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Submission: Victorian Greens Animal Policy Review 2015

March 1, 2015 |

Following is a submission to the Victorian Greens Animals policy review as invited by email circulated in February 2015.Read More

Searching for halal

February 25, 2015 |

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 Christianity, her links to anti-halal food campaign and to the permaculture design … 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

Funding our permaculture: the question of accepting grants, or not

February 11, 2015 |

BILL MOLLISON once warned against reliance on government funding and grants, and he was right. They are there one year, gone the next. I don’t recall Bill saying not to accept grant funding, just to be wary of relying on … Read More

The household economy: time for reimagining?

February 11, 2015 |

I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING when she got the big drum out from the back of the cupboard.

“I”m going to bottle those cherries we got yesterday”, Fiona said. “So I’m cleaning up the kitchen first to make space. … Read More

Will anti-Islam link discredit Permaculture?

December 29, 2014 | 4

A Northern NSW “permaculture farmer” calling for a boycott of halal foods and linked with an alleged far-right anti-Islamic group could bring the permaculture design system into disrepute if her beliefs are taken to be representative of permaculture.Read More

From mountain to museum

December 29, 2014 | 1

I made these photos at Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk last week. They show some of the artefacts used by a Tasmanian Bushwalker of the 1960s and 1970s.Read More

The Network: community gardens as makerspaces

November 19, 2014 |

Community gardeners — they’re a community of practice long a part of the fair food movement in Australia…Read More

Needed: Simple, focused, tangible goals

November 12, 2014 |

THE FAIR FOOD MOVEMENT is diverse and fractured. It is made up of small organisations each pursuing their own goals that in some cases are too lofty for poorly-resourced groups to achieve, while in other cases those organisations are going … Read More

A meal fit for Eco Heroes

October 19, 2014 |

A STRANGELY CONVOLUTED CARROT caused much amusement at yesterday’s Eco Heroes Club for 5-11 year olds at Randwick Community Centre in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

I’m uncertain of the vegetable’s origins but the rest of the food for the Eco Heroes … Read More

Fresh from the box

October 14, 2014 |

HELLO!

Someone calls from the open door.

Fiona goes to see who it is. “Oh, hi… it’s our Ooooby delivery. Thanks for that”, she says as she takes two large, brown cardboard boxes from him.

“Enjoy it”, says the delivery … Read More

An insectlike approach to planning

October 2, 2014 |

Advocacy and insects… strange fellow-travellers, for sure, but they really are related.

It’s not any old insect I’m referring to, it’s a special insect — the dragonfly. Why this? Because the dragonfly is configured to be highly manoeuvrable… it’s omnidirectional… … Read More

5 points to Fair Food Week

October 2, 2014 |

IT’S only a couple of weeks to Fair Food Week 2014 so I thought I would say something about why and how the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) started it.

I’ll do that through a 5-point planning process. That’s a … Read More

Yes or no? Responding to interview requests

October 1, 2014 | 1

NOT LONG AGO I was interviewed by a woman researching community gardening. At the end of the interview I encouraged her to publish her research online so that anyone, including the community gardeners whom she was interviewing, could benefit from … Read More

Randwick’s Ecoliving Fair — same but different

September 17, 2014 |

FEARS OF RAIN dissipated with last week’s cloudy skies, wet and cold as last Sunday morning a warm sun shone on the Randwick Community Centre where Randwick Council’s annual Ecoliving Fair had set up.

I spent a little time … Read More

The authentic — and sweet — taste of Sydney

September 15, 2014 |

HUNGRY? Got an urge for something tasty, something sweet?

“Well, how about something that’s authentically urban too?”, I say.

“Urban… sweet… food… just how do these very different properties fit together?”, replies Lynn.

“Answering that question is easy”, … Read More

A Weedy walk with Diego

September 14, 2014 |

DIEGO BONETTO is a man who knows weeds. He also knows that what some people call weeds others call crops. Or, at least, forage food and wild pharmaceuticals.

I went with Diego this afternoon for a weedy walk through Randwick … Read More