EARTH GARDEN is Australia’s original journal of sustainable living for householders seeking a more eco-conscious lifestyle. For more than 40 years the supportive network of Earth Gardeners has been guiding and reflecting the movement away from high- consumption lifestyles.
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GLOBAL RECOGNITION FOR YEALANDS FAMILY WINES
Have you seen that gorgeous little piggy on the back cover of the Autumn issue of Earth Garden? He’s been quite the hit with readers. He lives on the estate of Yealands Family Wines in New Zealand.
Yealands Family Wines have recently been awarded a Platinum Medal at a Competition called the ‘International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing’. This is run by The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT). The top honour is for their on-going environmental, economic and social sustainability programs, and, importantly, for how well their wine tastes!
“The Yealands list of sustainable programs is long and impressive. That takes commitment and vision,” said Ed Schneider, BRIT's president and director. “Peter Yealands’ goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable winegrower could only be slightly upstaged by the quality of his wines.”
Yealands’ achievements in sustainability include being the world’s first carboNZero-certified winery as well as being home to the largest solar array in New Zealand, generating over 410 kilowatts of power while offsetting 82 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Their other innovative sustainability programs include: wind-powered energy; using a flock of miniature Babydoll sheep to graze in between vines rows reducing the need for mechanical mowing; installing floating solar-powered lighting in its wetlands to attract grass grub beetles thereby reducing the need for chemical pesticides while protecting the grapevines; and burning vine prunings instead of propane gas thus eliminating over 180 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Presentation of the platinum award to Yealands Family Wines was made on 30 March during the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival in Texas, and featured a 1,000-person toast to the winner.
Congratulations Yealands! Earth Garden is delighted to work with a company with such vision and commitment.
WHAT DOES EARTH GARDEN PUBLISH NOW?
Earth Garden began as Australia’s quarterly magazine for alternative lifestyles and eco-living in 1972. Its readership grew rapidly throughout the 1970s, and has stayed high ever since. Forty-five years later the magazine is still published on the first day of each new season, and EG 179, our Autumn issue, was published on 27 February.
Over the years EG has published numerous other titles in magazine format: 12 volumes of ‘Back Yard Farmer’, three volumes of ‘City Permaculture’, three chook volumes, and many, many others.
EG also ran ‘The Good Life Book Club’ for more than 15 years, twice-annually producing a catalogue of many titles related to the topics EG covers in the magazine. However, in the past three years sales of these other titles have dropped dramatically as people switch to iPads, kindles, ebooks, videos on Youtube, and other digital information sources.
The publishers, Alan and Judith Gray, decided to redesign the magazine and concentrate on creating the most beautiful magazine possible, rather than ‘spreading themselves thinly’ trying to publish or sell too many titles.
So today, Earth Garden focusses solely on the magazine, and its friends at dromanabooks.com.au now sell many of the recent back copies plus most of the EG books, such as ‘Chook Wisdom’ ‘Back Yard Ovens' and many more.
Buying a subscription to Earth Garden is one of the best ways to support the nationwide movement towards respecting the earth, respecting people and other species, media diversity, and putting communities before profits or the economy.