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Sydney’s B&B Highway: A Solution to Insect Decline

Sydney’s B&B Highway: A Solution to Insect Decline

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.

Sharing Our Vision With Our Big Kitchen

Sharing Our Vision With Our Big Kitchen

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.

Environmental Sustainability Initiatives: Adeliade

Environmental Sustainability Initiatives: Adeliade

When it comes to environmental sustainability, Adelaide is a small city with some big plans. Aspiring to be the world’s first carbon neutral city, this small town in South Australia is leading the way to environmental change.

Want to Go Green? Try Permaculture!

Want to Go Green? Try Permaculture!

Yes, permaculture it is. The answer to all your environmentally-conscious existential worries. This is one word that sums up all activities you can take up to not only reduce your own ecological footprint, but also to help create sustainable human environments.

Celebrating Sustainably - Tread Lightly, this Eid

Celebrating Sustainably - Tread Lightly, this Eid

It is a special time of the year for Muslims across the globe. Millions of devout Muslims are keeping a roza (daily fast from dawn to dusk) to observe the holy month of Ramadan and can’t wait to celebrate Eid at the end of this 30-day fasting tomorrow. Balance, moderation, and abstinence from reckless temptation is the most important message of Islam. As you celebrate Eid this year, take it as an opportunity to imbibe this message in all that you do. Not only is this a great way of life but is also the need of the hour for protecting our environment.

Starting a Community Garden

Starting a Community Garden

A community garden is a shared space that brings community members together to plant, tend and harvest. This can range from fruits, vegetables, flowers to herbs, and even small livestock. Community gardens can be established for a variety of purposes that can range from health, social, environmental, educational to economic benefits.

Pick It Up - Clean Up Australia Day 2018

Pick It Up - Clean Up Australia Day 2018

This Sunday the 4th of March is our annual Clean Up Australia Day 2018 so get your gloves ready and join in the fight for a healthier environment. 

What started in 1989 as a single clean up Sydney Harbour initiative has now become Australia’s largest community based environmental event.  In the 27 years it has been running, Clean Up Australia Day has collected over 344 thousand tonnes of rubbish.  This shows the care and passion Australians have for protecting our environment as well as for trying their best to live more sustainably every day of the year. 

Go circular

Go circular

National Recycling Week (in mid-November) focuses our attention on the ‘circular economy’. These words convey that we can still be productive and not damage the earth! Planet Ark reports that in the 20 years to 2015, Australia’s population increased by 28% and waste levels grew by 170%. But, the good news is that recycling is growing at an even faster rate than waste. This feature provides links to the wonderful resources created by Planet Ark.

Top 2017 trend: Faith-based fitness

Top 2017 trend: Faith-based fitness

The Johns Hopkins Health Review is one of the world’s leading health authorities and it has just published positive research on what the American Council on Exercise calls ‘faith-based fitness’, one of the year’s top trends. This trend shows how public health and religion can assist one another. We bring you an edited version of the Review feature by Shiela Mulrooney Eldred just published.

 

 

Actions for Anti-Poverty Week

Actions for Anti-Poverty Week

Food insecurity remains a constant struggle in many families around the globe with over three million children dying before their 5th birthday because of poor nutrition.  Lyra Villafana has compiled this excellent report on how you can assist. 

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A guide to food sharing apps

A guide to food sharing apps

Free food, anyone?  Lyra Villafana looks at the growing number of online communities and mobile apps making it easier to share surplus harvest from backyard gardens. From Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to iPhone and Android apps, choices run aplenty for people seeking to swap their excess produce to reduce food wastage. FoodFaith and Crop Swap have collaborated on one such successful food swap. Other notable apps: Spare Harvest, Olio, Urb, Grow2Share and Giving Garden. 

 

Everybody Loves Good Neighbours...

Everybody Loves Good Neighbours...

On Sunday March 26, we celebrated our neighbours in the Lane Cove community alongside various local groups and organisations. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day and thank everyone involved for their support and participation. 

Culinary Tales Collaboration

Culinary Tales Collaboration

FoodFaith was proud to be involved in the Culinary Tales workshop recently. Run by Enactus University of Sydney, we donated herbs from our community garden. Enactus helps to create lasting social change by helping to develop skills. Culinary Tales provides refugees with cooking workshop skills, contacts and promotions.

World Environment Day at Randwick City Council

World Environment Day at Randwick City Council

FoodFaith's Founder, Judy Friedlander, delivered the keynote address at Randwick City Council's recent World Environment Day celebrations. The event featured a smorgasbord of song, dance, poetry and speeches and showcased Australia's diversity and the common heritage and spiritual and social importance that all cultures and belief systems place on the natural environment.

Indigenous Educational Session

Indigenous Educational Session

FoodFaith's inaugural educational session saw school groups and interested community members gather to learn about Indigenous food and sustainable practices. Shannon Foster D'harawal Saltwater Knowledge Keeper spoke of her extraordinary knowledge of the foods and plants around us that many take for granted. The inspirational presentations allowed children to taste local plant foods that gave them new-found respect for our heritage...

Religious Leaders Unite on Nurturing Food Sustainability

Religious Leaders Unite on Nurturing Food Sustainability

FoodFaith was launched in March 2015 with religious leaders breaking bread with academics and sustainability groups to discuss the latest food sustainability issues and strategies.

The gathering at Sydney’s Bodhi Restaurant launched a world-first Australian initiative FoodFaith, a response to the growing concerns of climate change, hunger, loss of biodiversity, water restrictions and other environmental crises in which food and agriculture play a major role.