This was the subject title of an email I received this week. When emails are headed in this way, I can barely contain my excitement and open them immediately!
The email was from Sam who, with her family of four, is taking on a challenge to eat more responsibly. Using the parametres of what the average Australian family spends on food each week – $213.00 – she is finding out whether you can eat organic, homegrown, ethically happy, amazingly fresh produce.
Its a great challenge as the local food movement, the slow food movement and organic food all tend to get criticized by being enjoyed by middle class do-gooders. But Sam, she is out there to prove that the average Australian can eat better, its not only limited to those with a deeper back pocket.
Not only because of the constraints of the budget, Sam and her family have started to enjoy home grown produce. However living in Brunswick, an inner suburb of Melbourne renowned for its creative population and bluestone laneways, also has spatial constraints. So Sam started growing food in crates in the laneway her house backs onto (Note: her laneway is sadly not bluestone but concrete, and it has been for a little while now). Sam and her neighbours are now discussing the possibilities of using the laneway they back onto to create an edible productive space to be enjoyed by all. Its exciting times bubbling away over there in the People’s Republic of Brunswick.
What’s happening in your neighbourhood?
PS be sure to pop over to Sam’s blog to monitor the challenge and her collaboration with her neighbours to reclaim her laneway. Stay tuned for further details on working bees and opportunities to get involved.