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Predation and Culling

| At home, food, garden, nature

By Alan Hewett, Chiltern  When we first moved onto out rural property we were plagued by Sparrows. They nested in the roof, were noisy, messy and hostile to the native birds. We tried various measures to get rid of them, including building a Sparrow trap which caught nary a one. Then, over a period of time they …

Tasteless Produce

| At home, community, food, garden, health

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery We are fortunate living in a country with so much variety of foodstuffs in the Supermarkets but we are unfortunate in being presented a tasteless product. When did you last see a bug, blemish or soil on fruit and vegetables in the Supermarket? Unless you grow your own or you shop at …

Say No to Flake

| At home, food, nature

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga Before Easter I wrote an article regarding the sustainability of our seafood, in particular, flake. Little did I expect the CEO of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority to reply and downplay the facts. When a little article in a local paper gets this kind of national attention our message …

Sharing our Bounty!

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

By  Sue Slater, Birallee Park Neighbourhood House Many of us plant a zucchini seedling in spring, only to find that we can harvest enough zucchinis to compete with major supermarket growers.  Or how about that lemon tree that reminds us of Nanna’s lemon meringue pie, or the pasta sauce that our Nona used to bottle using home-grown …

Living the Goodlife in Gerogery

| At home, food, garden, waste

By Roger Findlay, Gerogery Hobby farming out here in Gerogery West isn’t quite like what you see on River Cottage and Gourmet Farmer. Yes, it goes close to living the dream but it does have ups and downs. For a start there’s a lot of hard work involved and you don’t have people around doing the …

Summer Plant Survival

| At home, climate change, garden, nature

By Charlie Robinson, Beechworth Keeping plants alive throughout the hot Summer months can be a challenge for most people, particularly if they live on larger properties.  But it shouldn’t be if you follow these tried and proven steps.  We live on ten acres and we ensure that every plant receives adequate water , even at the …

No Longer Plenty More Fish in the Sea

| At home, food, nature, waste

By Francesca Ciantar I’m on the seafood diet; I see food, and I eat it – Homer Simpson Perched on an island as we are, both Indigenous Australians and European settlers alike have historically enjoyed the fruits of the sea. Furthermore, as a nation of people who enjoy a summer Christmas as opposed to a …

Christmas Can Be a Magical Time

| At home, community, waste

By Ben Habib, WATCH (Wodonga Albury Towards Climate Health) I like the sense of expectation in the lead-up to Christmas as we wind down the year.  I enjoy the community spirit of this time as we let our hair down at work functions, embrace the joy of the season at carols nights and prepare for the …

Who is a Grinch?

| At home, food, money matters, waste

By Claire Coulson  Christmas is the most wasteful time of the year. It’s a well established fact, just ask a garbo. But raising the topic will quickly see you labelled the family Grinch, ‘tis the season to be jolly after all. Instead I try to let my actions do the talking. There are hundreds of ‘green …

Coffee Cup Waste

| At home, At work, community, waste

  By Karen Bowley, Wodonga Albury Toward Climate Health (WATCH) and member of Wooragee Landcare Still looking for Christmas presents?  Read on for a great idea that is not only chic but good for the environment as well. Do you love a coffee?  Most Australians it seems love their coffee so much that over 3 billion …