Home sweet homestead

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Whilst peeling apples to bake a pie, Bec Pollock recalled a tip about turning apple scraps into vinegar. She bottled the apple, took a photo, and submitted it to the My Food Story competition. And won. More recently she shared photographs of her Painted Mountain Corn. Who was this painted-mountain-corn-growing-apple-scrap-vinegar-making-photo-competition-winning person? More


Radical home economics

“We think what we do is home economics. Radical home economics. Meaning back to the roots home economics, which makes the house an engine of production as opposed to being an engine of consumption.” More


Joe’s Connected Garden

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A spectacular garden has taken over a suburb in Adelaide. It knocks down boundaries, creating community and rewarding work with truly ripe fruit and fresh vegetables. Amazingly, the protagonists, Joe Kielnerowski and next door neighbour Rosanne Parker, were not keen gardeners. Stress management brought Joe outside, and the love of fruit won Rosie over. Today the garden spans four quarter-acre blocks, connected by gates, designed with permaculture principles and managed using organic methods. You can see it for yourself on February 8 and 9 for Open Gardens Australia, 2014. More


Dig for Victory: Planning for the win

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Dig for Victory is a primer for the kitchen gardener. Every few weeks or so we’ll publish a new post to build on our technical knowledge of gardening. You’re under the capable hand of Steve here. Let me know what you think and if you’d like anything in particular to be covered. Enjoy!

My garden has evolved over the last few years to feed my family of four; I even sell enough so that inputs, with the exception of labour, are pretty much paid for. It’s about 80m² and is made from 18 beds (3m X 1.5m). My kids love to eat vegetables fresh from the garden—beans, carrots, broccoli and salads—the carrots rarely make the table and are often a get-home-from-school snack.

Yet this wasn’t always the way. More


Coles RSPCA chicken taste claim is bulldust

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Chicken meat taste, according to Coles
On 3 January 2014, Coles announced that all of their homebrand chickens are now ‘RSPCA Approved’. These chickens are raised in barns farmed to the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Standards. The real changes for the birds are the inclusion of hay bales and a reduction in stocking density. This “reduction” in reality means a change from 18.7 birds per square metre (for 40kg/m2) to 15.9 birds per square metre (for 34 kg/m2). More