Members of Our Urban Village met in Joslin Reserve on Saturday 30 November to celebrate the achievements of 2013 and mark the end of the year. Food, drink, conversation and music were shared by those present.
by Beth Mylius
This excerpt from an article in the Economic Reform Australia Review for a just and sustainable society (November-December 2013) From: Nobel Prize? Meet the Economic Movement that really deserves praise by Laura Flanders describes what is happening in the USA in New Economy Week project.
by Anne Wharton
This morning I attended the launch of the new Zero Waste website www.sharensave.com.au, held at The Gums Reserve, Tranmere. It was accompanied by the launch of the Campbelltown Community Produce Swap. It was great to see several SCSA members there.
Minister for the Environment, Ian Hunter, launched the website and noted previous positive environmental initiatives in SA, particularly the Container Deposit Legislation (SA was the first state to introduce such legislation many years ago); also the introduction of a fee on plastic bags sold in supermarkets.
As Australian housing blocks become smaller, more Australians are seeking information about how to grow a successful food garden in a small space. Two members of the Joslin Sustainable Communities group have generously agreed to share their experiences growing fruit and vegetables in small areas.
The first, David, has a highly productive courtyard vegetable patch. He regularly attends Essential Edibles Urban Orchard with a large quantity of beautiful produce, from silverbeet to tomatoes, broad beans to broccoli. You can read an article about his garden and his tips for success at Our Red House blog.
A second Joslin group member, Andrew, has a shady, tree-filled garden garden that precludes a ground level vegetable patch. His solution? Andrew grows his vegetables on the roof of his house.
An article Andrew wrote about his roof-top vegetable garden for ReNew, the magazine of the Alternative Technology Association can be read here.