recommended reading and viewing

Recommended Reading and Viewing

Fabulous Food From Every Small Garden
Mary Horsfall (editor of Grass Roots magazine) shows you how to grow food at home in even the smallest of spaces. Includes instructions on successfully growing food plants from seeds, improving the soil, organic pest and weed control and efficient watering methods. Order on-line at

The Ethical Guide to Supermarket Shopping
A handy pocket guide that evaluates the social and environmental impact of different companies, and let’s you know which brands are a ‘better buy’ and which should be avoided. Available for FREE download from or call 0403 899 338 to order your copy ($7 including postage)

ABC Organic Gardener magazine
An off-shoot of the popular ABC program Gardening Australia, filled with simple and inspiring ideas to get your edible garden blooming – without harmful chemicals. Bi-monthly $7.95

The Australian Fruit and Vegetable Garden
Clive Blazey. The founder of the Diggers Club lays out a garden design incorporating crop rotation, with extensive growers notes for 100s of species.

Discovering Fruit & Nuts
Susanna Lyle. An encyclopaedia of plants bearing edible fruits and seeds, this book is sumptuous enough to be a coffee table favourite.

The Seed Savers Handbook
Jude and Michel Fanton. The seminal guide to growing, selecting, harvesting and storing seeds of edible and useful plants in Australia.

The Permaculture Home Garden
Linda Woodrow. A great starting point for incorporating permaculture principles into your own backyard.

Lawns Into Lunch
Jill Finnane. Inspiration for turning that water-hungry ‘green cancer’ into a productive paradise!

Backyard Poultry Naturally
Allana Moore. Packed with all you need to know about keeping happy, healthy, chooks in your backyard.

Harvest for Hope, a Guide To Mindful Eating
Jane Goodall – A fantastic insight into the global food system and ideas on how we can best create a healthier, more sustainable food system.

Gardening Australia
Saturdays, 6.30pm on ABC1
Often have segments on growing fruit and vegetables

Costa’s Gardening Odyssey
Tune into SBS at 8:00pm on Thursdays for a fabulously inspiring show taking you to community gardens and backyard veggie patches around the country. You can also view past the episodes on-line at

The Meatrix
A short, engaging animation exploring the realities of factory farming, and promotes ethical meat production.

Store Wars
An amusing five minute mini-movie following the adventures of animated organic vegetable heroes Ham Solo, Chewbroccoli and Cuke Skywalker.

Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
This 2006 film has become inspirational all over the world for its exploration of the Cuban response to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through the hardships and struggles, Cubans made a transition from a highly mechanised industrial agriculture system to one using organic methods of farming and local organic gardens.

Future of Food
Provides an excellent overview of issues being raised by genetically modified foods. It is both a guide for consumers, and a critique of the global food production issues which are driving debate.

Black and Gold – A film about coffee and trade
In this eye-opening expose of the multi-billion dollar industry, Black Gold traces one man’s inspiring fight for a fair price for Ethiopian coffee growers.

Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yum
In September 2008 Seed Savers released “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi” a fifty-seven minute film that celebrates traditional food plants and the people that grow them.

Homegrown Revolution
Homegrown Revolution is a short informational introduction to an amazing project that has been called a new revolution in urban sustainability. In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, for over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead and a model for sustainable agriculture and urban living.