CREATURES OF PLACE
Creatures of Place is an insight into the wonderful world of Artist as Family: Meg Ulman, Patrick Jones, and their youngest son, Woody. Living on an urban 1/4-acre section in a small Australian town, Meg and Patrick have designed their property using permaculture principals.
They grow most of their own food, don’t own cars – riding their bikes instead – use very little electricity, and forage food and materials from their local forest. We found their story super inspiring and we think you will too!
Read more about the adventures of Artist as Family on their blog.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "CREATURES OF PLACE"
- “The bin-liner moment”: when you realise that most of your waste goes to compost, worm farms, chooks and the dog – no more need for a plastic bag in your bin!
- “Going without is saying yes to other things.” This family gave up their cars (it costs about $30,000 a year to run and maintain two cars in Australia) in order to be able to work mostly from home.
- The household income is under $30,000 – below the Australian poverty line – but they consider themselves rich.
- “Money is not wealth.” Wealth is time-richness, family time, community time, and knowledge.
- Aim for “community sufficiency” rather self-sufficiency.
- Historical privilege brings with it important responsibilities: to pay respect to the first peoples of the land, to live responsibly, and to look after the world, including planting for the next generations.