A sebago anniversary / The onion situation

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 10:11 am

A sebago anniversary We’ve been talking about new farmers a lot lately but this week I want celebrate one of the old guard, Joe Sgro from Foothill Organics in Colac.  This year it’s 15 years since we started buying produce off Joe for CERES Market.  That’s Joe on the right at his farm stand at the old […]

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A send off for the Gundaroo Tiller / In the field of opportunity….

Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 9:05 am

A send off for the Gundaroo Tiller In 2003 when weeds were threatening to take over my new pumpkin patch down at Joe’s Market Garden I turned to Eliot Coleman’s New Organic Grower for help. Coleman, who had a deeply considered take on every challenge a vegetable grower may come up against, also had an abiding love of elegant & efficient hand […]

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How to get politicians to eat their greens / Community Gardens Gathering at CERES

Monday, September 4th, 2017 at 10:21 am

How to get politicians to eat their greens On Friday I went on a “date” with Peta, my wife, to the launch of the Moreland City Council’s Food System Strategy – yes, clearly we don’t get out much.   In a Coburg community garden in front of about 40 people our mayor gave a speech; announced […]

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How weeds lead and why we follow / Try Monday and/or Friday

Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 9:00 am

How weeds lead and why we follow  Two years ago this coming weekend CERES farmer Emily Connors (that’s Em with her marriage equality rainbow chard above) started selling a few bunches of  produce from a table at Joe’s Market Garden.  We’d been talking about setting up a farm gate just like farmer Joe Garita had done many […]

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Wanna buy a farm? / Complete Urban Farmer

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 10:20 am

Wanna buy a farm? Carolyn Suggate wants to buy a farm, well lots of farms actually and not just for herself she wants to buy farms with people who care about securing land to be farmed organically forever.  This week the Organic and Regenerative Investment Co-operative (ORI Coop), Carolyn co-founded is launching the prospectus for Lyndale Park, a 714 hectare […]

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Hong Kong’s Last Farmers / No FOMO at Joe’s

Friday, August 11th, 2017 at 10:22 am

Hong Kong’s Last Farmers You can tell Becky Au Hei-man’s mother has done a lot of hard work; waving us into her farmers market stall her deeply sun-browned face seems young and old at the same time. Rearranging produce as she shows us around around her lean body is all efficiency. Becky (that’s her cracking herself […]

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Austerity & The Potato Movement / Backyard Harvest Festival

Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 10:00 am

» Full newsletter here Austerity & The Potato Movement Put yourself in Greek shoes for a moment – if you were sitting at a café table sipping coffee with five good friends, up to three of you would be unemployed, meanwhile the remaining three would have had your wages cut by a third and taxes increased. […]

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Guy Watson is at one with vegetables / New Reservoir Food Host

Monday, July 31st, 2017 at 9:44 am

Guy Watson is at one with vegetables He’s been BBC’s farmer of the year, his veggie box scheme won Ethical Product of the Decade as well as just about every other organic retail and farming award going.  As a speaker and leader he’s much in demand, but I get the feeling as we bomb down the […]

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The Incredibles / Come down to the farm

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Almost as soon as I landed in the UK, I began seeing evidence of their handiwork.  Around Lambeth in South London I ran into a community orchard, a community greenhouse, raised veggie beds at bus stops.  Later in two towns in Devon I see rows of edible beds holding pride of place in parks, roadsides and outside […]

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The unicorn that’s also a bumblebee / New Food Hosts

Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 9:04 am

The unicorn that’s also a bumblebee I’m fascinated by organisations that shouldn’t work, the ones like bumble bees that have no business flying but somehow do. Unicorn Grocery’s two story supermarket building dominates South Manchester’s Chorlton shopping strip. With a product range built on fresh produce, bulk dry goods and a few refrigerated items by all rights it really […]

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