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PacificEdge | October 1, 2014

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Yes or no? Responding to interview requests

October 1, 2014 |

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

Shelter most basic

August 6, 2014 |

A SLEEPER CURLS UP SEEKING WARMTH in an overnight camp in the wet eucalypt forests of the Picton in south east Tasmania.

I don’t recall whether it was evening or early next morning that I made this photograph, probably on … Read More

Goodbye Fotopedia — it’s been a nice try

August 1, 2014 |

IT’S TAKEN THE CLOSURE of Fotopedia to demonstrate yet again how difficult it is to turn a good idea into an economically viable online business.

Notice of Fotopedia’s closing was circulated at the end of July and it took me, … Read More

The household solution — too small to push change?

July 30, 2014 | 5

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

New software promises decentralised solution to buying food

July 24, 2014 |

Down Melbourne way they’re cooking up something interesting, innovative and digital when it comes to food… something that will create connections between food producers and the people who buy what they grow…Read More

It’s Tuesday — and it’s Ooooby delivery day

July 22, 2014 |

KNOCK knock!

Fiona opens the door.

“We’re doing Ooooby deliveries Tuesday morning now. They put a second driver on”, the man says.

So, I wonder, does that indicate Ooooby (Out Of Our Own Back Yards) is increasing its customer base?

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Movie of a troubled life

July 20, 2014 |

IT WAS WHEN I was living in Byron Bay, and when in earlier times I would stay at the community atop the rainforest escarpment above Broken Head where my partner lived among the carpet pythons, the brown tree snakes and … Read More

Supermarket food waste in public eye — again

July 16, 2014 |

CARROTS rejected by supermarkets because they aren’t orange enough or straight enough? Avocados turned down because of some minor skin blemish? This is the cost of supermarket buying policy that rejects between 20 and 40 percent of the fruit and … Read More

Press three times for food

July 14, 2014 |

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE to press a few buttons on your mobile device and have food — lunch and dinner — in front of you in 15 minutes? Food, that is, not pizza from down the road. Food — organic, … Read More

In the deep green

July 12, 2014 |

A WOMAN wanders through a forest garden in the green light cast by the tree canopy. It’s quiet in here. Shadows are deep. Small creatures in the leaf little are heard rather than seen. Unknown birds call. Bees buzz. Insects … Read More

Storehouse photo essays

July 5, 2014 |

Check out my latest iPad photo essays on Storehouse:
https://www.storehouse.coRead More

Defending civic agriculture

July 4, 2014 |

This article was written for the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network following criticism in February 2014 of community food gardening and farmers’ markets by a representative body of the vegetable industry.

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IN MID-FEBRUARY 2014, community gardeners around … Read More

The farmbots are coming — and farming will be changed forever

July 4, 2014 | 2

FARMING and technology, like nature and machines, are popularly portrayed as polar opposites. This, however, is already far from the reality and will be even more so in future because of something new — the farmbots are coming…Read More

A literature of past possibilites

July 4, 2014 | 1

THE BOOKS YOU SEE in the composite illustration accompanying this story link past and present. They link what was a pioneering social experiment with its refined, socially safer version developed initially by permaculture people.

I’m talking about people leaving the … Read More