I want to learn how to live more sustainably, grow food for my family and tread lightly on the earth.
Edgefield in Mundaring began as a record of my quiet personal revolution. My “discovery” of Permaculture in 2009 reignited a passion for gardening that had lain dormant in my “green blood” all my life. This blog has enabled me to to document the journey we’re taking in developing our property, Edgefield, into the beautiful, sustainable, abundant home of our dreams and share that knowledge with friends, family, my community and the world through my favourite creative outlet: writing.
My name is Jo Thierfelder. I am mum to two young boys and a communications consultant with my own business, Finesse Communications. Like many women my age, I am a million other things too. I started in journalism but have spent my career working in corporate communications and marketing, cultivating an expertise in the property, environment and sustainability sectors. I now enjoy working mainly from home in the Perth Hills for a few clients, blogging, freelance writing, gardening and developing skills of resilience on my property (oh, and being a mum.)
At the beginning of 2011, with both excitement and trepidation, my family began its tree change lifestyle. We moved from the inner Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn to a beautiful 1-acre property in Mundaring, which we named Edgefield. Thankfully, we couldn’t be happier with our decision. Our two rambunctious boys, Henry and Hugo, are enjoying the freedom, space and delights of a rural lifestyle without missing out on the excitement and opportunities presented by the city, which at 45-50 mins away, still feels on our doorstep. We live a full and happy life.
Continuing a green family history
My father Barry Waldeck is an Australian horticultural icon who created a household name in his home state of Western Australia with a chain of leading garden centres, Waldeck Nurseries. In addition to his many and varied entrepreneurial exploits, my Dad was a pioneer of and tireless advocate for the broader horticultural industry, giving endless hours to industry associations including the NGIA, NGIWA, GCA and IGCA to name but a few.
An excerpt from the International Garden Centre News, June 2003, gives a snapshot of his lifelong contribution:
“The AGM of the Australian GCA held in Sydney during the NGIA Conference saw Barry Waldeck being awarded an Honorary Life Membership in GCA. Barry was one of the original founders of GCA, was its inaugural chairman and was responsible for its rebirth in 1994. Barry, in conjunction with Peter Trevarthen and Yates, started the GCA Awards, now the Australian Garden Industry Awards, and has been a mover and shaker over the years. Barry was also responsible for implementing the IGCA Congress in Australia in 1998, that not only put the GCA on the world map of garden centres but also put some much needed money into the “Australian coffer”. Congratulations, Barry!”
Sadly, my father passed away in 2003 and isn’t able to give me the gardening advice (solicited and unsolicited) that I know he would be itching to give. But it gives me great pleasure to, in some small way, continue his legacy whether in print, through the development of my own magnificent garden, or teaching my kids the joy of coaxing green life from soil. I hope to do him proud.