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.
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.
Billions of households across the world are abuzz with activity and excitement. Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is just around the corner. And so are the elaborate preparations: shopping for new clothes, preparing sweets and savouries for family and friends, spring cleaning the house, and planning for all the fun and frolic this festival entails. But how can we celebrate more sustainably? Read on to find out.
While ‘an apple a day’ has been keeping doctors away since the origin of the proverb in 1860s Wales, apples have a rich history in culture, medicine, and cooking that spans across the world and over thousands of years. Originating in Kazakhstan, apples now come in over 7,500 varieties, or cultivars, most of which can be traced back to their original parents!
Father’s Day is just around the corner. And if like every year you are going eeny, meeny, miny, mo between wallet, shaving kit, perfume, tie, or “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug as a gift for your dad, do your old man a favour. Stop right there. He might not tell it to your face but all he wants is “not” to get one of those gifts, for a change. Keep reading for some of our top tips and ideas.
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.
Each Anzac Day in Australia, these humble biscuits are a sweet diversion on an otherwise sombre occasion. But have you ever found yourself wondering about the history of the Anzac biscuit? Well they’re widely believed to have originated around the time of World War I in 1915. Anzac biscuits were sent by wives and women’s groups to soldiers abroad because they travelled well and didn’t go mouldy like bread did. However, the biscuits that were sent to soldiers back then were a fry cry from the commercial sweet variety that is popular today.
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.
As the global community responds to increasing climate change and limited natural resources, the Sustainability sector has been identified as one of the fastest growing industries worldwide. But what exactly is Sustainability? Put simply it is a way of thinking about the environment in terms of the amount and types of resources we use as a community. This involves thinking about how we can all take measures to conserve energy, save water, recycle and waste.
Whether you’re a passionate conservationist or a concerned individual there are so many outlets to support environmental sustainability in your community.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a busy time for Jews. The eight-day festival of Passover starts on March 30 and most Jewish households are already on an intensive search-and- destroy mission for any hidden bread crumbs in every nook and cranny of their house.
Easter is just round the corner, it’s a long-weekend, and you are happy as a bunny already. So, why not make Mother Earth happy too? If you are not sure how, just follow our tips below to enjoy this festive season in a way that’s good for us and good for the environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“The word ‘pest’ is thrown around a lot,” observes Dennis Collins, ranger at Sydney's Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. But, he says, you don’t need a “take no prisoners” approach to bugs. Spraying with broad-spectrum pesticides can harm more than just the insects and spiders in your garden and home – it can also affect the birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs in your neighbourhood. Read our guide to controlling insects without a spray!
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.
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.
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.
Calling all bird watchers! The annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count runs between 23rd to 29th of October to let us know more about our bird population in urban and other areas. Click here to register: https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/ With just under 1.4 million bird records submitted last year, The Aussie Backyard Bird Count needs participants to help identify bird trends around Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What is Easter all about? Why is it celebrated on a different day every year? Why do people dye Easter eggs? What is an Easter bilby? Learn about the festival of Easter and some of the traditions that surround it.
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.
Eggplants are rich in culture and in nutrients. They have a long history in both the Indian and Arabic cultures, dating back almost four thousand years and carrying on through generations. High in fibre and low in cholesterol, there are many benefits to learning how to grow your own eggplants at home.
At the heart of it Thanksgiving grew from the good old fashioned Harvest Festival. Although the idea of a harvest festival or feast and days of thanks for all the Earth provides is not unique to any religion, the modern American version takes it’s lineage from the Protestant tradition of holding Days of Fasting and Days of Thanks...
Every year since 1996, Planet Ark has run National Recycling Week (NRW), making 2016 its 21st year (let’s make it a good one!). Planet Ark lists the aims of the event as ‘promoting kerbside, industrial, and community recycling initiatives’ and ‘giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work, and school’.
The Lane Cove Sustainability Village Fair was a celebration of Think Global, Act Local with many inspirational initiatives featured. The FoodFaith Sprouting Up kits, home-made potato stamps and ecobubbles were a hit - simple, home-grown wisdoms and techniques that we wish to reclaim and celebrate!
Great day at the Lane Cove annual Sustainability Lane/Village Fair event on October 9th. The Fair was a celebration of Think Global, Act Local with many inspirational initiatives featured. Thousands attended and the event showcased how sustainability and enterprise can both benefit. The FoodFaith Sprouting Up kits, home-made potato stamps and ecobubbles were a hit - simple, home-grown wisdoms and techniques that we wish to reclaim and celebrate! For instructions on how to grow your own sprouts, see below.
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.
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.
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...
FoodFaith's first "Planting Seeds" garden launch found fertile ground, attracting a wide range of people from Indigenous, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and other cultural and religious backgrounds.
The Circle of Unity procession of faith and cultural groups around the Indigenous dancers and the communal pesto making provided opportunities for everyone to share stories and inspiration.
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.
FoodFaith welcomed over 40 volunteers to the inaugural working bees - from local faith, environmental, community and school groups. The seedlings are now sprouting and horticulturist, Meredith Kirton, guided everyone on the how to's.
Dr Rachael Kohn from ABC Radio National's The Spirit of Things speaks to Judy Friedlander, spiritual leaders, scientists and Aboriginal liaison officer at the Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens, Clarence Slockee about FoodFaith.
FoodFaith welcomed over 40 volunteers to the inaugural working bees - from local faith, environmental, community and school groups. The seedlings are now sprouting and horticulturist, Meredith Kirton, guided everyone on the how to's.
FoodFaith’s “Planting Seeds” interfaith community garden is set to open on Wednesday March 9th 2016 at 11.30AM. The garden is located at Hughes Park at 304-314 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove. The garden brings together Australia’s faiths and cultures to work alongside one another to learn more about one another’s backgrounds and to foster more sustainable ways of growing and consuming food.
Christianity recognises a tension that exists between humanity’s responsibility to care for God’s creation, and the human tendency to rebel against God. The main Christian churches have in the past decades re-examined their teachings and practice in the light of the environmental crisis...
The Jewish attitude to nature is based on the belief that the universe is the work of the Creator. Love of God includes love of all His creations: the inanimate, plants, animals and humans. Nature in all its beauty is created for us, and our connection to nature restores us to our original state of happiness and joy...
The spiritual link between Aboriginal people, plants and animals ensured a reverence and importance for sustaining resources into the future. A belief system connecting all living things through ancestral spirits...
Buddhism teaches that the idea of separateness is an illusion. The health of the whole is inseparably linked to the health of the parts, and the health of the parts is inseparably linked to the health of the whole. This means that caring for the environment begins with caring for oneself...
The Hindu tradition understands that man is not separate from nature, that we are linked by spiritual, psychological and physical bonds with the elements around us. Knowing that the Divine is present everywhere and in all things, Hindus strive to do no harm...