ACT winemakers are crushing the glass ceiling
Food & Wine
What are winemaking women talking about these days? Remarkably, the same topics the rest of us are talking about. After being named Owner-Operator of the Year at the Australian Women in Wine Awards in New York last week, Sarah McDougall of Lake George Winery, a 150-hectare property overlooking Lake George, says the hot topic in the Big Apple was the gender...
Birthday marks two years of good deeds for Sapphire Community Pantry
Community
A powerful force of good in the Bega Valley community has just marked its second birthday. The Sapphire Community Pantry is now serving over 200 customers a week from its HQ on Peden Street, Bega. Led by Christine Welsh and Peter Buggy, the Pantry's aim is "supporting people to nourish themselves, their families and their communities" through reclaimed and donated...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – making chook poo tea for your garden
Community
Chickens give us a host of useful services and it’s clear the more we care for our chickens, the more services they happily provide! One of their endless gifts is chicken manure. A single chook produces about 1kg of manure each week. We can make very good use of that! Keeping backyard chickens and growing a bountiful, beautiful garden go...
Delay on Bega Valley FOGO compost while ‘cooks’ tweak recipe
Community
Bega Valley Shire Council’s FOGO compost cooks are tweaking their recipe following feedback from home gardeners. The change means compost might not be available over spring while the new procedures are bedded down. Council’s organics team has introduced a new curing period before releasing the popular compost for sale after reports that fluctuating pH levels were creating problems for local...
Mail order brides: Queen Bees plus postage and handling
Environment
Picture me, skimming magazine advertisements for beautiful, mail-order Queens. Italian queens, and Russians of course. You can pay per queen, with discounts on orders over 10, over 50, over 100. Carniolan Queens, inseminated breeder queens, rapid response behaviour queens, plus postage... wait, what kind of magazine is this? A copy of Australasian Beekeeper was brazenly left open in my local library, not...
Get a head start on the best to see and do this summer – Narooma Tourism Expo, this Monday night
Economy
Before the rush of friends and family arrive for summer in our beautiful backyard, the Narooma Chamber of Commerce is laying out the options to keep them busy and having fun during their stay. The inaugural Narooma and Surrounds Tourism Expo will held on Monday night - September 23. "One of the largest tourism sectors to come to the Eurobodalla...
Horticulture heresy – garlic swindle uncovered ‘guru’ pleads guilty
News
The Australian garlic industry is in shock with Leticia Ware, Tasmanian garlic grower, ‘guru’ of the industry, and Chair of the Australian Garlic Industry Association (AGIA), charged with the illegal importation of garlic. In fact, anyone aware of the implications for Australian agriculture would have been dumbfounded. In early September, Ware pleaded guilty to 10 charges; three counts of aggravated...
Meet the mum from Bega booming with her low carb baking business
Food & Wine
The Protein Bread Co caught my attention whilst embarking on the 'post baby bounce back keto diet' I set myself 12 months ago. Most 'low carb' flour products leave little to be desired and have you back on the carby sugars before you finish the packet! I can't claim this bread helped me lose weight but it did allow me...
Spring Equinox to mark 10 years of SAGE in the Eurobodalla
Community
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of SAGE - Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla, with a Spring Equinox picnic will be a timely reminder of how an idea planted a decade ago has developed strong roots and continues to grow and produce great outcomes for the community. “It’s a wonderful achievement on many levels," says SAGE President Mark Barraclough. “We are recognised as...
PODCAST – 2019 Festival of Open Minds, Panel of Oomph!
Podcast
The Festival of Open Minds held in Bega on Friday and Saturday (September 13 & 14) attracted some of the nation’s big thinkers to regional New South Wales, but loud in our mind is always making a place for local voices to take centre stage and add their own weight. The theme for Open Minds 2019 is ‘People With Oomph’...
Wild Rye’s Pambula expands, new bakery & roastery to meet demand
Food & Wine
Like a gangly child in too-short pants, Wild Rye's in Pambula is outgrowing its premises. A new bakery and roasting room is currently under construction adding to the goodies that emerge from the existing bakery, coffee roastery and Cann River bakery. The new addition, which locals will know as the old Pambula Fruit Market, will be a production space rather than a...
Notes from the kitchen garden: when does spring vegetable planting start?
Food & Wine
When does one vegetable gardening year end and the next begin? Does the first frost of winter slam the door on the vegetable year only to open again now with the buds starting to move on the trees? My gardening year always starts with garlic planting on 1 April. I then put in broad beans and peas and fill any...
Hazelnuts, cyclists and Nebbiolo wine: from Italy to Murrumbateman
Food & Wine
Well, the good news is - if you actually want to think about this -  that older Italian men in cycling lycra don’t look any better than middle-aged Aussie men wearing lycra. Sure they look great as a peloton, and should only be seen as such, but strolling through a restaurant, eye level, sweaty, and clingy, it’s another story, so...
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