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PacificEdge | March 4, 2021

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Council takes initiative in education for local growing

June 6, 2014 |

JENNIFER ALDEN, the Victorian food consultant, gave me the book just a few weeks ago — a little A5-size publication with a photo of a bright red strawberry on the cover and the logo of the City of Greater Bendigo … Read More

A journey, a conversation cafe, a garden

June 6, 2014 |

Some might call it preaching to the converted, my talk about the work of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance with Permaculture/Transition Blue Mountains there in the community centre in Lawson that night.Read More

Peter Matthiessen, writer – farewell & thanks

May 26, 2014 |

I’VE READ ONLY one book by Peter Matthiessen, and that was some time in the 1980s. It was his tale of wandering in search of the fabled Himalayan animal, the snow leopard, portrayed in his 1978 book of the same … Read More

Rebuilding the Foodshed — the book

April 27, 2014 |

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…Read More

Loomio — better decision making with technology

March 14, 2014 | | 2 Comments

IT’S NOT an uncommon experience – we join a group planning to do good work only to later leave disappointed with the group’s decision-making processes and poor interpersonal relations. As a US social change expert once said – the most … Read More

It’s all about… Changeology

March 11, 2014 |

IT WAS LATE SUMMER when thirty or so people gathered at the Randwick Community Centre for day one of the two day Changeology course with veteran social change educator, Les Robinson.

Les is a tall, fit-looking man of middle age … Read More

Forgotten islands

February 1, 2014 |

A Tasmanian journey…

LIKE THE AUTHOR, when I lived in Tasmania I too felt the allure of the Bass Strait islands. Unlike the author, changing circumstances prevented me doing anything about it. Now I get to look down on Flinders … Read More

Food security seminar looks at regional issues

December 16, 2013 |

It was a city already saturated from days of rain that those of us peering through the big windows of Blacktown Council’s Narimba room looked out over. A grey scene of low clouds scudding past, their dark mass frequently unleashing … Read More

Making a better block in Clovelly

October 29, 2013 |

FOR MONTHS they had been meeting and now, on the warm Sunday morning of October 27, they were ready. How many would turn up? Would it all go well? Would it be a success?

The transformation started. The trees arrived … Read More

Food security project leaves edible legacy at Macarthur

October 29, 2013 |

IT WAS A TALE of two farmers. The first came as a call from a Sydney region grower. Would Ronny like to come and collect some oranges? It was cheaper not to take them to market, said the grower. Two … Read More