Jill Redwood Environmentalist of the Year September 23 2015, 6 Comments
Stalwart environmental campaigner, self-sufficient farmer, 'Earth Garden' writer, and all-round inspiration, Jill Redwood of East Gippsland, has been made the 2015 Bob Brown Foundation Environmentalist of the Year.
"Jill has put up with threats, intimidation and even the killing of her livestock, to bravely speak up for the forests. She has had a huge hand in greening the map of Victoria, including a pivotal court ruling against logging at Brown Mountain, and in protecting the habitat of endangered species like the long-footed potoroo and glossy black cockatoo. This year Environment East Gippsland won a reprieve for 2000 hectares of forest habitat for three species of owls. Besides her remarkable knowledge of the issues, Jill is a champion of organic food production, has a great sense of humour and is a fine role model for young Australian environmentalists," Bob Brown said in presenting the award to Jill in Melbourne on 18 September.
The Bob Brown Foundation Environment Awards are regarded by environmentalists as Australia's most prestigious, given that they are presented by Australia's pre-eminent environmentalist.
"Congratulations Jill from all staff and readers of 'Earth Garden' on such thoroughly served recognition. We're all proud of you, and we all treasure your contributions to the environment - and to 'Earth Garden' over decades of continuous inspiration," said, EG editor, Alan Gray.
Bob Brown Bob presenting Jill Redwood with the Environmentalist of the Year award.
Winter 2015 August 26 2015, 0 Comments
Please enjoy this welcome video from the 2015 Winter edition from our editor Alan Gray.
Nepal Earthquake Update May 26 2015, 0 Comments
To members and supporters of the Earth Garden Foundation Australia
2. Or Oxfam’s appeal - they are great too.
3. Our own little Foundation is not set up for disaster relief but soon we’ll be asking people to donate, or join EGFA to help rebuild the village where our orphanage is located; and/or help repair/reinstate any existing EGFA solar power systems or health posts damaged by the earthquake. Joining or donating to EGFA will help Nepal because we have no admin fees - all money donated goes to Nepal.
Welcome to Autumn March 01 2015, 0 Comments
Welcome to the Autumn issue! The excitement of the autumn issue hitting the streets is matched by the excitement in the household of the EG editor over a new band of pure-bred chooks.
Click here to view the short video about an innovative housing solution featured in the new issue of Earth Garden from editor, Alan Gray.
HERE NOW February 06 2015, 0 Comments
Fiona Tunnicliff, Earth Garden's Content Manager, takes a moment from production to appreciate said moment.
I recently had contact with a writer who calls herself a 'Momentologist' – what a great moniker to aspire to! You'll meet her in a future edition of Earth Garden.
My Mum often talks about her 'precious moments' and now in her 80th year; she's had a few. She reminds us all to appreciate the good times.
We all experience the big milestones, achievements and challenges and they stay etched in our minds. But what about all the wonderful LITTLE things that can happen in a day?
Some things are worth soaking up in the here and now.
I'm sure Earth Gardeners are adept at recognizing a precious moment when it springs from the soil ... why hello baby broccoli! Or, you just happen to look up seconds before the black cockatoo gracefully swoops over, you sensed it before you saw it – precious.
Being out and about in nature provides a multitude of moments to stash away in our hearts and minds. How lucky are we!
Publishing the Earth Garden journal is full of small moments to savour. Amazing stories landing in our laps and our designer pulling it all together into a visual feast. It's happening right here and now. Precious.
The Autumn edition of Earth Garden will be on sale 2 March.
Feed the Little Children September 04 2014, 3 Comments
Here's a taste of what Judith and Alan Gray are up to when they are not creating art or editing our magazine.
Feed The Little Children supplies regular, healthy meals to underprivileged Indigenous children around Broome.
EG Editor Alan, turns documentary film maker.
Check out his inspirational film:
This is Clint's reaction to the blooper at the end!
Welcome to Spring 2014 September 01 2014, 0 CommentsWelcome to the spring issue! Click here to view the short video introduction to the spring issue of Earth Garden from editor, Alan Gray.
ROLL ON SPRING! August 08 2014, 2 Comments
Fiona Tunnicliff, Earth Garden's Content Manager takes a breather from production to ponder the view from a two wheeled perspective.
As I type, the EG team is head down and bottoms up –no, we're not playing Twister –we're in the midst of production. Between you and me it is hard to keep ourselves from whooping and hollering every five minutes. Watching the Spring edition come together is a thrilling experience.
Exciting stuff this magazine publishing lark! Sometimes a wind down is needed. Lately my wind down time consists of trundling along on my new treasure –a beautiful bike.
There's something very 'Earth Garden' about hopping on a bike. What better low impact way to get around than good old-fashioned pedal power? Winding along the local costal tracks is a joy and I can literally reach a hand out and touch nature as I whiz along!
There is a whole new perspective that goes with being on two wheels. I find myself eye to eye (well almost) with so many precious little birds or flowers and seed pods bursting from trees, that I might not have noticed if I was on foot.
I suspect Earth Gardeners appreciate these kind of fresh perspectives. Like the one you get down on your knees, hands in the dirt, planting precious seedlings into rich organic soil. Or the view from your back door step at the food growing oasis that you have created.
