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Worldwide, communities and initiatives spring up who transition to a culture of strong sustainability and harmony with the natural world. What is it that makes them tick?
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300 year old food forest in the suburbs

300 year old food forest in the suburbs | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Geoff Lawton discovers a 300 year old food forest that has been tended for 28 generations by the same family. Incredibly it is in the suburbs of a Vietnamese city and only 2 acres in size yet it provides all the food and medicines for an entire family all year round.

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The Ooooby Local Economic Model

The Ooooby Local Economic Model | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Ooooby began in December 2008 on Waiheke Island, Auckland, as an online social network of food gardeners. An evolving project, it now also facilitates the distribution of locally grown food. Ooooby has (in May 2011) 3,600 members, 10,000 monthly visitors, 50 local suppliers and 150 weekly customers. Each month an Oooobyversity evening is hosted in Grey Lynn, Auckland, to share knowledge about food-growing and ways to enhance local production.

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Evolving permaculture solutions — keep it simple

Evolving permaculture solutions — keep it simple | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

As declining energy sources become more evident and food emergencies become more commonplace, governments will be looking to universities to find BIG solutions. Along with the hope of BIG solutions comes BIG money.

Permaculture may soon be looked upon as a potential big solution. So as we stand today on the threshold of increasing interest in permaculture, let us take a moment to discuss the potential pitfalls that come with the big money.

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Forget The Fridge: Using Chemistry And Nature To Store Food

Forget The Fridge: Using Chemistry And Nature To Store Food | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

The refrigerator is a paragon of modern convenience. A magic box that keeps your food so cold it doesn’t spoil. It’s a miracle. But it’s the kind of miracle that can make us a little lazy. You get home from the store and just throw everything in the fridge. But, in fact, many foods aren’t so happy sitting in the ice box, and would be tastier and last longer if stored on the counter. More importantly, nature has given us some helpful tips on how to get the most quality from our foods, if only we would listen.

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Swap Shuffle Share Website is now active. | Blog | Transition Hobsons Bay | transitionhb.groupsite.com

Swap Shuffle Share Website is now active. | Blog | Transition Hobsons Bay | transitionhb.groupsite.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

http://swapshuffleshare.com/ 

An online community of people who are keen on locally grown food. Many of us grow our own food in our backyard, patio or community garden. This site provides a place to connect with other members and share information like recipes, gardening tips and details of local food events.

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Guerrilla Grafters: Splicing Fruit-Bearing Branches Onto City Trees

Guerrilla Grafters: Splicing Fruit-Bearing Branches Onto City Trees | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
In San Francisco, a new form of covert agriculture is taking root: making fruit trees out of trees that normally don't bear fruit, and turning an entire city into an orchard.

Money, as we all know, doesn’t grow on trees. Food, on the other hand, does. So with the economy dragging, why not turn public trees into a source of free fruit?

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Landshare - connecting growers to people with land to share.

Landshare - connecting growers to people with land to share. | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Landshare is a social network for the grow your own movement, connecting people who need land to grow food to those who have land to spare. Find an allotment, get advice about growing vegetables, create or join a CSA, and make friends.
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Policies for a shareable city #11: Urban agriculture

Policies for a shareable city #11: Urban agriculture | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Cities should be doing everything in their power to facilitate localized food production, and a key component of that is enabling urban agriculture and community gardening. Peak oil, the breakdown of our industrial food system, the high cost of sustainably produced food – these and other factors lend to an urgent need to use every plot of available city land for food growing.

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Organic Delivery | Local Food | Ethical Food | Fruit Box | New Zealand

Organic Delivery | Local Food | Ethical Food | Fruit Box | New Zealand | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
Ooooby – Have fresh, locally grown fruit and veg delivered to your doorstep each week.
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German fashion designer makes clothes from milk

German fashion designer makes clothes from milk | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
The designer turns milk into milk fibers by extracting the casein from the milk. The result is a truly organic fabric.

 

@cmhensch: Comment: Organic - yes. But should we divert a food product to produce clothing?

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Local Harvest / A food relocalisation project from the Ethical Consumer Group

Local Harvest / A food relocalisation project from the Ethical Consumer Group | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

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. And more ...

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Greek farmers offload crops at cost price

Greek farmers offload crops at cost price | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
KATERINI, Greece (AP) — Hammered by the financial crisis that has led to ever diminishing income, a group of residents in northern Greece have joined forces with potato farmers to slash consumer prices and ensure producers can get their crop to markets by cutting out the middle man.

