NAIDOC Week has been celebrated every July since 1975, with a history dating back to the 1920’s when Aboriginal civil rights groups sought recognition for the treatment of First Nations Australians. This year’s theme, ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth.’, encourages all of us to celebrate and promote Indigenous voices and languages. This week has seen art installations, film screenings, and community workshops among many other events being held across Sydney and the rest of the country.
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On June 24th, 2019, the City of Sydney council declared a climate emergency, with councillors voting that climate change poses a serious threat to the people of Sydney and Australia. The council is now one of 12 councils in NSW and 25 across Australia that have made climate emergency declarations since 2017.
It’s that time of year again, July is upon us and so is Plastic Free July (PFJ). Plastic Free July began in 2011 by the now founder of The Plastic Free Foundation. Their aim was and still is to work towards a world without plastic, something we all know will make a huge difference to many aspects of our Earth but especially the oceans and landfill.
Macadamias have been around for over millions of years, and can be traced back to the rainforest along the north east coast of Australia. Learn more about the legends and the delicious ways to use this long loved nut.
One of the best ways to maintain a chemical-free and lush garden is to encourage what are known as 'good bugs' and insects to thrive. By good bugs we’re talking about the predatory insects that eat the 'bad bugs' - thereby doing your garden pest control for you. And of course, we also mean the pollinating insects, without which our food supply chain would be in serious trouble.
When you hear the word chickpea, what’s the first thing you think of? Hummus? Falafel? While chickpeas are a key ingredient for both of these tasty foods, chickpeas have been used for so much more, from treating warts in Ancient Greece to making gluten-free pasta that you can find at the supermarket.
How FoodFaith is creating a route filled with flowers to protect endangered pollinators vital to our food production.
It’s no secret that the world’s pollinators, particularly bees, are dying off in alarming numbers, but sometimes it’s worth remembering what’s at stake beyond just a great pairing for cheese and a topping for biscuits.
Honey is a beautiful product that humans have enjoyed for centuries. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties provide many health benefits including brain functioning and wound healing. However, recently there has been some media coverage on ‘fake’ honey, referring to honey which has been mixed with sugar syrups such as sugar cane, corn or rice. Take a read to find out what to look for when buying honey or if you want to get started beekeeping yourself.
Each year, a significant population of Australia celebrates the Lunar New Year. Often referred to as Chinese New Year, it is a time of festivity marked by lion dances, delicious food, and welcoming in a new year of good fortunes. In many East Asian countries, Lunar New Year receives its own public holiday, allowing people to travel back to their homes for big family reunions. Whilst Australia may not have this same perk, Chinese New Year festivities and traditions still remain to be a major part of the lives of Chinese people residing in Australia. ‘To be Chinese is to celebrate Chinese New Year’, says a young Hong Kong migrant in Sydney.
Without further ado, here is part three of our mini guide series on going zero-waste! We aim to refresh your memory, and most importantly give that nudge to actually implement these habits into your daily lives. Last but not least, here are our tips & tricks for going zero waste at the supermarket.
So, here is part two of our mini guide series on going zero-waste! We aim to refresh your memory, and most importantly give a nudge to actually implement these habits into your daily lives. Here are our tips & tricks for zero waste whilst eating out.
So, here is our three-part guide on going zero-waste to refresh your memory! And most importantly, on how to actually implement these habits into your daily lives. Let’s review. Starting with . . . the household!
For our final Feature Plant Friday for 2018, we are taking a look at the pine tree, an iconic symbol of Christmas celebrations across the world. While the pine trees we now associate with Christmas are native to the Northern Hemisphere, did you know Australia has their own native species, including two that are over 200 million years old?
FoodFaith has gone from strength to strength this year – from our ‘seedling’ Lane Cove garden in our first year of operation to events such as Blacktown’s Breaking Bread initiative on Harmony Day which attracted 600 people, the panel discussion that was part of Friends of Good Food Month and, of course, establishing new community gardens that showcase environmental and social sustainability. We are so excited to be helping The Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) develop a community garden in Mt Druitt for refugees and new migrants.
Coffee, coffee, coffee. The lifeblood that runs through the veins of the city. And most of mine. The always accessible IV-drip of flat whites and cappuccinos in Sydney has gripped hold of us with a vengeance, and will not be letting go.
But like all good material pleasures, it doesn’t miraculously appear and then vanish without a trace. We all know that coffee beans come from somewhere, and they go somewhere. I’m not talking about the sweet caffeine molecules binding to your adenosine receptors – I mean the used-up grounds. As the byproducts of things we love continue to clutter our bins (and sabotage any ill-fated attempts at minimalism), it’s important to know where we’re getting them from and what to do with the remains.
This week we’re celebrating Chanukah by taking a look at the potato, which is part of the food eaten during this eight-day festival - latkes anyone? Potatoes also have a long and rich history as a crop of cultural significance, medicinal value, and a staple of diets all over the world, but did you know they are one of the 2700 members of the nightshade family and related to tobacco and chilies?
They call it the most wonderful time of the year and with Christmas mere days away now, it’s time to take stock of your larder and get organised for all the upcoming festivities!
When everything around you leaves you heady with a festive anticipation it’s difficult not to get carried away. Eat, drink, be merry, and shop til’ you drop seems to be the theme of the season. But whether you are ready for a white Christmas or are all set to celebrate it the beach, BBQ, and beer way like in Australia, make sure to keep it green as well. Have an eco-conscious yuletide and celebrate without making the Earth suffer.
To continue our celebration of Thanksgiving, this week’s featured plant is the pumpkin. While famous for its appearance as Halloween decorations and in Thanksgiving recipes, pumpkins have been used across cultures in traditional and modern medicine, but did you know that they are also related to cucumbers and watermelons?
In this second part of our Food & Culture series, Madalena Tran talks about how her time in Sydney experiencing a different food culture has enhanced and changed her views on food.
Enjoy her story below through the delicious food she found as well as the food she was able to experience whilst working with FoodFaith. A special thanks goes to the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association and MECA Mt Druitt.