Apple Cider Vinegar – My Story. More New Food Hosts

Monday, November 28th, 2016 at 9:05 am

Our great friends Marg and Jason Alexander from Hazeldean Forest Farm near Warragul have started making their own apple cider vinegar (aka ACV). Along with their apple juice, fermenting apple cider vinegar is a way they can add value to the 30 apple varieties growing on the farm.  The apple cider is great and in […]

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The thin tartan line – double pea and radish salad.

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 at 10:00 am

What is it that makes us human beings? What makes us different from other animals? If we had to scan the pantheon of human achievement and express it as a single item, then is it possible that the very thing that defines our species best could be something as a unprepossessing as a picnic blanket? […]

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Freakish extreme meme-ism. New Food Hosts

Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 10:13 am

This week I talked to Fair Food’s grape grower, Peter Kamvissis, from Merbein up near Mildura about the freak tornado and hail storm that came through last Friday night. Peter says it was like something out of a movie with trees coming down, grape vines all over the place and so many sheets of tin […]

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The wisdom to know the difference. CERES farm open day.

Monday, November 14th, 2016 at 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago Premier Jeff Kennett took power in Victoria and with it he also took 90% of CERES’ funding.  Overnight teachers lost jobs, education programs were cut, a hard gloom descended over the park. After years of growing a living classroom from an old tip site, years of working bees, years of scraping funds together, years of […]

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Christmas biscuit competition & tofu burgers.

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 at 9:20 am

Nothing says Smash The Corporate Consumer System quite like making (or receiving) a batch of homemade treats wrapped up with string. It doesn’t take much to share a little love around, and goodness knows we need all we can get at the moment. And yes, at the end of a busy year that love is […]

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Social / unsocial it all comes around. A box saved.

Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 2:01 pm

I get the feeling there’s more than just stolen wages involved in 7-Eleven’s systematic underpaying of it’s workers. Same with Coles’ and Woolworths’ “Mind the gap” programs demanding suppliers cover their losses.  When our leading companies demonstrate that bullying and meanness are more important in a “successful” business than kindness and respect it filters down setting a tone for […]

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There’s something to be said for a long romance and a broad bean pasta.

Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 1:52 pm

If you were a bean – what sort would you be? Borlotti, garbanzo, cannellini….snake, string, soy…. haricot, flageolet, kidney…. butter, mung, navy….black, green, scarlet maybe? Previously with fat, cheesy burritos in mind, I might have jumped on the black bean train but these days I think I could be a broad bean. I can’t quite […]

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How to grow a farmer. Vince’s broad bean bounty. More CERES tomato seedlings.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 10:08 am

Once upon a time we were all farmers – well most of us were.  As the industrial revolution took hold more and more of us left the the land to become shopkeepers, doctors and digital insights analysts and we finally came to a today where hardly any of us are farmers or even have family […]

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Sprouted breads and a lemon honey cake.

Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 9:00 am

Who were the Essenes and why were they there? The Essenes, a were a Jewish religious group that flourished in Palestine around the 2nd century BCE. They were super interesting and so much of what they were into all those centuries is still so familiar to us via modern social movements today – sort of […]

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Broad Bean Dreaming. Basic Fruit Box

Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 12:24 pm

Yesterday between rain showers in the little garden we share with our friends we harvested the broad beans. Sticking out of old cooking pots and shopping bags were huge, instantly familiar green pods.  These were unmistakably Joe Garita’s beans, broadies that Joe had planted, saved and improved year after year since he bought the Coburg market garden from a Chinese family in 1945. […]

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