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Microplastics are a big deal. Research suggests that these tiny pieces of plastic are now present in the ocean, soil, and animals. So what are they, why do they matter and what you can do to help.
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.
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.
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.
Following the success of the original Lane Cove Planting Seeds Garden, FoodFaith , MECA, and Bunnings are coming together to create a community garden in Mount Druitt to design a learning space for local and social enterprise.
It seems everyone is buzzing about our new B&B Highway initiative… including the Sydney Morning Herald who this week shared a story titled “B&Bs for bees: the bid to save Sydney's pollinators”.
Read the story about Sydney’s first airborne highway for endangered birds, bees and butterflies here.
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.
This week we’re celebrating Chanukah by taking a look at the potato, which is part of the food eaten during this eight-day festival - latkes anyone? Potatoes also have a long and rich history as a crop of cultural significance, medicinal value, and a staple of diets all over the world, but did you know they are one of the 2700 members of the nightshade family and related to tobacco and chilies?
They call it the most wonderful time of the year and with Christmas mere days away now, it’s time to take stock of your larder and get organised for all the upcoming festivities!
When everything around you leaves you heady with a festive anticipation it’s difficult not to get carried away. Eat, drink, be merry, and shop til’ you drop seems to be the theme of the season. But whether you are ready for a white Christmas or are all set to celebrate it the beach, BBQ, and beer way like in Australia, make sure to keep it green as well. Have an eco-conscious yuletide and celebrate without making the Earth suffer.
To continue our celebration of Thanksgiving, this week’s featured plant is the pumpkin. While famous for its appearance as Halloween decorations and in Thanksgiving recipes, pumpkins have been used across cultures in traditional and modern medicine, but did you know that they are also related to cucumbers and watermelons?
In this second part of our Food & Culture series, Madalena Tran talks about how her time in Sydney experiencing a different food culture has enhanced and changed her views on food.
Enjoy her story below through the delicious food she found as well as the food she was able to experience whilst working with FoodFaith. A special thanks goes to the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association and MECA Mt Druitt.
Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is one of the quintessentially American holidays. It is an example of a harvest festival, and was originally a day of religious observance. Before what we typically think of as the first Thanksgiving in 1621, several other celebratory feasts for giving thanks to God occurred among European settlers in North America.
The below, is a personal account from Cyprus, one of our current interns from the USA about the Thanksgiving she has memories of growing up with and one, that this year, she will miss out on thanks to her internship.
Whether you call it jam, jelly or preserve – this delicious treat is another traditional method of larder preservation. From the very proper English scones with jam and cream to your humble jam on toast, this old favourite is enjoyed worldwide by people from all walks of life.
In honour of the 100 years since Armistice Day, this week we are taking a look at the history of the poppy, which is well-known for its significance as a flower of remembrance. Poppies also have an extensive history across cultures as a symbolic, medicinal, and culinary plant, and have played an important role in the economies of many countries for thousands of years.
Truth, Love, & Clean Cutlery: A Guide to the Truly Good Restaurants and Food Experiences of Australia is part of a world first guide series to ethical and sustainable restaurants. Edited by renowned Australian food writer Jill Dupleix, each experience within promises to be not only delicious - but good for the conscience.
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.
To continue celebrating El Día de los Muertos, or ‘Days of the Dead’, this week we’re taking a look at marigolds. Marigolds are an important plant in not just this yearly festival, but across many other cultures now and throughout history, and did you know that they are edible too?
This week, one of our wonderful interns who is visiting from America, Madalena Tran, has gone on a journey of discovery whilst with FoodFaith, investigating people’s food preferences and how their cultures have impacted on this - something integral to FoodFaith.
The modern fridge may have spelt doom for the traditional kitchen larder for countless decades, but many of us now find ourselves seeking out the simple creative food legacies of the old-fashioned larder. In our series on Larder Love we hope you discover along your own journey.
Following on from our article on the Ancient Art of Pickling we brought you last month, we thought we’d step back in time to the historical food preservation method of dehydration.
With Spanish National Day today, we’re taking a look at Spanish Olives. Typically pictured as large olives stuffed with peppers, Spanish olives vary in colour from green to black and by region, but did you know that Spanish olives only differ from other olives by their preparation?