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Foraging, the new foodie fad

| At home, food, garden, health

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Have you noticed that ‘foraged’ ingredients turn up in recipes in glossy magazines these days? When I came across ‘Locally Foraged Wild Mushrooms’ on the menu of a classy restaurant, images of armies of mushrooms being chased through the forest flashed through my mind. ‘Foraging’  of course, is not at …

The Sharing Tree

| At home, community, food, garden, nature

By Gill Baker, Wangaratta Sustainability Outside our window is a huge, centuries old Yellow Box tree. It offers shared accommodation to all comers, whatever their skin type, colour or language. Reptiles, mammals, birds, and all manner of crawling creatures are accepted. Yesterday a pair of ducks were having an intense discussion on one branch, wattle …

Autumn and winter

| At home, food, garden, health, nature

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery West For me this time of the year is the best. We are so fortunate having beautiful places like Beechworth, Mount Beauty and Bright that seem to come to life through the cool seasons. Out here at Gerogery West the vegetable gardens are thriving with winter greens, snow peas, beetroot, celery, potatoes …

Maintaining garden tools

| At home, community, garden, money matters, waste

By Wolfgang Huber, Repair Café Albury-Wodonga member How are your small garden tools looking? A bit blunt or rusty and in need of some TLC? The Repair Café, run by a dedicated group of volunteers with a focus on fixing things, has seen increasing interest in servicing of garden tools. It is great to see people …

Get dirty!

| At home, garden, health, nature

By Melissa Kane, Eco friendly Mum In this gorgeous autumn weather I’m finding myself drawn outdoors, more specifically to my garden and the dirt within. What is so appealing about gardening? The return on my vegie patch is self evident reason for pride and joy, the bounty at the end of the growing period is so rewarding, …

Taking the Local Harvest Challenge

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

By Karen Retra, Seed Savers Albury-Wodonga I’m taking the Local Harvest Challenge, a national initiative encouraging people to make mindful food choices for a week (localharvest.org.au). Not because I’m usually into food challenges, nor 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 …

Hollows and Nest Boxes

| At home, garden, nature

By Jan Hewett & Joan Jones,  Trust For Nature Covenanters The fire that started in Barnawartha and swept through the Indigo Valley just before Christmas severely impacted our 53 hectare property.  There was a high mortality rate amongst the wildlife and extensive damage to our native vegetation, particularly the mature trees. A significant loss has been …

Old Ways Were Best

| At home, community, food, garden

By Roger Findlay I have come to the conclusion that the best garden produce is grown using traditional methods much the same as when I was a boy. At that time garden centres didn’t exist. Consequently the gardener had no option but to make do with what was available. Soot, ashes, manure and compost were …

A Good News Story

| At home, garden, nature

By Maureen Cooper, Wooragee Landcare On the 7th November at 2.30pm I was sitting in the shade at the dam closest to the house, hoping to see the Eastern Long-necked turtle that is now living in the dam.  A flock of Superb Fairy-wrens was hopping around near my chair and I saw that one was probably …

Chooks Earning Their Keep

| At home, food, garden

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery West For the last few months I have been buying the large hay rolls to feed our small flock of sheep. We have found that dispensing the hay by hand, as a daily ration, is the most economical way and minimises waste. Each hay roll costs sixty dollars and lasts five weeks …