Seed Savers Event at Black Barn Farm in Stanley

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Visit to Black Barn Farm

By Roz Phillipson

Two months on from the promise of apocalyptic weekend weather in December when the farm visit was postponed, the day arrived for a re-try. Together with the Beechworth Food Co-Op, Seed Savers members took the opportunity to learn from Charlie and Jade about setting up a poly-orchard on permaculture principles. Continue reading

Seed savers visit RAD growers

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Our visit to RAD growers

Our much-anticipated end of year excursion to RAD growers was a wonderful day out and a huge hit with those who attended. Erin O’Callaghan runs this inspiring small-scale farm enterprise at Bungowannah, just outside Albury.

Report below or just check out the photos. Continue reading

Join the Local Harvest Challenge

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Local Harvest Challenge week runs 3-9 April.

Get connected with your food!

Join us and the many individuals, households and community groups around Australia who are taking up the Local Harvest Challenge.

It’s one week where we take on the goal of intentionally reclaiming your food choices and decreasing the degrees of separation between us and our food.

How? By setting yourself challenges to find out about local food options and give them a whirl! Find local food resources near you, and put into practice the art of eating locally, supporting local and organic farmers and businesses, and discovering the face behind your food.  Continue reading

I’m taking the Local Harvest Challenge, will you?

Image of zucchini and pumpkins.

Garden produce, yes. But we’ve also got so many other great local harvest options.

By Karen Retra
As discussed at our gathering, I’m going to take the Local Harvest Challenge. It’s a national initiative encouraging people to make mindful food choices for a week (localharvest.org.au).

I’m not usually into food challenges, nor am I doing it because I’ve got all the answers, but because it’s a great excuse to re-examine where my food comes from. And whether my purchasing decisions are supporting the sort of food system I want, that meets my needs but also my values. It’s also a chance to celebrate the local food I’m already accessing as well as dedicate some time to find out about and try new options – which can sometimes get lost in the busyness of life.

Sharing the challenge publicly is a bit confronting for me, but I hope it will help to further the conversations about local food – and maybe mean we can all share some local resources and tips. Continue reading

Other events and news, March 2015

Below are some other events and news members might be interested in.

Open Garden, this weekend – Kerr Sustainability Centre, Thurgoona – 28th & 29th March
A local community garden of more than 100 plots. See how community gardens can offer something different to growing at home and admire the diversity of styles, plants, layouts and more.
See http://ecoportal.net.au/event/open-garden-kerr-sustainability-centre-thurgoona

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