Nick Rose, Andrew Gaynor
We are in the midst of a great shift, a fundamental transformation in our relations with the earth and with each other. This shift poses humanity with a challenge: how to transition from a period of environmental devastation of the planet by humans to one of mutual benefit? How do we transform our relationship to the land, non-human lifeforms, and each other? Reclaiming the Urban Commons argues this change begins with a deeper understanding of and connection with the food we produce and consume.
This book is a critical reflection on the past and the present of urban food growing in Australia, as well as a map and a passionate rallying call to a better future as an urbanised species. It addresses the critical question of how to design, share, and live well in our cities and towns. It describes how to translate concepts of sustainable production into daily practices and ways of sharing spaces and working together for mutual benefit, and also reflects on how we can learn from our productive urban past.
Covering Aboriginal food systems, RAW gardens, backyard gardens and rooftop beekeeping to the latest in commoning and resilient urban food systems research, Reclaiming the Urban Commons gathers together leading innovators, researchers and practitioners of urban agriculture in Australia to share stories of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and why.
Peter Coucquyt, Bernard Lahousse & Johan Langenbick
Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons.
You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees.
In this book you�ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures.
Whether you keep a hive or two in your suburban garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.
Inside you�ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, including:
� Bee biology, behaviour, nesting, social life and foraging
� How to build your own native bee hive
� How to transfer a bee colony to a hive box and propagate hives
� All about sugarbag honey, including how to extract it from hives
� Managing your hive
� Identifying and dealing with pests
� Using stingless bees for pollination � from small gardens to commercial crops
� A complete list of Australia�s stingless bee species, how to identify them, their characteristics, where they occur, and recommended hives
� A readable summary of the latest research on native bees
� Richly illustrated with over 500 photos, drawings and charts
Kim Walker, Vicky Chown
With self-care, mindfulness and mental health being at the forefront of the popular consciousness, taking control of your health has never felt so important. And learning about herbs and how they can treat and heal ailments and conditions is a good place to start.
THE HERBAL REMEDY HANDBOOK is a collection of practical remedies for home care. It is an ailment and recipe-led reference for first-aid, simple conditions such as coughs and colds, and helpful self-management techniques for more complex conditions such as anxiety and eczema. From vinegars and tonics, creams and balms to syrups and teas, all the recipes use easily accessible, bought, foraged or grown ingredients for you to create your own herbal healthkit.
An indispensable guide for the beginner or the budding herbalist, THE HERBAL REMEDY HANDBOOK is filled with tried-and-tested recipes that will inspire you to make your own remedies.
Penny Woodward, Janice Sutton, Karen Sutherland
Tomato: know, sow, grow, feast is a new hardback book celebrating Australian heirloom tomatoes. These colourful heritage gems are full to bursting with juicy deliciousness and are enjoying a renaissance in Australia today. Inspired by this, horticultural expert and author, Penny Woodward thought it timely to create this book brimming with information about heirloom tomatoes, so that tomato lovers throughout Australia could identify, learn to grow and enjoy them. Tomato explains why a ‘red tomato is red’, why ‘real tomatoes’ taste so good, and why tomatoes are so ‘good for you’.
The book also leads both experienced and aspiring gardeners through the practice of organic heirloom tomato growing and explores the history of heirloom tomato varieties in Australia. The book also provides, for the first time, a comprehensive description and extensive illustrated list of the more than 220 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes available from seed suppliers in Australia today. What also sets Tomato apart, is the book’s extensive list and description of heirloom tomato pests and diseases, painstakingly researched by gardening expert Karen Sutherland, that includes an indispensable pest and disease chart to help gardeners identify and control them. Uniquely too, for a gardening book, Tomato includes a substantial dedicated cooking and recipe section, where internationally award-winning cookbook author, Janice Sutton, explains not only how to preserve tomatoes and create the perfect tomato passatta, but also delves into the enticing realm of heirloom tomato variety flavours.
The cooking section also contains more than 60 delicious recipes (each with its own beautiful full-page image) shared by a raft of talented chefs, cooks and passionate tomato lovers from throughout Australia and beyond - including some of Australia’s most respected culinary icons: Peter Gilmore, Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Sally Wise, Christine Manfield, Mark Olive, Matthew Evans and the Agrarian Kitchen’s Rodney Dunn.