Rusty Harris, Musician, visionary, Permaculturist, Grandfather and Earth Defender, instantly recognizable from the extraordinarily popular "The Earth is to be a Garden" postcard, has released a C.D. of the same title, which tells the story of the motivation and experiences behind the message.
Rusty is a true freedom fighter putting the welfare of mother earth before anything else. He lives with his beautiful wife Gitta and his 2 sons on a small plot of land near Nimbin in northern NSW.
Rusty Harris, The Earth is to be a Garden
Inspired by Rusty's experiences with the 'golden baby" entities. Rusty's "The earth is to be a garden" postcard has been sent all over the world, over 15'000 so far!
Postcards are available in quantities of 10, 50 and 100 Prices for the postcards are as follows:
If ordering from Australia
AUD $15.00; 10 Postcards including postage in Australia
AUD $60.00; 50 Postcards including postage in Australia
AUD $100.00; 100 Postcards including postage in Australia
If ordering from Outside Australia
AUD $17.50; 10 Postcards including postage worldwide
AUD $65.00; 50 Postcards including postage worldwide
AUD $110.00; 100 Postcards including postage worldwide
This extraordinary experience has led Rusty on an amazing journey, from Nimbin to Israel, Rusty's C.D telling the story in words and music has just been released, and a book is due for release soon.
CD The Earth Is To Be A Garden
AUD$19.95 including shipping worldwide
The C.D. tells the story of the Golden Babies - spirit entities that are to be born into human bodies, but are too afraid to enter this world in its present tumultuous state - they call for our help to spread the message, "the earth is to be a garden".
Rusty has created a novel series of what he calls "Protest Stamps." They are of course not legal tender which means you cannot legally use them as postage stamps. However they are still very popular and there have been reports of people using them successfully to send mail. We leave it up to your imagination.
There are 3 stamps currently in the series. These stamps are available only in single or multiple sheets of 30.
Free Green Bundjalung
1 Sheet of 50 cent Protest Stamps (30 stamps) AUD $15.00 including postage worldwide
1 Sheet of $1 Protest Stamps (30 stamps) AUD $30.00 including postage worldwide
The Earth is to be a Garden
1 Sheet of 50 cent Protest Stamps (30 stamps) AUD $15.00 including postage worldwide
Rusty of course will graciously accept any donations to his wonderful cause.
If you'd like to help further his mission then just click on the button below.
In this time of change and realisation of the fragility of our world Rusty's message is timely and his passion for peace inspirational.
For more information on Rusty please visit the following web site.
The most popular postcard sold in the HEMP Embassy is a colour photo shot of Rusty's beautiful, prophet's face smiling up to the heavens from amongst a bush of budding ganja. The caption reads "Earth is to be a Garden." In two years Rusty has sold 10,000 of these and international travellers bring us reports of having seen it in such diverse places like on the dashboard of a Budapest taxi cab.
Rusty lives on the edge of prophecy. For over ten years now he has been getting UFO visits, inspired dreams and messages from God. The key message and the life mission that brought him to the Rainbow Region is: "Make the Earth a garden". With Gitte his partner he created an organic garden at Barkers Vale, brought in WWOOFers, grew herbs and vegies and, with vast energy and commitment, sustained himself and his family off the land, proudly without the dole.
Rusty looks and acts like a prophet. Black piercing eyes, dark skin, huge mane and beard once black now streaked with grey, strong upright bearing (he is an advanced Tai Kwon Do exponent) and wild appearance, he is nothing if not arresting to the eye.
The darkest hours of the Battle of Timbarra were when Ross Mining first occupied the Timbarra mining lease in August 1998. Government agencies, police and the courts were aligned in favour of the mine, the media were silent and the defenders of Timbarra had to rally bodies to the top of a mountain at the beginning of winter in a forest some 200 km from Nimbin. It was a time of deep despair.
David Mundine, spokesperson for the Tenterfield Bunjalungs who contested the Native Title compensation, met Rusty at the September Channon market and asked him to help. Rusty was up and into it, the prophetic warrior was defending God's garden. He packed his video camera into his 4WD, rallied his friends in Nimbin, literally pulling them off Cullen Street, piling them in and charging off, a man with a mission.
Into the Breech
At Timbarra Mountain they found the mine security were manning an illegal block on a public road leading to the mine. Rusty, a former professional personal security provider (Jimmy Barnes, Johnny Farnham, David Bowie etc), knew his law in this regard. With the video camera to one eye and in the face of the security, he demanded to know their names and licence numbers. They ignored his demands, radioed for the police and, preparing for his arrest, attempted to confiscate his car keys. In the altercation that followed two security were laid out.
The mine was determined to play tough at the perimeter and we know now that Sandline-style mercenaries were hired. The identity of the security personnel and their licences never were revealed even though Rusty was subsequently charged with assault.
Rusty took another expedition to the mine to record the damage done clearing the site and came upon a newly set up, welded-steel gate across the public road, the concrete footings still wet. His crew of 12 threw themselves at the gate in a fury. They bashed it, hacked at it with saws, and tugged at it with the 4WD while the mine security looked on. To everyone's amazement, the gate gave way and Rusty dragged it away down the hill and dumped it.
