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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 …

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 …