Well if you are talking about the Blue Mountains, then lucky you!
It sounds like you have made a huge difference to the state of your garden. Good on you.
You have come to the right place to talk alternative power and chooks. The forum is only new as you can see, but we will get it moving. There's also the main website www livingoffthegrid com au where you can find more into. My girls love our chooks and I love their poo and eggs! Don't like their poo on the back deck though.
Looking forward to getting to know you better and learning from your green thumb.