What is Normal?

By Brian Megaw | August 12, 2021

Of late, I have been thinking about what is meant by the often used comment “when everything gets back to normal.” What I have been wondering about is, what is normal? I think it best that I use some examples to outline my thinking. Land Use and the Food We Eat Have you ever considered [...]

Why River Valley Lodge is a Great Venue for a PDC

By Brian Megaw | June 12, 2021

I was challenged by one of the tutors for our October Permaculture Design Certificate course – Guenther Andraschko - to write a piece about why River Valley Lodge is an excellent venue for such a course. This challenge followed Guenther visiting us in late autumn. First some background River Valley Lodge is situated in the [...]

Designing for the Future – the River Valley Permaculture Design Certificate Course

By Brian Megaw | May 13, 2021

When we think about having a lighter touch on the earth, what no doubt comes to mind at first thought is the likes of recycling, planting a few trees and maybe less fossil-fueled travel, especially in big aircraft heading overseas. However, if we are honest, we don’t know what to do beyond this to make [...]

The Explosion of Farm to Table Offerings. Why?

By Brian Megaw | April 30, 2021

For many years, a few restaurants, cafes, and accommodation places have offered some form of farm to table or paddock to plate style food. Of late, there has seemed to be a bit of an explosion in this field. Pick up any travel-related magazine, and some luxury lodge is touting that some at least of [...]

Is Tourism an Extractive or Stewardship Industry?

By Brian Megaw | April 19, 2021

Milford Sound, New Zealand When I, and I imagine most people, think of mining, we think of enormous holes in the ground with colossal machinery lumbering like ants upon the devastation. Whether it be mountain top removal for coal, mineral extraction for precious metals or the grotesqueness of tar sand operations, we all have a [...]

Journeys in Deliciousness

By Brian Megaw | March 17, 2021

Over the last several years, an increasingly important part of the River Valley experience has been the quality, taste and freshness of the food offered from our Lodge kitchen. Or to sum it up, as our Chef, Miranda, would say, a story of deliciousness. There are several reasons for this evolution. In the past, our [...]

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