Sustainable Homes – House tour August

The August event for the Transition Town Guildford Sustainable Homes action group will be another house tour and it’s an owner designed solar passive house.

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“Sitting on a 1-acre property at the edge of Mundaring townsite, this house is a sophisticated response to its setting. It was designed as our family home and I have recently launched my design business Edgefield Projects (www.edgefieldprojects.com.au). The building forms a simple L-shape in plan, with a 2m wide Jarrah deck verandah running along the inside edge, focusing the house onto the social hub: a central terrace and lawn area. The living spaces are laid out within one large volume that is bookended by a sophisticated natural oak kitchen on one end and a recycled brick fireplace (with pellet stove insert) on the other.”

Features include:

  • Passive solar heating in winter using polished concrete floor 
  • Windows allow for cross-ventilation, and ceiling fans throughout provide air movement for thermal comfort.
  • A NatHERS rating of 7 stars, and has no mechanical air conditioning
  • Innovative pellet heater that uses compressed sawdust pellets made from mill offcuts

Come join us for this tour followed by arvo tea.

Event Details

RSVP: Numbers are limited, so it’s essential to RSVP via Eventbrite

Location: The address will be sent in the confirmation email when you register

Date: Sunday 16th August

Time: 2- 4 pm

Cost: By donation or bring a plate for afternoon tea

TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Backyard Chickens Workshop – 19 July

On Sunday 19 July the Kitchen Gardeners group rushed out of the foul weather into the Guildford Mechanics Institute to hear all about backyard chooks! Expert Barb Frey was on hand to deliver a thoroughly informative and engaging presentation on creating the right backyard environment for chickens, supplying quality food, maintaining hygiene, controlling parasites and deterring pests. It was great to see so many children along who were keen to learn about chooks.

I’m sure a few attendees left with some renovation ideas after Barb ran through the essentials for an effective pen. Each chicken in a backyard pen should have access to at least 3m2 – any less and you’re not free rangin’. Other things to keep in mind are giving chooks access to lawn/scrub to forage in, putting in stable roosts for night time and providing ample shade and secure fencing to ensure weather and vermin can’t interfere with your best laid plans…

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Other items covered by Barb included:

  • Getting your eggs checked – there are a range of chemicals that you should consider checking your eggs for. This link provides some relevant information: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/poultry-birds/keeping-backyard-chickens?page=0%2C3.
  • If you have limited space and can’t provide a permanent chook run, chook tractors are very useful. These are large, moveable cages that you can place in different parts of your property.
  • It’s important to put comfortable material in your nesting boxes so your ladies can lay! Shredded paper and straw are two great options.
  • While it’s useful to give food scraps to chooks and these provide a range of nutrients, most scraps (especially vegetables) have a high water content and don’t provide all the nutrition that chickens require, especially protein. Laying pellets should be on hand at all times – they contain very little water and are an essential source of protein. An adult chicken can eat about 150g of pellets a day.
  • Chooks are vulnerable to a range of ailments, but most can be easily resolved if they are identified early and treated properly, and parasites are controlled. Scaly leg mites, feather mite and stick-fast mite are the most common conditions in Perth. For the scaly leg mite and stick-fast mite, a dewormer is required. For feather mites (comparable to head lice) poultry dust is required.

After some delicious afternoon tea we all wandered down the road to Flo’s place to see her extraordinary chicken coop. With nine chickens running around, this coop has it all – an open compost pit with chickens playing, nipple sprinkler heads, generous shade all around and little chicken rooms with spiffy curtains for roosting. Certainly inspiring and a great way to see the theory put into practice!

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August Movie Night – Cowspiracy

Follow the shocking, yet humorous, journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability.

The environmental film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see.

IMDB score 8.7/10

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help the kitchen know how many to expect.

As usual, the second Tuesday of the month – Tuesday 11th August

The Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James street, Guildford

Join us for food and drinks from 6 pm onwards, Movie starts at 7 pm

Entry by donation