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Australia: Sky-high beekeeping and small-scale farming no problem for inner-city Brisbane

Hotel Brisbane bees.

Five years later, looking after the 150 hives he now has around greater Brisbane and northern New South Wales is a full-time job.

By Rachel Clun
Brisbane Times
November 2011

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But for the cafes and corporate companies that now host beehives, Mr Stone said they have found it very rewarding.

“They produce about 200 kilograms (of honey) per hive per year, which allows them to do quite a bit from their rooftop,” he said.

“Instead of giving out a branded pen they give a 500-gram jar of honey to their most-cherished customers.”

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November 17, 2017   No Comments

A New Book by Permaculture Co-originator David Holmgren

The book will be launched by Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne on February 10 2018.

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David Holmgren’s new book, RetroSuburbia shows how Australians can downshift and retrofit their homes, gardens, communities and, above all, themselves to be more self-organised, sustainable and resilient into an uncertain future. It promises a challenging but exciting mix of satisfying work, a more meaningful way of living and hope for the next generation.

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November 7, 2017   No Comments

Australia’s first community garden celebrates 40 years

Margaret Rackham, centre, with fellow gardeners at Nunawading Community Gardens. Photo: Justin McManus

With 127 plots and a current waiting list of 12 years, the Nunawading Community Gardens is a vibrant, verdant hive of activity.

By Megan Backhouse
Sydney Morning Herald
Oct 20, 2017

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In the mid-1970s a Nunawading dentist named Gaven Oakley took a holiday in England and found himself captivated by the country’s community gardens. This was the era of Tom and Barbara pursuing self-sufficiency in downtown London in the TV series The Good Life. Growing your own food was in the air.

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October 25, 2017   Comments Off on Australia’s first community garden celebrates 40 years

Australia: Myanmar refugees embrace community garden to cope with PTSD

Win Men says gardening in the community garden lets him forget his past trauma for a while. (ABC News: Pablo Vinales)

The simple act of gardening at a small Sydney community garden for refugees is one of the things 66-year-old Win Men loves most about his Australian life.

By Pablo Vinales
ABC
Oct 6, 2017

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“I enjoy dong this gardening things here and I am happy to be able to do it in freedom… in my homeland I could not do this freely without fear,” he said.

Mr Men is part of the Karen community, an ethic minority from Myanmar, who was forced to flee his country because of persecution.

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October 13, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Myanmar refugees embrace community garden to cope with PTSD

New Zealand: Fighting to save an urban food forest in the heart of Auckland

Trevor Crosby is fighting to save a food forest in the heart of Auckland. Photo by Sally Tagged [See great video on website.]

Sanctuary Gardens Mahi Whenua, in the heart of Auckland, is a food forest and community garden where more than 60 local families are growing fresh food.

By Nicky Pellegrino
Stuff
October 2 2017

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“All we can say at the moment is that the future is uncertain,” says retired entomologist Trevor Crosby, who is determined to do what he can to save what he describes as, “a hidden biodiversity jewel of Auckland.”

Trevor isn’t against development but argues that cities also need open spaces where nature can thrive. Sanctuary Gardens is currently home to more than 400 species of plants and trees, some relatively rare.

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October 9, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Fighting to save an urban food forest in the heart of Auckland

Australia: ‘Dads and Dirt’ program digging into stronger father-child relationships

Mr Harrison believes getting your hands dirty and working closely with nature brings out the best in blokes. (Supplied: Taree Community Garden )

He said he believes his programs have inspired men to open up and engage, not only with their children but other like-minded men.

By Gabrielle Lyons
ABC Mid North Coast
Sept 1, 2017

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Mr Harrison maintains the Taree Community Garden on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

He runs a program in the garden called ‘Dads and Dirt’ aimed at getting men to better connect with their kids in a hands-on environment.

Some of the men in Mr Harrison’s programs are single dads, widowers or suffering with mental health issues.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: ‘Dads and Dirt’ program digging into stronger father-child relationships

Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

Costa Georgidis crashed the kids planting session and made learning fun at the Woolgoolga community garden open day.

By Rachel Vercoe
Off Coast Advocate
Aug 31, 2017

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“Community gardens are not just about gardening, they’re about the accessibility where people can come and communicate. As we head towards mental health week, these are some of the best facilities we can have in a community where we can encourage preventative medicine,” Costa Georgiadis said.

“Studies show there are not just therapeutic benefit but scientific benefits to easing stress and anxiety by bringing people together.

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September 6, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis opens Woolgoolga Regional Community Gardens

New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

“When we first came 17 years ago the allotments were really dilapidated – with people bringing old doors for fences and lots of old rackety sheds.

