Benedict Hughes – Bee here now / I want you back

Benedict Hughes – Bee here now Benedict Hughes aka the Practical Beekeeper has been extra busy this autumn; not only has he been extracting honey from his hives scattered around the Northern Suburbs, he has also been launching the Pollinator Alliance – a bee education social enterprise. Benedict’s passion is sharing his love of beekeeping as well as teaching people […]

The Retelling / Honouring Nirma

Plastic Free sustainable living

The Retelling Over the last seven years Plastic Free July’s were largely the unfashionable provenance of a few well-meaning but deeply suspect folk likely to ride bamboo framed bicycles or be the evangelistic owners of a home biodigester.  This Plastic Free July, however, has been unlike any other; since ABC’s War on Waste, the supermarket plastic bag bans and the […]

Glass campaign half full / A feast in time

Schulz Organic Dairy milk in glass

Glass campaign half-full When I was a little kid one of my jobs after school was to put four empty milk bottles in the wire carrier and take them out to the letterbox for the milkman to swap over for full ones. Around dinner time the teenage milkboys in their Dunlop volleys and leather aprons […]

Feels like it could be a bit of a big year

This week on our Facebook feed you might have seen Lily D’Ambrosio, state minister for energy, environment and climate change, drop by the Fair Food warehouse to announce a Sustainability Victoria hybrid grant/loan for three projects; –    building a vertical microgreens teaching farm –    recycling a cool room destined for landfill from our previous warehouse […]

Schulz milk in glass bottles update / PAZOYND Day, Saturday, Feb 23rd

Schulz Milk in Glass

Schulz milk in glass bottles coming soon… Here’s a progress update on Schulz Organic Dairy’s new glass milk bottles. You may remember back in 2018 Simon Schulz raised $106,100 to buy plant & equipment to put his milk into 5,000 reusable glass bottles each week. The glass bottles that are estimated to eliminate up to 10 tonnes […]

Lost trades / No box left behind

George Smithwick Lost Trades Fair

Lost trades I’m in Kyneton with 16,000 others this weekend to see the Lost Trades Fair. The Labour Weekend event has become so popular they’ve capped the numbers this year. Spread around the Kyneton Racecourse on the banks of the Campaspe River is a world made by hand.  People’s intimate lives with clay, wood, flax, wool, […]