Bello Food Gardening
Bellingen Food Gardening Food gardening advice specifically for Bellingen & paintings inspired by the garden
Supported by Bellingen Shire Disaster Recovery and Resilience Grant Program Funding.
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This orange newsletter is for food gardening articles only – it is distinct from the art newsletter.
Articles are occasionally published in ‘Between the Leaves’, newsletter of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia
Articles from March 2020 to July 2021 were published in the weekly ilovebelloshire newsletter and on their Local Stories website section. ilovebelloshire is taking a break from all publishing at the moment.
The face behind ‘From the Garden’.
Information is specific to the Bellingen area, especially the Bellinger valley. There is plenty of generic info out there, but as a member of Bellingen Seed Savers for the past 5? or maybe 7 years, I am very aware of how much truly useful information ISN’T out there. I am aiming to collate what I’ve gleaned over the years, and to maybe gather the knowledge of other local experts, especially food growing professionals.
Each week is accompanied by a painting inspired by the week’s theme. Why? Because if we don’t slow down and savour the beauty of this giant and collective pause then we have missed a huge opportunity. I know things are rough and I know that the world is changed. Let’s make it better.
Bellingen is a specific humid & wet river valley near the sea, with a subtropical rainfall pattern and, depending on your microclimate, anywhere between a temperate and true subtropical warmth zone. The generic information can send you off track. And there are unique opportunities.
The Bello Food Gardening project is an evolving collision of art and food gardening information for this specific area. It began during the unique isolation times of the Coronavirus pandemic from March 2020.
Over time, it will be covering an entire year in gardening, and other essential food gardening knowledge.
The end of this project will be some sort of more widely available resource for the local community. I don’t know if that will be a book or a video series or what exact form this will take.
Weekly-ish tips and artwork are published here and in the Bello Food Gardening newsletter. So far this has been a gift for the community because it is needed.
Come along for the journey!