From Little Things Big Things Grow

It is such a cliche phrase. If you’re thinking of the Australian Super TV ad now and are singing in your head “from.. little things… big things.. groooow” then I’m sorry. Haha you’re not going to get that song out of your head again! …Oh damn, neither am I.

It is indeed such a cliche phrase, but it is also very true.

When I hatched out my chickens the tiny fluff balls looked way too small to ever be a fully grown chicken. They’ve just come out of an egg and are supposed to be big enough to lay eggs themselves? No way! They looked way too small for the box I’d set up for them in the laundry. It didn’t take long for them to outgrow that. Only a few weeks  on and they were pretty much fully grown. A few months later and I had grown up chooks that popped out normal sized eggs. Woah, how did that happen! From little things big things grow.

Just hatched

Just hatched

One of my little chicks

My favourite chicken Diplo (short for Diplomat)

My chicken Diplo fully grown

The other “woah” moment I get is when I plant seeds. Last week I was pottering around the garden, carefully putting tiny seeds in my veggie patch. How the hell will they ever grow into a plant that can give me real food and fill me up? I mean the seed is so tiny, if I was to eat it as it was it would make no difference whatsoever to my body. That little seed, by itself is worth nothing. But give it some good soil, water and sunshine and it will soon grown into a formidable plant that produces more food than I could eat, as well as producing many more seeds that can then start the life cycle again. Crazy. From little things big things grow.


My veggie patch a couple of years ago. The huge chilli bush kept me going for years!

My veggie patch a couple of years ago. The huge chilli bush kept me going for years!


Just yesterday I finished listening to the audio-book version of Sir Richard Branson’s “Business stripped bare” – a very good book. For a billionaire who’s the founder of the Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Records and all the other Virgin companies he actually sounds like a very cool and down to earth guy. Amongst other things he was talking about climate change and the pressing issues we have at hand. One thing that he said which empowered me greatly and made me proud of our little ventures here in Meekatharra was this:

We can do something about climate change. We just have to lose our fear of it. We have been frozen in horror and denial for too long. We have to act. No one is asking you to save the planet. Just dream up and work on a couple of good ideas. No one expects you to find a global solution to everything – just make a difference where you can. Local solutions have a value in themselves and some can be scaled up. So it doesn’t matter how modest your budget – you can and will make a difference.


Sometimes I listen to reports on climate change and how, in order to stop global warming at a relatively “safe” level, we’d have to build crazy amounts of wind and solar plants and how even that is not going to cut it and that we really need some not-yet-invented-super-efficient-technology. That, combined with our seemingly unstoppable population boom and the challenges that come with it, sometimes leaves me quite hopeless. What does my little compost pile in my backyard matter? I may be super proud of not adding my table scraps to landfill, but how is that even relevant in the great scheme of things? Great, we’ve recycled a few people’s aluminium cans and cardboard, but compared to the global number of cans going to landfill our little project is like a drop in the ocean.

Then I was reminded of the starfish story:

Starfish Story

I know my Bokashi bucket is not going to stop climate change. I know that, even if Meeka Goes Green grew big enough to pull all recyclables out of the town’s rubbish stream going to our local landfill it would hardly make a difference compared to the huge huge huge amounts of waste produced globally. But who knows? Maybe our Meeka Goes Green model could be rolled out to other regional towns so that maybe one day the majority of Western Australia’s towns are recycling everything they can. Would that make a difference? I’d say so. Maybe somebody somewhere is reading this blog and decides to give Bokashi buckets a go for food waste recycling. Who knows? Maybe that person has a friend who owns a restaurant chain who will then start to turn thousands of kilos of food scraps into compost. Would that make a difference? I reckon.

From little things big things grow.

From little thingsbig things grow

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