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PacificEdge | October 24, 2014

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community food systems

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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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.

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My work in local government—a few thoughts

August 1, 2012 |

LOCAL GOVERNMENT—it’s the level of government closest to the people in Australia and it’s this situation that gives it its reputation. And that’s quite a variable reputation that spans the distance from appreciation to criticisms of excessive bureaucracy.

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Social planning comes first in community garden design

August 1, 2012 |

IT’S A COMMON BELIEF among people setting out to start a community garden that the first step is to find land, do a site analysis, do a design, build and start growing. Were it only so simple.

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Day 1: A ripping time as gardeners create edible footpath garden

June 6, 2012 |

IT WAS A RIPPING TIMEon the footpath garden adjacent to Barrett house in Randwick as we ripped out an ornamental monoculture to make way for an edible polyculture.

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Wet weather and hot soup at Sydney network MeetUP

June 5, 2012 |

RAIN DID NOT DETER THEM as they came from Camden, Paddington, Randwick, Bundeena, the Willoughby community gardens and the Permaculture Interpretive Garden in Randwick.

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A chat, good company and the launch of something new

April 1, 2012 |

The stories we tell make sense of and give meaning to our lives.

Costa’s father tells the story of the chook leaping into the feed barrel as he opened it. He tells the story of his flying days too, and of life in the countryside.

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Footpath planter gardens turn dull Waterloo space into colourful and productive place

March 25, 2012 |

IT COMBINED ELEMENTS of learning and doing, social benefit and placemaking. And it would go on the footpath in Waterloo.

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Something new and edible is coming to Woolloomooloo

March 24, 2012 |

IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING OF AN ADVENTURE  working with a new community garden group on their first project. You never know what to expect—so it’s best to expect nothing at all and that way you will be pleasantly surprised when things go well.

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Green Square Growers get going at The Tote

March 24, 2012 |

THESE URBAN FOOD ENTHUSIASTS call themselves Green Square Growers, and they’re a new group living adjacent to the brownfields that will soon house an additional 20,000 people in what s going to be a major urban renewal. Some live in Victoria Park, a large cluster of medium density apartments that offers a foretaste of what will appear in Green Square.

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