The Open Food Revolution

This is a reprint of a talk by friend of The Food Garden and avid activist for stronger connections between growers and eaters, Kirsten Larsen. It was presented this week at the Festival of Ideas, and we thought it was well worth sharing here.

Can you imagine what Melbourne’s food system will look like in 2033? Kirsten has it all sketched out in this inspiring read. Enjoy!

Melbourne as the seed of the open food revolution, when we stopped asking nicely

‘Imagine it is October 2nd 2033 and we now live in a world in which the transition to a healthy, just, and sustainable post carbon-future is well underway, so there is now real hope that catastrophic climate change will be avoided. How did this happen? What were the key obstacles and how were they overcome? ‘ Read More


Strange Little Moments

Such strange little moments there are in our lives sometimes.

Stranger still the  reflections we see in the people we meet.

A man came by my way the other day; a man I had known briefly once upon a time.

Standing in my kitchen we compared lives.

“Chopped the top off a mountain the other day”, he said casually; nickel mining.

“Of course I only direct operations, I don’t do it. So that’s ok isn’t it?!”, he said with a laugh

He commented on the yurt in which we live.

“Oh, my aim is to live as lightly as possible”, I said. “I guess I’m your antithesis.”

“Oh good”, he said, “you can offset my carbon footprint!”

You know, though he said it lightly, I believe he thought it true.

The Heart of Permaculture


Peak Moment 157: Former truck driver Bill Wilson tells an insightful story about the energy packed in a gallon of gasoline. Now a permaculture educator, he sees permaculture as a viable, realistic way to use nature to provide the abundance we really need — harvesting sunlight, food, wind, water and more. Can you guess what the magic stuff is that we all can’t live without? (No, it’s not oil.) In his classes, Bill not only passes on a bounty of practical, common sense ideas, he also inspires people to experience being alive on the planet, finding their connectedness with life, their passion and ways to make a world that works for everybody.

Biodiesel made easy

Apparently our well considered leaders are not very keen for us to go out making our own fuel; they’ve gone to great lengths to discourage growers from making their own fuel and using it on their land, introducing excises and other regressive tools.

So for the sake of an argument, what follows here is more example of what can be done rather than instructions – you’ll need to find out yourselves what regulations need to be followed.

This biodiesel was made from a combination of waste rice bran oil and cottonseed oil collected from local restaurants. It cost around $200 to set up a mixture which gave around 1000 litres of fuel. Read More

Looking on the Bright Side

Found this article this morning, and thought it worth sharing. If you’re tired of all the impending doom of recessions and global financial crises, Richard Heinberg (author of “The Party is Over”) asks you to look at the bright side and all the “good” the financial crises has done for environmental causes. Sure there is still plenty to worry about if you’re that way inclined, but here’s a few benefits of a downturn to consider.

Reprinted from the Energy Bulletin (

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