Organic food production is most sustainable when regional or local. The Mt Warning Caldera Region (NE NSW & SE QLD, Australia) is rich in Horticultural and Agricultural (food, herb and textile) producing soils, locations and communities. Permaculture, Bio-dynamic and Organic Principles are practiced by many people and small communities.
The Mt Warning Caldera Region has both high rural and urban densities, high pressures from developments (approved and in the pipeline), much fragmented native vegetation and a heritage of vast, long gone biodiverse habitats and natural systems.
Still, there remains a rich and diverse number of Ecosystems, ranging from the Gondwana Rainforests and tall timbered Open Forests to the Coastal Heathlands, Swamplands and numerous Catchments that flow from the Mt Warning Caldera Ranges and Plateaus to the coast or further inland.
Organic growing of Food can exist happily within and about these ecosystems, fostering increasing biodiversity and providing healthy food for a growing Coastal Urbanised poplulation.
“Grow your own food” – Permaculture, simple easy lifestyle gardening
A Modern Herbal by Mrs M Grieve – A-Z Herbs, dated but very useful reference
Soil and Health Library :-Free e-books about holistic agriculture, health and holistic living
The Seven Stages of Disease :- Toxemia explained by J. H. Tilden : Enervation, Toxemia, Irritation, Inflammation, Ulceration, Induration, Fungation – a great little guide to understanding the stages of ill-health, as you create your own healing pathway.
The Essential Oil Cookbook – cooking for the new Millenium:- essential oil information, recipes to strengthen the immune system, and heart, recipes for weight loss and depression.
Select Organic – seeds for home gardeners
Organic Food Directory : Regional Organic Groups
Northern Rivers Food Links : “initiatives identified within the Northern Rivers Food Links Business Plan during 2010 and 2011, include:
Village Showcase Projects, Marketing & EducationDistribution Projects, Food Production and Distribution in Indigenous Communities Project, Sustainable Agriculture Projects, Local Government Resource Kit, Discretionary Projects”
sustainfood.com.au : Northern Rivers Producers’ Register – for local sustainable food networking.
Santos Natural Food Store : “Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Online Australian Wholefood and Health Food Products. Delivered Australia wide. GM Free.” Santos also has links to ethical businesses in its LINKS pages
Organic Growing – Organic Research Group , University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
Organic & Quality Foods – supplying SE Queensland, Australia
Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market : location, times, articles, information
Permaculture Principles : A foundation for sustainability
Introduction to Permaculture – concepts and resources
Permaculture – Tagari Publications, Australia
Biological Farmers of Australia – Australia’s largest representative Organic Body: increasing consumer awareness of organic food and supporting growth of local food economies
- The Bio-Dynamic Agricultural Association of Australia (BDAAA) : farmer based advisory organisation for commercial producers
- The Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI) : Organic and Bio-Dynamic Certification Organisation responsible for the DEMETER Trademark (Australian Accredited).
- Biodynamic Marketing Co. Ltd. (BDMC) : Distributes Bio-Dynamic produce to Australian consumers and facilitates export
National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia -Australian and International Organic Certifier : resources, networks, links, steps to organic certification
Organic Research Group -Links for Organic Research ( University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia)
Organic Growers of Australia – links and more
EcoDirectory : food, farming, blogging, organics and alot moreFood Connect : Local and Sustainable Foods South East Queensland. With eighty or so farmers in the SE QLD regional area, Food Connect offers a simple regional solution to feeding your family.
EcoMart – ” producer/consumer cooperatives to distribute local produce and goods to village and neighbourhood shops and to consumers who order online.” Their strategy says they are about local food networks and they are currently setting up in Northern Rivers (November 2009). More details on their website
EcoMart Northern Rivers Co-op Ltd
USA : National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service : Market Gardening – A Start Up Guide . Although in USA, this site still offers relevent info for starting up a market garden
Finding a market in Mt Warning Caldera Region (NE NSW & SE QLD) : you can try some of the following links to locate a market in this region-
- Big Volcano – Farmers and weekend Markets guide
- Gold Coast Good Food Guide : Regional Markets guide
- The Byron Shire Echo – Portal to the Byron Shire and Tweed Shire Echo
- beechmont.org au – local markets info
- Beechmont Community Market
- Gold Coast Organic Farmers Market : location, times, articles, information
- Tambourine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc -EVENTS – close to the Mt Warning Caldera Region, Mt Tambourine has a rich biodiversity, farming and markets industry –
- kyogle.nsw.au – community directory – community markets
- Startlocal : Organic Food Product Stores Australia – regional listings
genetic modification – “Do We really have a Choice” by Rachel P. Lorenzen in Resource Management in Asia-Pacific News
Palm Oil – the Killer Oil – article at candobetter.net
phantythat blog : spuds to us – a nice article summing it up. I think that alot of us “know” that genetic tampering by large corporations that have a stranglehold on agricultural and horticultural seed crops is one of the most damaging scenarios that food source biodiversity faces. Best way I can think of facing this monster is by putting your money and support behind those NON genetically engineered crops and distributors, who market organic, genetically biodiverse “natural” seed
Organic Research Group – Funding Considerations on homepage
The Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland – resources, links, restaurants and more
Down on the Farm – villagejournal.org.au – Rosebank, NE NSW, Australia
World Trading and the Global Stuff……
BIOSECURITY Australia – wikipedia
WORLD TRADE ORGANISATION – home