The ethical farmer: Respecting the cowness of the cow

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 30 August 2017 are Chris Balazs, Suzette Jackson and Mark Dekker – for an interesting, engaging and hygge-spirited hour about sustainable and ethical farming, shopping and living.


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Three-fold sustainable

Meet the awarded, transformational doer Chris Balazs from Sage Farm. Together with his family he will be opening their house, regenerative farm and artisan butchery for visitors on Geelong’s Sustainable House Day on 15 October.

On the day Greater Geelong’s Clever and Creative Future vision is officially launched, 30 August 2017, the sustainable studio at 94.7 The Pulse is buzzing with excitement. A full page of the 36-page vision document is dedicated to a quote by Chris Balazs:

“Greater Geelong’s future is intrinsically linked to its capacity to sustain our environment and nurture our businesses, and people.”

The inspirational ecology expert and One Planet Living mobiliser Suzette Jackson from Innate Ecology has just stepped up to the position as committee president of the newly started Barwon Fair Food Network. She joins us for a talk about the Pako Farmers Market which will launch at Ashby Primary School on 14 October.


We also listen to a teaser for next week’s program where environmentalist, organic farmer and youth outreach worker Mark Dekker explains about No-Dig and No-Till farming. More info below.


“I work with youth at the moment, and you know, they want to get off their face with drugs and alcohol, because they see a pretty crazy world. Its not really working towards a wise future. And if we are able to muster our creativity and work towards that kind of future [which we have been talking about in The Sustainable Hour], they are going to want to get involved, and people are going to feel happy doing it.”
~ Mark Dekker, urban planner, organic farmer, youth outreach worker



“Too much of our farming system is driven by human convenience,” says Chris Balazs, owner of Sage Farm – a sustainable, agricultural, grassfed enterprise focusing on the ethics of the food they are producing, rather that its profitability. Chris wants his enterprise to be three-fold sustainable: it must be environmentally and economically sustainable, and it must be sustainable for the people who work there as well, with fair wages and proper working conditions.



The launch event included a ceremony to bury a time capsule near City Hall, to be opened in 2047

Launch of our city’s new 30-year vision

On the same morning we are broadcasting this Sustainable Hour, ministers, MPs and administrators of Victoria and of Geelong are gathered at the city hall – for the launch of the Clever And Creative Future vision for Geelong. Its out on print now – finally we have it in front of us as a 36-page paper document.

But that’s not enough to the administrators, who have ensured that this future vision is now being buried in the cement in front of city hall.
We’ll be talking more about this important new strategy in our program in the coming weeks. Because it is a really exciting vision – and we now have an election for Council coming up.

And as we learned when we walked from city hall to The Pulse, there’s road works and building noise everywhere around the city hall – the transformation of the inner city is already happening.

» Listen to the speeches at the launch ceremony

» Download the vision paper (PDF)





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Content of this hour

Links, excerpts and more information about what we talked about in this Sustainable Hour


Sage Farm September tour

“See how we do things on the farm and why we have won the Geelong Business Excellence Awards Sustainable Business two years running.”
16 September 2017. Arrive at 12pm for a 12:30pm start. Only $5 per person. Kids most welcome

» Read more on the Facebook event page

» www.facebook.com/SageBeef

» Sage Farm
www.sagefarm.com.au

» Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
www.afsa.org.au

» Victorian Farmers Market Association
www.vfma.org.au

» Barwon Fair Food Network
www.barwonfairfood.org.au


Media coverage:

» ABC – 17 July 2017:
Start-up business set to disrupt industry with mobile slaughter unit

» Geelong Indy – 18 August 2017:
A cut above



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Dig deeper into No-Dig

Inspirational links and more info about the topics and people Mark Dekker talked about in the program

The Sustainable Hour will be talking No-Dig gardens, No-Till Farming and sequestration of carbon with youth outreach worker and environmentalist Mark Dekker in next week’s program. 

