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PacificEdge | April 24, 2014

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April 21, 2014 |

WHAT a crew. Lives lived sometimes far apart. Linked through bonds of past work together. Far apart, but still friends.

It’s always good to meet up with friends and work colleagues who lives are spent in distant places. So it … Read More

How to fight off curcurbit infiltration

April 20, 2014 |

OH, those pumpkins!

Mounds of them, and all at the Randwick Community Organic Garden. Except, that is, for the two that we brought home after they were offered from the community garden’s surplus production.

We had gone to the garden … Read More

Open source comes to seeds — and, maybe, to GM?

April 19, 2014 |

SOMETHING NEW is coming to the seeds you plant in the US, where a group of scientists and food advocates has taken the open source model already used for software and 3D printer design and applied it to the living … Read More

A garden on wheels, a new kind of composter and a convivial meal

April 18, 2014 |

AMERICAN journalist and social activist, Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) said it on his 1919 visit to the then-new Soviet Union: “I have seen the future and it works.”

Like so many, Steffens would become disillusioned with the Soviet state, but … Read More

Connection remade

April 12, 2014 |

UNRULY might not be the right term to describe Robert Pekin. In fact, he’s anything but unruly if the success of Brisbane Food Connect is the measure. Casual, for sure. Unruly? Nope.

Robert started Brisbane Food Connect in 2005. An … Read More

Community gardens — coverage appreciated but quoting misses much

April 10, 2014 | 1

HIGHLIGHTING the value of community gardens is always a good thing, so the Sydney Morning Herald’s story (10 April 2014) in which Sydney restaurateur, Bill Granger, proposes that local government could do more to expand the number of gardens is … Read More

MUSHROOM SELLERS, Eveleigh Farmers’ Market

April 8, 2014 |

A DIVERSITY of mushrooms grown in the greater Sydney region are found Saturdays at inner-Sydney’s Eveleigh Farmers’ Market, among a broad diversity of foods both raw and processed.

The market is one of several that have appeared throughout the city … Read More

Science commentators clash on communication

April 7, 2014 | 1

IF WHAT an article in The Conversation claims is true, then I’m surprised. Surprised that someone of Tim Flannery’s standing appears to know so little about effective advocacy communications.

What’s all the flurry about? It’s an article by Rod Lamberts, … Read More

Out tumble apples, bananas and, unexpectedly… persimmon

April 7, 2014 |

APPLES, a hand and more of bananas and a plethora of persimmon tumbled out of the Oooooby food box as I prised it open after our last delivery. And I nearly forgot the glossy green limes so important to adding … Read More

The foodshed — an exploration

April 2, 2014 |

Story and photos: Russ Grayson

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.

‘Foodshed’ is a name … Read More

Herb seller

March 16, 2014 |

A herb seller offers produce from her farm at Farm Gate Market, Hobart.

The market operates Sundays from mid-morning and here you can top up on Tasmanian fruit and veges… even oysters… and get something tasty and ready to eat … Read More


March 5, 2014 |

The powerful storm has just passed over Sydney’s south eastern suburbs inspired me to go get my camera, plug in my recorder and document it…

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Grass house, Honiara, Solomon Islands

February 28, 2014 |

SHELTERED by a large mango and other trees, a grass house accommodates a family on the northern outskirts of Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Woven walls and palm leaf roof keep out the often-heavy rains and allow air circulate in this humid, … Read More

Meeting shows Transitioners a smart lot

February 28, 2014 |

Fact: most of the world’s people now live in cities.

Reality: more are going to do so — 75 percent of them within 35 years.

This makes it imperative that the Transition Towns movement scale-up what is already being done … Read More

Photo story documents olive harvest and processing

February 25, 2014 |

HARVESTING and processing olives to extract oil is the subject of an interesting photo essay recently posted on the photostory site, Storehouse.Read More

Orange’s apples come to the city

February 24, 2014 |

LAST SATURDAY, apples from Orange were on offer in Hyde Park, Sydney, and fresh and chilled they were too. Straight from the orchard the day before, according to the Taste of Orange woman who offered one to me …Read More

In Sydney, a new food enterprise

February 19, 2014 |

When Ooooby — Out Of Our Own Backyards — took over Food Connect Sydney I experienced a little reticence because here was a food system from Auckland, New Zealand, expanding to Sydney.Read More

Finding Miss Donna, accidentally

February 16, 2014 |

Creating our food culture…

I WOULDN’T USUALLY set foot in a skincare product shop, however something had attracted my partner’s interests so I followed her inside.

I’m glad I did. Looking around, I could see that herbal skincare is … Read More