It's the stuff we can't buy in shops that really matters the most isn't it? There are some exceptions of course. My new Reid bicycle say . . . or a printed journal that has 'Earth Garden' written on it.
Winter 2014 June 13 2014, 0 Comments
Welcome to the winter issue. It’s been an exhilarating, creative journey for all of us at EG to bring you this issue and the previous one — both radical departures from Earth Garden’s traditional format. Radical departures can be challenging, annoying and unsettling — especially if you have fond memories of where you were, what you were doing, and how you felt when you read Earth Garden in its traditional format. But many forms of tradition are simply ripe for reinvention. I sometimes hear people say: “I live like this because that’s how traditional tribal societies lived.” Fine.
But many traditional tribal societies I’ve brushed up against had some awful traditions, like wife-beating, child brides, and zero respect for the lives of other animals. I remember a classic passage from an all-time amazing Australian book called Sing For Me Countryman by the enigmatic musician, Neil Murray. He was deeply embedded in the lives of Aboriginal people from the remote settlements of the Western Desert, like Papunya and Kintore, when he asked the older men if they yearned for the old days before European disruption.
Unanimously, they declared that they had no wish to go back to that lifestyle for one simple reason: there was too much killing and payback in the old days. They had lived in constant fear of reprisal parties, revenge killings, and warriors from neighbouring lands, like the fearsome Warlpiri, invading, stealing their women and wreaking havoc. This shocked me, because I’d had a romantic notion that everything must have been better in the old days. Of course, none of this justifies the unspeakably appalling treatment of Aboriginal people by European invaders that continues to this day.
If we hadn’t turfed out the tradition of relying without question on coal-fired electricity for our homes, none of us would be living in solar-powered houses, in the middle of the greatest energy revolution since James Watt developed the steam engine. So changes to EG are part of keeping EG a creative project — thanks to the commitment and talent of Tony Fuery, Fiona Tunnicliff and Viv Hamilton.
Which reminds me of the creative projects my family’s been involved with recently — and how it relates to my food garden. I am very lucky to be married to a very talented woman, Judith Gray. If I listed Judith’s talents I would go well over my word limit, and this would set a bad example for all our other disciplined writers. People often ask us why all our children are musicians and artists, and why they always seem contented with their lives and myriad projects. Long ago I stopped claiming any credit for this. “All karma, no clue!” is what I usually say when people ask (wondering if we have some secret recipe). Of course, like any family we have our share of dramas and challenges (Yee-hah! Ride ‘em cowboy!). Maybe part of the answer relates to not having a television for nearly 25 years, but I think it’s more likely to be something Judith said to a friend recently after the usual question.
She said: “Out there in the world, you can do anything you want: deal with institutions, red tape, banks, governments, money. But once you step into our home it’s about creative projects and spirituality. I don’t care if my family is creating songs, paintings, garden beds, bamboo garden frames, magazines, or cakes, but I want this to be a creative world, not a bureaucratic one.”
Wow. In all the years I’ve known Judith I’d never heard her say this. It sounded so reasonable, and so . . . pre-meditated! So now, when I go about my business creating garden beds or magazines, I do so in a more mindful way — a way that tries to see this creative process as part of this nourishing life.
The photo on page 19 shows my Judith in April, a few days and frantic nights before the opening of her first solo art exhibition of encaustic paintings: ‘Dissolving Into Country’. The opening was a very moving event, with Judith reading out her Artist Statement about some of the themes and meanings in her work.
Jean Paul Sartre once said: “Life has meaning - if you give it some.” We say: “Give it some.”
And I hope the stories in this issue can help you enjoy the creative meaning you choose to inject into your Earth Garden projects.
The Front Line May 09 2014, 0 Comments
Fiona Tunnicliff is our Content Manager and has been on the front line of 'Earth Garden' publishing for the past eight plus years.
The best thing about working for Earth Garden is the amazing stories that come my way. They are not just dry words on paper – the stories are alive! There is passion and conviction behind the stories and it never ceases to amaze me when the 'heart' shines through.
The worst thing is the amazing stories that come my way. We can't publish everything! If we did we would need to work around the clock to bring it out weekly. With enough coffee perhaps...
The other best thing about working for Earth Garden is the team of people who make it. A creative, compassionate and dedicated team – and I count my lucky stars to be part of it.
The most challenging thing about working for Earth Garden is the pressure of deadlines, but I must confess it is usually me putting the pressure on! I do try to crack my whip in the nicest way possible (no correspondence to be entered into).
My favourite EG columns? Well I love 'em all of course ... but I have to say that I never escape an issue without shedding a few tears over a Jackie French insight or cracking up at a Tanya Jenkyn one liner. Who knew herbs were such fun?
Right now we are in the throes of another EG production and it is a time of much excitement and careful focus. I confess that I won't get a good nights sleep until the wonderful Winter edition is all inked up, printed and the journal is in my hands. That is always a truly reverential moment. Then we get on with the next one!
An exciting new chapter March 03 2014, 0 CommentsWelcome to an exciting new chapter in the long book of Earth Garden. Today we launch our beautiful new website...
A New Leaf January 14 2014, 0 Comments
So what do you think of the New Look of our printed edition, dear reader?
It’s autumn. . .