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Your Local Park

| community, garden, nature

  By Karen Stacey, President of Friends of Willow Park Living lightly is making the most of what we have and enjoying the beauty around us. One of the low cost, high benefit options available is to spend time in your local park. These urban green spaces are important for the health and wellbeing of the community. …

Spiders, wasps and other creatures – friend or foe?

| At home, garden, nature

By David Thurley, Albury If we are to believe the advertisements we see so frequently on TV, we are besieged by bacteria and insects that pose an immediate threat to our safety and that of our children.  We are told that every surface in the house is covered with bacteria (which is true) and that they …

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 …

A Snake Tale

| At home, garden, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare I had just been watering the vegies in case the predicted storm didn’t eventuate and I found a big red-bellied black snake caught up in the bird netting which I had put over my seedlings.  The wind had blown it off the bed and the snake was tangled up in it.  …

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 …

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 …

Beware the Green Roof

| At home, energy, garden, nature

By Lauriston Muirhead, Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health (WATCH) We don’t think about roofs much, or should that be rooves?  See!  We’re not even sure how to spell them!  When did you last think about, or even look at, your roof?  Chances are that it was because something went wrong such as damage or a leak. …

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 …

Gardening the Wicking Bed Way

| At home, community, food, garden

By Sue Slater, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Most of us have good intentions when planting a summer veggie garden. All those fresh tomatoes and salad greens, not to mention strawberries! We think we get everything right – the correct spot in the yard, the best quality soil, and the right plants for the season. But …

Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival 2016

| At home, At work, community, energy, food, garden, health, money matters, nature, waste

 By Amber Rodd,  Energy & Sustainability Officer, AlburyCity This year’s Albury Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival is better than ever with a new, improved and extended format. Our month-long program covers all of November and includes more than fifty events, from workshops, talks and films through to markets, exhibits and tours. Green thumbs will love our …