So sorry to my readers that it has been essentially six months since my last post. Life has been a little crazy and I think in hindsight that perhaps I should have made time to write. Writing for me has always been a good form of therapy and it’s free.
So a quick update on everything. Firstly I was successful in rallying the troops and getting Riverland Fresh to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to Morgan. With that they also deliver to Cadell and Taylorville. The best bit is they have recently announced they will soon be delivering meat, seafood and dairy.
I have become involved with the community through the Morgan Primary School Governing Council and the Morgan Community Development and Tourism Committee. Two reasons I have put my hand up for these committees, firstly it gives me a chance to get to know some of the locals and secondly I believe my skills can be of benefit to the community.
With my skills I have also set up a page on Facebook called Sustainable Morgan. This page has been established to promote activities, business and groups in the township of Morgan, while creating a sense of community and belonging. It has been set up for just over a month now. One of the local teachers has joined on as an admin of the page, which helps with a little time management on my part.
This town we have come to call home has so much potential and I would really love to have a role in getting the town and its community to realise that potential. Hopefully my enthusiasm is contagious.
Signing off for now but I will be back shortly with some great articles, links and general updates xx
Came across this exciting project. Would love to see more of this in our urban landscape. Not only does this have a positive effect on food security, it has positive implications socially. Great way to get people to talk with their neighbours and other community members.
I strongly encourage my readers to check this blog out and start utilising their front gardens.
I’m about to share a video that I can’t believe I have never seen up until yesterday. I’ll admit I have heard of it but I have never made the time to watch it.
This is a great resource for those who educate and are passionate about sustainability, consumerism and social issues related to the production and consumption of stuff. Please take the time to watch. I’m glad I did!
The Story of Stuff Project
I came across this article yesterday Do Australians waste $8 billion worth of edible food each year?
The title of the artcle was enough to disturb me little lone the content of the article. So how many of us are guilty of wasting food? I’ll be honest I’ve done it myself. So why do we do it? Quite often people don’t check the pantry or fridge before they go shopping, we have lost the art of using leftovers, we cook too much food, we buy a take-away instead of using what we have at home or we mistakenly throw out food before the use-by/best-before date.
A couple of months ago, along with other waste management/sustainability officers, I met Jon Dee.
Jon Dee (black suit) is located in the centre and I’m on the side (in red)
Jon Dee known in my profession for being one of the co-founders of Planet Ark and has now put his energies into Do Something!. This is an organisation that empowers people to make social and environmental changes. Jon Dee spoke of a new campaign ‘FoodWise‘.
‘FoodWise’ is DoSomething’s national campaign to reduce the environmental impact of Australia’s food consumption. The main ethos behind it is for Australians to become more educated and informed about the food that they eat.
Did you know?…
- Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase.
- Up to 40% of the average household bin is food.
- For the average Australian household $1036 of food is thrown away per year.
The website that has been created for this website is great and is very informative. One of my favourite aspects of the site is the Recipe Finder. This is where you enter the ingerdients that you have in your fridge or pantry and it will give recipes that will use some or all of the ingredients that you have entered.
Food Security and Food Waste is certainly a hot topic of discussion within my professional circle at the moment. I do believe the more we educate the more aware people will become. For some it is just a matter of changing bad habits for others it might be learning about using leftovers. However we need to keep this topic out there. Dealing with food scraps left on a plate I believe is a total different conversation. We need to stop the waste before that stage!
Art for Advocacy: 13 posters for Sustainable Social Change
Amazing, powerful art work. Some simply do not require words.