Yesterday I met up with Tim Denshire-Key at Wollongong University, and he interviewed me about our participation in the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge and our efforts to become more sustainable in an ordinary suburban house. He’ll use the audio in an upcoming podcast.
Tim is studying Industrial Design at RMIT in Melbourne, and is currently undertaking a sustainability study tour of Australia. It sounds like a hoot – he’s travelling around checking out projects relating to sustainable design and living, renewable energy and water. He’s blogging about the journey at Up Your Jumper.
I was very interested to learn that Tim had recently done his own style of 100 mile diet – he tried to source all his food from within 100 miles of his home. Of course, being a metric Australian, he blogged about it at Tim’s 160 km Diet.
Out of interest, go to this 100 mile diet map page and enter in your town (e.g. “Kiama, NSW, Australia”). Have a look at how big the 100 mile circle is on the map. Do you think you could live solely off food grown within that area? It’s certainly not how our mainstream food system is set up!
I’m going to read The 100 Mile Diet next – they have it in Kiama library. By coincidence, the librarian there had recommended it to me on Tuesday this week when she saw I was renewing Living the Good Life by Linda Cockburn (also in Kiama library – at least once I return it!). Two references in two days must be some kind of sign!
I’ve been interested in finding more locally-produced food, but haven’t turned up a lot yet. The Jamberoo Valley seems to have some of the most fertile soils in Australia, with a fantastic climate and great rainfall. The area has never been drought-declared. With the proximity to Wollongong and Sydney markets, you’d think it’d be a hotspot of agricultural activity, but all we seem to grow in this area is dairy cattle. We don’t even process the milk into cheese, yoghurt, etc locally for a bit of value-add. Surely there’s an opportunity there for some enterprising local?
I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Producers Brunch at the Harbourside Brighton Restaurant in Kiama, being put on by Slow Food Saddleback. It’s going to showcase local produce, with the producers there to talk about how the food is grown or made, when it’s in season, how best to prepare it, etc. I’m really hoping they prove me grossly wrong about how little is being produced locally!