Hundreds of families turned up Saturday in this northern Greek town to buy potatoes at massively reduced prices, sold directly by producers at cost price. They lined up in cars and with bicycles, on foot and with scooters to collect their bags of spuds from a truck that flung its doors wide open and was doing a roaring trade in the parking lot of a local courthouse.

 

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Yep! Food Still Matters! - TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK

Yep! Food Still Matters! - TRANSITION IN ACTION SOCIAL NETWORK | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

 A food web is a way of linking together farming, food producers, local food shops, farmers markets, box schemes, community supported agriculture and food cooperatives, through to consumers.

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Local Milk Supply

Local Milk Supply | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Summary
Local farmer sells organic milk direct to locals using smart self service vending machine

 

Goals
To create a viable farming venture providing people with locally produced healthy Organic A2 milk at the farm gate. Our district has a lot of dairy farms but all the milk we consume from the supermarket comes from a supply chain centralized 400 k away and comes to us in toxic plastic containers.

 

Outcomes
Fitting the narrow government requirements that favour corporate monopolies, this model succeeds in allow each person to buy up to 5 litres a day from the farm gate using a really effective vending system as you can see in the photos. One vending machine allows you to buy a beautiful new 1 litre glass bottle for $2 that is totally reusable. The second machine takes money and dispenses milk. the dispenser steam sterilizes itself each time the door is shut. The farmer is well located near a school and between 2 populated parts of the district. The milk cost half what Organic milk costs in our supermarket.

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Building the local food infrastructure

Building the local food infrastructure | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Connecting food to the local economy can provide more people with greater access to local foods. Making it happen is another story since the necessary infrastructure was gradually dismantled over the past 70 years in favor of a national/global food system that promises low prices, year-round accessibility of products and convenience.

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Whose land? Our land

Whose land? Our land | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

More and more people are becoming interested in growing their own food. But our ability to take this essential step towards a sustainable future is being stifled by the radical inequalities of land distribution, in a country where patterns of land-ownership have changed little since feudal times, and the access to land of those who don’t own it has actually diminished. We will not be able to succeed in our Transition aims without challenging these inequalities and improving access to land for the many.

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On Forgetting How to Cook, Part II - Mark Bittman

On Forgetting How to Cook, Part II - Mark Bittman | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Another thing I seem to have forgotten: how to make bread. ...

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What will our food systems look like when we relocalise?

In Manchester a variety of organisations are at the forefront of changes in the way food is produced and distributed in the UK. This short film highlights their important work and offers us a more sustainable model for the future when cheap transport is a thing of the past and the food supply is by necessity relocalised. Added to this, production is far lower impact, ethical, affordable and organic – a food system we all want, wherever we live.

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A competitive cooperative

A competitive cooperative | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Now in its 40th year, the Essential food cooperative presents itself as a viable alternative to the unjust food system, and its worker-owner management model is a inspiring example to anyone who wants to change their social and economic relationship to people and food.

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Fermenting Friday - Essene Bread on December 2nd 2011 | Transition Hobsons Bay

Fermenting Friday - Essene Bread on December 2nd 2011 | Transition Hobsons Bay | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Essene bread and cookies are delicious caramelised goodness. It is hard to believe that all you have to do is soak some grains, wait a few days until they sprout some tails, blend, cook, voila. (Recipe attached!)

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Transition Culture Melt-in-the-Mouth Pumpkin Pie | Transition Network

Having spent the couple of nights before Halloween hollowing out several pumpkins and ending up with mountains of orange flesh, finding something to do with it all was a challenge. The kids had tired of pumpkin soup, so it was by good fortune that I chanced across this recipe for pumpkin pie (in Carey and Large’s book ‘Festivals, Family and Food’), and I’m smitten (and so are the kids)! It’s easy to make, makes your kitchen smell amazing while it’s cooking, and it tastes great. So here’s how it works.

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Solutions for a cultivated planet : Nature

Solutions for a cultivated planet : Nature | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

"Today, approximately a billion people are chronically malnourished while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity and climate on a global scale. To meet the world’s future food security and sustainability needs, food production must grow substantially while, at the same time, agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink dramatically. Here we analyse solutions to this dilemma, showing that tremendous progress could be made by halting agricultural expansion, closing ‘yield gaps’ on underperforming lands, increasing cropping efficiency, shifting diets and reducing waste. Together, these strategies could double food production while greatly reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture."


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