Australian Certified not quite Organic. Annual Survey Wrap. Crowdfunding news

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

So you may have been following WA farmer, Steve Marsh’s GM contamination case. Marsh(that’s him with his kelpie) is an organic wheat farmer who lost his organic certification after genetically modified canola seeds drifted onto his property during his neighbour’s harvest.The analogy that was used to argue the case is that if you spray chemicals on your farm and those chemicals damage your neighbour’s crop […]

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Lao cookstove project more than just carbon. Feeling good with Dr Chan

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

A few years ago while driving across the endless Nullabor Plain, Dr Miin Chan and her newly wedded husband, Niel, were sipping on some home fermented tibicos while listening to Nina Simone sing Feeling Good.  Somewhere in the middle of that desert highway that young doctor, seeking an avenue to do greater good, that classic soulful song and and a […]

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Farmer Noleen: The chosen one. 3,2,1 Good Gut is Go!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 3:12 pm

If Keanu Reeve’s Neo was The One who intuitively knows The Matrix then Noleen Glavish is The One who truly knows pumpkins.  After a career as a publisher Noleen has found her calling in the hills around Buxton as a grower.  Each Monday Noleen rolls up in her Landcruiser and pulls out boxes of some of the best looking fruit and vegetables I’ve ever […]

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Is this a feijoa rapture? Cast your vote in the Bowel Buddy Box Comp.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I was in the CERES main office this week and there lying casually in a bowl on the lunch table were a couple of feijoas. I ate one thinking how lucky I was. A few minutes later down in CERES Honey Lane market garden our head farmer, Meg Stewart, took me aside to a waist […]

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How do you get a chestnut out? Bowel Buddy Box Breaking News

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Jenny and Steve dropped almost 300kg of their chestnuts at CERES this week, we’re putting them in some of our set boxes as well as the webshop.  When I asked Jenny how they get their nuts out of the prickly cases she replies, very carefully and with two pairs of gloves. Jenny says the spines have a habit […]

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Fair Food’s Pear to Peer Network, A better name for the Bowel Buddy Box

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I was talking this week to John Mustafa from Petty’s Orchard in Templestowe about their season.  With only the Lady Williams and persimmons to come John and his father, Sam, are coming to the end of picking now.  John says it’s been a bit of a light year for apples but there have been plenty of […]

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Black Seed Oil – “the cure for everything but death”. Jenny’s Quinces

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Each week Alex, Fair Food‘s grocery buyer, sends me a note about the new things we’re getting into the webstore (which BTW you can always find here – New Products).  Anyway this week Alex noted beside newly the arrived Black Seed Oil , “This cures everything but death!”  Now Alex is not normally prone to overstating things so her claim for the miraculous healing power of Black Seed Oil intrigued me. […]

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Starting our Food Hosts young, Madelaine’s egg machine, Crowdfunding update

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 9:49 am

So much is going on this week I don’t know where to start.  Okay, first this ridiculously cute picture of Sonny in a Fair Food box.   Sonny’s parents Makoto and Jolene, who are new Food Hosts, have asked us to confirm that; 1. No, Sonny is not for sale 2. And, no you cannot […]

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Harvest Festival, Fair Food Survey, Cheap Pulses, Job Going at Fair Food

Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I was having a look through this year’s CERES Harvest Festival program and it’s getting really big. CERES’ most joyous day has become almost country fair-like and as always it’s grounded with an undercurrent of thanksgiving for the food we harvest, cook and eat week in and week out. The first thing I always do at Harvest Festival is head […]

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Ecostore Sugar Cane Packaging, uBiome Contest Winner, Super Cheap Tomatoes & A Job Going at Fair Food

Monday, March 9th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Packaging is such a vexed issue, we struggle with it at Fair Food all the time.  Last Monday ecostore took a big packaging leap forward replacing their plastic bottles with bottles made from sugar cane.  The bottles don’t breakdown but are made to be recycled with regular plastics so the material can be reused again and […]

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