Marriage between bush regen & chemical free
Without affecting biodiversity, Council sets chemical free target!
After having many sustainability and biodiversity specialists providing feedback and knowledge, it was incredibly exciting for Council support my Notice of Motion (NOM) outlining an aspirational target to end the use of chemicals in weed management, creating an overall strategy and, in the short term, to look to use non chemical techniques for our high use public spaces. The NOM does not threaten to undo all the great and important work done by our staff and partner organisations by immediately ending our current weed management strategies. Many skilled and environmentally passionate people have done and continue to do wonderful and vital restorative work along our coastlines and biodiversity rich areas and it is vital we don’t undo this work.
Instead, the NOM develops a policy to frame the management within an overarching vision and an action plan to map the road to be taken to realise the vision. Secondly, it seeks some short-term actions, especially concerning high use public spaces. The community is justifiably concerned about the possible detrimental affects of the continual use chemical based pesticides and herbicides and this NOM seeks to create an ‘end game’ whereby, incrementally, if chemical use is to be continued, it will be up to Council to explain why chemical free cannot occur and to begin the process of moving away from chemical based answers to weed management questions.
The shocking news on Abbot Point has just come through!
Despite the evidence, Environment Minister Greg Hunt has approved 3 million cubic metres of dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef’s water off Abbot Point.
The Minister has ignored the evidence of the damage this will do to the Reef and those who rely on it.
He has ignored the concerns of scientists, tourism operators and the international community.
He has ignored the vast majority of Australians who want dredging and dumping banned in the Reef’s waters.
But he can’t ignore us on Twitter over the next 48 hours.
Tell the Minister you DON’T approve his bad decision by tweeting now using the hashtags #GregDump and #FightfortheReef
the worst thing that the Russians did in Europe
was to introduce (to the aristocrats of France,
mid-18th century) the Chinese tradition
of serving meals in courses,
where, before, élites in Europe followed
the Middle Eastern tradition of mezze,
all dishes served together, to be sampled as one chooses
- the most rational, sympathetic
and accommodating way to eat.
Thanks to Anthony Weir. A Voice in the Wilderness.
Wet tropics but we don’t seem to care.
Cavolo Nero, brassica olerecea or black leaf kale.
The photo above is of this enduring and amazing Brassica which has continued growing for over two years now. It can with stand intense heat and mini drought as well as steady rainy periods. A valuable source of Vitamin K, A, C and E with traces of calcium, iron, manganese and copper to my vegetarian diet. It is a beautiful plant in the garden providing a dimension and contrasting green to the other lighter shades of other vegetables growing. It’s origins are from the Tuscany region of Italy where it is commonly used in risotto or gently sautéed in olive oil and garlic. I recommend planting a few seeds and giving it a try out. It does not require a lot of space and prefers an open spot in the garden.
All my kales were popular at Saturdays Christmas Fair with it all selling before anything else. Dried kale chips are the new foodie rage around here.
This final photo is the Cavolo Nero about to flower and set seed for a new crop planting.
And I am all hugged out. A lift to the spirits, could not have been more enjoyable. My garden harvest all sold. Jayne sold all her ginger bread men and 20 plus pickled onions. All stalls were happy with a couple of exceptions. Slow to start at 9 am, made me realise how urban these valley’s have become but after 10.30 am a steady trickle of people with many staying until our close at 2pm.
I stopped sleeping at 4 am. Beautiful dawn chorus of birds waking up. I hope to record soon to share with you.
Vanessa, a strong and passionate Organic gardener.
Eve of Fair Day. Early start with harvesting. Pic is of the first rays of sun touching the valley.
A working bee at the hall saw it set up after 2 hours. Weather promises to be kind.
Cooler morning which will make harvesting easier. Setting up the hall with tables after mid-day.
Resting after laying their eggs.
Congratulations to Brunswick Chemical Free Land-care for the State award they received. I hope their presence at the market tomorrow will benefit our valley as the discredited with some, local land-care, increase their poisoning. Irony too when a bio-diversity officer from Council wants to apply herbicides near where he lives in Huonbrook. Doesn’t he know Council is now working towards being herbicide free ?
This beautiful gully I cleared by hand of privet, groundsel and lantana 15 years ago. With the tough privet and groundsel, I chopped them to ground level and followed up with the snipping of any new sprouting. Best way to regenerate because by doing the follow up I was able to see what was actually happening at soil level.