The Bahá’í Faith was established in 1863 in Iran by Baháʹuʹlláh (which means Glory of God in Arabic). This religion originates from an earlier, smaller faith called Bábísm. Bábísm was founded by Ali-Muhammed or “Báb”, and foretold of the mission of a prophet who would follow Muhammed - Baháʹuʹlláh proclaimed himself as this prophet and subsequently The Bahá’í Faith was born.
While famous as a briny pickle and soothing eye mask, cucumbers have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and eaten for just as long. But did you know they are made up of more than 95% water and are actually a fruit? Read on to find out more!
Lately there has emerged a bit of a love affair with the idea of rediscovering our roots and reconnecting with lost traditions. When it comes to the culinary sphere, almost everyone has a story of the foods they grew up eating, of family traditions and of a simpler way of life. All of which ties perfectly into FoodFaith's daily mission not only of environmental sustainability but also social sustainability. Welcome to our new monthly series Larder Love.
This year, the FoodFaith team had the pleasure of participating in the Blacktown City celebrations for Refugee Week. In collaboration with Blacktown City Council, MECA, SydWest Multicultural Services, SSI and many other wonderful organisations the day was a showcase of the wonderful refugee and migrant populations in the local Mt Druitt and Blacktown area.
The wonderful team at In The Cove wrote a great blogpost about FoodFaith's recent event at Synergy, Lane Cove's Youth Centre. You can read the full article here and be sure to keep an eye out for the event wrap up on this page too, coming soon!
FoodFaith featured in a story in the July issue on our Greenwall project at Synergy Youth Centre in Lane Cove. Take a look at the article below and click here to read in full for more details on the greenwall before it came to life.
Celebrated on August 12 every year, the day was designated by the United Nations in 1999 to raise awareness of the hardships facing the young men and women all across the globe and to honour their role as essential partners in change. Since then, a theme is selected every year and the day is marked with celebrations around that theme the world over. This year we profile Anastasia Volkova, a Ukraine-born PhD student at the University of Sydney and CEO of FluroSat. Read on to find out more.
You may have seen our post on Instagram earlier in the week for Swiss National Day. So today, we are delving into the cultural history surrounding the elder (or holder in Switzerland), the Swiss native most commonly known as elderflower or elderberry. This magical plant has an extensive medicinal and superstitious history, and is even the wood that the Elder Wand is made from in the Harry Potter series!
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, learning how to pay attention to the now instead of thinking ten steps ahead, behind or to the left at any given point. With history rooted in religious, cultural and secular practice many of us associate it with Hinduism, Buddhism and yoga but it can also be found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and has now made it's way into our secular daily life. It's a wonderful practice to begin and we literally say practice because not only will it take years to master, there is always room for improvement. To assist you in your ultimate app choice, here we shine a light on our pick of the three best meditation apps.
Let us all bring out our gardening tools and plant a sapling this National Tree Day on 29th July, 2018. Celebrated on the last Sunday of July, the day was started in Australia by the non-profit Planet Ark, in 1996. It has become the largest nature care and tree-planting event in Australia since then with over 3.8 million people having planted 24 million trees in the last 22 years.
An evergreen herb with a distinctive aroma, rosemary has been used in cooking, medicine, and cultural practices for thousands of years. Enriched with meaning from folklore, rosemary has been used to scare away witches, celebrate weddings, and as a token of remembrance on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in Australia, due to its growth on the Gallipoli peninsula. But did you know that rosemary is also a member of the mint family, along with lavender, sage, basil, and oregano?
Some people get fearful when they hear the word sustainability, feeling that it’s too difficult, costly, and requires too much time. However, as we've shown in lots of previous articles, living sustainably doesn’t require huge amounts of money or even extreme diet changes, it simply requires a person to make small decisions to impact the planet in a meaningful way.
Take heart, you are not alone and you don’t have to do it all on your own. A global movement, called Permaculture, has been at the fore-front of bringing about this change. It is a fast-growing community of thousands of individuals dedicated to leading environmentally conscious lives, while helping others to take the green plunge.
To celebrate the NAIDOC week which begins today, we’re taking a look at Lemon Myrtle, a plant that has been used by Indigenous Australians both medicinally and in food for thousands of years. This Australian native has continued to be used throughout history, and now features in products all over the world!
NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held under the theme – Because of Her – We can! and will take place nationally from Sunday July 8 through to Sunday 15 July. NAIDOC week is held each year in Australia to celebrate the history, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week is now widely celebrated by both indigenous and non-indigenous local communities nationally.
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.
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.
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.
At FoodFaith, we promote social cohesion and environmental sustainability through the growing, sharing, and celebrating of food. We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved with Refugee Week this year by hosting Rediscovering Your Recipe Roots #WithRefugee refugee and migrant recipe collection on June 22nd, 2018 as part of the Blacktown City Celebrations for Refugee Week alongside SydWest Multicultural Services and MECA amongst others.
With World Oceans Day today, we thought we'd hand Feature Plant Friday over to a plant that is delicious to eat and dwells in the ocean.
From Shakespeare to trendy restaurants, the popularity of samphires, a family of salt-loving succulents, has risen and fallen over thousands of years, due to scarcity or just simply becoming forgotten about.
World Environment Day will take place on the 5th of June 2018 and is the UN’s most important day for raising awareness and encouraging worldwide action for the protection of our planet. Since it began in 1974 it has become a global campaign that is celebrated in over 100 countries.
Last month we featured some of the fantastic environmental sustainability initiatives taking place around Sydney and this month we’re putting the spotlight on our neighbours (and rivals!) in the city of Melbourne. From the banks of the beautiful Yarra to its beaches, parks and treelined streets, Melbourne is a beautiful city with many projects taking place to protect its unique urban and natural environment.
With records of its first use dating back to 1550 BC in the famous Ebers Papyrus, anise, commonly called aniseed, has had a long history of medicinal and culinary use across cultures. Although it is often confused with star anise and tastes similar to star anise, liquorice, and camphor, they are all completely unrelated!
Buddha Day is a very special day in the year of Buddhists and certain Hindus too because the two religions agree on karma (the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences) and dharma (cosmic law and order). Buddha Day celebrations are also known as Vesak/Wesak, Buddha Purnima or Buddha’s Birthday
Ramadan 2018 begins today, Tuesday the 15th of May and ends on the evening of Thursday the 14th of June. Ramadan is regarded as the holiest season of the Islamic calendar and one of the five pillars of Islam. It takes place in the 9th month as determined by the lunar Islamic calendar and as such falls on a different date each year. Ramadan is a month of fasting that commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.
With its bright yellow flowers and wish-granting abilities, Taraxacum, better known as the dandelion, has had many uses across cultures and even in traditional medicines, but did you know you can eat it too?
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.
Cards, gifts, exotic flowers, a Mother’s Day brunch at her favourite café. You have chalked out the perfect plan to make this day special for your mum. But haven’t you been doing the same things since forever? Why not try something new and make it truly special this year? As you set out to celebrate Mother’s Day on 13th May, do something that’s not just good for your mum but Mother Nature, too.