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The Local Harvest Challenge: A week of eating locally

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on March 29th, 2012

7 April , 2012
12:00 am

Photo (and broccoli) by shannonkringen via flickr CC

Get connected with your food!  Join us and the many individuals, households and community groups around Australia who are taking up the Local Harvest Challenge!

It’s one week where we take on the goal of intentionally reclaiming your food choices and decreasing the degrees of separation between us and our food. Find out resources near you, and put into practice the art of eating locally, supporting local and organic farmers and businesses, and discovering the face behind your food.

Choose your challenge – your level of commitment (bite-sized, meal-sized, or feast sized) – and the activities and events you plan to participate in. Blog your experiences as you make changes both large and small.

Sunday 1st April — Saturday 7th April 2012

Find out more and register on the Local Harvest website.

Local Harvest Australia: Connecting and supporting local consumers & producers

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 14th, 2011

Local Harvest is a new national initiative aiming to help people find local sources of food and grow their own.

A directory of sustainable food in Australia
A national directory for finding food co-ops, swap meets, community gardens, farmers markets, box systems, organic retailers and more by simply entering your postcode.

Helping you to produce your own
DIY alternatives for food production and meeting essential needs, including resources for growing and making your own.

Local Harvest Challenge
Take up the Local Harvest Challenge, where for one week you attempt to reduce the ‘degrees of separation’ from your food. Based on the Household Action Challenge run in previous years.

There is a fantastic similar resource existing for the USA found at on which this project has been based.

Local Harvest will launch in February 2012, and is currently has a funding call-out on Pozible.  Check out the website to find out more.

Love the way you shop! Workshop

Posted in Events, Movements by EcoCentre on October 4th, 2011

9 October , 2011
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Photo: Sibokk via flickr CC

Love the way you shop! Workshop on conscious shopping

Let’s discuss what the impacts on our consumer choices are and how to channel your $$ power to practices you support. We talk about: GMO, organic, supply chain, corporate power, health, community, budget restraint, embodied energy, carbon footprint….. …..and anything that puzzles or disturbs you.

The workshop is FREE! Just bring $5 you will spend on shopping – a hands-on exercise during the workshop!

  • Sunday, 9 October: 2pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday, 12 October: 6pm – 8pm
  • Thursday, 13 October: 6pm – 8pm


Sustainable Shopping Tour @ Altona Library

Posted in Events by HobsonsBayLibraries on October 25th, 2010

20 November , 2010
10:30 amto1:00 pm

Image: imuttoo via flickr CC

“Shopping with a Conscience” Supermarket Tours: We’ll explore practical ways to help you in making more ethical choices and lighten your impact, so please bring $5 to spend on sustainable snacks.

  • What are the issues that reflect the true cost of the products we buy?
  • What are “best buys” for our health, our communities and our planet?
  • How can you find the most sustainable purchase amongst the options available?

Join Nick Ray from the Ethical Consumer Group to find out more about the products, companies and related issues that are part of your weekly supermarket shopping adventures. There will be time to share questions, experiences, and to feast on some positive alternatives.

Saturday, 20th November, 10.30am-1.00pm
Altona Library, 123 Queen St

Bookings by phone 9932 1330 or online at

Entry is free but you will need $5 to spend on the tour.

Consuming ethically – events to enjoy!

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on October 6th, 2008

100 Mile Trial
A group of us are endeavoring to eat more locally – from within 160 kms – for the first week of December. See plans, preparation and resources at Please let me know if you’d like to be involved in this.

When: Date of trial: Sunday 30 November – Saturday 6th December (First week of December 2008)
Next meeting
#1 – Saturday 25 October at Yarraville Farmers Market, Yarraville Gardens, 12 noon, lunch together.
Next meeting #2 – Saturday 22nd November (week before trial) at Shaun & Neesh’s place, Yarraville

Ethical Consumer Group monthly ‘meet & meal’ nights
This month we’re screening “Robert Newman’s History of Oil”. November we’ll have a specific focus on the ‘consumer culture’ with International Buy Nothing Day coming up on the 29th. See details attached and below as text.

Shopping with a Conscience Supermarket Tour
A great opportunity to have a overview of thinking ethically with regards to our everyday purchases. Included presentation of issues, supermarket shop, and meal with ‘best buy’ purchases. See details attached and below as text.
When: Last Thursday of the month – the 30th October.

For more information about any or all of the event above contact: Nick Ray, Ethical Consumer Group, 9687 4456, Or visit the website at

Ethical Consumer Group meetings and movies

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Ferne Edwards on June 27th, 2007

The Ethical Consumer Group meets monthly to discuss aspects of living out sustainable alternatives in a consumerist culture.

Wednesday 4th JulyThe Future of Food” – unlabeled, patented, genetically modified and on our shelves
Join us for dinner 6.30 – 7.30, byo food and thoughts to share. 8pm movie. Wrap up by 10.30pm.

Nick’s place. RSVP