The Overlooked Organisms

This article was first published in May 2014–I am republishing it today (May 2016)  to promote Alison Pouliot’s upcoming fungi workshops and because  Alison Pouliot is tomorrow night’s guest on RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse. ‘I became an amateur mycologist years ago when I had a very nice plate of pappardelle and wild mushrooms in a restaurant in New York, and by midnight all my internal … Continue reading The Overlooked Organisms

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


#EatBuyGrow Talks Feb 19 Melbourne PART ONE In 1969 Ravi Shankar, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Santana, Grateful Dead, the Who, Creedence, Hendrix and a whole bunch of other legends played at Woodstock. I got to thinking about Woodstock sitting in the crowd at the #EatBuyGrow talks put on by the Regrarians last week. It wasn’t just the paisley revival or availability of kombucha that got … Continue reading THE MAGNIFICENCE AND AWESOMENESS

Autumn fungi workshop

Yesterday I had the supreme good fortune of attending The Bizarre and the Beautiful, Alison Pouliot’s fungi workshop in Woodend, Victoria. I recorded an interview with Alison before a wonderful day of immersion in the fungi kingdom. Both audio and written reflections to appear soon. If you live in Australia put on your wellies and get along to one of the workshops this Autumn. Quite … Continue reading Autumn fungi workshop

Pickle Club Is My True North

Life would have been simpler before HBO started making such great television dramas. I get distracted in these times. But pickling, like gardening, is a way to slow down and check out what is really going on. You can’t rush a daikon. Pickle Club is a grassroots group with roughly 20 members that meets four times a year.  Ah there is nothing better than taking … Continue reading Pickle Club Is My True North