Later that day Rusty trekked through the bush, entered the mine perimeter, videoed the destruction and drove the tape to Lismore. Prime TV and NBN broadcast the pictures and so the first TV news of the resistance hit the screens.
From that moment Rusty and his crew were marked men and women. The mine in complicity with the Glenn Innes Police Command and local redneck land owners planned an operation to teach them a lesson in terror.
The Police told Rusty and other protesters that they wanted a meeting on the Timbarra Mountain on the next Monday, 19 October, to negotiate the conduct of the protest. The meeting was a ruse. When Rusty returned to the mountain on the Monday carrying food, warm clothes and blankets (many had come poorly prepared for the conditions), he found the road to the mine blocked by felled trees.
He estimates that he and his crew cut through at least thirty felled trees with the chain saw he was carrying - all the time frantic with worry about the safety of his friends cut off on the mountain top. He had good cause to worry because, at the time, the police were attacking the protesters on the mountain with batons. When the chain saw had become blunt and useless, Rusty and crew noticed that trees were being felled across the road down behind them.
It was a trap. An ambush!
They went at once to confront the tree fellers, Rusty leading, young Hawk beside and Peter Pumpkin with a video camera to his eye. The six tree fellers attacked Rusty and Hawk with clubs, fists and boots and flogged them.
Rusty was hit over the head and beaten to a squatting position. He remembers thinking that if he didn't rise he would be dead. His hand grasped a small sapling at his side and he rose wrenching it, and his life, out of the Earth. This fierce eruption of spirit and the swing of the sapling surprised the attackers. Rusty watched, as if in slow motion, the arch of the living green in the sky, watched his hand let it go and, in a single motion, come down and bring out, and up, his bush knife. "Now your turn, bastards!", he exclaimed. The attackers fled.
Rusty was badly bruised, a big lump on his head. Young Hawk was seriously injured with ruptured guts and then complications in surgery. It has been a slow recovery for him.
This attack turned the tide on the miners. The TV news, the front page photos and the home videos with the raw facts from the front demonstrated that this was the place to be if one wanted to defend the Earth. From this point on resistance at the perimeter grew and grew. Green organisations in Sydney were soon taking bus loads to the action. The National Union of Students backed it and the lead national conservation organisations like the ACF, identified Timbarra as a green action of national significance, up there with Jabiluka.
The Glen Innes Command Police backed away from the fascist tactics. I heard a story of one officer, faced with video evidence and ombudsman's questions to answer, personally apologising to the protesters, tears in his eyes. Such is the power of non-violent witness.
After the bashing and the court cases (Rusty was charged with assault on the security guards but no charges have yet been laid against his assailants), he was prevented by bail conditions from returning to Timbarra. He had to watch the big Timbarra Festival Rally on video. He wept when he saw fellow eco-warrior, Lawrence, who was also on a bail restraining order, rescued from arrest by a determined tug-o-war by the crowd.
Soon after, Rusty got another divine message, from a host of "golden babies" this time, to go to Israel and tell his story.
Feted in Israel
He used the money from his postcards to pay for his fares to Israel and packed one small shoulder bag which included 2000 postcards to use as business cards and to sell on the journey.
In Israel, land of the prophets, land of rocks yearning to become a garden, he was feted, first at a UFO conference, then at the Shantipi Music Festival - a 4 day music festival outside of Tel Aviv. (Byron band, Kangaroo Moon, was there and blew the crowd away).
He spoke from the main stage to 25,000 people and sang the Timbarra song; "We love our mother earth/For what she's really worth./The story should be told/That water is more precious than gold."
The crowd, a vast sea of youthful idealism, received his spirit. Rusty recalls that when he came down from that stage people from all over the planet came and embraced him as a brother. A trail to Nimbin is now being beaten by young Israelis who come seeking Rusty.
So he was passed from host to host, guru to guru, in Israel and taken to the Wailing Wall. He told me he felt it vibrate against his forehead as he invoked the fierce Hebrew God to save Timbarra.
Big magic was aligned against Ross Mining and it was stuck, caught by its arrogance and greed, between a rock and hard place. Haemorrhaging legal and security costs, dogged by start-up delays caused by the extended rains and all the while the price of gold plummeting. On the Sydney Stock Exchange, Ross Mining shares dropped from $2.80 to 43 cents over two years.
The defeat represents a great victory for people power in the Rainbow Region, for Native Title, for the Earth First-ers, for the trees and clean water. The victory is also a watershed in watershed politics and bioregionalism.
All praise to the courage and great love of the Timbarra warriors. All praise to those who stand by them for the strain on the family of heroes is huge.
Rusty's partner Gitte held the garden and the family together (two small boys with Rusty's energy!) while Rusty took off in the family car, risked his life, blew the family savings on saving the Earth, and followed his prophetic passions. Gitte grew more thin, stressed and neglected as Rusty grew inflated with spirit. Crash! in the desert went Rusty when he got the message esp.
He rushed home and, when the news of Ross Mining's capitulation arrived, he was busy cultivating the home garden. Neglect of the home garden is one of the strains and hazards of social action. The garden of the heart is the most important garden we ever have.