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Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival

| At home, At work, community, energy, food, garden, nature, waste

By Jill Croome, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Wodonga Sustainability comes alive this month with more than 30 events over 30 days during the Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival features an array of activities across a variety of venues, most free of charge. The festival kicks off this …

Shopping with a Conscience

| community, food, health, nature, waste

By Lizette Salmon, Sustainable Living Festival event officer How much would you reduce your household’s carbon pollution if your electricity was from renewable sources and you never used motorised transport? Many people assume around 80 per cent, but the answer is only 30 per cent. How so? Because on average, 30 per cent of our …

What is Permaculture?

| community, energy, food, garden, nature

By Natasha Stafford, permaculturalist, Albury Permaculture is a concept often relegated to the ‘alternative’ area of agriculture. It is thought of as a concept used to apply to some third world country, irrelevant to modern systems. Nothing could be further from the truth. The term ‘permaculture’ or ‘permanent agriculture’ was originally coined by William Mollison, who, …

Preserving Citrus by Fermentation

| food, garden

By Gerri Boland, Wooragee Landcare member  If you have excess citrus, and do not want to waste it, you can preserve it to add to salads, marinades and curries.  This method results in a course pasty texture -not the traditional style of citrus segments in brine or oil.  There are many different types of lactic acid …

Paddock to Plate: the Earth Hour Cookbook

| At home, climate change, food, garden, health, nature

By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) and Wooragee Landcare.  I was lucky to receive Planet to Plate: the Earth Hour Cookbook, a beautiful hardcover book as a gift.  It is more than just a cookbook.  It contains interviews with our Australian farmers about how they are dealing with climate change which they all agree …

Flies are not a Curse

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter Flies! This year after all the wet weather they are peskier than normal. They drive us to distraction. They love to hang around humans because they feed on secretions from our eyes, mouth and nose and on our sweat. We consider them a threat to our health but they …

Plastic consumption

| At home, At work, food, nature, waste

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga In 2050 the ocean will have more plastic than fish. This statement may seem unbelievable but sadly it is true if current trends continue. Did you know that the amount of plastic thrown away every year is enough to circle the earth four times!! There is currently 5.25 …

Variety is the Spice of Life

| At home, food, garden, health, nature, waste

By  Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability There is a particular type of potato that is much prized by the French Fries industry, it’s reliable size, shape and frying properties ensure perfection when serving ‘fries with that’. However, inherent in this very popularity is a dark side. It’s grown in huge monocultures all over the world.  There are …

Food Waste

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Alan Hewett, Trust For Nature Covenanter In our family growing up we were expected to eat everything on our plates at meal times. The idea of wasting food was anathema. Today in our household I still feel guilty if I leave a morsel. Any food scraps are composted or fed to the chooks, nothing …

Harmony Is The Answer

| At home, food, garden, health, nature

  By Roger Findlay, Gerogery Quite recently we had a three week holiday on the south island of New Zealand visiting some of the finest places on the planet. We had a good look at the quality of food in the supermarkets, paddocks and allotments. On return we had expected the rain and wind damage to …