Edible weeds workshop II

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Edible weeds workshop II
26th March, 2019

Back by popular demand Diego Bonetto’s Edible Weeds Workshop returns to the Blue Mountains Organic Community Garden Katoomba.

Photo by Aimee Crouch

You will never look at weeds in the same way again after taking part in this workshop. Diego Bonetto is a weed forager, artist, storyteller and an expert on identifying the nutritious plants that grow under our feet that most people call ‘weeds’.

Take a walk on the wild side and discover the edible and medicinal plants that grow around us. Learn about the role weeds play in repairing and building soil. Find out how they have been used for food, craft and natural remedies. Discover ways to safely harvest from the wild and enrich your diet with vitamins and minerals.

Each participant will receive a booklet detailing 16 of the most common wild edibles of the greater Sydney region.

To purchase tickets click here.

A great sum of small things
26th March, 2019

Amy Tyson reviews this practical and inspirational guide to reducing waste.

A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living plants seeds in your mind and encourages you to plant seeds in your life. Lauren and Oberon Carter’s minimalist approach to providing a waste-free family framework is deceptively abundant. All of the necessary ingredients, both practical and thought provoking, are provided. Their basic principles are presented in a supportive and non-judgemental fashion and are applicable to the suburban environment. This book will do more than get you started. It will become a household tome of comfort and inspiration.

What even is waste-free living? You might think you know something about it. You might think the benefits are glaringly obvious. As you flip through each intricately crafted page, you will witness the waste-free life experiences of this family. With exquisitely captured scenes, you are invited to peer through gorgeously framed windows. You will read their constructively framed words-from-the-heart and realise the far-reaching power of your own decisions. Even the small ones.

No corner of your life is left unexamined. Their principles can be retrofitted to any decision that needs to be made regarding waste. Issues such as the broader impact of waste and invisible waste are touched upon with just the right amount of information to encourage thought. The theme of this book is personal, though, focusing on how to bring about change in your home and life.

As you immerse yourself in the wholesome life of the Carter family, you will find more than enough carefully instructed yet malleable methods to start making waste-free decisions. You will find no strict recipes here. No rules. Except for the rules you make for yourself. And even then, you’ll find kind and understanding advice on how to find your own balance.

A contagious sense of calm comes from observing the Carters’ simple way of life. Instead of overwhelmed at the enormity of the subject, you will feel capable of revolution in your own life and of taking responsibility for your own waste, one decision at a time.

A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living by Lauren and Oberon Carter is published by Pan MacMillan RRP $34.95.

To help Blue Mountains Food Co-op members achieve their waste-free living goals, our neighbour in Ha’penny Lane, The Little Lost Bookshop is offering a 20% discount on this title for Co-op members. Just pop into the bookstore with your Co-op member card and place your order.

Environment news

Get behind the Colong Foundation’s fight to save the wild rivers of the Blue Mountains National Park.

Give a Dam is the grassroots community campaign to stop the destruction of the Blue Mountains National Park and the over development in western Sydney from the raising of Warragamba Dam wall.

According to the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, “raising the Warragamba Dam wall is a developer-driven proposal that will make it easier to build on flood-prone land in western Sydney – against the wishes of local communities.

“Raising the dam wall would also destroy 65 kilometres of wilderness rivers and inundate 4,700 hectares of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.”

If you’d like to get involved you can attend a campaign event or volunteer training day. A special screening of a documentary made by the Colong Foundation will be held on February 16 at The Springwood Hub and February 19 at Mt Vic Flicks.

For more information go to giveadam.org.au. And don’t forget you can talk about the wild rivers campaign over a coffee with Greg Davis from Wilderness Coffee Project at the Co-op most Saturday mornings.

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