Compost solutions for urban renters
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Compost solutions for urban renters

How easy is it for urban renters to compost their food scraps? Meghan Read interviews two Aucklanders in contrasting living situations about the options they’ve chosen.   Michael Sewell, 22, living in University accommodation Michael’s in his fourth year of an engineering science degree at Auckland University. In 2020, he lived in the University’s largest self-catered student accommodation, Carlaw Park Student…

Keep your garden safe from killer compost
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Keep your garden safe from killer compost

When Minette Tonoli’s lifelong dream finally came true, moving into a beautiful homestead in May 2019, she was convinced it was going to be the ‘year of abundance’, harvest baskets overflowing with organic produce, and the pantry filled with preserved bounty. Instead it became the year this herb lady turned into ‘herbicide lady’.  This article was first published in…

Antiviral plant medicine 
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Antiviral plant medicine 

Denise Cox explores the antiviral properties of plants, particularly in the forms of essential oils and tinctures.   Disclaimer This information is not intended as medical diagnosis or prescription. Please contact your healthcare provider if you feel unwell or have symptoms of covid-19.  Cautionary notes Herbal medicines and essential oils may interact with pharmaceutical medicines. Seek medical advice before using on…

How to make a charbecue 
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How to make a charbecue 

Sharon Stevens in conversation with Dennis Enright    What could be better than a summer barbie with family, friends, and neighbours?  To Dennis Enright, the answer is obvious: switch out the barbecue for a charbecue. “It’s a lot of fun.”   You’ll still cook up your kai, and you’ll also make biochar (see sidebar). You’ll enjoy the usual social benefits, plus you’ll have a…

Safe weed control
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Safe weed control

in our streets and parks   – giving up glyphosate! Hana Blackmore of the group Weed Management Advisory looks at council weed management practices and how we can make our neighbourhoods safer and healthier.  Tried, trusted… yet little known  Almost unnoticed, a delicate little remit was passed at the AGM of Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) last month, encouraging councils…

The joys of sauerkraut
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The joys of sauerkraut

By Mike Bradstock Sauerkraut is one of the healthiest preserves you can make. By a natural fermentation process it converts humble cabbage into a tasty and versatile nutrient-and-vitamin-rich product. It is high in vitamins C, K, B6, folate, and minerals including iron, calcium and magnesium. The only drawback is its comparatively high salt content, though this…

Local food, local money
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Local food, local money

Sharon Stevens looks at the connection between local, regenerative food production and homegrown currencies such as her local ‘Loaves’. From local markets to direct farmer-to-consumer relationships, regenerative agriculture is bonded with place-based economies. To support local food and other relocalisation initiatives, many communities have turned to homegrown currencies. In the rural Pohangina Valley and in…

Expect a miracle
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Expect a miracle

Published in Organic NZ May/June 2018 – 1.5.18, Health & Food Section Tremane Barr shares his experiences of surviving pancreatic cancer. “Sorry, but the cancer has spread from the main 12 cm neuroendocrine tumour in the pancreas to throughout your liver and there is nothing we can do. We expect you probably have around 3–6…

Farmacology
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Farmacology

Farmacology May 1st for the May June 2018 Issue By Stephanie Lambert Mark Christensen believes wholeheartedly in the power of heritage food crops to produce health – for the plants themselves, the soil they grow in and the people who eat them. It’s not simply nostalgia. He’s convinced that food-growing for profit has produced nutritionally…

Living the change
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Living the change

A new film shines the spotlight on our organic and sustainable heroes. Philippa Jamieson finds out more. Climate change… la la la la la. Environmental destruction – I know, it’s terrible! Social breakdown, economic collapse, help, what do we do? Living the Change is a documentary that features courageous Kiwis with practical solutions to these…