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PacificEdge | August 29, 2014

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Four books for inspiration

August 9, 2014 |

FOUR large format books, four large inspirational books. Let’s start with Marrickville Backyards.

For those that don’t know (really, are there any that don’t?), Marrickville is a suburb in Sydney’s Inner West, more or less on the outer part of … Read More

Shelter most basic

August 6, 2014 |

A SLEEPER CURLS UP SEEKING WARMTH in an overnight camp in the wet eucalypt forests of the Picton in south east Tasmania.

I don’t recall whether it was evening or early next morning that I made this photograph, probably on … Read More

Goodbye Fotopedia — it’s been a nice try

August 1, 2014 |

IT’S TAKEN THE CLOSURE of Fotopedia to demonstrate yet again how difficult it is to turn a good idea into an economically viable online business.

Notice of Fotopedia’s closing was circulated at the end of July and it took me, … Read More

The household solution — too small to push change?

July 30, 2014 | 5

I RECEIVED an email from Permaculture Australia recently promoting online videos of Nicole Foss and David Holmgren. So I took a look. The email made reference to their recent Sydney event that I missed, so I don’t know whether the … Read More

New software promises decentralised solution to buying food

July 24, 2014 |

Down Melbourne way they’re cooking up something interesting, innovative and digital when it comes to food… something that will create connections between food producers and the people who buy what they grow…Read More

It’s Tuesday — and it’s Ooooby delivery day

July 22, 2014 |

KNOCK knock!

Fiona opens the door.

“We’re doing Ooooby deliveries Tuesday morning now. They put a second driver on”, the man says.

So, I wonder, does that indicate Ooooby (Out Of Our Own Back Yards) is increasing its customer base?

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Movie of a troubled life

July 20, 2014 |

IT WAS WHEN I was living in Byron Bay, and when in earlier times I would stay at the community atop the rainforest escarpment above Broken Head where my partner lived among the carpet pythons, the brown tree snakes and … Read More

Supermarket food waste in public eye — again

July 16, 2014 |

CARROTS rejected by supermarkets because they aren’t orange enough or straight enough? Avocados turned down because of some minor skin blemish? This is the cost of supermarket buying policy that rejects between 20 and 40 percent of the fruit and … Read More

Press three times for food

July 14, 2014 |

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE to press a few buttons on your mobile device and have food — lunch and dinner — in front of you in 15 minutes? Food, that is, not pizza from down the road. Food — organic, … Read More

In the deep green

July 12, 2014 |

A WOMAN wanders through a forest garden in the green light cast by the tree canopy. It’s quiet in here. Shadows are deep. Small creatures in the leaf little are heard rather than seen. Unknown birds call. Bees buzz. Insects … Read More

Storehouse photo essays

July 5, 2014 |

Check out my latest iPad photo essays on Storehouse:
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Defending civic agriculture

July 4, 2014 |

This article was written for the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network following criticism in February 2014 of community food gardening and farmers’ markets by a representative body of the vegetable industry.


IN MID-FEBRUARY 2014, community gardeners around … Read More

The farmbots are coming — and farming will be changed forever

July 4, 2014 | 2

FARMING and technology, like nature and machines, are popularly portrayed as polar opposites. This, however, is already far from the reality and will be even more so in future because of something new — the farmbots are coming…Read More

A literature of past possibilites

July 4, 2014 | 1

THE BOOKS YOU SEE in the composite illustration accompanying this story link past and present. They link what was a pioneering social experiment with its refined, socially safer version developed initially by permaculture people.

I’m talking about people leaving the … Read More

The wild harvest — food from the streets

June 30, 2014 |

THERE’S a wild harvest out there in our cities, if you know where to look. Around here, where I live in Sydney’s coastal Eastern Suburbs, it’s that time of year when the lillipilly start to fruit and the loquat come … Read More

Farmer organisation allies with questionable legislation

June 29, 2014 |

JUST AS BRIDGES were being built between farmers and a largely urban fair foods movement, a Tasmanian farmers’ organisation has supported legislation that could break them.

Support for Tasmania’s draconian Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill by the Tasmanian Farmers and … Read More

Everyday life

June 11, 2014 |

IN A SCENE FROM THE EVERY DAY…. a woman makes her way along a quiet Randwick street as the afternoon sun falls towards the horizon and casts the world into silhouette.

Scenes such as this bring a certain contentment when … Read More

Memories tumble like sweets from a jar

June 8, 2014 |

THINGS ARE NEVER quite the same when you return. They are similar, but not quite as you remember. There’s always something different… something you can’t quite put your finger on. That’s how it was when I returned to the rocking … Read More

Council takes initiative in education for local growing

June 6, 2014 |

JENNIFER ALDEN, the Victorian food consultant, gave me the book just a few weeks ago — a little A5-size publication with a photo of a bright red strawberry on the cover and the logo of the City of Greater Bendigo … Read More

A distant voice calls from permaculture’s dawn time

June 4, 2014 |

SOMETIMES, the best discoveries are made by accident. I was rummaging through the library of an international development organisation I was working for at the time — that time being the latter half of the 1990s — when I discovered … Read More

Peter Matthiessen, writer – farewell & thanks

May 26, 2014 |

I’VE READ ONLY one book by Peter Matthiessen, and that was some time in the 1980s. It was his tale of wandering in search of the fabled Himalayan animal, the snow leopard, portrayed in his 1978 book of the same … Read More

Rebuilding the Foodshed — the book

April 27, 2014 |

THERE’s a lot in Philip Ackerman-Leist’s book, Rebuilding the Foodshed, but don’t expect to come away from reading it with a formula to go and create a viable local food system…Read More