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Kensington’s local food system … a celebration

June 11th, 2024 - Jacqui van Heerden

Kensington has built a local food system with the help of individuals, groups, community organisations and volunteers working together with the City of Melbourne and Victorian Government.


Have we forgotten our role in cooperating with life?

May 15th, 2024 - Jacqui van Heerden

As Vandana Shiva says in her book, The Gift of Food, “If we take care of all the beautiful beings in our ecosystems, in our soils, we will be nourished in return.”

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Look down: what lies beneath our feet can help restore our climate health

April 10th, 2024 - Jacqui van Heerden

History and research teach how nations have risen and fallen by the fertility of their soil as the human population has increased and, therefore, agriculture demands more of soil.

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The right to repair

February 13th, 2024 - Jacqui van Heerden

Repair saves people money, saves resources, creates jobs, prevents waste, and teaches people.

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A poetic end to 2023

December 12th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden

The holiday season is a good time to take a break, connect with the things and people that you love, reflect on the last and the New Year and connect with nature.

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Stinging nettle

November 15th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden

In nature plants offer unique and valuable attributes in maintaining health and wellbeing for ecosystems, humans, and other creatures.

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Street trees

October 11th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden

As we face increasingly high temperatures in the city, the role of street trees becomes more important as they can reduce daytime temperatures between five and 20 degrees Celsius.

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Why compost at home?

September 13th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden

Composting is one of the most powerful actions an individual can take to reduce food waste, address climate change, and build healthy soil.

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Regenerate nature – a hopeful path forward

August 16th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden

In the face of environmental challenges, our community is embracing the call to regenerate nature, breathing new life into our local ecosystems.

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Touching the Earth

July 12th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden

When last did you put your feet on the earth?

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Greening North Melbourne’s streets

Greening North Melbourne’s streets

February 17th, 2022 - Spencer Fowler Steen
A history of composting in Kensington

A history of composting in Kensington

March 15th, 2023 - Jacqui van Heerden
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