cities

Nov 152014
 
The Grounds (groundless) Sydney,  review

If Disneyland had a farm (and they probably do}  it would be The Grounds.  It’s farm aesthetic as money machine.  And swarming with spenders sucked in by the latest gimmick,  an urban farm. It’s definitely got a lot of landscaping.  Mostly flowers.  The kale has gone to seed and the vegetable area does not appear to be tended or harvested.  Certainly the planting is not organized to maximise on-site food production. There are farm animals.  […read the rest]

Aug 062014
 
Sunshine,  my beloved

There’s a tiny chill in the air in Neukölln  where my friend deposits me for the best burger in Berlin, Schillerburger.  I can’t get past the sweet potato fries then I walk toward a  community garden “on the old airfield”, stopping for the best vanilla ice cream cone to date, at Mos Eisley. Amidst runways and grass is indeed a community garden, full of container plants,  bikes, and handmade benches,  all climbing or reclining toward […read the rest]

Jul 262014
 
Prinzessinnengarten

My favourite reading is food blogs and my favourite Berlin food blog is Stil in Berlin.  The author gets around,  and reviewed the food in the community garden, Prinzessinnengarten.  I thought it was clever to serve some food in a garden so went for a visit,  but found a lot more than I anticipated. The main difference between this garden and every other garden I’ve seen is that it’s full of people.  The first reaction I […read the rest]

Jul 242014
 
Markthalle Neun

In a less gentrified yet part of Kreutzberg is this market described by my favourite local food blogger as “the most interesting food in Berlin”. The large covered hall hosts an artisan food market several days a week every Thursday there’s a “night street food market”  which is a food truck scene without the trucks,  each stand vetted for interest and quality. Unlike many other informal gourmet scenes,  this one offered more product range with […read the rest]

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Jul 212014
 
Kochhaus

Four years ago I met a guy in Paris who was delivering measured ingredients for 3 meals for 2 persons once a week. “Because people feel guilty that they don’t cook for their families.” “And that they have such beautiful kitchens that they never use.” I bought the domain feastbox.com.au. Had a few twists of my own in mind, but wasn’t quite ready to take the plunge into a food business. In June, Hello Fresh, […read the rest]

Jul 122014
 
Winterfeldt Market Berlin

This market was so movingly delicious to eye and sense, that I had to just enjoy it rather than documenting it. Produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and hard goods stalls were mixed and profuse, which was delightful. It’s summer, so the market was full of berries and cherries. Although I have so far not found Berliners to be nice to strangers, that was not the experience in this market, and, also interesting, this seems to be typical of […read the rest]

Jun 152014
 
"To hell with the market" .... visit to my hero F.E. Trainer's sustainable world

“Composting and growing carrots is a nice start, but we need to get rid of the growth economy, make the global economic system work to meet needs, and replace capitalism with a different economic system that works for people. Most Green people are stuck at the level of compost heaps, which don’t have a chance of saving us. We don’t want to be a society full of compost heaps heading for disaster. Growing carrots locally is just the first step to changing the economy.”

Mar 302014
 
I want a Lab

LAB lab A Lab for Interventions, Innovations, Iterations to facilitate: Local Food, Objects, and Quality of Life – Artisan Economics and Meaningful Work – Biospheric ecological technologies and institutions. As Robert Pekins of Food Connect said to me “Academics need to get right out of the way. What they’re good at is asking questions. We need fora with practitioners in the audience practitioners doing the speaking, and academics asking the questions.”