Good morning everyone! Welcome to our weekly round up of good things to read, think about and do this weekend.
If we like the same things, this will work well. Are you up for it? Let’s give it a go.
The Weekly Round Up
We can’t wait to get our hands on some of our friends Hannah + Anton’s Permaculture tea towels. Because, well, tea towels. And permaculture. Two things that are most welcome in our kitchen.
What if aboriginal people helped connect all Australians to country? It’s a powerful thought. Would it change the way we see and steward our landscape? Would it change the choices we’ll make for our community’s futures?
The two swarms we caught the other week are now settling in. It’s been rainy lately but we’re hoping to take a peek next week and find them both strong and healthy.
I’ve always been a bit crazy about Richard Feynman, the friendliest and most engaging physicist and science writer this side of anywhere. I just discovered a whole video archive of his lectures about everything from gravity to ways of thinking. You’re welcome.
Interesting news that people are flooding away from packaged food, causing a seismic shift in how (western) people eat.
A while ago I had the great honor of interviewing Dr Vandana Shiva for Organic Gardner Magazine, and during that interview she was talking about the Chipko movement of India as one of her greatest influences. I finally found a good reference to the Chipko Movement. It’s here.
Our mate Annie of Autumn Farm is in the middle of getting her artichoke hearted double maesectomy tattoo (funded by friends, as only breast re-constructions are funded by medicare, not cancer survivor tattoos, weirdly). We’re so proud of this lady for being a role model of joyful courage and life beyond darkness.
A week or so ago Nick took a small china bowl of our garden soil to Sydney, as you do. It was to pass around the audience during a talk he gave about growing food in small spaces for General Thinking, with Indira Naidoo and Sacha Coles. There’s now a video of the talk, and our soil gets a look in.
An inspiring small video about travelling between farms in America, Age of the Farmer looks at the question that’s on a lot of minds at the moment – can small farms in western societies work? They, and we, say yes.
We’re making these almond + cacao nib cookies prettymuch every week at the moment. I don’t care that the recipe is by a disgraced cookbook startup lady. The cookies are damn great.
And finally, beautiful roots. Do you know about The Land Institute? They do some rad work on perennial grasses, and how to feed communities with regenerative agriculture. Good news indeed.
May your weekend be full of good food, good thoughts, good sleep and good soil.