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April 24, 2021

From the Mountain to the Market

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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Other News

MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

Holiday lets

David Wallace, Suffolk Park The following query was recently sent to NSW Planning Minister Mr Rob Stokes: On Friday, 9 April, 2021,...

Government bullying and hidden agendas

Frank Ball, Tweed Heads The treatment of Christine Holgate while CEO of Australia Post is nothing short of scandalous. Not only...

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Upside down river

Richard White, East Ballina I was going to deride the various government departments and agencies (DPI, DPE, OEH, EPA etc) that...

Byron Bay wants Byron Baes to back off

Faster than speeding reality TV producer, members of the Byron community have swiftly mounted a multi-pronged attack against the proposed ‘influencer’ based Netflix show Byron Baes.

Ben Schmitz: Working on the land is a great way to energetically co-create with this country. Photo by Simon Haslam

By Ben Schmitz

Working on the land is a great way to bio-energetically co-create with this incredible country we are so blessed to be a part of; it is also a way for many to create a source of rich wealth.

Steve Shakeshaft, an uncertified organic turmeric and ginger farmer, and partner Anastasia Fetotovaha, have been growing a crop up in the magical mountains of Wilsons Creek.

‘I get a good feeling about growing the best produce I can,’ says Steve. ‘It’s not about growing your plants, it’s about looking after your soil.’ Three years ago the land was overgrown with lantana; Steve saw this as a great opportunity to nitrogen fix the soil. ‘You have to think with a green mind,’ says Anastasia.

Our farmers here in Mullumbimby and the local surrounding Shire pride themselves on quality; all produce grown here holds a deep medicinal benefit for all. With low fruit and vege prices and high-quality produce at our local markets it creates a desirable, healthy, family-inclusive and interactive space that acts as a catalyst for growth and education across a wide spectrum of personal and community-centred ideals.

It is here at our local markets that people from different backgrounds and incomes come to share knowledge and wisdom, exchange goods and educate others through participation. This interrelation of soil and toil is beneficial not only in an economic sense for local families, but also for our bodies and minds, establishing friendships and a biodynamic relationship with nature.

This is a win-win, for farmers and customers are reflections of the strength and the spirit of this great community. From the rich krasnozem soils of the mountains, ideal for farming, to the rich hearts of all those who co-create a communal seedbank of wealth.


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