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PacificEdge | January 31, 2015

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Will anti-Islam link discredit Permaculture?

December 29, 2014 | 1

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 household solution — too small to push change?

November 25, 2014 | 6

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

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 |


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 insect’s 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

Open Farms takes solution from Cold War

September 7, 2014 |

A Cold War initiative might offer an alternative to proposed draconian, ‘ag-gag’ laws being pushed by state governments and farmer organisations in South Australia and Tasmania.Read More

Farms — for agriculture or tourists?

September 7, 2014 |

SOMETIMES, you stumble on an interesting story by accident. A story that has some resonance with your own experience. A story that makes you think. That happened this morning when I was looking at the timeline of a Facebook link … Read More

Time to ensure permaculture internships not exploitative

September 4, 2014 | 1

IF THERE IS A TIME for permaculture people who offer internships on their properties to ensure that their arrangements with unpaid workers are fair and not exploitative, that time is now.Read More

Internships in permaculture — exploitation or opportunity?

September 3, 2014 | 3

A RECENT POSTING on the Permaculture Australia-New Zealand and Permaculture Victoria Facebooks by Melbourne-based permaculture practitioner, Miriam Bakst, raises an important question for permaculture’s reputation.

WHAT’S LEGAL? Miriam asks whether permaculture practitioners engaging interns could be breaking the law. It … Read More

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