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This is What Gratitude Looks Like

December 18, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 8 comments | Author:

The act of preserving fruit, like gardening, is a hopeful act. It’s a gesture of goodwill to future meals that you plan to have, incorporating a since-past season’s bounty. It’s also darn repetitive (though some would call it calming, I suppose), all … Continued


Sydney City Farm needs a Farm Project Manager

December 17, 2014 | Farming, Permaculture, Urban Permaculture | 0 comments | Author:

Are you passionate about sustainability and urban agriculture? Are you good with people and communication? The emerging Sydney City Farm needs a Farm Project Manager, and we’d really, really love to see it be someone truly awesome. Based loosely on … Continued


Drill-powered Microfarming: Slow Tools for Humanity

December 15, 2014 | Farming, Grow It, Market Garden | 6 comments | Author:

The thing about farming on the small is that big machines just don’t make sense, and often aren’t affordable to your small, regenerative farming enterprise anyway. And yet, once you’ve brought 18 beds to a fine tilth to plant your … Continued


Foraging: Beaded Samphire (Glasswort)

December 11, 2014 | Food, Food & Fermentation, Foraging, Gardening | 5 comments | Author:

Discovering new edible plants in unexpected places is fast becoming one of my favourite pastimes. This week, we’ve been scouting our local ‘hood for beaded samphire. Beaded samphire (Sarcocornia quinqueflora) is also known as sea asparagus or beaded glasswort. It’s an edge … Continued


How to String up your Climbing Tomatoes – Two Methods

December 7, 2014 | Gardening, Grow It, Growing, Vegetable Gardening | 13 comments | Author:

String em up, baby! Climbing tomatoes often need a helping hand to reach their full potential. Here’s our two favourite methods for stringing up best ever backyard toms. Farm or patio, tomatoes are the go. I can’t imagine summer without them. In a … Continued


The Joel Salatin Effect in Australia

December 3, 2014 | Chickens, Design It, Ducks, Farming, Grow It, Raise It | 8 comments | Author:

So just how relevant or valuable IS an American farmer like Joel Salatin coming to Australia to talk small farm skills and enterprise planning? As it turns out, quite a lot. The techniques + thinking of Polyface Farms’ founder has influenced … Continued


Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation: Book Review

December 1, 2014 | Mushroom Cultivation, Mushrooms, Publications, Resources | 2 comments | Author:

Wow, this book is a cracker. Friendly, in-depth knowledge at its best. Written by US mycologist and dedicated home-scale mushroom cultivator Tradd Cotter, it’s a great blend of practical cultivation how-tos, fungi ID and strategies for mycoremediation. Organic Mushroom Farming … Continued


Late Spring Foraging: Dianella + Mulberries

November 27, 2014 | Food & Fermentation, Foraging, Gardening | 16 comments | Author:

The food is all around us. Or so I like to think. You just need to know where to look, and always have a bucket or basket with you. Following on from the quietly inspiring visit from Artist as Family, … Continued


Growing New Food Leaders: Callout

November 25, 2014 | Community, Gardening, Permaculture | 3 comments | Author:

Calling all potential local food futurists! A quick note that the South East Local Leaders program is open for applications. South East Local Land Services, South East Landcare and the Small Farms Network have teamed up with leadership training providers Global Learning … Continued


The Gift Tree: How to Slow Down Christmas

November 24, 2014 | Design It, Gardening, Permaculture | 11 comments | Author:

If I’m honest, as we head towards the end of the year and the regular gift giving period…well, I start to get a little bit nervous. While I adore the hot weather, school holidays, early morning swims, slurping on the … Continued


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