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THE CYCADELIC LIFE

CYCADS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN GRAHAME’S HEART. “THEY ONCE COVERED AUSTRALIA AND WERE A PRIMARY FOOD SOURCE FOR SOME DINOSAUR SPECIES.”

In 2010, the desire for a tree change took Grahame and Cathy Jackson to Peachester, near the Glass House Mountains, an hour-and-a-half north of Brisbane. The couple were dedicated patrons of the Woodford Folk Festival and are now regular volunteers with Treehuggers, a social group that puts monthly efforts into regenerating the 500 acres of Woodfordia, which was once a dairy farm.

Before moving north and while listening to permaculture presentations during the festival, Grahame felt a surge of inspiration. He had the idea to grow their own chemical-free food, so he completed the permaculture design course at the Northey Street Permaculture Farm.

Feeling space-constrained at their

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