Sunlight and Seaweed

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Sunlight and Seaweed

You may never look at a piece of seaweed the same way.  Research is showing that seaweed has vast potential to draw carbon out of the atmosphere – and to also provide a generous food source for fish. In his new book, Sunlight and Seaweed, Prof Tim Flannery explores the potential of kelp, a fast-growing sea algae, to be used on a large scale to convert carbon from the air to a non-gaseous form, reducing levels of atmospheric carbon. 

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Eating for you & the planet

Eating for you & the planet

Food choices can make a big difference to the health of the planet. From the excellent Naked Scientists website, University of Oxford Dr Peter Scarborough, takes us through what you can do every day to help yourself and a more sustainable future.

Urban survivor, Oliver Brown

Urban survivor, Oliver Brown

FoodFaith, along with Crop Swap, showcases Oliver Brown, who spent one year avoiding the supermarket and eating only what he could grow, forage, fish and hunt.  The Sydney resident from Maroubra set himself a task - to spend 365 days only eating food he could either grow in his backyard, hunt for himself or barter.

Indigenous inspiration for the garden

Indigenous inspiration for the garden

Read our guide to growing Indigenous edible plants - on your balcony or in your garden. Well-known horticulturalist Narelle Happ provides top tips and some examples of what to grow and how to use them. 

Fairtrade: Fair Conditions

Fairtrade: Fair Conditions

The Fairtrade Organisation works to create a stable income for farmers and workers in developing countries. Fairtrade, synonymous with ethical and optimum working conditions, supports millions of farmers and workers in over 70 countries around the world. Products and produce grown and developed in an ethical way and adhering to fair trade principles established by the organisation are provided with the Fairtrade mark.

A lens to a sustainable world

A lens to a sustainable world

Steve Parish, one of Australia's best-known photographers recognised for his inspirational images of nature, talks to Brendan McCool. He shares his tips for photographing trees and says that connection with our landscape is more important than ever.  
Images courtesy of Steve Parish.

FoodFaith Snapshot: Fertile Common Ground

FoodFaith Snapshot: Fertile Common Ground

FoodFaith aims to build bridges across different faith, cultural and community groups through our shared learnings and practices of food and sustainability. The not-for-profit organisation brings to the table the traditions and wisdoms of faiths and cultures through community gardens, media communications, events and educational programs.

Composting For Beginners

Composting For Beginners

Question: How can you slow the growth of weeds in your garden and improve the texture of the soil without spending a lot of money on commercial products?  Answer: Turn your household rubbish into compost.  More than half of your domestic waste is compostable anyway. Click here for our "Composting 101 for Absolute Beginners".

Planting seeds for tomorrow

Planting seeds for tomorrow

This month we celebrate National Tree Day to help promote a sustainable future. National Tree Day was started in Australia in 1996 and aims to bring the community together and reconnect with nature. Thanks to Steve Parish for his beautiful image of the giant ghost gum tree which is said to be the tallest of its type in the world

Edible insects to the rescue?

Edible insects to the rescue?

The Gateway Bug documentary features this month at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. It explores entomophagy, the practice of consuming insects. Two billion people in 80 per cent of the world’s countries consume insects as part of their daily diet, and entomophagy has been practiced by those cultures for thousands of years. Western cultures have only recently become aware of the culinary and nutritional advantages of the more than 1,900 known edible insects.

 

NAIDOC Week celebrations underway

NAIDOC Week celebrations underway

NAIDOC Week is an annual festival hosted between July 2nd and July 9th to celebrate Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander cultures, communities and achievements.

Crop Rotation

Crop Rotation

Ever wondered what 'crop rotation' involves? It may not be applicable to community gardens but the concept is key to healthy planting. Some information for "edible edification"!

Refugee Crisis Comes Home

Refugee Crisis Comes Home

Refugee Week provides an important reminder that the world is currently experiencing a humanitarian crisis, with over 65 million people currently forcibly displaced from their homes. It is important we know what is happening and how to help these people in need.

Clearing the air on wind energy

Clearing the air on wind energy

Celebrating Global Wind Day on June 16th, we clear the air with the latest research on wind energy. Wind farms are becoming a more viable option for renewable energy in Australia as climate change demands less greenhouse gas intensive energy sources. Reporting from Haley Olexa. 

Testing the Waters: World Ocean Day

Testing the Waters: World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day is on 8 June, 2017. Living in a country completely surrounded by oceans, Australians should know the importance that these bodies of water play in our lives.

Taking the sting out of beekeeping

Taking the sting out of beekeeping

The buzz on bees is not all it's made out to be. Firstly, you can host a hive in your garden and not get stung (thanks to the native stingless bee) and Australia is playing an important role in bee preservation and cultivation. But we need to help! Brendan McCool reports.

FoodFaith on Channel 7's Sydney Weekender

FoodFaith on Channel 7's Sydney Weekender

FoodFaith's garden in Lane Cove received a media spotlight with Channel Seven's Sydney Weekender program showcasing the initiative. The show highlighted the way FoodFaith brings cultures, faiths and communities together through the growing and celebrating of food. 

Easy as A, Bee, C

Easy as A, Bee, C

The FoodFaith community flocked like bees to honey to Dan Smailes' workshop on native stingless bees. We need to encourage our bees to help with pollination and it is so easy to install your own hive in your garden. Check out our story for tips. Photo: Julian Watt

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims and falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Ridvan: A Baha'i Faith Festival

Ridvan: A Baha'i Faith Festival

Ridvan is a 12-day festival in the Baha’i faith remembering when the founder of Baha'i, Baha-u-llah declared his mission.