Category: Food & Food Support Systems

PermaCooking – Meat, Marmalade and My Execution Meal

The Meat Situation The meat situation is this – we’ve got a good part of a cow in the freezer, a couple of lambs coming along, and lots of birds that need processing. For the vegetarians out there, I offer you potato gnocci later on for dinner (without the beef ragu of course) and cumquat marmalade on sourdough toast for morning tea. For now though, let me indulge the more […]

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

Have you ever grown your own food? Studies have shown that people who eat organic produce from their own garden have an increased sense of well being and good health. In September 2007 I met a group of motivated, hardcore volunteer gardeners. When I say hardcore, some of these guys where involved with the guerrilla gardeners. They turn unused trashy areas and transform them into edible, self-sustaining gardens. It started […]

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PermaCooking – Your Goose is Cooked

One of several Zaytuna Farm geese All photographs © Craig Mackintosh except where credited otherwise We killed a goose at Zaytuna Farm the other day and by my count we served out 60+ student meals from it, plus two day’s worth of wonderful breakfasts for the staff. Not a bad effort I thought. Pretty good use of a bird. Here’s what we did….

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Permacooking

The farmer and the cook with Ethiopian Cabbage First Week I’ve just finished my first week working as the farm cook for the Permaculture Research Institute at Zaytuna Farm and already it’s been an amazing experience. To be able to cook at this wonderful and dynamic farm is a delight for all the gastronomical senses. If fresh, seasonal, local, delicious and nutritious ingredients are what good food is all about […]

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PDC Interview, Part 3: Chef Aureliano

Photo copyright © Craig Mackintosh Pumpkins at Zaytuna Farm Harry Schnur from Taipei, Taiwan, recently completed his PDC with Geoff Lawton at Zaytuna Farm. He has two shows on the only English community radio station in the region and did a series of interviews for one of his shows during his time at the farm. Below is part 3, an interview with Chef Aureliano about his experiences cooking fresh, seasonal […]

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Home Cheese-Making DVD Hits the Road!

Okay, it’s taken a while and we were expecting to release this title last year. We even had a few people ask for it for last year’s Christmas, but the truth is we took too long to finish it. So now it’s here, ready to go! Elisabeth Fekonia’s Home Cheesemaking and All Things Dairy DVD has finally been released!

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How to Make a Home Made Bee Hive

The photograph above is of my home made bee hive. This is the ultimate beginner bee hive and the one I highly recommend you consider. Its benefits are that it is horizontal and not vertical so you don’t break your back lifting heavy boxes. The legs are cut to make the top of the hive at your own waist level. Now you can tend your bees without much bending and […]

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Sad Truth About Sow Stalls

by Doron Francis, CERES Food Connect Sow Stalls, legal in Australia Recently I was chatting to a bunch of seemingly well informed people about Food Inc the movie. One of the comments made was that the film was about industrial agricultural in the USA, so wasn’t ‘relevant’ to Australians. It’s interesting to see how very little we actually know about where our food comes from, how it’s produced and how […]

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Biofuels and Confirmation Bias

by Tim Auld Several years ago I learned about peak oil and decided that industrial civilisation was going to collapse. From then on I viewed many responses to this with scepticism. They would at best prolong business as usual for a short period. Use of cars and trucks would collapse with the supply of oil, along with plastics, rubber and pharmaceuticals. I thought that this would ultimately be a good […]

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Shedding Some Light on Food Prices

by Doron Francis, CERES Food Connect Food prices have been going up for some time now. According to OECD data Australia has the highest food price inflation in the western world, and, for the first time, Australia is now importing more fruit and veg than it exports. The reasons for this are many: global demand has pushed up prices as populations increase, severe and prolonged drought locally has lead to […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Meet Red

Editor’s Preamble: People are increasingly disgusted with the cruelty, disease and pollution associated with factory farms. Events like the recent Swine Flu pandemic, which appears to have originated with the world’s largest hog producer, Smithfield Foods, are helping us to see the error of our corporate ways. Large scale of any activity almost always compromises ecological and ethical principles, and the factory farming of sentient beings is a tragic example […]

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