As above so below…only more so

Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

As above so below…only more so About a dozen years ago on a two week intensive soils course in Lismore NSW, Dr Elaine Ingham revealed to a roomful of farmers that in the top few inches of a hectare of healthy soil there existed an interdependent web of nutrient-cycling bacteria, fungi, nematodes, flagellates, protozoa, mites […]

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Tito Jackson and the Bacterial Big Band / What’s in the box?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 9:10 am

In case you missed last Thursday’s newsletter our annual Unglut Your Gut Challenge has been renamed Tito Jackson’s Month of Bacterial Celebration. And if you were wondering how it came to pass that our annual pilgrimage of human microbial restoration has been rebadged under the name of the least heralded member of The Jackson family read on. Okay why Tito Jackson you […]

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Tito Jackson’s Bacterial Celebration / Welcome back, Welcome back, Welcome back…

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Tito Jackson’s Bacterial Celebration   If we sprayed the planet with a giant can of Glen 20 and somehow managed to kill 99.9% of all bacteria, we wouldn’t survive more than a day.  However, if all of humanity packed up and left Earth for cheaper house prices and more reliable broadband on Mars, the bacterial world […]

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Seasonal Asteroid Shower of Community Joy / Call of the Reed Warbler

Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 1:22 pm

The Seasonal Asteroid Shower of Community Joy This week as we navigate the seasonal asteroid shower of community joy – the wind-ups, the concerts, the family dos, graduations and gatherings we have news to connect you to neighbours and/or large zucchinis, to keep you looking sharp & plastic free, to buoy your spirits and finally offer a […]

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Wet weekend wrap-up / The great kitchen-wrap unwrapping

Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 1:23 pm

The wet weekend wrap up So far the feeling is of general relief after warnings of an unprecedented dump of rain although it’s not looking the best for grain farmers .  After a quick check in around the state Joe Sgro out West in Colac reports an underwhelming 8mm, although they have had 4 weeks of […]

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The Matrix, the abyss and a sack of rice / Help CERES stay crazy

Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 10:01 am

The Matrix, the abyss and a sack of rice Since CEO, Cinnamon Evans swallowed her fear and spoke the words, CERES is a place that helps people fall in love with the earth, our mission has crystallised into getting so emotionally and economically connected with our ecology, so part of “the Mother” as elder Aunty Di […]

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Getting on with it while our old men bicker / New Brunswick West Food Host

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 9:56 am

Getting on with it while our old men bicker This past week while we despaired at our old men in Canberra continuing to deny Indigenous communities a voice at the national table, refusing refugees safe haven, delaying marriage equality and prioritising of the world’s largest coal mining ahead of the world’s largest coral reef, there was down on […]

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The highs and lows of hemp / Beans and Tomatoes

Monday, November 6th, 2017 at 8:24 am

Highs and lows of hemp This time next week any right-minded person can openly walk into a shop and buy hemp seeds turn around walk out onto the street and start eating them freely without fear of arrest and prosecution. Hemp’s recent history in Australia is completely contradictory. Food Standards Australia and New Zealand declared hemp […]

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CERES ripples / Know thy heirloom

Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 9:29 am

CERES ripples Lorna Pettifer, CERES Education Group Manager, has a wicked sense of humour and a keen appreciation of 80’s synth-rock bands.  Last Thursday on stage at the Plaza Ballroom as she accepted the Premiers Award for Sustainability award for Education from Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’ambrosio, Lorna wouldn’t have surprised her workmates if she had pulled out a keytar (I […]

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Who owns the Farming Zone? / Field of Beans

Monday, October 23rd, 2017 at 10:44 am

Who owns the Farming Zone? There’s a “Utopia” moment happening in our food regulatory landscape.  One of those times the government’s “got all the stakeholders in the room” to “consult” over a big decision, has made all the right listening noises, but then after everyone’s left, seems to have stayed back for a beer with the big boys […]

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