More aha moments than you can poke a fire-stick at. Goodbye Glenda.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 6:31 pm

If, like me, primary school history left you with the impression that pre-invasion Australian Aboriginal peoples were opportunistic nomads randomly wandering about an arid country, then a heartbreaking and yet exhilarating journey awaits you.  In the past year two books have completely opened my eyes about Aboriginal peoples’ farming and land management, first Bruce Pascoe’s, […]

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Holding out for a hero

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 5:44 pm

It’s inevitable really, just human nature and our love for a silver bullet, a best-seller with all the answers, a pill that can solve complex and otherwise intractable problems that we’re going to be seeing more and more over-enthusiastic entrepreneurs trying to convince the rest of us that their particular probiotic will; heal us of […]

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Time for a cool change. Cabbage Heart of Darkness (Final instalment).

Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 10:50 am

It’s been two weeks since we closed for the Christmas break but it feels much longer. Wherever we may have been, whatever we have done, whatever has happened to us, it’s time to come back to the everyday.  Back to our roles as workers, students, volunteers, community members.  And, unless they have been truly rotten, […]

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Something in the way you juice

Sunday, January 8th, 2017 at 8:07 am

There are some of us who like to eat the produce and there are some of us who like to juice the produce. And then if you are a juicer there are variations – to get granular (not sure if that’s a good word to combine with juicing) you may prefer the slow grinding action […]

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Unglut Your Gut 2017. Heartwarming news from Joe’s Garden.

Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at 10:41 am

So if, like me, what you did on New Year’s Eve completely contradicted all the resolutions you made to be a “better you” in 2017. And this morning you find yourself shuffling about the house pitifully singing lyrics to Indigo Girls songs along the lines of, “not even getting close to closer to fine”. And if […]

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9 reasons for thanks-giving. Forget Xbox – go Fbox!

Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Liz, Fair Food’s cook who puts recipes together every week, sent through this 99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year link as a life-line to get me out of the news-feed negativity spiral I had found myself trapped in these last 6 months. It was a long list of affirmative things humanity had achieved this past year […]

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Give the gift of hummus – deescalating Christmas.

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 at 10:27 am

So our lovely neighbour gave us a cellophane bag of Christmas gingerbread that she and her daughter made. I’m eating it now as I write this to help me feel better about my pre-Christmas life, which if I put into words goes something like – “After you’ve finished working call the people about delivering Mum’s […]

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Jillian Staton’s year of the farmer. No box left behind – week two.

Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 9:05 am

This week I got hold of a copy of Love, Sweat and Passion (warning: interesting results when Googling), Jillian Staton’s book was written over a year as she followed the fortunes of seven South Gippsland farming families producing olives, eggs, milk, cheese, wine, venison, lamb and  beef. The story starts in Spring 2015 which I […]

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The Messiest, Bestest Chocolate Pav | On Trend Summer Toilet Reading

Sunday, December 11th, 2016 at 9:44 am

A new box of Pip magazines as well as a handful of Pip 2017 Kitchen Garden Calendars arrived at the Fair Food warehouse this week. Robyn Rosenfeldt, Pip’s editor, has proclaimed that her mission is to turn each Pip into a piece of art. And though it’s got ads (got to pay the printer), rather […]

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Newtonian spoke nipples. No box left behind.

Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 9:40 am

In a world (sorry just can’t resist that opening) where it’s easy to feel like we’re sliding into an abyss of fear and loathing (and not the good kind) perhaps comfort can be found in applying Newton’s Third Law of Motion;  the one that goes, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. […]

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