It’s easy to spend an awful lot of our lives with our heads buried in the sand. We think that everything is, broadly, fine. The news rains down tales of disaster and woe but we get fatigued — sure, bad stuff happens, what’s new?
Most of us have experienced the overwhelming nature of COVID-19 because it affects each and every one of us. …
Have you ever got to the supermarket with the intention of buying organic, only to baulk at the extra price and opt for conventional produce instead?
It’s okay, we’ve all been there.
The problem is though, the way non-organic produce is grown throws up serious issues. Not only are pesticides cocktails of toxins, untested in combination, but the methods conventional agriculture uses are destroying environments and soils.
In fact, in the US, topsoil (where the overwhelming majority of crops are grown), is disappearing 10 times faster than it’s being replaced. …
In one of the nine Great Wine Capitals of the World, the McLaren Vale region is renowned for its exquisite grapes. Lying between the St. Vincent Gulf coastline and the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges in South Australia, the vineyards here lie in fertile soils, lapping up the Mediterranean climate.
While its location and reputation are on the grand side, McLaren Vale has another impressive string to its bow. It has the highest amount of certified organic vineyards in Australia, including the fantastic Angove Family Winemakers.
With a culture of organic processes as well as a dedication to biodynamic farming, this region is leading the way in responsible wine production. This means a vastly reduced impact on the environment and nothing untoward in your Friday night glass. …
UpHarvest strives to build a community of organic farmers and consumers who all have the same goal: enjoy ethically-produced food and build a sustainable world.
When sustainable businesses strike out by themselves, they can feel uncomfortably lonely. Many organic farmers have found themselves wondering if their principles are strong enough to bring in the customers needed to keep going.
At UpHarvest, we’re thrilled to say that if you support organic farming, as a farmer or a consumer (or both!), you’re not alone. And we have a host of fantastic organic farms in our community to prove it.
Organic farmers are changing the world every time they decide to work with the natural world, not against it. We’re proud to have these dedicated growers and suppliers providing fantastic food for our community. …
You don’t have to follow a foodie on Instagram to have come across an artfully-shot Buddha bowl. Rainbow-coloured and deeply wholesome, these trendy dishes are all over the place.
The thing is, the mighty Buddha bowl isn’t a passing fad. It’s not the latest diet hack or gimmick. Instead, this colourful bowl is simply a well-balanced, plant-based meal that just so happens to be exceptionally photogenic.
If you’ve ever flirted with the idea of making a Buddha bowl, you don’t have to get lost in the endless scroll to find inspiration. …
This isn’t another article on how Covid-19 has changed the world. Both you and I need a break from that. However, this country has discovered that it can upturn its traditional way of functioning and make sweeping changes in an extraordinarily short amount of time. It’s this discovery that is paving the way for a revolution.
MaaS stands for Mobility-as-a-Service (which is not something you should try to say quickly when low on sleep).
Essentially, MaaS is the integration of multiple modes of transport — including public and private, but not personal — which users can access through a single service. …
There’s no such thing as a typical farm experience and that’s partly why volunteering in this sector is such an enjoyable activity.
Would you like the chance to:
When you volunteer on a farm, something clicks.
No matter how much you read about sustainable farming and eating whole foods, there’s something about being a part of the actual process that makes it all real. …
Fried chicken, fresh snapper, glistening squid, packed spring rolls, the click- hisssss of a Coke can being opened. Indonesian night markets are places of wonder and heat. Heat in the air, heat of the flaming grills and the heat of the food.
During the day, the area is not only deserted, but entirely empty. Like a concrete car park without any cars. An unusually open space in a town crammed with buildings, banana palms, warungs and shrines.
But, after sundown, the space turns into an intoxicating labyrinth sprung up from nowhere, filled with little stalls crammed with rice, noodles and fried everything. …
Plants grow. It’s what they do.
My mother had an acorn wedged under her car’s windscreen wipers and one day it cracked open, releasing a bright green shoot. Growing vegetables in a small space isn’t about coaxing plants to grow, it’s about choosing the plants that are happy to be contained (the baby oak was re-homed).
But why bother growing vegetables in the first place? Is it really worth it?
Maybe you’re on the fence or maybe you’ve only just realised there is a fence. …
7am and the alarm goes off.
At first, I’m not sure what it is. In between dreams and reality I struggle for awareness but all too soon I am awake. The room is dark because its windows are wooden shutters and I can’t open them without encouraging insects.
I’m tired and haven’t sleep particularly well. I suppose getting up is easier than it would be if I had slept deeply.
I find some clothes and brush my teeth while listening to the demanding squawks of the prolific roosters. Since being in Bali I’ve discovered that cockerels do not crow only in the morning; these vocal poultry crow all the time, in some kind of oratory celebration of life in feathers. …