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PacificEdge | October 7, 2015

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The OM1 — a photographic tool for the mountain walker

October 5, 2015 |

Twice now, Olympus has solved the camera weight and bulk issue for bushwalking photographers…Read More

Will a new educational centre diversify or increase competition in sustainability education?

October 2, 2015 | 1

The arrival of a questionnaire about how much the proposed Sydney City Farm should charge for its workshops raises the question of competition in community education and of local government’s role in offering it…Read More

Permaculture publishing: New edition supported by coffee-led publishing

October 2, 2015 |

Coffee and publishing seem a strange combination. But not when it comes to The Tropical Permaculture Handbook…Read More

Workshop introduces renovating the permaculture way

October 1, 2015 |

Using permaculture principles as a guide to home renovation was the theme of a community workshop at Randwick Sustainability Hub…Read More

The Community Food Movement: Sydney Environment Institute’s seminar explores movement’s needs

September 26, 2015 |

The Community Food Movement: In linking the academic discussion around community food systems, a Sydney Environment Institute seminar highlights the need to evaluate what we do and for communication to bring together a fractured movement…Read More

The Community Food Movement: Seminar highlights disconnect between local government & food security

September 26, 2015 |

The Community Food Movement: What is the role of local government in providing food security? A Sydney University seminar highlights the disconnect between local government, food secutity and food sovereignty…Read More

If a monkey takes a photograph, does it own the copyright?

September 25, 2015 |

Can a monkey own copyright to a photo it made? That’s the claim of animal rights lobby PETA which wants to manage funds coming from licencing the image for itself…Read More

PIP-ping along nicely — another edition of the magazine is in your mailbox

September 23, 2015 |

I opened a large envenope the other day and out slid the latest edition of Pip magazine. Now with four editions behind it, Australia’s only permaculture print magazine is becomning a stayer…Read More

Permaculture course too expensive? Let’s add up the real costs

September 23, 2015 | 2

Do educators offering permaculture design courses overcharge or do those who say so miss the hidden costs? Read More

The Community Food Movement: Food security — whose responsibility?

September 20, 2015 |

A recent article by farmer, Tammi Jonas on the website of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance raises issues about our dual food system…Read More

The Community Food Movement: The birth of AFSA

September 12, 2015 |

THE COMMUNITY FOOD MOVEMENT— In late 2010 in response to a federal government proposal for a national food plan, a new organisation came into being to redirect government bias towards big agribusiness…Read More

The Community Food Movement: The coming of the advocates

September 6, 2015 |

THE COMMUNITY FOOD MOVEMENT — the arrival of food advocacy organisations signifies that food in Australia is now an economic and political issue.Read More

The Community Food Movement: The social precursors

September 6, 2015 |

THE COMMUNITY FOOD MOVEMENT — It is to earlier social movements that we look for the origins of today’s community food movement.Read More

Liberation Permaculture: a response to Nicole Vosper and Graham Burnett

August 28, 2015 |

This is a response to an article about what Nicole Vosper and Graham Burnett call ‘Liberation Permaculture’ in their article on the UK Permaculture magazine website…Read More

John Percy — a final farewell

August 26, 2015 |

We said goodbye to John yesterday afternoon. Around 100 gathered in the restored Art Deco ambience of a room in Erskineville Town Hall to hear reflections on John Percy’s life from his family and from those who had worked with him… Read More

Cruelty allegations and supply cancellations highlight practices on supposedly sustainable farms

August 20, 2015 |

The adventure sports corporation Patagonia’s dropping wool sourcing arrangements with Argentine farmers over alleged cruelty signals that farmers need to reconsider their farming operations when seeking new markets…Read More

Time to say farewell to the last of the troika

August 20, 2015 | 1

With the passing of John Percy we lose the last of the troika who started the New Left in Australia…Read More

POLL: Is Transition Towns a movement in decline?

July 29, 2015 | 9

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