Collecting and using local resources
There are two parts to this principle: the using and the valuing. It's important that we address both. For instance, we can value rain, but unless we use it, we'll need to rely on more energy intensive methods to have access to water. Conversely, if we use water without valuing it, we will one day run out and wonder where it all went.
I heard about a second-hand water tank that was for sale that suited my needs. It was manufactured in Seymour, but needed to be picked up from Broadford, about 20km away. Fortunately for me, my mate Brian has had some experience moving such things and has some great knot tying skills; he gave me a hand. Soon we will be able to collect rainwater (after we build a roof to collect it) to use on site.
I've been collecting all manner of natural resources on site. Piles are growing, moving and being used. Here are a few of the things that I've been collecting:
Red Gum sawdust for composting
Top soil for garden beds
Sub soil for landscaping
Tiles from deconstruction (not exactly a natural resource, but a resource all the same) - still trying to figure out a good re-use for these
Also sourced on site, concrete path sections which may later become a permeable driveway
Packing sand, mined from the nearby river
A couple of wheely bins sourced from the creek across the road - to be used for composting
and second-hand bricks, sourced locally