1. At a time when we need to build an economy which is more resilient and relatively self-sufficient, initiatives to grow local food have an important role to play in developing new skills, reducing costs and carbon emissions associated with transport, packing and food waste and nurturing a sense of community.
2. Increased involvement of people in food growing can lead to other, large public and mental health benefits, radically reducing the social costs of sedentary lifestyles, poor diet and a wide range of mental health conditions associated with modern patterns of more socially isolated living. The involvement of people in local initiatives can also lead to other kinds of positive social change, building more caring communities.
3. The impact of individual actions on resource use can be very large, making communities and economies less vulnerable to sudden shifts in prices, availability or shocks induced by climate change.”
GROW FREE NZ available on the Tutukaka Coast - promoting a sustainable culture of growing and sharing healthy food and other resources with the community for free. This grassroots, community building movement originated in Australia. www.growfree.org.auTop of Form
Sharing our food abundance nurtures the health and happiness of local communities and the environments in which we live. Grow Free starts with food, but ends up with community.
The growing process won’t be just limited to a community garden, but everyone can contribute ‘left over’ fruit or veggies that they have grown in their own back yard. As a result everyone should be able to take what they need and give what they want.
Once the growing and sharing starts they are aiming at setting up Grow Free Food Carts at a suitable location where people can exchange fruits, veggies, seedlings, etc.
HERB TEAS ruled out of Whangarei Grower’s Market. As of March 31, the new Food Act will prevent Dandelion Farms and many other small growers selling any processed product without a Health Inspection and License. The same rules will apply to small growers as if they were large producers and exporters. This includes dried foods. Being a small grower, the compliance costs mean it is not economic for them to continue with their dried teas. Contact: email@example.com
WORLD FINANCIAL SYSTEM AT BREAKING POINT - The world financial system is as dangerously stretched today as it was at the peak of the last 2008 crash/bubble but this time the authorities are caught in a "policy trap" with few defences left, a veteran central banker has warned. Check out this story from the NZ Herald iPad App http://nzh.tw/11981351
A NEW ECONOMY – Documentary Trailer. Big things happen when humanity is at the core of business. A New Economy is a feature documentary that asks, Can cooperation save the world? https://vimeo.com/161668374
“ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS” Powerful – share this with your contacts – if they only watch this one documentary, the ‘penny may drop’. The new abridged version says it all – we have to return to local sustainable economics to achieve happiness https://youtu.be/pyQaUDLW6ts
“HOT AIR – The Politics of Climate Change in NZ” DVD - We have recently donated this DVD to Whangarei Library.
“DISOBEDIENCE”the new film about the global movement to break free from fossil fuels - available free at watchdisobedience.com . The film is a powerful journey, featuring Break Free organisers preparing to mobilize for major global actions to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The movement is growing in size and courage. Join thousands of people across the planet in Break Free actions