You Should Probably Eat Asparagus

My housemate is smoking in a cow print dressing gown. I am asking advice, ‘But the bit where he told me stuff off the record was the juicy bit! There were even parts where he mouthed words so they weren’t picked up by the recorder but I could lip read!’ My housemate takes a drag of her cigarette, and sautes me with a withering look, … Continue reading You Should Probably Eat Asparagus

Scoby Do–Kombucha vs the State

We live in a world of frustrated ideals. Sometimes bad things, oil spills for instance, or plumes of carcinogenic factory smoke, are under-regulated, while seemingly innocuous things, kombucha for example, are hounded by the faceless men and women of the state liquor license board. Sarah Coles spoke to Dean O’Callaghan from The Good Brew Company, about hypocrisy, the healing properties of SCOBY and the sacred … Continue reading Scoby Do–Kombucha vs the State

Conundrum

A journalism professor once wrote, ‘The complexity of the journalist’s ethical situation is only compounded in the case of narrative journalism.’ When Sarah Coles visited Pickle Creek Farm, a farm just outside of Sydney in March, she expected rainbows and kumbaya–what she got was a farmer with attitude and an ethical conundrum. The first indication that I had pitched a tent in interview hell was … Continue reading Conundrum

Grasp The Nettle

Day’s Walk Farm is one day’s walk from the city of Melbourne. Paul Miragliotta began farming there four months ago and has hit the disturbed earth running. Sarah Coles spent an afternoon at the farm eating peanut butter and watching Paul and the great nettle experiment unfold. The Boy and the Nettle: Aesop’s Fable A Boy, stung by a Nettle, ran home crying, to get … Continue reading Grasp The Nettle

All The Bees Are Dead

Future Headline: Abbott’s Green Army Hand Pollinates Food Crops Because All The Bees Are Dead. Around the world, the use of a type of pesticide called neonicotinoids is on the increase, much to the dismay of beekeepers, who view ‘neonics’ as contributing to a decline in bee numbers. A worldwide reduction in bee populations poses a serious risk to the global food supply. ‘Bees are … Continue reading All The Bees Are Dead

Priest Prays For Pesticide Ban

The use of a type of pesticide called neonicotinoids is on the increase, much to the dismay of beekeepers, who view ‘neonics’ as contributing to a decline in bee numbers. A worldwide reduction in bee populations poses a serious risk to the global food supply. ‘Bees are required in the pollination and reproductive process of food crops to make them viable. If we didn’t have … Continue reading Priest Prays For Pesticide Ban

The Weirdos on the Fringe

#EatBuyGrow Talks Feb 19 Melbourne PART TWO Salatin finishes and my friend, a boy crazy cheesemaker, texts me from three rows behind where I sit at the #EatBuyGrow talks to ask, ‘Who are you sitting next to!?’ I haven’t looked at his face (we are the tightly packed sardines fighting the apocalypse in here) but our elbows and shoulder are touching and I like how … Continue reading The Weirdos on the Fringe