LEARN ABOUT OUR RECENT PROJECTS
environmental sustainability: PLANTING SEEDS
Planting Seeds is FoodFaith’s sustainability initiative that includes garden events and educational workshops.
FoodFaith’s first garden was established in Lane Cove in early 2016.
Now working with community gardens in Blacktown, establishing an inter-generational, interfaith and cultural garden in Randwick and moveable pop-up gardens for community and commercial centres.
Workshops have included Growing an Indigenous food garden, ‘Bees to Honey’: Establishing a native bee hive and bee-friendly garden, ‘Thanksgiving’: Giving back to the garden and community, and ’Rock Gardens’: Building labyrinths and planters.
SOCIAL sustainability: BREAKING BREAD
Breaking Bread is a signature initiative of FoodFaith.
It celebrates our cultural and faith differences and commonalities through bread, one of our first foods, significant to many.
10 – 15 groups showcase their traditional ‘breads’ for visitors to sample while representatives offer insights into related history, customs and recipes. Groups come together to create a communal dip.
Groups represented at previous events include Muslim, Jewish, Afghan, Vietnamese, Buddhist, Catholic, Indigenous, Filipino, Mexican, Chinese and Ethiopian communities.
A recent initiative in Blacktown attracted over 600 participants. Featured breads included chapatti, naan, challah, habesha dabo, pandesal, and dumplings.
SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY: REDISCOVERING OUR RECIPE ROOTS
Our latest eBook, titled, Rediscovering our Recipe Roots, is now available as a FREE download.
Showcasing over 30 unique and delicious dishes and recipes by refugees and migrants who have made Australia their home. The recipes are a feast for the senses and the stories and memories associated with them provide special treats. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have and are inspired by the rich heritage and stories that accompany them.
BUILDING THE B&B HIGHWAY
The 'B' in 'B & B highway' stands for Bed & Breakfasts & Biodiversity - for birds, bees and butterflies threatened by urbanisation. The FoodFaith goal is to build passageways or highways across Sydney for pollinators to link 'B & Bs' or 'pollen booths' for rest and revival which is vital for biodiversity and food production.
We have already funded 6 B & B’s so far, and this week, we launched our crowd funding campaign on Start Some Good to help us build even more. With your help, we aim to build an additional five B & Bs this year and more B & B sanctuaries in the years to come.
The B & Bs are located at community centres and places of worship from a range of different faiths throughout Sydney and each B & B features a special variety of pollinating plants selected by horticulturists as well as an insect hotel or native beehive.
Our B & B initiative nurtures communities as well as the environment by encouraging different community and faith members to share knowledge - along with seeds and, of course, honey!
SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS OF FOODFAITH INCLUDE:
K & L Gates, the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF),Catholic Earthcare, the National Council of Churches, The Hindu Council of Australia, The Buddhist Council of NSW, the Australian National Imams Council, Uniting Earthweb, The Jewish Board of Deputies, Aboriginal Programs at the Royal Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands Sydney, the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), Glascott Landscape and Lane Cove Council.
SUPPORTERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF FOODFAITH'S BREAKING BREAD INITIATIVE INCLUDE:
Faith Ecology Network (FEN), Blacktown City Council, SydWest Multicultural Services, NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), Relationships Australia NSW, Department of Human Services, Family Referral Service, NSW Police Force, Muralisto, Welcome Walls, Settlement Services International (SSI), TAFE NSW, REACH for Training, Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Harman Foundation, The Bread & Butter Project, Kallico Catering, Islamic Relief Australia, Afghan Community Support Association of NSW Australia (ACSA), Our Big Kitchen, Together for Humanity, GDPT Chanh Kien, Mexico City Foods, Phillipine Australain Community Services Incorporated (PACSI), The Hills Chinese Association, Love and Peace Ethiopian Catering and Let's Give Hope.