEMAN
The New Organic Grower
Four Seasons Harvest


JOEL SALATIN
Salad Bar Beef
Pastured Poultry Profits
You Can Farm


GENE LOGSDON
Small Scale Grain Raising
Organic Orcharding
The Contrary Farmer
The Contrary Farmers Invitation To Gardening
You Can Go Home Again


JOY LARKCOM
The Salad Garden
Oriental Vegetables


NANCY BUBEL
The New Seed Starters Handbook


GEORGE HENDERSON
The Farming Ladder Faber & Faber
Farmers Progress Faber & Faber
The Farming Manual Faber & Faber 1960


ANDY LEE & PAT FOREMAN
Day Range Poultry - Every Chicken Owner's Guide to
Grazing Gardens and Improving Pastures
Good Earth Publications 2002


CRISTOPHER ALEXANDER et al
The Timeless Way Of Building Oxford University Press 1977
A Pattern Language Oxford University Press 1977


3) SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE INTERNET SITES


BOOK SHOPS

Amazon.com is our first stop when we are looking for a title that we think is still in print
However some of the books that are listed above are no longer in print and you will have to scour the second hand book market

Chelsea Green Books for Sustainable Living.
Chelsea Green are the publishers of our favourite vegetable growing book 'The New Organic Grower' plus many other most interesting titles.
Subjects covered:
Innovative Shelter, Energy, Garden, Small Farm, Whole Foods, Sustainable Forestry, Nature, Travel, Rural Renaissance, Livelihood.
We often visit "the HUB" A personal newsletter from the publisher at Chelsea Green, intended for denizens of The Invisible Universe who think that it's important, and even fun, to live lives where human activities are in balance and harmony with nature.



SEED COMPANIES

  New Gippsland Seed Farm logo
New Gippsland Seed Farm is our favourite Australian seed company. They have a good range of both vegetable and flower seed, they are helpful when you phone them up and delivery is prompt.

Johnny's logo
Johnny's Selected Seeds is one of the best seed companies that we know. It has a really infomative catalogue and hosts a terrific web site.


ORGANIC FARMING BROADSHEETS
If you are interested in subscribing to a newspaper on organic farming go to the following web sites.

Acres USA LogoAcres USA - a magazine for eco-agriculture that is read world wide and published monthly. This site includes many reprinted articles that are worth reading.

Acres Australia Logo  Acres Australia - published monthly.
  Site includes a good online bookstore.


POULTRY
If you are interested in pastured poultry a great place to start is the Sustainable Farming Connection site. The pastured poultry resources give you links to a number of useful sources of information.

Good Earth Publications publishes two good books on free range poultry and also has links to a number of other publishers who provide valuable information on conscious living and sustainable lifestyles.


ORGANIC FARMING
The Sustainable Farming Connection leads to many useful alternative farming sites.

SUSTAINABILITY
If you only ever go to one web site make it this one! Natural Capitalism Amory & Hunter Lovins and Paul Hawken outline the solutions to many of our current world problems.

Permaculture resource guide for the Canberra Region go to Ecosdesign. Dave Tooley & Stephen Glanville offer an excellent Permaculture Design service and interesting web site.

SOIL TESTING
SWEP is an independent Australian laboratory providing agricultural & horticultural Soil Balance Analysis, (with interpretation using the Mikhail System) as well as Plant & Water testing. SWEP's aim is to enhance sustainable productivity, particularly for Organic, Biodynamic and Holistic farming systems.

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
CSIRO is doing some very innovative work with water and irrigation monitoring on our farm. Visit our CSIRO web page to have a look at the experiments on our farm. Continue to browse the CSIRO site to find out more about the Full Stop water measuring device and the technology that is available to record data onto an internet data base, using your mobile phone.

4) OTHER GOOD TOOL SITES IN AUSTRALIA


STAINLESS STEEL GARDEN IMPLEMENTS

Digadoo Logo     Digadoo - www.digadoo.com.au is an Australian company that manufactures
    a range of excellent quality stainless steel
    shovels and spades.



BULLDOG TOOLS

Digadoo Logo The excellent forks and spades, made by the English tool company Bulldog, are now available in Australia from   Gardenwear - www.bulldogtools.com.au
Our favourite implement is a 4 Prong Compost Fork with a tubular steel handle. It is the perfect lightweight tool for moving and turning compost, hay, etc.


136 Green Oaks Drive, COOLUM BEACH, QLD, 4573
ph: 1800 726 687


5) TOOL AND EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS IN
COUNTRIES OTHER THAN AUSTRALIA



NORTH AMERICA
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WEST COAST
Peaceful Valley Farm Supply - Organic Garden and Farm Supplies
P.O. Box 2209
Grass Valley, CA 95945 USA
ph (530) 272-4769
fax (530) 272-4794
www.groworganic.com
email CONTACT@groworganic.com
Ships throughout the USA but not internationally


Peaceful Valley Farm Supply Logo
EAST COAST
Johnny's Selected Seeds - a mail-order seed producer and merchant. Their products are vegetable seeds, medicinal and culinary herb seeds, flower seeds,  They also offer uniquely high quality gardening tools, equipment, and accessories.
955 Benton Ave
Winslow, Maine
04910 USA
ph 800-854-2580 fax 800-738-6314
www.johnnyseeds.com
email commercial@johnnyseeds.com





Johnny's logo
EUROPE
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Werner Glaser Engineering - Manufacturers of highest quality tools.
Im Lerchengarten 12
CH - 4153 Reinach/BL
Switzerland
ph (061) 711 7880
fax (061) 713 9885
email glaserengin@bluewin.ch


ENGLAND
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Gundaroo Tillers - Importers of Ibis Hoe (Ho-mi).
Stan Li
59 South Hill Park
London NW3 2SS
UK
ph (020) 7794 3181
fax (020) 7794 3181
www.allsun.com.au/Ibis.html
email stano@talk21.com


Electranets Ltd - Manufactures of Modular Electric Netting Fence
Roy Alden
Sales Office & Dispatch
31 Westfield Avenue
Brockworth
Gloucester GL3 4AU
UK
ph (014) 5261 7841
fax (041) 5261 7841
email em.Roy@electranets.fsnet.co.uk


Ladbrooke Ltd - Manufactures of soil blocking tools.
Alison Skidmore
The Grange
Exhall near Alcester
Warwickshire B49 6EA
UK
ph (017) 8977 3898
fax (017) 8977 3898
www.ladbrooke.co.uk
email skidmore@ladbrooke.co.uk


6) OUR FAVOURITE SEARCH ENGINE

Google


CONTACT INFORMATION

Joyce Wilkie & Michael Plane
Phone 02 6236 8173
International Phone 612 6236 8173
International Fax 612 9383 8894

E-MAIL GT@allsun.com.au

Snail Mail 'ALLSUN FARM', GUNDAROO, NSW, 2620 AUSTRALIA