Hi all, well I have been on the forum for over 18 months now and not written up about my property very much, so thought it high time I start. My partner, Jennie, and I bought our 7 acre block (3.1 hectares) just over three years ago. The property is located in Cowra, NSW, and has a Mediterranean climate, coolish in winter with the odd 0 degree nights and up to 40+ in summer. Just last week we had a few days of 40+ but we just get up at 5am, do our work before 9 and then chill for the rest of the day till evening and do some more. We both still work in Canberra and are moving to three days a week so we can develop the property further and build over the next one to two years. The desire for the property came about after we converted a normal suburban block in Canberra into a show piece that was displayed in Australian Open Gardens under the concept of 'feed the family'. It utilised permaculture principles, water harvesting and the removal of all the grass and driveways which were replaced with around 35 fruit trees, a variety of vegetable beds and berries plus a heap of other edibles. We had the largest turnout for an Open Gardens in that year, which got me thinking how interested people were in growing their own produce in cities. An important lesson while building that garden came about when I got a heap of soil delivered and six months later there were still no weeds. It worries me when soil doesn't grow weeds. I know it's better to not have weeds but if there is nothing in the soil including weeds, then it's an issue in my mind. This got me on to studying up on soil biology and mycelia in particular. Every book of Paul Stamets later, plus six months, and I had brilliant soil once I understood that it had been pasteurised in the so called 'compost' process. By adding back the biology I turned it back into real soil. I have since gone on to develop a variety of soil biology practices while using the farm as our test bed. Consequently the name of our property and this rave, Mycotopia. I'll get some pictures, vids and stories up as we move forward with the project and hope at least one person will find some value in what we have to share.