Mark Dekker studied Environmental Planning at Griffith University, motivated by seeking knowledge about the best methods for healing the planet, utilising natural systems.


Darren J. Doherty
“Regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rekindling and rebooting production landscapes across this planet.”
www.regrarians.org

Darren J. Doherty on Regrarianism

Singing Frogs Farm:
No-till Farmers Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser Keynote 2017 NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Joel Salatin

Joel Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Meat from the farm is sold by direct marketing to consumers and restaurants.

Polyface Farms
www.polyfacefarms.com

Charles Dowding
Channel on YouTube
 
Charles Dowding: No Dig Organic Gardening
www.charlesdowding.co.uk

Transition Geelong
www.transitiongeelong.com.au

» Contact Mark Dekker


TEDxDubbo | Tony Lovell: Soil carbon – Putting carbon back where it belongs – In the Earth

Tony Lovell will explain the reasoning behind how more green growing plants means more captured carbon dioxide — more water — more production — more biodiversity — more profit. Did you know that a 1% change in soil organic matter across just one-quarter of the World’s land area could sequester 300 billion tonnes of physical CO2.

Published on 10 September 2011.


TEDxCharlottesville | Joel Salatin: Cows, Carbon and Climate

Joel Salatin, an organic farmer located in the Shanendoah Valley in Virginia, loves his grass – and so do his cows. In this talk Salatin outlines the role that this often unsung hero of the plant world plays in sustainable farming, and the effects that its efficient utilization can have on the world around us.

Published on 14 January 2016.



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Food security in question

How most societies across the planet produce and consume food plays a major role in global ecological overshoot, as food contributes 26% of humanity’s Ecological Footprint. Food choices need to evolve, since sustainable food production alone will unlikely sustain current consumption practices from a growing worldwide population

Understanding humanity’s approach to food – including production, consumption, and waste – is essential to designing global sustainability, argues Alessandro Galli, Global Footprint Network Senior Scientist and Director of the Mediterranean Program, in an article recently published by esglobal, the latest iteration of what used to be the Spanish version of the famed journal Foreign Policy.

» Global Footprint Network – September 2017:
Global Sustainability Transition Hinges on Food (PDF)
“What we eat and how much food we waste provide powerful levers for change.”
By Alessandro Galli and Laetitia Mailhes



Geelong Calendar


4 and 16 September 2017:
#StopAdani Geelong
Monday 4 September at 6:30pm at Trades Hall in Myers St
Saturday 16 September 10:00am–1pm followed by lunch, at Geelong Library (tbc)

Sunday 17 September 2017:  
National Sustainable House Day
There are five Cape Paterson homes opening in the national SHD – including two by Social Weaver.
Tim Adams’ provided technical advice on thermal performance.
”The Cape Paterson Ecovillage is looking to set a national benchmark for sustainable architecture, aiming to achieve as close to a zero carbon standard as possible, and establishing a reference project for sustainable building for the development industry. With the onset of global warming, carbon trading and increasing costs for water and energy, the types of innovations and sustainability features of the ecovillage will make perfect economic sense.”

» Read more on www.adamdettrickarchitects.com.au

» www.sustainablehouseday.com

8 October 2017:
Humans in Geelong Expo 2017
50 organisations and individuals will be involved. The Humans in Geelong Expo, which is a free community event, is shaping up to be a very exciting event with guest speakers, workshops, displays, live performances, free face painting and crafts for kids. Jacqui Bennett is Voluntary Coordinator

» www.facebook.com/HumansinGeelong

» www.humansingeelong.com


Saturday 14 October 2017 at 8am:
Launch of Pako Market


Sunday 15 October 10:00–5:00pm:
Sustainable House Day Geelong
Ten or more inspiring properties will be open to the public across our region.







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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the environment and with the climate for hundreds of generations. It is not clear – yet – that as European settlers we have demonstrated that we can live in harmony for hundreds of generations, but it is clear that we can learn from the indigenous, traditional owners of this land.

When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…



The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?




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