Notes from the Kitchen Garden: Christmas gifts and how to braid garlic
Food & Wine
December is a tricky month. Christmas, parties, holidays, a summer garden demanding attention and unpredictable weather. Bushfire smoke together with dry, denuded paddocks and parks constantly remind us of the worsening drought and add to high levels of anxiety and concern. So I’m sure you don’t really want to hear that it is now time to get going on your...
New drought hardy garden beds for veg at Moruya Community Garden
Community
The grounds of Moruya's Red Door Hall now have a community garden designed to cope with the dry times we live in. Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), received an IMB Bank Community Foundation grant of $20,000 which included establishing a Moruya Community Garden. 'Veggies For All' Coordinator Kathryn Maxwell says “Without this funding this amazing SAGE project would not...
Tiny house eatery Via Luna opens in Cobargo
Food & Wine
It may be small, but Cobargo's newest food outlet, a mobile kitchen and shopfront custom-built by Tiny Homes Tilba, has already had a big dose of community support. "People have really responded to it," says owner Lena Kuppens, who opened Via Luna for the first time last week with partner Harry Binnendijk. Lena and Harry are from the Netherlands originally...
Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
Gardening in dry times – tips from Perma-Queen Kathleen McCann
Community
Everything is so dry. We are now living (and some of our most beautiful plants and animals only just living!) in very difficult conditions in South East NSW. What can we do to help keep our plants alive and our vegetable gardens healthy and hearty? Here are a few go-to techniques and idea that have helped me ride out dry...
Cherry harvest is a sweet one on the South West Slopes
Food & Wine
Despite the gruelling drought conditions, South West Slopes cherry growers are revelling in a solid harvest with excellent quality fruit according to Young district growers. "We've been picking for the last two weeks and the fruit is beautiful," says Cath Mullany from Ballinaclash at Young. She and husband Peter run a pick-your-own orchard and farmgate shop, selling cherries and stonefruit throughout...
Far South Coast beaches awash with edible treasures
Food & Wine
It took just one sparkling morning of foraging on a Bingie beach to convince a group of local mums about the magic and power of seaweed. Seaweed enthusiast Stuart Whitelaw, a long-time gardener, author/teacher of TAFE permaculture courses and presenter for Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), hosted a hands-on workshop at his Bingie property. He shared foraging, harvesting, preparation...
New Moruya community garden ready to grow ‘Veggies for All’ even in drought
Community
Love gardening but don't want to water every day? Love eating fresh veggies but know that you'll forget to take care of the plants? The successful Veggies for All program run by Moruya's Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE)  has a solution to watering problems during hot, dry summers, installing fourteen new wicking garden beds in its new community garden. Wicking...
Heavy lifting starts for Canberra’s biltong boys
Food & Wine
For a brief moment, the four mates in their 20s thought they had bitten off more than they could chew. But the quartet behind local food phenomenon Barbell biltong stepped up for one another and pushed on, aided by older brothers and business advisers. Brothers Luke and Rory Rathbone, and their friends Tom Hutchison and Matt Laing met in a...
Oyster, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: naked, full cup and busting fat
Food & Wine
Does everyone remember their first oyster or is it just me? One slurp and my senses opened with a loud heavenly refrain. Since then I have become a great advocate for excessive consumption of these absolutely natural, naked, undressed, freshly shucked molluscs at every given opportunity. The track I am on is not for the faint-hearted. Lost somewhere among the...
Worries ebb at every turn on this nourishing art trail from Bega to Bermagui
Arts & Culture
The tourist-roads and by-ways of the Bega Valley can reap many rewards. From Bega and then Tathra to Bermagui, weaving itself through coastal forest with occasional glimpses of sapphire seas, one might swoon at the pristine beauty. But this journey will also enrich you culturally and gastronomically. Day to day worries seem to dissipate at each bend in the road,...
Arc Organics puts the taste back in real food
Food & Wine
Ask Claire Stewart about the taste of organic food and you don't get an answer per se, you get a response akin to the feeling of eating the tastiest piece of fruit that you've ever eaten. That's why she started a business that delivers predominantly certified organic produce, as well as a small selection of biodynamic, locally grown and certified products....
Paul West back where River Cottage Australia started
News
Paul West has become a favourite son of the Far South Coast of New South Wales. The time and energy he brought to the region and its people as host of River Cottage Australia made him so. Filming on the TV series based at Tilba ended four years ago, having moved away Paul and his young family are back in...
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