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Composting 101: A simple guide to composting at home

Composting 101: A simple guide to composting at home

Composting is a cheap and clever way to use your organic food waste for something good, while doing your bit for the environment. And even though it is known as ‘black gold’ for to gardeners, you don’t need to be a gardening pro to start composting your waste.

What happens in an insect hotel?

What happens in an insect hotel?

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.

Chickpeas: More Than Just Hummus

Chickpeas: More Than Just Hummus

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.

Lovely Lavender: A Perfect Valentine's Gift

Lovely Lavender: A Perfect Valentine's Gift

While a bouquet of red roses may be the staple gift for Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of plants that are ideal for those wanting something different. Lavender is just one great example, with its sweet fragrance and colourful flowers that represent purity and devotion.

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.

Breaking Bread - The Panel

Breaking Bread - The Panel

Bread, as a symbol of community, sharing and connection to land, is the focus of a Sydney Friends of Good Food Month and FoodFaith event in Hyde Park in October. FoodFaith has been working with Good Food Month, the City of Sydney and UTS for this event which showcases the many cultural, spiritual and environmental connections bread has.

5 Secrets to A Successful Community Garden

5 Secrets to A Successful Community Garden

Roughly 374 kilometres south of Sydney, close to Twofold Bay, is the Garden of Eden.   St. George’s Uniting Church set up the native garden in 2006 to enrich the community life in Eden NSW, a coastal town famous for its once legendary pod of killer whales. Today Eden is home not only to a thriving whale watching industry but also to an award-winning community garden where locals grow organic produce, attend permaculture workshops and hold movie nights.

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.

Why You Should Practise Mindful Eating

Why You Should Practise Mindful Eating

In our contemporary world, we tend to obsess about what we put into our bodies. New diets or supplements abound. The practice of mindful eating asks you to slow down and consider how the food you are eating impacts on you and the earth.  

Say Happy Easter again to your Orthodox Friends

Say Happy Easter again to your Orthodox Friends

By now you may have realised that people of Christian Orthodox faith celebrate Easter on a different day to the official Easter holiday in Australia.  Orthodox Easter Sunday, also called Pascha, will fall on April the 8th 2018.  You might be wondering why this is so; well up until the year 1582, early Christians (both Catholic and Orthodox) used the Julian calendar to calculate Easter Sunday. 

Breaking Bread at Harmony Day 2018 in Blacktown

Breaking Bread at Harmony Day 2018 in Blacktown

Over 600 Sydneysiders joined together in Blacktown’s Bowman Hall to participate in the Breaking Bread initiative, a key event of SydWest and Blacktown City Council’s 2018 Harmony Day celebrations.

The Breaking Bread initiative, Facilitated by FoodFaith and the Faith Ecology Network, brought together over 12 faiths and cultures to learn about each other’s rich food traditions, customs and wisdoms.

International Women's Day Part 3

International Women's Day Part 3

In our final instalment to celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, Judy Friedlander, our Founder and Director closes out the series with  shares her thoughts on International Women’s Day, Feminism and what it all really means to her. 

#PressforProgress

International Women's Day Part 2

International Women's Day Part 2

Continuing on with our International Women’s Day celebration for 2018 here at FoodFaith, Kate Fraser, our Project Manager and Consultant shares her thoughts on International Women’s Day as well as her hopes for the future.

#PressforProgress - International Women's Day with FoodFaith

#PressforProgress - International Women's Day with FoodFaith

In 2018, International Women’s Day(IWD) follows an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. With the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement highlighting sexual harassment, a spotlight on domestic violence and women feeling more empowered than ever, this year’s campaign is called #PressforProgress.

At FoodFaith, we thought we’d make our celebrations a little more personal by chatting to some of our team and asking their thoughts. Here our two newest and only male team members – Christian Abad and Eric Liebl start us off with their thoughts.

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. 

Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colour

Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colour

Each year Hindus around the globe celebrate their Holi Mahostav festival.  Also known as ‘The Festival of Colours’ or ‘The Festival of Love’, this ancient Hindu festival dates back to the 7th century.  Hindus in Australia will mark the Holi festival by visiting friends and family, and attending large scale community events taking place during March and April.

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Although the calendar changes on January 31st for many Australians, plenty of Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year around February each year.  More commonly known in Australia as Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year is on February 16th, 2018 beginning the year of the dog. The dog is the eleventh animal of the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of loyalty and honesty.

All over Australia, but particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, there are a wide range of events and activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The team at FoodFaith have scoured what’s on offer and found a few that we think are worth checking out.

Let Them Eat Pancakes!

Let Them Eat Pancakes!

What day is always 47 days before Easter? Shrove Tuesday!  Also known as Pancake Tuesday, this day always precedes Ash Wednesday.  It is a day surrounding self-examination and considering what wrongs need to be repented, as well areas in need of personal growth through spirituality.