Category Archive: Food Security

Thuan the Market Gardener

Thuan’s market garden: 1,500 sq m of alluvial, sandy loam in a flood plain of the Perfume River catchment, Hue, Vietnam. Fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, flowers, poultry – and incense – in a prolifically productive, wet, inland subtropical climate.

Bellis Open Day, 12-13th May 2018

Bellis Open Day, Brisbane, 12-13th May 2018. See and experience just how much can be achieved on an ordinary suburban block and find out how you can do it too. Over 500 different climate-appropriate plants grow at Bellis for food and medicine, to support biodiversity and including climate change-ready ornamentals.

 There will be plants and books for sale.

Protecting Pawpaw Plants Against Black Spot Disease

If you live in south eastern Queensland and grow pawpaw, it’s worth a quick health check right now. Mild, calm, showery, humid winter weather is perfect for observing outbreaks of pawpaw black spot… Continue reading

‘Putting sustainable food production into context’; Jerry Coleby-Williams, Patron, National Toxics Network Inc.

We ignore the following key aspects of sustainable food production at our peril:
* A culture of forgetting – we forget our horticultural history;
* Declining crop diversity, both in the range of species grown and in the genetic diversity within each crop;
* The oversimplification and impoverishment of systems of food production;
* A reluctance to apply the precautionary principle where using the least toxic solution in crop protection comes first;

Bellis Open Day, Mother’s Day Weekend, 13 – 14 May 2017

This is your opportunity to visit the amazing and affordable sustainable garden of well-known Gardening Australia presenter, Jerry Coleby-Williams. Get a first-hand look at what can be achieved on a suburban block. Everything can be copied using average gardening skills and a limited budget.

A Taste of Vietnam in my Garden
/ Hương vị Việt Nam trong vườn nhà tôi

I’m waiting for the summer wet season to start. Until the rain arrives, there is little cloud to filter the hot sunlight.

 Thank goodness for old net curtains and shadecloth! 

I thought I would… Continue reading

Oil, Rust and Global Crises. Ten Years On…

Ten years ago British Petroleum closed Prudhoe Bay, the largest oilfield in the USA. Rusted, leaking oil pipes heavily polluted a region already suffering from accelerating global warming. At the same time, melting… Continue reading

Bellis Open Day, Mother’s Day Weekend, 13 – 14th May 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: This is your opportunity to visit the amazing and affordable sustainable garden of well-known Gardening Australia presenter, Jerry Coleby-Williams. Get a first-hand look at what can be achieved on a suburban block… Continue reading

Spring Follows Winter. But Can You Set Your Calendar By That?

“This gardener wonders if the Carnival of Flowers date will alter in order to keep up with changing climate?

Meet Brigalow, a national Treasure.

Meet Brigalow, a National Treasure.

Rice Growing in Vietnam, From Paddy to Plate

The Vietnamese depend on rice (Oryza sativa) for food security. There’s a long list of ways rice can be served, this staple grain is routinely eaten three times a day – rice noodles for… Continue reading

In Production Today: My Subtropical Harvest Festival, May 2015

With 100 square metres of good soil you can feed a person all year round. That’s what my ‘Dig for Victory’ grandparents taught me when I was a teenager in London. Here in… Continue reading

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