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Kirsten Bradley


Curing Olives: Basic Brine + Salt Methods

April 12, 2015 | Cook It, Food & Fermentation, Foraging, Gardening, Preserving | 8 comments | Author:

Tis the season to brine olives! Or salt them, if you prefer. Whether you’ve grown them yourself or foraged them from bird-sown trees, it’s late Autumn that you want to pick and cure them. There are many ways to cure olives, but the … Continued

How to make Passata

April 7, 2015 | Community, Cook It, Food & Fermentation, Preserving | 4 comments | Author:

Storing the season for year-round stews of organic tomatoey goodness – is there a better way to spend a Saturday? I think not. Recently we held our annual Passata Day – much squishing and boiling and eating and talking and … Continued

Foraging Ice Cream Beans – Inga edulis

April 2, 2015 | Foraging, Forest Gardening, Gardening, Grow It, Permaculture | 5 comments | Author:

It’s the kind of thing you might dream as a kid to find in a back lane – a tree loaded with bean-like pods full of sweet, fluffy ice-cream-ish tasting fruit. And guess what? They exist! Behold the awesomeness of the … Continued

Happy Earth’s Urban Food Forest in Unanderra – it’s grown!

March 23, 2015 | Forest Gardening, Grow It, Permaculture, Permaculture Design, Urban Permaculture | 5 comments | Author:

Inspiration takes many forms, but a thriving backyard ecosystem like Happy Earth has got to be pretty high up on our list. Ali + Rich have created this edible suburban oasis over the last 8 years, on a sloping block in … Continued

A Year at Otter Farm: Book Review

March 12, 2015 | Cooking, Farming, Food & Fermentation, Publications | 7 comments | Author:

When a place calls itself a ‘climate change farm’ you would suspect that it’s first book is likely to contain more than recipes for home-made pasta and tips for starting seedlings. And you would be right! With a subtle twist of the telling, A Year at … Continued

Reclaiming the Future – Dr Vandana Shiva in Sydney (Video)

March 9, 2015 | Gardening, Grow It, Permaculture, Seed Saving | 4 comments | Author:

Recently, Dr Vandana Shiva spoke in Sydney to a packed auditorium. She spoke of the essence of life, and of war, and of ensuring the future of humanity through the freedom of the seed. Her words touched many of us deeply. Dr … Continued

Hanging Green Tomatoes Upside Down to Ripen

March 4, 2015 | Gardening, Grow It, Kitchen Garden, Market Gardening | 2 comments | Author:

The whole plant, and nothing but the plant – a great way to ripen green tomatoes for future eatery – hang ‘em up! There comes a time in every Autumn when the tomato plants need to come out, and with them, … Continued

Going Against The Flow: Is The Flow Hive a Good Idea?

February 26, 2015 | Beekeeping, Gardening, Natural Beekeeping | 142 comments | Author:

It’s fab, it’s new, and the honey flows straight into the jar. It’s so easy. But then, powdered instant potato is easy, too. Does that make it a good idea? Despite my mission to focus on positivistic messages of change, at … Continued

Designing for life at our first Rooftop Garden PDC

February 23, 2015 | Education, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 2 comments | Author:

How do we actually design + implement a secure future for our communities? One that’s resilient, regenerative, positive, healthy and inter-connected. It’s a big question, and one that comes up (multiple times a day) at our Permaculture Design Courses, where … Continued

Storing the Season: Drying Summer Medicinal Herbs

February 19, 2015 | Cook It, Food, Food & Fermentation, Gardening, Preserving | 5 comments | Author:

You know how it is – in the middle of Summer, both culinary + medicinal herbs are everywhere – there’s so many that you forget to see them. And then, before I know it, it’s Autumn, with the cold weather … Continued

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