Creating Family Homesteads

Kemble Walker, Australia

5 August 2017

​The resilience and strength of our economy is important to everyone. So is the knowledge that our children and future generations will be inheriting a prosperous country — a healthy environment and a high quality of life for its citizens.

Family Homesteads are the most comprehensive idea for the positive development of Australia.​ The allocation of free land to willing Australians will prompt rapid expansion of new industries, providing significant long-term employment, while ​increasing both the quality and quantity of our valuable export commodities.

The unique advantage of our large, lowly populated landmass presents unparalleled opportunity for growth in the cultivation and manufacture of natural products for export. Done correctly, we can simultaneously improve and restore​ ​the natural environment. In the future, our thriving ecology will offer the world’s best tourist experiences, as well as providing valuable education and support to less developed countries.

This Family Homestead garden in Exeter, N.S.W, hosts an orchard, a vegetable garden, deciduous trees, beehives and a pond.

Photograph by Kemble Walker.

Family Homesteads can produce goods for both the nourishment of their residents and for sale to markets further afield. Each Family Homestead is a self-sufficient entity, requiring no​ ​expensiv​e ​inputs. Instead, the Homestead creates value using sun, rain, seeds, soil, and the human ingenuity of its inhabitants.

A mixed garden of high-value products – honey and bee products, medicinal herbs, tree nuts, pressed oil, berry wine, woven fabric, rare and heirloom varieties – yields 100 times more value than an equivalent hectare of cattle pasture. Production on a family homestead is dense and varied, with different plants fruiting each month.

“Any​one​ who plans for a bright future will plant their garden with enthusiasm.”

The additional labour​ ​required to establish such a varied garden is offset by the feelings of responsible stewardship that a person has for their own homestead. Inspired to create the best possible living arrangement for their family, to be loved by their children, creators of Family Homesteads will work joyfully, with perseverance and care. A properly designed garden, arranged optimally and with maximum diversity, is self-fertile and requires little labour for its upkeep.

At Greenwich Park, between Sydney and Canberra, thousands of hectares of fertile land – closed to human habitation by state and local governments – is put to pasture, raising only a few hundred head of cattle each year.

Photograph by Kemble Walker.

The beautiful and calm surroundings of a family homestead offer the best possible conditions for the mastery of hand crafts, creative pursuits and other forms of high-value manufacturing. Streamlining co-operative supply chains will encourage small producers and​ ​let family businesses​ ​easily​ ​access​ ​large​ ​export markets.​ ​

The positive energy and clean natural environment of Family Homestead settlements will support new research and development projects, unencumbered by the pollution and noisy distractions of cities. The pleasant atmosphere will attract foreign visitors, offering business opportunities for tourism operators and providers of therapeutic retreats.

Thousands more hectares of fertile land sits under-utilized near Crookwell, N.S.W.

Inefficient land use could be costing us hundred of billions of dollars every year in untapped potential.

Photograph by Kemble Walker.

Australia should step boldly into our natural future, where every citizen can build their own life and home. As a federation of states, Australia’s yearly exports should not​ ​be​ ​in the hundreds of billions, but in the trillions of dollars.​ ​Family Homesteads offer a simple, long-term way of achieving this goal, with a fairer distribution of the spoils. We must think together, carefully, how to make this idea succeed!

Legislative support is necessary to designate suitable zones for the development of family homesteads,​ ​and facilitate the registration of new plots. A simpler and more accessible permit process is also necessary for those who wish to build their own house on their family homestead.

Rich land near Myrtleford, Victoria, once supported many families with its vibrant production of tobacco, apples and other valuable crops. Now, put to pasture, it raises only a few head of cattle each year.

Photograph by Kemble Walker.

Discussing theoretical solutions to​ ​underemployment,​ ​climate change​ ​and the housing crisis​ is useless without some action. Here is a practical measure right in front of us! Let the land employ our people!​ ​Put carbon back into the soil!​ ​Grow plants to support ourselves, and sell their fruits to fund future development.

Thousands of Australians are waiting for the opportunity to grow their own fortune and contribute their part to the prosperity of our nation.

But we need legislative support!

First, to identify zoning appropriate for Family Homesteads.

Second, to facilitate the registration of new Family Homestead plots.

Third, to simplify the regulations around creating one’s own Family Homestead.

Naturally sown rare and heirloom varieties, such as this broccoli with kale leaves, provide better income than beef for the same land area.

Photograph by Kemble Walker.

All like-minded people, who want to make your Family Homestead!

We who want to make the land productive and healthy!

All readers of the Ringing Cedars of Russia series!

You who want to make our landscape fertile, abundant and full of​ ​Love!

Register and take part in the development of our campaign. The time will come when we will need one another to prove there is popular support for our idea!

For legislative support for Family Homesteads!

For a strong and prosperous people!

For happy families, and a bright future for all Australians!

Plains and valleys near Singleton, N.S.W, could produce hundreds of millions of dollars worth of healthy produce, shipped to Asia from Newcastle’s freight terminal.

Photograph by Kemble Walker.

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