Benedict Hughes’ sweet deliverance. Alex brings home the coconut.

Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

A few months ago I wrote about urban beekeeping pioneer, Lyndon Fenlon, and the urban honey legacy he left Melbourne when he left Melbourne.  Well  Benedict Hughes akaThe Practical Beekeeper, that’s him above collecting honey on the rooftop of The Commons Apartments in Brunswick, is one of the keepers of that legacy.  Benedict makes a living as an urban […]

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News from Hollyburton Farm. Reaction to the war on milk.

Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 11:33 am

I had a chat the other day with Madelaine, from where else but Madelaine’s Eggs.  You might remember early last year Madelaine was crowdfunding for an egg cleaning/grading machine. Like everything she does Madelaine ran a campaign way beyond her 19 years and raised an incredible $67,986.  Now almost a year later, after waiting for the […]

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The war on milk. Rewiring the Food System update.

Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 11:30 am

What is it about milk straight from the cow that gets people so wound up?  From this week anybody providing raw milk for consumption will face a fine of up to $60,000 (in case you were wondering the penalty for distribution of small amounts of the drug “Ice” attracts a $45,000 fine). This weekend as we quietly finish our last […]

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The Beautiful World of Dan The Egg Man. What’s In The Box is Back

Monday, February 9th, 2015 at 11:27 am

This is a story about a man who throws in his corporate city job to follow his passion and become a farmer.  With the help of his giant white chicken protecting dogs he repairs the pastures, protects the bush and native animals and builds his free range chicken flock.  Dan begins selling his eggs, immediately […]

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Renewing vows with Joe Sgro. Is this a bloat I feel within?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I’ve been buying vegetables from Joe Sgro since 2001 when CERES started its Organic Market (that’s him above).  I pledged then that CERES would always stick with him and he promised he would always take care of us. At some stage of every year since we repeat a version of this conversation and it’s like we are renewing […]

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Putting sultanas into very small boxes isn’t easy. Ladies & gentlemen, start your microbiomes.

Sunday, January 11th, 2015 at 11:01 pm

This week on their Mildura farm Peter and Helen Kamavissis (that’s them above) are busy harvesting and packing their green menindee grapes which we’ll be putting in most of our set boxes (although not in our Small Mixed Box, if you’re keen you can get some from theFruit and Veg Section).  Every year from January to March during the grape and melon season all kinds of people flood into Mildura […]

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Unglut your gut for 2015 with Pat & Dr Chan. Fair Food is back in town next week.

Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 11:24 pm

This year we are doing our 2nd annual Unglut Your Gut Challenge.  It’s a month long, post-festive season good gut restoration.  Last year more than 300 households took up the challenge and this year, with the help of our friends at Pat’s Veg and Dr Chan’s feeling good ferments, we’re doing it again. To take the challenge there’s […]

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A week to be thankful. Christmas specials and a little break.

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Over December I’ve been on long service leave with my family in Vietnam. We’ve just been to Can Tho on the Mekong River to visit the famous floating wholesale produce market. That’s it in the pic above, if you are a vegetable logistics enthusiast it’s a must see. Later that day at our hotel while I was watching our kids swim in the pool I got talking to a young waiter called Khanh. Khanh was the first son of a rice farmer and had come to Can Tho to study and find work. The next night we all went out for dinner and learnt a little aboutKhanh’s life. Fresh out of university with a degree in tourism Khanh hoped one day to be a tour guide but for the moment was working two hospitality jobs (he also had a job at a local Burger King). He told me his wages were about $150 month, $50 of that going to pay for his room in a boarding house. Later when we went for ice cream I worked out the price of our 5 cones were equivalent to Khanh’s wages for that day. Now Khanh isn’t badly off by Vietnam standards; he’s educated, well fed and clothed, has a steady income and good prospects. There are many people in his community living far more precarious existences but It just made me think […]

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If ever there was a week to eat tart. The sound of good gut music.

Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Loafer Bread’s Andrea Brabazon bakes these delicate pastries, slices, cakes and biscuits and lays them out in a simple wood and glass cabinet at her bakery in North Fitzroy.  In the way of an artist Andrea takes simple organic ingredients; flour, butter, eggs and sugar and through a mixture of finely honed skill and magical pâtissiering she creates this exquisite edible exhibition – not just once a year but every day. […]

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Summer’s first tomatoes from a low profile Joe. Robert Larocca’s gift of governance.

Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

If ever there was an under-the-radar farmer it’s Joe Valente from Mornington Organics, I’ve known Joe for more than 10 years and as I was writing this I realised I didn’t have a single photo of him. I got on-line and after an hour of  fruitless Google searching nothing; no webpage, no Facebook, no twitter, […]

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