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.
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.