By Catherine Priestley
The Advertiser
Aug 28, 2017

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In 2001 the site was under-occupied, overgrown and rundown, with just about half of the plots in use and derelict buildings and rubbish on other parts of the site.

Gardeners, also worried the land was ripe for development, set up South Church Allotment Society to turn around its fortunes.

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September 4, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Once derelict garden in Bishop Auckland is transformed

Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

The Karenni farmers grow traditional foods such as taplaelay, a leafy green vegetable. (Landline: Sean Murphy)

Developing small farms on unused land in urban areas could help alleviate chronic unemployment for refugees resettled in Australia.

By Sean Murphy
ABC
Aug 25, 2017

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Only 31 per cent of humanitarian visa recipients have jobs after five years, but many have skills as subsistence farmers, which could turn unproductive land into market gardens.

At Mangerton in Wollongong, Karenni refugees are transforming a steep hillside next to the Saint Therese Primary School, into a traditional terraced garden.

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September 2, 2017   Comments Off on Australia’s Karenni refugees cultivate community through Wollongong farming initiative

New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

From left: Raju Ramakrishna from Healthy Families Manukau with Gurnoor Kaur and Rajinder Singh Sekhon at the Takanini Sikh Temple community garden.

Takanini Sikh Temple has opened up 11 acres of land to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in Auckland.

By Nigel Moffiet
Stuff
August 7 2017

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The plan is to have up to 400 fruit trees such as lemons, limes, oranges, guava, and a variety of nuts and vegetables grown and maintained by temple members.

The Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura team and the Old School Reserve Teaching Gardens are working with the temple to teach food production skills as part of the project.

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August 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Sikh Temple opens up acres of land for community garden project

New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

The Freeman family, Carl, Kati and River mucking in at their urban garden.

Over the past six months Kati and Carl Freeman have transformed their Frankleigh Park piece of dirt into a flourishing urban farm that produces spray-free fruit and vegetables.

By Christine Walsh
Taranaki Daily News
July 7, 2017

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Carl is Melbourne born and bred, his green-thumbed organic expertise was gained from working on organic vegetable farms, supplying artisan salad mixes, heirloom tomatoes and baby vegetables to some of Melbourne’s top restaurants.

“I’m really enjoying living in Taranaki. Everyone has been so supportive of our growing enterprise,” said Carl.

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July 14, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: New little farm on the block situated on the fringe of inner city New Plymouth

Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

17 minute audio interview.

Professor Sarah Wilkinson speaks about rooftop urban farms

Mornings with Wendy Harmer
ABC Sydney
May 17, 2017

A few years ago the idea that we could convert ‘the concrete jungle’ into a blooming and fruiting green space would have been almost inconceivable. But now, rooftop gardens that help cool our cities, improve air quality, and provides us with food are becoming increasingly common.

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May 23, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Could urban farming solve our food waste problem?

Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

Christine Corner applies permaculture principles to her garden in Mudgee. (ABC: Sally Bryant)

You can pack a lot into a small yard and that’s what I’m trying to show people.

By Sally Bryant
ABC News
Apr 25, 2017

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During the past six months, Ms Corner has taken her garden from suburban residential to thriving small production system, with carefully designed complementary plantings to create the ideal growing conditions.

“I have always grown my own food, ever since I was little,” she said.

“My grandmother started me off doing that.”

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May 1, 2017   Comments Off on Australia: Urban farmer turns town garden plot into permaculture experience

Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

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Innovators Marc Noyce and Brendan Condon of Biofilta shared their closed loop urban rooftop garden concept at the LAUNCH Food forum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Jamie’s Food Revolution
Apr 18, 2017

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“We are so excited to share the Foodwall and Foodcube garden design here, amongst some of the world’s leading innovators who are working to transform our global food system to be fairer, healthier, more nutritious and resilient,” says Biofilta’s Marc Noyce.

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April 20, 2017   Comments Off on Australian Urban Rooftop Farm Powered by Rainwater and Composted Food Waste

New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight

“We’ve lost one and a half metres of embankment on both sides of the stream, a bridge, some planting, five big cabbage trees and a lot of chickens”, he said.

By Emma Jolliff
News Hub
06/04/2017

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“This stream is running a metre higher than it normally does. Last night in the flood it was one and a half metres above this.

“We were out here when they evacuated everyone. Police came down in force, council came down … they took everyone down to the school, there was lots of support.”

The community garden has around 300 gardeners, and also provides 35 emergency housing places.

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April 6, 2017   Comments Off on New Zealand: Wellington community garden hit by flooding overnight