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PacificEdge | August 3, 2015

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POLL: Is Transition Towns a movement in decline?

July 29, 2015 | 3

TODAY I’m asking for your opinion. My question is this: is the Transition Town movement a declining force in Australia?

Here’s the questions. You can answer quickly with a YES, NO or MAYBE or you can answer at length giving your own impressions, opinions and observations…Read More

Nature’s cycles turn, and life comes back

July 28, 2015 |

“THE SWANS have returned… the same two that were here before”, said the woman who stopped to chat while we were working in the Permaculture Interpretive Garden.Read More

Photo essays on Adobe Slate — 2015

July 25, 2015 |

Check out my latest iPad photo essays on Adobe Slate for 2015Read More

Vote preserves freedom for photographers

July 12, 2015 | 1

IN AUSTRALIA, photographers professional, editorial and amateur enjoy a freedom that was almost taken away from our European counterparts — our freedom to photograph any building, structure, person — anything — that is visible in or from a public place, and publish the images.Read More

Action needed now to stop farm labour exploitation

June 23, 2015 |

IN HER ARTICLE on the website of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, following the ABC TV 4 Corners revelations of 417 visa holders being exploited by unscrupulous labour hire companies and farmers, Tammi Jonas, herself a farmer, calls for a reform … Read More

June 2015 news summary: A new platform for open food, a dairy farm restart, moving forward at Callan Park

June 23, 2015 |

SOMETIMES THERE’S A DELUGE of news and its hard to keep up with it. That’s what it’s been like this past week or so. 

In contrast to the serial reporting of bad and alarming news in the old and tired … Read More

Community food growers converge on Rose Bay

June 7, 2015 |

IT WAS A FINE, late Autumn Sunday when Sydney community gardeners converged on Rose Bay Commuity Garden in harbourside Sydney. There, the good folk at the newish Rose Bay Community Garden were hosting the seasonal gathering of the Sydney convivium … Read More

A new classroom for Randwick

June 7, 2015 |

IT MUST BE A GOOD JOB to have, building new assets for council that create new opportunities for the local  community.

That’s Fiona Campbell’s lot in Randwick where, on the edge of the grassy patch known as the village green, … Read More

Conversation, conviviality and a food forest in the city — a fine place for a meeting

June 7, 2015 |

AN URBAN FOOD FOREST was a fine venue for the  2015 national gathering of the Australian City Farms & Commuhity Gardens Network. There, in a comfortable, solar powered, cement-rendered strawbale community building, the group met to discuss initiatives for the … Read More

Local government reform necessary to urban agriculture’s future

June 7, 2015 |

It is time for reform of local government’s handling of community food initiatives on public land. It is time, too, to reform councils’ handling of complaints about those enterprises…Read More

When the bees came to town

June 5, 2015 |

THERE IS A FASCINATION with bees and it is to do with more than eating the honey they produce. The decimation of overseas beehives by a new disease, the origin of which is still being worked out, contributes to this … Read More

Like bees around a hive

June 4, 2015 |

Bees are important insects for our urban ecology and there’s no shortage of people wanting to learn about them…
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Learning to create our new nature in the city…

May 31, 2015 |

AS THE COURSE PARTICIPANTS ARRIVE for the class they open jars containing soil samples from their gardens. These they tip onto small, white plastic panels. Opening a bottle of dark purple reagent, they squeeze a little onto their samples and, using … Read More

Just a minor aero accident…

May 17, 2015 |

THE NEW CLASSROOM at Randwick Community Centre yesterday experienced its first, and hopefully only, aircraft accident.   It went like this…   I was with Fiona and we were walking across to open the new classroom on the village green at … Read More

The structure of plants

May 9, 2015 |

HERE YOU SEE the above and below ground parts of a plant.

You can see the taproot that goes deep into the ground as the plant grows. This enables the plant to harvest deeper-lying nutrients and moisture in the soil. … Read More

The day the music died

April 30, 2015 |

I’M SURE THE MUSIC will start to play in your head as soon as you read this: “They were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie… “….

AFTER 43 YEARS

It’s amazing how music stays with us, how a song released these … Read More

In our cities, wild nature becomes new nature

April 26, 2015 |

WHEN Ben Schmitz interviewed me for his research last week, we noticed how urban nature is now new nature.

What I mean by this … Read More

In  2025, what will your kids be doing for a living?

March 20, 2015 |

This is a story inspired by the article:

The iEverything and the Redistribution Imperative: http://robertreich.org/post/113801138315

The link to the article was circulated on social media by farmer and fair food advocate, Michael Croft.

THIS IS another article in a growing … Read More

A new apple future for Tasmania – any hope?

March 18, 2015 |

MY ARRIVAL in Tasmania coincided with the collapse of the state’s apple industry. I remember it… farmers in despair as their orchards rapidly fell in value, people expressing their fears about the state’s farming future, lots of apples but … Read More

In the scrub, by the bay — a rediscovery

March 15, 2015 |

IT WAS AT THE END of 2104, December, when I accidentally rediscovered the Tyler family graves.

My discovery of them was back in the 1970s when I was with a group bushwalking down that way. The only person I recall … Read More

A food-filled evening with the teachers

March 1, 2015 |

KAREN raided her parent’s garden in Orange, a small city out on the flat lands of NSW’s middle western reaches. Then she hopped the fence to collect from the neighbour’s lemon and … Read More

Both inspiring and instructive: Vandana Shiva in Sydney

February 26, 2015 |

I ATTENDED two of global food sovereignty advocate, Vandana Shiva’s appearances in Sydney this February. It was the second event that I found most interesting, but more on that later.

To walk past the display tables at Vandana’s Friday evening … Read More

Searching for halal

February 25, 2015 |

Graphic: Peter Broelman. See more of Peter’s work: http://www.broelman.com.au Used with permission.

AFTER I WROTE an article about would-be politician, Kirralie Smith, who then wanted to stand for Fred Nile’s party that caters to those occupying the distant badlands of … Read More

Love your enemies… for they are a great source of humour

February 22, 2015 |

HOW TO CONFUSE YOUR ENEMIES… with their own hashtag…

Here’s something interesting that happened this month, and it demostrates the fine art of reframing arguments so as to turn them against their perpetrators.

The self-named Islamic State (IS), otherwise known … Read More

Skepticism, not emotion and fear the key to understanding GM food

February 18, 2015 |

OFF this Friday to hear Vendana Shiva. Never seen her live before but have seen her in a video session where she dominated the session and spoke over the other interviewee, who agreed with her on most things. Fairly unimpressed … Read More

Small and slow solutions: a principle too little, too late?

February 11, 2015 |

SMALL AND SLOW SOLUTIONS… permaculture principle or shibboleth?

A bit of both, I think. A good idea some of the time, but what about other times? Small of slow solutions might work when we’re establishing an ordhard, but in these … Read More