The Gloaming is a podcast about the future of Gippsland and the people who are creating it, featuring conversations with the region's crepuscular creatures.

TG6: Connecting soil to plate (Baw Baw Sustainability Festival - Part 2)

TG6: Connecting soil to plate (Baw Baw Sustainability Festival - Part 2)

Angelo & James continue meandering through the Baw Baw Sustainability Festival, this time focusing on food. They spoke with Terry Avery from the West Gippsland Permaculture Group, and Yvonne Noble, a volunteer with the Baw Baw Food Hub.

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Stuff we talked about in this episode:

1) 3:54 - Terry Avery, a leading member of the West Gippsland Permaculture Group.

Terry explained what permaculture is and how it can benefit your health and your community. You can learn more about permaculture on David Holmgren's website.

Keen to join the local crew? You can meet Terry Avery and his band of merry retrosburbanites for the monthly meeting of the West Gippsland Permaculture Group. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Baw Baw Skills Centre in Wills Street in Warragul. Join the WGPG Facebook group to keep in the loop. Or you can also catch up with our local permits at the Rokeby market (second Saturday of every month) where they host a market swap table - bring your excess produce, seedlings, seeds and swap for other organic goodness.

James raved on (and on... and on...) about permaculture co-founder David Holmgren's latest offering, Retrosuburbia: The downshifts guide to a resilient future. The book and website is a goldmine of ideas for people keen on building a resilient community, starting in your own street. 

David Holmgren was also recently interviewed on the Subtle Disruptors podcast. If you like The Gloaming, you'll love Adam Murray's Subtle Disruptors!

Angelo's inner policy wonk crawled out of hiding and reviewed the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Check out the Transition Network, which brings together permaculture concepts and systems thinking around our long-term energy prospects (as per Richard Heinberg's work with the Post Carbon Institute). We need more of these groups in Gippy!

2) 17:18 - Yvonne Noble, a volunteer with the Baw Baw Food Hub.

Yvonne spoke to us about making the household a place of production again. She also gave us the low down on the benefits of the Baw Baw Food Hub, ranging from supplying high quality local produce, ensuring farmers get a fair price, connecting farmers to consumers, and bringing the community together through something we all need: good tucker!

If you're in South Gippy, then you can check out another great local food cooperative called the Prom Coast Food Collective.

James name-dropped some other great local food producers including the Butterfly Factory (delicious butter, yogurt, cream and milk!) and Real Bread by George (for all your sough dough mastery needs).

Angelo also mentioned Naked Wines, an innovative digital platform which connects small-scale independent winemakers with lovers of wine.

Special thanks...

... to Will Kulich from the Baw Baw Citizen for profiling The Gloaming in his May edition. Check it out! The Gloaming's James Allen will also have a regular column in the Baw Baw Citizen starting from June 2018. Pick up your copy at any good cafe or retailer in the Baw Baw area. We'd love to hear what you think. Get in touch with us on social media or via email.

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